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Colorado Health Board to Consider Lowering Patient Fees, Other MMJ Changes

Patients,  doctors, dispensary owners and other medical pot professionals in Colorado will get a chance to provide some input on several MMJ-related proposals at a public hearing on Wednesday. The Colorado Board of Health will discuss whether to lower the fees patients must pay each year for medical marijuana cards from $90 currently to $35. […]

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New Oregon Business Turns Patient-Provided Cannabis into Edibles, Topicals

Here’s a novel idea for a medical marijuana company: Make edibles and smokeless products with pot provided by patients themselves. Canna Kitchen & Research in Albany, Oregon, is doing just that, promising to let patients drop off their own cannabis one day and pick it up another in the form of cooking oil, tea, salves […]

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Premiere Date Set for ‘Weed Wars’ Reality TV Program Featuring Harborside Health

Several months ago, we wrote about an upcoming reality TV show called “Weed Wars” focusing on Oakland-based medical marijuana dispensary Harborside Health Center and its well-known founder, Steve DeAngelo. Now, the network behind “Weed Wars” has set a premiere date for the show. The first episode in the four-part series is scheduled to air Dec. […]

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TV Footage Shows Crimes a Common Occurrence at L.A. Dispensaries

The medical cannabis community rejoiced several months ago when a study by independent think tank RAND Corp. found that crime actually increased in areas of Los Angeles where pot dispensaries were forced to close. Until then, the conventional wisdom had been that closing cannabis centers would lower crime, as MMJ opponents have long argued that […]

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Latest Colorado Stats: Number of Registered Medical Pot Patients Plummets 20% Since June

Enrollment in Colorado’s medical marijuana program has tumbled since the state enacted tough new MMJ regulations this summer, with 26,106 patients dropping off the active registry in just three months. According to the latest stats from the Colorado Department of Public Health, 102,592 patients had medical marijuana cards as of Sept. 30, down 20 percent […]

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Attorney: Hearing Could Trigger Shift in Nevada’s Medical Marijuana Laws

Nevada is technically one of the 16 states in the U.S. with medical marijuana regulations on the books. But its MMJ ordinance has a huge shortcoming: It doesn’t specifically address the selling and buying of cannabis, both of which are illegal under state and federal laws. So while Nevada does indeed allow individuals to cultivate […]

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San Diego Landlords Can Boot Pot Businesses From Property, Judge Says

The federal push to close medical pot dispensaries in California by dialing up the pressure on landlords is working like a charm. Numerous medical marijuana centers, such as North Valley Holistic Health in Butte County, have closed up shop in recent weeks after their landlords received warning letters from U.S. attorneys. The letters threaten to […]

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Butte County Dispensary’s Closure Highlights Risks of Entering Medical Pot Industry

One day, you’re running a bustling medical marijuana dispensary. The next, you’re essentially out of business, smarting from having the rug pulled out from under you. That’s exactly what happened to the operators of North Valley Holistic Health, a nonprofit dispensary in Butte County, Calif., that stopped selling marijuana to patients last month. The cannabis […]

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MMJ Advocates Fight Back Against Calif. Cannabis Crackdown, Sue Federal Gov’t

After getting smacked around over the past month, medical marijuana supporters in California are going on the offensive, filing several lawsuits against the federal government’s widely publicized crackdown on the state’s MMJ industry. The lawsuits aim to stop the government’s recent push to close dispensaries via  raids and other, indirect actions, such as threatening to […]

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Robert Kane: Integrity Needed to Make 2012 Great Year for Medical Cannabis

By Robert Kane With January on the horizon, the year of the Water Dragon is almost upon us, according to the Chinese astrological calendar. It’s supposed to be a year brimming with possibilities and the potential for good fortune – but also one defined by unpredictability and a great deal of change. And that’s exactly […]

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