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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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Montana Dispensaries Latest Targets in Widening Medical Pot Crackdown

The Obama administration’s ballooning crackdown on the medical marijuana industry has extended to Montana, with federal agents raiding a dozen medical marijuana dispensaries and several financial institutions in the past few days. The move  follows similar actions this week in Washington State and earlier this fall in California. As in the Washington crackdown, the government […]

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U.S. District Attorney: ‘Brash Criminal Conduct’ Led to Washington State Raids

Wondering why the federal government launched an aggressive sweep of medical cannabis centers in Washington this week? U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan pinned the raids and arrests on “brash criminal conduct” that included illegal drug distribution, violations of state law and money laundering, according to a statement released after the crackdown. The raids are the result […]

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San Francisco Dispensaries Succumb to Government Threats, Mounting Pressure

Several medical cannabis dispensaries in San Francisco have closed in the past few days and many more could soon follow suit, the result of mounting pressure from the federal government on the MMJ industry in California. The owners of three pot shops – Divinity Tree, Medithrive and Mr. Nice Guy – decided to shut down […]

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Feds Raid 14 Dispensaries, Arrest 18 MMJ Workers in Several Washington Cities

Federal agents backed by local and state police officers raided more than a dozen dispensaries in Seattle, Tacoma and several other Washington cities on Tuesday, part of a high-profile move by the government to crack down on illegal MMJ businesses. The coordinated effort led to the arrest of 18 people. In one case, agents allegedly […]

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