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Marijuana Raids Target Four San Diego Dispensaries as DEA Continues to Close California Pot Shops

The federal Drug Enforcement Agency has raided several medical marijuana businesses in San Diego over the past week, highlighting the Obama administration’s efforts to conduct a sustained crackdown on California pot shops. In the latest series of marijuana raids, agents served warrants at four San Diego dispensaries, forcing the MMJ businesses to shut down and […]

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Medical Marijuana ‘University’ Teaches Students How to Grow Pot Amid Industry Turmoil

When all else fails, grow your own. That’s the thinking behind the University of Spokamsterdam, a new school in Spokane, Washington, that teaches students how to grow pot. The school – which opened its doors this year – initially planned to focus on helping dispensary owners, medical marijuana entrepreneurs and patients comply with Washington’s medical […]

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Weekly Wrapup: Crackdown in Colorado + Dispensaries to Launch in Arizona

Two very different developments emerged in the MMJ industry at the end of last week, one immensely negative and one immensely positive for medical cannabis. First, the bad news: The federal government shifted the focus of its crackdown from the West Coast to Colorado, demanding that nearly two dozen dispensaries within 1,000 feet of schools […]

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Arizona to Move Forward With MMJ, Start Issuing Marijuana Dispensary Licenses After Long Delay

It’s a great day for MMJ in Arizona…and for the entire medical cannabis industry. After a nine-month delay that threatened to completely derail the state’s budding medical marijuana industry, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has directed Department of Health Services officials to “begin accepting and processing dispensary applications and issuing licenses for those facilities” in the […]

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California Inititative Would Help Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Fight Back Against ‘Hostile’ IRS

A new voter initiative in California to legalize and regulate the general use of marijuana could help protect medical pot dispensaries from the Internal Revenue Service. The Regulate Marijuana Like Wine campaign seeks to repeal prohibition of marijuana for adults, place strict state oversight on the drug and allow hemp agriculture. While the overall effects […]

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Lawyer Offers 5 Tips for Keeping a Small Grow Operation Out of Legal Trouble in Colorado

The medical marijuana landscape in Colorado is as mixed and varied as the state’s terrain. In cities like Denver and Colorado Springs, many patients get their cannabis from registered, regulated marijuana dispensaries. But in other areas – such as Fort Collins and several mountain towns – local officials have banned medical marijuana centers, meaning patients […]

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3 Top Republican Presidential Candidates Wary of Medical Marijuana Legalization

The medical pot industry has been pretty vocal in its criticism of Barack Obama lately, berating the administration for cracking down on dispensaries, flip-flopping on the issue and creating mass confusion. Some MMJ professionals have even vowed to vote for someone other than Obama in the upcoming election for these very reasons, saying a change […]

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