Marijuana Legalization and Regulatory News for Cannabis Businesses

Pot Dispensaries Not the Only MMJ Businesses Ensnarled in Recent Raids

Much of the media coverage surrounding the recent raids in Washington State and Montana focused on how federal agents targeted medical marijuana dispensaries, as they are the most visible part of the industry to the public and patients. But lost in all the hoopla is the fact that they weren’t the only targets. The crackdown […]

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Valentine’s Day Massacre: Fort Collins Sets Deadline for Pot Shop Closures

Dispensary owners and growers in Fort Collins, Colo., will be particularly depressed this Valentine’s Day. But not because of a faltering relationship, a recent breakup or a painful bout of loneliness. Rather, Feb. 14 marks the day that 20 medical pot businesses in the college town an hour north of Denver must turn off the […]

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CBS Poll: Vast Majority of Americans Support Medical Cannabis

A whopping 77 percent of Americans think seriously ill patients should be able to use marijuana for medical purposes. But most people are also highly skeptical of the current MMJ industry, expressing doubt that it is operating as intended. These are the main findings of a new CBS News poll that provides a glimpse into […]

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Weekly Wrapup: West Coast Raids, East Coast Progress and Pot Reality Show Debut Date

Given the avalanche of negative news surrounding medical cannabis last week, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the industry was crumbling at its very foundation. At least in the western United States. After a widespread crackdown this fall in California, the federal government shifted its focus to Washington and Montana, conducting roughly two dozen raids […]

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Cities, Counties Across California Making Key Medical Pot Decisions

From Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz to Sacramento and San Francisco, a host of cities and regions in California have made some important decisions involving medical marijuana this month. It’s hard to keep track of what’s going on given the flurry of court rulings, city council votes and other actions taken at the local level. […]

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Montana Dispensaries Latest Targets in Widening Medical Pot Crackdown

The Obama administration’s ballooning crackdown on the medical marijuana industry has extended to Montana, with federal agents raiding a dozen medical marijuana dispensaries and several financial institutions in the past few days. The move  follows similar actions this week in Washington State and earlier this fall in California. As in the Washington crackdown, the government […]

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U.S. District Attorney: ‘Brash Criminal Conduct’ Led to Washington State Raids

Wondering why the federal government launched an aggressive sweep of medical cannabis centers in Washington this week? U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan pinned the raids and arrests on “brash criminal conduct” that included illegal drug distribution, violations of state law and money laundering, according to a statement released after the crackdown. The raids are the result […]

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San Francisco Dispensaries Succumb to Government Threats, Mounting Pressure

Several medical cannabis dispensaries in San Francisco have closed in the past few days and many more could soon follow suit, the result of mounting pressure from the federal government on the MMJ industry in California. The owners of three pot shops – Divinity Tree, Medithrive and Mr. Nice Guy – decided to shut down […]

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Networking, News Updates and Legal Panel Highlight Colorado Medical Pot Gatherings

Two medical marijuana groups in Denver are holding meetings tonight as they attempt to bring the local pot community closer together and strengthen the industry as a whole. The Medical Marijuana Industry Group, also known as MMIG, will focus on banking issues, legal updates and federal and state MMJ strategies at the organization’s monthly meeting. […]

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Colorado Health Board to Consider Lowering Patient Fees, Other MMJ Changes

Patients,  doctors, dispensary owners and other medical pot professionals in Colorado will get a chance to provide some input on several MMJ-related proposals at a public hearing on Wednesday. The Colorado Board of Health will discuss whether to lower the fees patients must pay each year for medical marijuana cards from $90 currently to $35. […]

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Attorney: Hearing Could Trigger Shift in Nevada’s Medical Marijuana Laws

Nevada is technically one of the 16 states in the U.S. with medical marijuana regulations on the books. But its MMJ ordinance has a huge shortcoming: It doesn’t specifically address the selling and buying of cannabis, both of which are illegal under state and federal laws. So while Nevada does indeed allow individuals to cultivate […]

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San Diego Landlords Can Boot Pot Businesses From Property, Judge Says

The federal push to close medical pot dispensaries in California by dialing up the pressure on landlords is working like a charm. Numerous medical marijuana centers, such as North Valley Holistic Health in Butte County, have closed up shop in recent weeks after their landlords received warning letters from U.S. attorneys. The letters threaten to […]

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