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Black Market Threat to Rec Sales Lower Than Expected: Exclusive Data

Marijuana Business Daily staff  | March 3, 2014
By Anne Holland

The economic threat the black market poses to legalized recreational cannabis sales may have been vastly overstated.

According to a new consumer market research study from the editors of Marijuana Business Daily, more than 60% of cannabis users said their biggest concern when purchasing marijuana is buying it from legal sources.

A …

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

Chris Walsh  | January 11, 2012

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 …

Federal Judge Tosses Arizona’s Medical Marijuana Lawsuit, Putting Gov. on Hot Seat

Chris Walsh  | January 5, 2012

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s aggressive attempts to bury the state’s medical cannabis dispensary program took a severe hit yesterday, resulting in a major win for the pro-MMJ crowd.

U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton dismissed a lawsuit filed last spring by the state questioning the legality of Arizona’s voter-approved medical pot laws. Officials …

Attorney: Hearing Could Trigger Shift in Nevada’s Medical Marijuana Laws

Chris Walsh  | November 10, 2011

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 …

Scope of Federal Medical Marijuana Crackdown Remains Unclear

Chris Walsh  | October 27, 2011

Last spring, Depute U.S. Attorney General James Cole attempted to clarify the federal government’s position on the burgeoning medical marijuana industry. In a memo sent to state attorneys, Cole said that anyone involved in growing or selling marijuana for any reason – and particularly large-scale operations – could face prosecution and might be …

Attorney Offers Advice, Best Practices for MIPs

Chris Walsh  | October 17, 2011

Businesses that make marijuana-infused treats have been burgeoning as of late, with patients gobbling up everything from cannabis brownies and ice cream to pot pizza, peanut butter and lasagna.

But the laws and regulations governing edibles are just as vague and confusing as the ones covering dispensaries, and these budding businesses have very few places …

Professor’s Dire Prediction: ‘Beginning of End’ for Medical Marijuana

Chris Walsh  | October 14, 2011

Medical marijuana trade groups, lawyers and industry advisers across the nation are trying to allay fears that the federal government’s crackdown in California will spread to other states. California’s pot industry, they argue, is mostly unregulated, allowing shady businesses to flourish and large-scale marijuana operations to grow virtually unchecked. Medical marijuana dispensaries have popped up …

Voters to Get Final Say on Controversial Montana Marijuana Bill

Chris Walsh  | October 4, 2011

Montana voters will decide the fate of a controversial bill enacted earlier this year that introduced strict limits and regulations on the state’s medical marijuana industry.

The Montana Secretary of State’s office said organizers behind the referendum campaign gathered enough signatures to get the issue on the November 2012 ballot.

The state legislature …