Marijuana Legalization and Regulatory News for Cannabis Businesses

California Lawmakers Denounce Federal ‘Ambush’ of Medical Marijuana Businesses

The medical marijuana community in California is getting some crucial support from two Democratic lawmakers who say the federal government’s attack on the sector will have “devastating impacts for the state.” Assemblyman Tom Ammiano and Sen. Mark Leno of San Francisco held a press conference this week to denounce the Obama administration’s recent moves to […]

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Sacramento Survey: Fed Crackdown in California ‘Overkill’

Plenty of people in Sacramento think the Obama administration’s crackdown on medical marijuana in California is too aggressive, according to the results of an informal poll. The Sacramento Business Journal asked readers for their reactions to the federal government’s recent moves (raids, threats, warning letters, etc.) against the state’s medical marijuana industry. Roughly 43 percent […]

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37 Pot Dispensaries in Seattle Still Don’t Have Business License

Some of Seattle’s medical marijuana dispensaries are giving the entire industry a bad name. Roughly a third of the city’s estimated 105 dispensaries have yet to obtain a business license, meaning they are technically violating local laws, according to The Stranger, a Seattle-focused news website. It’s particularly disturbing for several reasons: – Seattle has gone […]

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Oakland Receives 12 Applications for New Dispensary Permits

Medical pot is an extremely risky business to be in these days, with raids, arrests and the threat of criminal prosecution becoming commonplace. The federal government is now even targeting dispensaries and MMJ businesses that are in compliance with state laws, escalating the war on medical marijuana to a new level. Given that backdrop, it’s […]

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Push Underway to Legalize Medical Marijuana in Florida

Add Florida to the list of Southern states that could see some type of medical marijuana initiative next year. Democratic Rep. Jeff Clemens filed a resolution that would let voters decide whether medical pot should be legal via an amendment to the state’s Constitution. Some lawmakers in the nearby Southern states of Alabama and North […]

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Raids in California, Colorado Send Chilling Message to Medical Marijuana Industry

Last week, the federal government intensified its campaign against the medical marijuana industry by raiding two cooperatives in California and a wellness center in Colorado. Raids are somewhat common in the industry, as law enforcement agents are always on the lookout for businesses selling weed out the back door and dispensaries that violate state laws. […]

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Professor’s Dire Prediction: ‘Beginning of End’ for Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana trade groups, lawyers and industry advisers across the nation are trying to allay fears that the federal government’s crackdown in California will spread to other states. California’s pot industry, they argue, is mostly unregulated, allowing shady businesses to flourish and large-scale marijuana operations to grow virtually unchecked. Medical marijuana dispensaries have popped up […]

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N.J. Zoning Board Rejects State’s First Dispensary Proposal

Just when it appeared New Jersey was finally on track to move forward with its dispensary program, yet another setback has cropped up. The zoning board in Maple Shade, New Jersey, unanimously rejected a group’s request to use a relatively isolated building surrounded by highways to sell medical marijuana and related products. Compassionate Sciences Alternative […]

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Long Beach Bans Dispensaries, Continuing Calif. Trend

Dozens of California cities large and small have come out against medical pot in recent months, with some forcing existing dispensaries to leave town and others enacting bans that will prevent MMCs from setting up shop in the first place. Now, it looks like the pot smoking paradise of Long Beach will follow suit, though […]

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Next Target of Federal Pot Backlash in California: Marijuana Ads

Every day seems to bring a fresh crop of negative headlines for the medical marijuana industry, particularly in California. And today is no different. A U.S. attorney in southern California revealed that the next stage of the medical weed crackdown will involve targeting newspapers, radio stations and other media organizations that run MMJ ads. In […]

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