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MMJ Under Attack: Proposed Ban Could Deal Death Blow to CA Pot Industry

On the eve of Thanksgiving – when many people had already checked out for the holiday week – a councilman in Los Angeles introduced a proposal that could have profound effects on the medical pot industry in California. City Council member Jose Huizar’s plan calls for a complete ban on MMJ dispensaries in Los Angeles, […]

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Massachusetts Group Submits Signatures for Medical Marijuana Ballot Measure

A growing number of states will consider medical marijuana initiatives next year, either in the form of bills or ballot measures. But if you’re betting on which one has the best chance to push through such legislation, you’d be wise to go all in on Massachusetts. A group called the Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance submitted […]

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Despite Legal Risks, Arizona Cannabis Collective Still Open a Week After Launch

Elements Caregiver Collective generated a lot of hype last week when it opened in Phoenix, attracting the attention of newspapers, medical pot blogs and TV stations with plans to add 200 jobs and provide patients with medical marijuana. The owners, after all, took a huge risk given that authorities have shut down similar collectives as […]

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Pot Dispensaries Not the Only MMJ Businesses Ensnarled in Recent Raids

Much of the media coverage surrounding the recent raids in Washington State and Montana focused on how federal agents targeted medical marijuana dispensaries, as they are the most visible part of the industry to the public and patients. But lost in all the hoopla is the fact that they weren’t the only targets. The crackdown […]

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Valentine’s Day Massacre: Fort Collins Sets Deadline for Pot Shop Closures

Dispensary owners and growers in Fort Collins, Colo., will be particularly depressed this Valentine’s Day. But not because of a faltering relationship, a recent breakup or a painful bout of loneliness. Rather, Feb. 14 marks the day that 20 medical pot businesses in the college town an hour north of Denver must turn off the […]

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CBS Poll: Vast Majority of Americans Support Medical Cannabis

A whopping 77 percent of Americans think seriously ill patients should be able to use marijuana for medical purposes. But most people are also highly skeptical of the current MMJ industry, expressing doubt that it is operating as intended. These are the main findings of a new CBS News poll that provides a glimpse into […]

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Weekly Wrapup: West Coast Raids, East Coast Progress and Pot Reality Show Debut Date

Given the avalanche of negative news surrounding medical cannabis last week, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the industry was crumbling at its very foundation. At least in the western United States. After a widespread crackdown this fall in California, the federal government shifted its focus to Washington and Montana, conducting roughly two dozen raids […]

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Cities, Counties Across California Making Key Medical Pot Decisions

From Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz to Sacramento and San Francisco, a host of cities and regions in California have made some important decisions involving medical marijuana this month. It’s hard to keep track of what’s going on given the flurry of court rulings, city council votes and other actions taken at the local level. […]

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New Jersey Medical Pot Program Advances, But More Delays May Be On Horizon

New Jersey has made some headway with its medical marijuana program over the past few days after numerous setbacks threatened to derail the entire effort. Two of the six pot dispensaries that were awarded state licenses reportedly have found viable locations to open up shop, a key step for moving the process along. It’s a […]

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D.C. Advances Medical Cannabis Program, Receives 17 Dispensary Applications

Finally, some good news in the medical cannabis industry. Washington D.C. appears to be moving full steam ahead with its MMJ program, even as other areas of the country enact moratoriums, launch raids, delay the adoption of medical pot regulations and overturn rules in an effort to ban dispensaries completely. Seventeen entrepreneurs and groups submitted […]

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