July 17, 2012

Lawmaker Calls for Hearings on Delays Plaguing New Jersey Marijuana Program

New Jersey Assemblyman Reed Gusciora wants the state to answer a question that’s been on the minds of MMJ advocates for quite some time: What’s taking so long? Gusciora has [click to continue...]

July 17, 2012

Arizona Study Casts Doubt on Medical Marijuana’s Usefulness Treating Anxiety, Migraines

A slew of recent studies have boosted the medical marijuana cause, with some finding MMJ doesn’t increase crime or teen pot use and others concluding that cannabis can help patients [click to continue...]

July 16, 2012

Weekly Wrapup: California MMJ Pioneers in Trouble + Arkansas, Massachusetts Cannabis News

These are dark days for two medical marijuana pioneers who helped establish and bring credibility to the MMJ industry. Lynette Shaw, who opened the nation’s first licensed medical marijuana dispensary [click to continue...]

July 13, 2012

America’s First Dispensary Owner Files for Bankruptcy Due to $1.27 Million IRS Tax Bill

By Anne Holland Lynette Shaw (pictured), who opened America’s first licensed medical marijuana center in 1997, has filed for personal bankruptcy due to a $1.27 million bill she received from [click to continue...]

July 13, 2012

US Attorney Deems California Medical Marijuana Center Too Big to Succeed

By Anne Holland US Attorney Melinda Haag (pictured) has issued a letter explaining why she filed civil forfeiture actions against Harborside Health Center, despite the fact that the Center appears [click to continue...]

July 12, 2012

Massachusetts Voters to Decide if Up to 35 Cannabis Dispensaries Can Be Opened

By Anne Holland Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin’s office announced Wednesday that supporters of the Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Initiative have gathered enough local citizen signatures to place the measure [click to continue...]

July 12, 2012

New Speaker for National Marijuana Business Conference: Cannabis Industry Tax Expert Henry G. Wykowski

Henry Wykowski, a San Francisco-based attorney regarded as a leading authority on tax issues in the medical cannabis industry, has agreed to speak at the National Marijuana Business Conference. In [click to continue...]

July 12, 2012

DEA Agents Threaten to Seize Facilities of the Largest US Dispensary, Harborside Health Center

By Anne Holland On Tuesday, DEA agents posted notices of property forfeiture on the doors of Harborside Health Center’s Oakland and San Jose medical cannabis dispensaries. Both locations are rented, [click to continue...]

July 11, 2012

More Than 67,000 Arkansas Medical Marijuana Supporters Sign Ballot Petition

By Anne Holland Arkansans for Compassionate Care turned in a petition with more than 67,000 signatures to have a medical marijuana initiative added to the state’s November 6th general election [click to continue...]

July 10, 2012

‘Vague’ Medical Marijuana Dispensary Rules Lead to a Colorado Lawsuit

By Anne Holland Although Colorado has more than 250-pages of formal rulings and legal guidelines around medical marijuana dispensary operations, turns out the guidelines aren’t specific enough to keep center [click to continue...]

July 9, 2012

New Medical Marijuana Study Calls for Legalization as a Doctor-Prescribed Drug

By Anne Holland A new study, entitled ‘Medical Marijuana: Clearing Away the Smoke’, published in The Open Neurology Journal recommends that marijuana should be available to patients for chronic pain [click to continue...]

July 9, 2012

1998 Oregon Law Allowing Food Stamp Deductions for MMJ Patients Suddenly Gets Tons of National Media Coverage

By Anne Holland Fourteen years ago, Oregon passed a law allowing elderly and permanently disabled citizens who qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance to file for deductions on the cost [click to continue...]

Oregon Bank Looking to Work With Marijuana Industry

An Oregon-based financial institution has confirmed it is in talks with federal and state regulators [click to continue...]

NY Urged to Accelerate MMJ Program


Cannabis advocates and lawmakers in New York are urging the state to accelerate implementation of [click to continue...]

Senators Ask Feds for Cannabis Guidance, Consistency

Senators from Colorado and Washington have jointly appealed to the White House and the U.S. [click to continue...]

Study: WA Rec Industry Not Creating Tourism Boom

Interest in traveling to Seattle has dipped slightly despite the start of recreational cannabis sales [click to continue...]

Rand Paul Pressuring Lawmakers to Declare Marijuana Stance


U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has filed a series of marijuana-related amendments in recent days, [click to continue...]

CBD, Hemp Bill Introduced in House

A Republican lawmaker has introduced a bill in the U.S. House that would effectively legalize [click to continue...]

90% Support MMJ in Florida

Image for legalization of medical marijuana

Opponents of medical marijuana legalization in Florida have ramped up publicity for their campaign in [click to continue...]

Stiff Competition for LV Dispensary Licenses

Applicants for medical marijuana dispensary licenses in Las Vegas face some hefty competition. Roughly 47 [click to continue...]

New York Times Urges Marijuana Legalization


The New York Times editorial board is calling for an end to the federal ban [click to continue...]

Debt Fund Launched for Illinois MMJ Startups

Entrepreneurs looking to enter Illinois’ medical marijuana industry could get help with one of the [click to continue...]

FL Company Nabs $500K Funding Commitment


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


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...]