More Exclusive Features

Latest Figures Show Modest Dip in Number of Los Angeles Medical Pot Dispensaries

Two years ago, L.A. Weekly took on the unenviable task of counting all the medical marijuana centers in Los Angeles. Until that point, getting an accurate number proved to be an elusive task given the lack of MMJ regulations and industry oversight by the city.  With no official registry, local officials and observers had to […]

Read More

High-Level Support for MMJ: Governors Back Move to Reclassify Cannabis

Four state governors are lobbying the Drug Enforcement Administration to reclassify the status of marijuana so that pot can be prescribed, distributed and used for medical reasons. The high-level support for the reclassification of marijuana highlights the growing divide between states and the federal government on medical cannabis. Sixteen states plus the District of Columbia […]

Read More

Federal Judge: Crackdown on California Marijuana Dispensaries Justified

Efforts by California’s medical pot industry to prevent federal and state officials from closing dispensaries have fallen short. A U.S. District Court judge in Oakland rejected a motion asking for a temporary halt to the Obama administration’s crackdown on medical cannabis in the state, saying that the actions are justified because the federal government still […]

Read More

Study: Traffic Deaths Decline 9% in States with Medical Cannabis Laws

Believe it or not, allowing the use and sale of medical cannabis might help lower traffic fatalities. A new study by two university economics professors found that deaths tied to traffic accidents have fallen roughly 9 percent in states that adopted medical pot laws. Daniel Rees of the University of Colorado Denver and D. Mark […]

Read More

Big Money at Play in MMJ: WeedMaps Buys Marijuana.com for $4.20 Million

Earlier this week, a well-known MMJ company made a blockbuster acquisition, as least for the medical pot space. WeedMaps Media – which operates a a popular site for dispensary listings and reviews  – acquired Marijuana.com, giving it a premier domain name that is a powerhouse when it comes to search engine rankings. Although terms of […]

Read More

New Jersey Finalizes Medical Marijuana Rules in Bid to Jumpstart Oft-Delayed Program

Officials overseeing New Jersey’s medical marijuana program – which has been fraught with numerous setbacks and delays over the past two years – are moving aggressively to ensure dispensaries are operational and providing cannabis to registered patients as soon as possible. This week, New Jersey finalized an official set of rules governing the fledgling industry, […]

Read More

Wisconsin Legalization Efforts Take Shape as Lawmakers Prepare to Introduce MMJ Bill

Two Wisconsin lawmakers are making another go at passing legislation that would legalize medical cannabis in the state following a previous attempt that failed to gain traction. State Rep. Mark Pocan and Sen. Jon Erpenbach – both Democrats – are sponsoring the new bill. Pocan will reveal more details about the legislation during a press […]

Read More

‘The War on Weed’ Delves Into Underbelly of Medical Pot Laws, Enforcement

Current TV will air a special report  at 9 p.m., Eastern time tonight focusing on the “bizarre range of marijuana laws and enforcement” in the United States as part of its ongoing Vanguard documentary series. “The War on Weed” contrasts states that have MMJ laws (such as Colorado, California and Washington) with those that don’t, […]

Read More

Chris Walsh: Contrary to Conventional Wisdom, Recent Raids Positive for Medical Pot

By Chris Walsh You’ve no doubt seen the stories: Federal agents armed with guns, shields and even battering rams storm medical marijuana dispensaries and grow operations, seizing computers, boxes of documents and dozens of cannabis plants in the process. In some cases, employees are led away in handcuffs. In others, owners are simply forced to […]

Read More