Marijuana Legalization and Regulatory News for Cannabis Businesses

10 Colorado Towns to Vote on Dispensary Bans, Medical Marijuana Taxes

Tomorrow is a big day for medical marijuana supporters in Colorado, with nearly a dozen cities voting to either ban dispensaries or tax the industry. The cities considering bans include Fort Collins – a college town an hour north of Denver with about two dozen marijuana dispensaries – and the skiing hamlet of Steamboat Springs. […]

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Decriminalization Efforts in Chicago Could Pave Way for MMJ Legalization

Lawmakers in Chicago will consider a plan to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana so that police can focus on more serious crimes. Under the proposal, individuals caught with up to 10 grams of marijuana would face a $200 fine and up to 10 hours of community service compared. Currently, penalties for possession […]

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Ann Arbor Officials Still Hope to Move Forward With MMC Licensing Program

These days, most cities with medical marijuana laws are issuing a moratorium on new pot operations, suspending dispensary licensing programs or backtracking on MMJ plans in general. Officials in Ann Arbor, Mich., however, are bucking the trend. Scratch that: they’re trying to buck the trend. The city says it still hopes to move forward with […]

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Arizona Will Continue Issuing MMJ Cards to Patients, Gov. Brewer Says

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer isn’t very popular in medical marijuana circles these days. It’s no wonder: She did, after all, single-handedly put the state’s nascent MMJ industry on ice by halting the permit process for dispensaries just as it was scheduled to begin. The fate of Arizona’s medical marijuana industry is now in limbo, and […]

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Scope of Federal Medical Marijuana Crackdown Remains Unclear

Last spring, Depute U.S. Attorney General James Cole attempted to clarify the federal government’s position on the burgeoning medical marijuana industry. In a memo sent to state attorneys, Cole said that anyone involved in growing or selling marijuana for any reason – and particularly large-scale operations – could face prosecution and might be violating money […]

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MMJ Businesses in Colorado County Get Repreive on Permit Deadline

Nearly two dozen medical marijuana companies in southern Colorado that failed to apply for permits by a July deadline will get a second chance to stay in business. An El Paso County commissioner approved the reprieve on Tuesday night, giving dispensaries, MMJ growers and related businesses until Nov. 1 to get their applications in for […]

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Billings Moves to Tighten Restrictions on Medical Pot Centers

After delaying a vote to gather more public input, City Council members in Billings, Mont., gave the initial go-ahead this week to two ordinances that will prevent new marijuana dispensaries from opening and restrict the operations of those currently in business. City Council must still approve the measures on a second reading – scheduled for […]

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Colorado to Award First Medical Marijuana Center License

After months of due diligence, Colorado’s Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division is set to issue its first dispensary license under the state’s tough new rules. Officials will present the license to the dispensary at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday during a meeting of the Denver Medical Marijuana Workgroup, which seeks to bring together lawmakers, city licensing representatives and […]

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Michigan Township Extends Dispensary Moratorium by 6 Months

A township in Michigan is putting off any decisions on medical marijuana until next spring, taking a wait-and-see approach as the state wrestles with the issue. It’s something that’s becoming quite common across Michigan and in other regions with medical pot laws on the books, given the precarious state of the industry and mixed messages […]

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Ohio MMJ Legalization Efforts Back on Track

A month ago, it seemed efforts to get medical marijuana on the 2012 ballot in Ohio were on the verge of stalling. State election board officials rejected initiatives from two separate groups that submitted petitions to move the process forward, throwing out most of the signatures in one case and taking issue with the wording […]

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Czech Republic Moving to Legalize Medical Marijuana

While the United States is taking some big steps backwards when it comes to medical pot, the Czech Republic is moving in the opposite direction. The European country is gearing up to legalize marijuana for medical purposes, which would provide a shot in the arm to similar efforts in the U.S. and other nations. A […]

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California Crackdown Aimed at For-Profit Dispensaries, U.S. Attorney Says

The U.S. government has taken a fair share of flak recently for its war on medical marijuana dispensaries and grow operations in California. In the past few weeks, federal officials have conducted numerous raids and threatened to prosecute landlords that rent space to cannabis businesses. They’ve also talked about the possibility of targeting newspapers and […]

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