Marijuana Legalization and Regulatory News for Cannabis Businesses

Weed Petitions Flood ‘We The People’ Section Of White House Site

The White House recently launched a new section on its website called “We the People” that gives average, everyday Americans the chance to “petition the Obama administration to take action on a range of important issues.” The most popular topic so far? Marijuana, by a wide margin. The government launched the service as part of […]

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California Weed Legalization Efforts Going Up In Smoke

Several months ago, we warned that several efforts to legalize the general use of pot in California and Colorado could sour voters on the idea of medical marijuana – despite the unbridled optimism expressed by those leading the charge. Our thinking: It’s simply too much, too soon. Many people are still getting accustomed to having […]

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Study Finds Crime Increased After L.A. Dispensaries Forced To Close

MMJ opponents often claim that medical marijuana leads to an increase in crime. But as we pointed out in a previous post, the stats and information used to back up these claims are often inconclusive and questionable. In fact, some studies show that crime decreases when pot shops come to town. Now we have another […]

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Oregon State Police Harass Card-Carrying Patients Leaving a Medical Marijauna Clinic

Late last week, an Oregon State trooper staked out 45th Parallel, a medical marijuana clinic near the Idaho border.  Apparently the trooper issued citations to people as they left the building, including a $1000 ticket for  “residue” on a used pipe.   Elvy Musikkam, famous in MMJ circles as one of only four US citizens currently […]

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San Jose City Council Votes to Allow Only 10 Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Currently roughly 140 pot collectives serve San Jose, but today the city council voted to allow only 10.  A permitting process to decide who gets to stay in business will start accepting applications in November.  The council also voted that collectives had to include a registered nurse or licensed physician on their boards. Although it […]

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Ohio Group to Press on With Medical Marijuana Legalization Efforts

I received a phone call several days ago from Ryan Maitland of the Ohio Coalition for Medical Compassion, the group behind an effort to legalize medical marijuana in the Buckeye State. As I wrote about last week, the coalition submitted a petition to the state containing 2,143 signatures, which is the first step toward getting […]

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Obama Sidesteps Marijuana Issue in Town Hall Meeting

Don’t expect any further clarification from the government on medical marijuana until after the next presidential election, at the earliest. The Obama administration seems to be going out of its way to avoid the issue, afraid of the repercussions if it articulates a clear stance. Here’s why: The GOP could have a field day during […]

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Pot Backlash: Half-Dozen Cities, Counties Ban Marijuana Clinics

While scouring the Internet for medical marijuana news, I’ve seen a fair share of stories over the past week about cities and communities banning pot shops. Here are some of the latest developments on this front: – California is a hotbed of activity when it comes to bans. City council members and local officials in […]

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Ohio Drive to Legalize Medical Marijuana Hits Snag

Early last week, it seemed Ohio was well on its way to becoming the next state to let voters decide if medical marijuana should be legal. A group of residents submitted a petition with 2,143 signatures from registered voters, the first step in the process of getting the issue on the ballot in 2012. The […]

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Proposal to Ban Dispenaries in Fort Collins Gains Steam

Nearly two dozen medical marijuana dispensaries have sprouted up in the college town of Fort Collins, Colo., since 2009. Now, a group of citizens is attempting to turn back the clock to the days when marijuana wasn’t openly sold from storefronts. Organizers behind a proposal to ban dispensaries – as well as companies that make […]

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