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June 26, 2014

Hawaii to Consider Starting Dispensary Program

Lawmakers in Hawaii are debating whether to open medical marijuana dispensaries, a move that would finally create business opportunities in a state that has had MMJ laws on the books [click to continue...]

June 26, 2014

Engaging Stakeholders: MMJ Experts Meet Medical Pros in CT

Connecticut’s cannabis professionals hope that education of the state’s medical professionals will be the key to jump-starting the state’s medical marijuana industry. Pharmacists and physicians from across Connecticut met with [click to continue...]

June 26, 2014

Robbery Death at Dispensary Highlights Need for Security

Security at medical marijuana retail facilities is back in the spotlight after a fatal shooting at a dispensary in Los Angeles Wednesday afternoon. An armed guard at a dispensary in [click to continue...]

June 25, 2014

San Jose Businesses Explore Political Options Against Regulations

Some marijuana business owners in San Jose, California are exploring all options in their fight against the city’s recently approved regulations on the industry. Speaking at the Cannabis Business Summit [click to continue...]

June 25, 2014

No Tax Breaks for Growers in British Columbia

Medical marijuana growers in British Columbia will be forbidden from cashing in on a lucrative tax break for agriculture companies. The decision, which was announced Tuesday, came after several British Columbia [click to continue...]

June 24, 2014

Advocacy Group Drops Out Of Oregon’s Legalization Drive

One of Oregon’s two legalization campaigns has called it quits. The Campaign for the Restoration and Regulation of Hemp ended operations this week after it became clear the group would [click to continue...]

June 24, 2014

Washington Retail Stores To Open July 8

Washington’s Liquor Control Board finally provided a firm date for the program’s debut after several weeks of industry speculation. The state’s recreational cannabis industry will officially begin July 8. According [click to continue...]

June 23, 2014

FDA Considers Rescheduling Marijuana Off Schedule 1 List

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has taken up a request by the Drug Enforcement Agency to study whether marijuana should remain classified as a Schedule 1 drug. The study [click to continue...]

June 20, 2014

San Jose Dispensaries Face ‘Daunting Challenge’ Fighting New Rules

Dispensaries in San Jose, California, are preparing to fight the city. The group Silicon Valley Cannabis Coalition plans to file two separate referendums to challenge the recent rules approved by [click to continue...]

June 20, 2014

Edibles Company Responds to Hershey Trademark Lawsuit

The president of a Colorado edibles company is firing back at chocolate giant Hershey, which is suing the cannabis firm over trademark violations. Last week, Hershey filed suit against TinctureBelle LLC, [click to continue...]

June 20, 2014

UK Company Raising $148M to Advance CBD Drug

British drug maker GW Pharmaceuticals plans to raise $148 million from U.S. investors to advance an epilepsy drug that uses cannabidiol (CBD). The company will sell 1.7 million American Depository [click to continue...]

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San Diego Dispensary Applicants Trip Each Other Up

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Entrepreneurs hoping to open dispensaries in San Diego are competing aggressively with each other before [click to continue...]

Multi-state MMJ Operators Embroiled in Lawsuits, Legal Disputes

Entrepreneurs seeking cannabis licenses in multiple states have a new concern: legal issues from one [click to continue...]

CO Credit Union for MJ Businesses Could Open by New Year’s Day

Colorado marijuana businesses in need of a bank account, take heart. Banking services may soon [click to continue...]

Bill Would Allow VA Docs To Recommend MMJ

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A bill introduced in Congress by representatives from California and Oregon with 10 bipartisan cosponsors [click to continue...]

1000-Foot Buffer Rule Could Lead to Federal Action in MA

Legal marijuana dispensaries face potential prosecution if a U.S. attorney enforces federal guidelines banning marijuana [click to continue...]

Two More San Diego MMJ Dispensaries Ordered to Close

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The crusade against illegal medical marijuana dispensaries in southern California has been going on for [click to continue...]

Congressional GOP Not Likely to Block DC Marijuana Legalization

In what must come as a relief for cannabis enthusiasts in the nation’s capital, The [click to continue...]

Two Rec Legalization Measures Possible on Maine Ballot for 2016

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Legalize Maine, an advocacy organization for legalized recreational cannabis in the northeastern state, announced a [click to continue...]

Oregon Lawmakers Begin Looking at Rec MJ Regulations

Oregon lawmakers have started asking questions about how to frame regulations pertaining to recreational marijuana [click to continue...]

Seattle Still Trying to Curb MMJ Businesses

The Emerald City has been trying for months to slow down the quickly-expanding medical marijuana [click to continue...]

Anchorage Official Moves to Ban Rec Sales in City

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Though Alaska voters spoke earlier this month on recreational marijuana, the state’s largest city might [click to continue...]

California Attorney General Says Cannabis Legalization `Inevitable’

California Attorney General Kamala Harris said cannabis legalization in the state is “inevitable” as advocates [click to continue...]

Montana Dispensary Owners Seek Stronger Regulations

Some Montana marijuana dispensaries are asking for more-stringent regulations to avoid a repeat of 2011 [click to continue...]

Final Rhode Island Dispensary Opens Wednesday

The smallest state in the nation will get its third and final medical marijuana dispensary [click to continue...]