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Oaksterdam University, 3 Other CA Medical Cannabis Sites Raided as Crackdown Enters New Phase

The federal government intensified its crackdown on the medical cannabis industry today, raiding several California marijuana operations including the well-known MMJ cultivation school Oaksterdam University. The raids have sent shockwaves through the marijuana industry in the San Francisco Bay area, as they mark a new phase in the government’s ongoing attempts to rein in cannabis […]

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U.S. Attorney: ‘Unregulated Free-for-All’ Led to Crackdown on CA Medical Marijuana Industry

The federal government’s crackdown on the medical cannabis industry in California is an attempt to shut down marijuana businesses raking in huge profits at the expense of patients, according to the U.S. attorney in Sacramento. “We have received information that some storefront marijuana stores…are selling marijuana at a markup of at least 200 percent over […]

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Seattle Mayor McGinn Urges Marijuana Legalization as State Mulls New Medical Cannabis Regulations

As Washington lawmakers ponder ways to streamline the state’s medical marijuana regulations, Seattle’s mayor is calling for the legalization of cannabis – a move that would have both positive and negative repercussions for MMJ dispensaries. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn said yesterday during his State of the City address that marijuana contributes heavily to crime and […]

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Changes at the Top: 2 State Medical Marijuana Chiefs Step Down, 1 Reassigned

Call it the MMJ management shuffle. At least three government officials overseeing state medical marijuana programs have resigned or been reassigned over the past few weeks, highlighting the industry’s overall volatility. The moves are unrelated, and the reasons behind them are different. But they are all controversial in one way or another. Here’s a recap […]

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Seattle Lawyer Challenges Medical Pot Ordinance on Dispensary Regulation, Oversight

A Seattle attorney has filed suit against a new ordinance that calls for the city to tax, oversee and regulate medical marijuana dispensaries in the region, calling the initiative unconstitutional. While similar lawsuits have popped up in cities with medical pot laws across the country, this one is particularly interesting because of who filed it: […]

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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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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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Flurry of Developments in Colo. Medical Pot Industry Includes Bans, New MMED Chief

It’s been an interesting few days for medical marijuana in Colorado, with a host of developments both positive and negative. Here’s a recap: – Residents in several Colorado cities went to the polls yesterday to vote on medical marijuana bans, and the results are decidedly mixed. The industry faced a rather big setback in Fort […]

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Czech Republic Moving to Legalize Medical Marijuana

While the United States is taking some big steps backwards when it comes to medical pot, the Czech Republic is moving in the opposite direction. The European country is gearing up to legalize marijuana for medical purposes, which would provide a shot in the arm to similar efforts in the U.S. and other nations. A […]

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