Marijuana Legalization and Regulatory News for Cannabis Businesses

Downsizing of Oregon Marijuana Cultivation Sites, Dip in Cannabis Patients Signal New Trend for MMJ?

What’s the long-term impact of the federal government’s crackdown on medical marijuana businesses? Look to Oregon, where last year’s MMJ raids have created a chilling effect, particularly for individuals and companies growing medical marijuana. The Associated Press reported this week that large cannabis grows in the state have downsized in recent months, hoping to avoid […]

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7 Reasons the Oakland Marijuana Raids Are Worrisome for the Medical Cannabis Industry

The medical cannabis industry experienced its darkest day of the year last week, when federal agents armed with sledgehammers and power saws stormed into famed cannabis cultivation school Oaksterdam University and several other MMJ sites. While a government raid on a dispensary or grow operation is nothing new – it happened dozens of times in […]

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Future of Medical Marijuana Cultivation Colleges Unclear in Wake of Oaksterdam Raid

Just hours after federal agents raided Oaksterdam University on Monday, officials with the California cannabis cultivation school were back in their offices sifting through the wreckage, assessing the damage and weighing what’s next. But more than the fate of Oaksterdam is at stake: The future of the entire medical marijuana college model hangs in the […]

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State Lawmakers to Federal Government, U.S. Attorneys: Ease Up on Medical Cannabis

Public officials from five states with medical marijuana laws are criticizing the recent federal “hostility” toward the cannabis community, saying in an open letter to the government that threats by some U.S. attorneys could “push medical marijuana activity back into the illicit market.” The letter offers some more high-level support for the medical marijuana industry […]

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Weekly Wrapup: Feds Target AZ Medical Marijuana Program + Conn. to Approve Cannabis Law?

At first glance, the federal government’s move last week to warn Arizona about its medical marijuana program seemed particularly worrisome. The state’s governor – Jan Brewer – could have used the renewed threat as justification to stifle the MMJ industry once again. Brewer, after all, halted the dispensary licensing program last spring after receiving a […]

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Connecticut Medical Marijuana Push Makes Huge Gains as Voters, Lawmakers Back MMJ

Could Connecticut become the 17th state to adopt favorable medical marijuana laws? It sure looks that way. The two most important groups for MMJ efforts – lawmakers and voters – are showing strong support for medical cannabis in Connecticut, making it more likely that the state will pass some type of marijuana legislation this year. […]

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Senate Supports ‘Preferred Vendor’ Bill Aimed at Boosting Training for Colorado Cannabis Workers

Colorado lawmakers are backing a proposal to establish a voluntary training program for medical marijuana businesses, which supporters say will bring more legitimacy and professionalism to the cannabis industry. The state Senate voted this afternoon to approve the so-called ‘preferred vendor’ proposal, with 24 lawmakers supporting the initiative and 11 opposing it. Such strong support […]

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