National Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Stats: Do Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Really Fuel an Increase in Crime?

You’ve no doubt read articles about dispensaries robbed at gunpoint. And we’ve all heard about attacks on workers delivering medical marijuana. It’s enough to make you want to close up shop or abandon plans to start a medical marijuana center. Lawmakers who oppose the medical marijuana industry often cite these examples when bashing the industry, […]

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Chris Walsh: ‘Clarification’ of Ogden Memo Leaves MMJ in Even Murkier State

With July 4th in the rearview mirror, many Americans are recovering from holiday hangovers tied to beer or mass amounts of hot dogs and burgers. This year, however, those involved in the medical marijuana industry find themselves battling another type of indigestion. And I don’t think chugging Pepto-Bismol is enough to ease this bellyache. As […]

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DOJ to Medical Pot Industry: Government Could Prosecute Dispensaries, Growers

Well, you asked for it, and now you got it. Unfortunately, it’s probably the worst news possible for the medical marijuana industry. Yesterday, the Department of Justice issued a long-awaited clarification on the government’s stance toward medical marijuana in a letter to state attorneys. Brace yourselves, ’cause it ain’t pretty. The DOJ made its position […]

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From Montel Williams to Miracle-Gro, Medical Cannabis Gets Big-Name Support

Ok, it’s time to connect the dots from the past few weeks and see if we can see the larger picture. If you haven’t noticed, a lot of recognizable names – including celebrities, lawmakers and a company with a household name – have been tied to medical marijuana as of late. Let’s go over these, […]

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Chris Walsh: Spend Your Days Smoking Weed, Playing Video Games! Myths About MMJ

I’m back today with the third installment of my series exploring stereotypes that the general public has about dispensaries, vendors and the medical cannabis industry in general. So far, I’ve shattered the perception that everyone is making a ton of money and I’ve discredited the notion that dispensary owners are nothing but potheads. Now, I […]

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Bill by Ron Paul, Barney Frank to End Federal War on Weed a Giant Leap Forward for Marijuana

Marijuana advocates, rejoice! You’re getting some much-needed support today by big-name lawmakers. Today, Congressmen Ron Paul and Barney Frank plan to introduce legislation calling for the federal government to let states “legalize, regulate, tax, and control marijuana without federal interference.” No, this is not a victory in the making. In fact, I’m extremely doubtful that […]

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Chris Walsh: Everyone is Striking it Rich! Myths About MMJ

Last week, I penned the first in a series of posts about some myths, stereotypes and faulty impressions tied to the medical marijuana industry. I kicked things off by talking about how many outsiders and the general public at large think that all dispensary owners are potheads rather than professionals (and that the two are […]

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Chris Walsh: Dispensary Owners Are All Potheads! Myths About MMJ

We’ve had this blog up and running for about a month now, and during that time I’ve had the opportunity to talk to several dozen dispensary owners, lobbyists, vendors, investors, lawyers and other key players in the industry about the current landscape. These individuals have given me some solid insight into this crazy sector, where […]

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