Marijuana Legalization and Regulatory News for Cannabis Businesses

Marijuana Raids Target Four San Diego Dispensaries as DEA Continues to Close California Pot Shops

The federal Drug Enforcement Agency has raided several medical marijuana businesses in San Diego over the past week, highlighting the Obama administration’s efforts to conduct a sustained crackdown on California pot shops. In the latest series of marijuana raids, agents served warrants at four San Diego dispensaries, forcing the MMJ businesses to shut down and […]

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Weekly Wrapup: Crackdown in Colorado + Dispensaries to Launch in Arizona

Two very different developments emerged in the MMJ industry at the end of last week, one immensely negative and one immensely positive for medical cannabis. First, the bad news: The federal government shifted the focus of its crackdown from the West Coast to Colorado, demanding that nearly two dozen dispensaries within 1,000 feet of schools […]

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Arizona to Move Forward With MMJ, Start Issuing Marijuana Dispensary Licenses After Long Delay

It’s a great day for MMJ in Arizona…and for the entire medical cannabis industry. After a nine-month delay that threatened to completely derail the state’s budding medical marijuana industry, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has directed Department of Health Services officials to “begin accepting and processing dispensary applications and issuing licenses for those facilities” in the […]

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California Inititative Would Help Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Fight Back Against ‘Hostile’ IRS

A new voter initiative in California to legalize and regulate the general use of marijuana could help protect medical pot dispensaries from the Internal Revenue Service. The Regulate Marijuana Like Wine campaign seeks to repeal prohibition of marijuana for adults, place strict state oversight on the drug and allow hemp agriculture. While the overall effects […]

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3 Top Republican Presidential Candidates Wary of Medical Marijuana Legalization

The medical pot industry has been pretty vocal in its criticism of Barack Obama lately, berating the administration for cracking down on dispensaries, flip-flopping on the issue and creating mass confusion. Some MMJ professionals have even vowed to vote for someone other than Obama in the upcoming election for these very reasons, saying a change […]

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Faced With Crackdown, Michigan MMJ Community Pursuing Full Pot Legalization

What happens when a state allows medical marijuana sales but then backtracks and tries to more or less to shut down the entire industry? Pot advocates switch their focus from the medical aspect of pot to the decriminalization of the drug in general. At least that’s what is happening in Michigan, where hundreds of dispensaries […]

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Federal Judge Tosses Arizona’s Medical Marijuana Lawsuit, Putting Gov. on Hot Seat

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s aggressive attempts to bury the state’s medical cannabis dispensary program took a severe hit yesterday, resulting in a major win for the pro-MMJ crowd. U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton dismissed a lawsuit filed last spring by the state questioning the legality of Arizona’s voter-approved medical pot laws. Officials said they […]

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