Marijuana Legalization and Regulatory News for Cannabis Businesses

CA Dispensary Harborside Prevails Again in Court, Eroding Feds’ MMJ Crackdown Strategy

Score another one for Harborside Health Center – and possibly the entire medical marijuana industry. A federal judge in California has ruled that the landlords of Harborside’s buildings in San Jose and Oakland cannot force the dispensary to stop selling marijuana despite federal threats to seize the properties. Chief Federal Magistrate Maria-Elena James also rejected […]

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Ringing in the New Year on a High Note + What’s in Store for the Cannabis Industry in 2013

The medical marijuana industry has many reasons to celebrate this holiday season. Dispensaries have opened in Arizona and New Jersey. Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana. The industry won several key court battles over the past month. The government’s crackdown has subsided in some areas of the country. And two new states – Connecticut and Massachusetts […]

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Weekly Wrapup: Delays for Massachusetts MMJ? + Arizona on Track After Court Win

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: A state passes medical marijuana laws, sets a time frame for the launch of dispensaries and then misses the initial deadlines as officials struggle with implementation and other challenges. This scenario seems to play out in every new MMJ state these days, from Arizona and New Jersey […]

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US Going Green? More Than a Dozen States Could Consider Marijuana Legalization Next Year

The market for legal marijuana could expand well beyond Colorado and Washington very soon. As in next year. Lawmakers in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont have already promised to introduce marijuana legislation in 2013. And leading cannabis groups think it’s possible that 10 additional states could follow a similar path. The National […]

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Weekly Wrapup: 5 Major MMJ, Marijuana Developments Light Up the Cannabis Industry

Last week was a remarkable one for the medical marijuana industry, with a handful of historic developments fueling optimism after a grueling year. Here are five of these milestones and what they mean for marijuana businesses: #1. Judge sides with MMJ in AZ: A lawsuit pitting local officials against a dispensary evolved into a hugely […]

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Illinois Medical Marijuana Legalization Vote Rescheduled for Next Week

By Anne Holland Although Illinois State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie) has convinced seven fellow lawmakers to co-sponsor his proposed Compassionate Use of Medical Marijuana Pilot Program Act (IL HB30), he’s not sure he has the 60 votes needed to win quite yet. He told press today that “a whole bunch of people are wavering.” So, […]

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73 Current & Former Police Officers, Judges Urge Gov’t to Respect CO & WA Marijuana Legalization

The Obama administration is facing pressure on numerous fronts to respect laws legalizing marijuana in Colorado and Washington. The latest plea came this morning, when the nonprofit group Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) delivered a letter to the Department of Justice asking Attorney General Eric Holder to “respect and abide by the democratically enacted laws” […]

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Connecticut Medical Cannabis Leaders Consider Forming Biz Group for MMJ Entrepreneurs

A handful of prominent figures in Connecticut’s MMJ scene are batting around the idea of starting a trade organization to help entrepreneurs navigate the complexities of launching and running a medical cannabis business. The proposed Connecticut Medical Cannabis Business Alliance could focus on everything from best practices and industry advocacy to hosting educational events and […]

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