February 11, 2013

Weekly Wrapup: 1st Major Setback for Cannabis in New Year + Pushing Change at the Federal Level

By Chris Walsh So now what? That’s the question many medical marijuana professionals in Michigan are asking after the state Supreme Court ruled on Friday that dispensaries are illegal. Theoretically, [click to continue...]

February 8, 2013

Michigan Bombshell: Supreme Court Says Dispensaries Are Illegal, Many Centers Could Close

The Michigan Supreme Court has ruled that dispensaries are illegal under local medical cannabis laws, a worst-case scenario for the state’s MMJ industry. The ruling leaves no doubt about the [click to continue...]

February 8, 2013

Washington Dispensaries Could See Regulatory Changes Modeled After I-502 Rules

The legalization of cannabis in Washington could trigger huge changes in the state’s medical marijuana laws and policies this year. Case in point: Two state lawmakers have introduced a bill [click to continue...]

February 7, 2013

Lone NJ Dispensary Struggling to Meet Crushing Demand as Frustration Mounts Over MMJ Program

The New Jersey medical cannabis industry celebrated a major milestone in December, when the state’s first dispensary officially opened its doors and began serving patients. Now, two months later, frustration [click to continue...]

February 6, 2013

Behold, the Power of MMJ: Michigan Collects $10M in Revenue Fom Marijuana Applications

Perhaps that whole MMJ crackdown thing in Michigan isn’t such a good idea, after all. The state collected $10 million in application fees from medical cannabis patients during its most [click to continue...]

February 5, 2013

Lawmakers Introduce Bills to Overhaul Federal Marijuana Policies, Bolster Cannabis Industry

Two congressmen have unveiled separate bills today that would overhaul the federal government’s approach to marijuana and allow the industry to flourish in states that have legalized cannabis for medical [click to continue...]

February 5, 2013

California Dispensary Bans in Spotlight as State Supreme Court Takes Up Medical Cannabis Case

Can cities and counties in California ban medical marijuana dispensaries, or should they be forced to regulate – rather than destroy – the industry if they have a problem with [click to continue...]

February 4, 2013

Weekly Wrapup: Los Angeles, San Diego Highlight Volatility of Medical Cannabis Industry

The medical marijuana industry is not for the faint of heart. Each day brings new challenges, setbacks and surprises (not to mention opportunities)  -  making it both exciting and frustrating [click to continue...]

February 1, 2013

Despite Flurry of Bills, Only a Few States Expected to Pass Cannabis Legislation in 2013

Optimism about the marijuana industry’s future is extraordinarily high these days. One of the main reasons for the exuberance: Lawmakers in roughly two dozen states have either already submitted or plan [click to continue...]

January 31, 2013

San Diego Dispensaries Not Out of Woods Yet as Mayor Scrambles to Draft New MMJ Proposal

The San Diego medical cannabis industry breathed a huge sigh of relief – and popped open a few champagne bottles – earlier this month when Mayor Bob Filner directed local [click to continue...]

January 30, 2013

5 Promising Ancillary Cannabis Business Opportunities for Entrepreneurs, Investors

Looking to get involved in the marijuana industry but don’t want to take on the sizable risks of actually handling the drug? Good news: Some of the biggest opportunities in [click to continue...]

January 29, 2013

An Industry Divided: Battle Lines Drawn as Older, Newer Cannabis Dispensaries Square Off in LA

A civil war is brewing in the Los Angeles medical marijuana community, and nearly every local cannabis-related business will be forced to choose sides this spring. It’s an important battle: [click to continue...]

FL Company Nabs $500K Funding Commitment

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A Florida company has secured up to $500,000 in investments to fuel its business interests [click to continue...]

$38.5M Potential Tax Haul From Legalized Cannabis in Oregon

Cannabis legalization in Oregon could generate $38.5 million in taxes for the state during the [click to continue...]

Seattle Dispensaries, MMJ Growers Could Get Reprieve

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Medical marijuana businesses in Seattle could get until 2016 to obtain licenses with the state. [click to continue...]

63 License Applications in Las Vegas

Las Vegas received 63 applications for medical cannabis business licenses by Wednesday’s deadline, according to [click to continue...]

PTSD Study Could Move Forward, With Lead Researcher

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A federally approved project to research the use of marijuana for treating post-traumatic stress disorder [click to continue...]

Minnesota Names Medical Cannabis Czar

Minnesota’s medical marijuana program now has a leader. Michelle Larson, who held various executive roles [click to continue...]

Moody’s: WA Rec Sales Could Fall Short of Projections

Initial recreational cannabis sales in Washington State could fall “well short” of expectations due to [click to continue...]

Oregon Recreational Marijuana Bill Approved for Ballot

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Oregon voters will get another shot at legalizing recreational marijuana. The state announced Tuesday that [click to continue...]

Infused Products, Extracts Guidelines Released

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) released business guidelines today tied to the manufacturing, packaging, [click to continue...]

IL Hospital Voices Interest in Dispensing Marijuana

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A hospital in Chicago has gone public with its desire to dispense medical cannabis. Executives [click to continue...]

Bid to Overturn San Jose MMJ Regs Falls Short

A last-ditch effort to block restrictive regulations on medical cannabis businesses in San Jose, California, [click to continue...]

Poll Shows Views on CO’s Rec Program Evolving

Colorado residents still favor the state’s recreational marijuana law, however their support has dropped slightly [click to continue...]

VT Moves Forward With Marijuana Legalization Study

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Rand Corp. is set to begin a study on the possible impacts of marijuana legislation [click to continue...]

Illinois Expands MMJ Program

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation expanding the list of qualifying conditions for the [click to continue...]