August 3, 2012

Bill Would Stem Fed-Forced Evictions of Compliant Medical Cannabis Companies in MMJ States

The biggest worry for many marijuana dispensary owners and growers these days isn’t tied to financing, the competition or even a raid by federal agents. It’s about what their landlords [click to continue...]

August 2, 2012

Report: Colorado Medical Marijuana Regs Fail to Prevent ‘Diversion’ of Cannabis into Wrong Hands

Marijuana grown for medical purposes in Colorado is making its way to other states and into the hands of people without cards at an alarming rate, reflecting ineffective regulations and [click to continue...]

August 1, 2012

Tacoma Dispensaries Deemed a Public Nuisance, But Fate of City’s 35 MMJ Centers Unclear

At first glance, the ordinance passed by officials in Tacoma, Washington, yesterday seems pretty cut-and-dry: Medical marijuana dispensaries are now considered a public nuisance and must close shop in the [click to continue...]

July 31, 2012

Key Question in Wake of Los Angeles Dispensary Ban: How Will City Enforce New Law?

After backing a proposal to rid Los Angeles of storefront dispensaries, local officials must now figure out exactly how to enforce the controversial ordinance. It could prove to be a [click to continue...]

July 31, 2012

Unexpected Ally for MMJ? Governor Rejects Request to Halt Arizona Medical Marijuana Program

My how the times have changed. Last summer, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer launched an assault on the state’s budding medical marijuana industry, putting the dispensary licensing program on hold and [click to continue...]

July 31, 2012

Theo Norton: Marijuana Growers, Unite! MMJ Supplier Collectives Could Solve Distribution Woes

By Theo Norton To be successful in the medical marijuana business, you have to think like a customer. That means putting yourself in the patient’s shoes and examining your business [click to continue...]

July 30, 2012

Weekly Wrapup: Future of Medical Marijuana in California After LA Ban + Colorado Patient Numbers

By now, most of the medical cannabis community is aware of the chaotic developments in Los Angeles last week, when local officials voted in favor of a ban on dispensaries. [click to continue...]

July 27, 2012

Chapter 11: A New Strategy for Medical Cannabis Businesses to Postpone Eviction by Feds?

Now here’s a novel method in the medical cannabis industry for staving off federal pressure to close: File for bankruptcy protection. Mother Earth Alternative Healing, a marijuana dispensary in San [click to continue...]

July 26, 2012

Cannabis Pros to Hold Marijuana Tax Seminar for Dispensary Hopefuls, MMJ Startups in Arizona

Entrepreneurs hoping to get involved with medical marijuana in Arizona can get the low-down on the complex tax situation for cannabis companies at a seminar this weekend. The 280e Reform [click to continue...]

July 25, 2012

Colorado Medical Marijuana Patient Numbers Rise for 6th Straight Month as Recovery Continues

The number of patients in Colorado with valid medical marijuana cards hit 98,910 in May, a 2% increase from April and the sixth consecutive monthly increase. That’s good news for [click to continue...]

July 24, 2012

Update: Los Angeles Approves Ban on Medical Marijuana Dispensaries, But 182 Could Remain Open

Los Angeles council members overwhelmingly approved a ban on medical cannabis dispensaries today, a move that will lead to the closure of all or most of the estimated 900-1,000 marijuana [click to continue...]

July 24, 2012

D-Day in LA: City Council Poised to Vote on Los Angeles Medical Marijuana Dispensary Ban

The future of medical cannabis dispensaries in Los Angeles hangs in the balance today, with local officials set to debate – and likely vote on – a contentious proposal to [click to continue...]

Politicians Openly Discuss Marijuana Issues

As the 2014 election approaches, politicians are increasingly comfortable addressing marijuana issues as part of [click to continue...]

Oregon Cities Levy Taxes in Hopes of Rec Law Passage

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For many voters, a key selling point of recreational cannabis legalization is the possible tax [click to continue...]

Cannabis Industry to Impact Energy Needs of Northwest Region

A 20-year power plan covering the northeast United States is taking into account the sizable [click to continue...]

Illinois MMJ Applicants Scramble for Local Support

As the deadline approaches to submit applications for dispensary and cultivation permits in Illinois, many [click to continue...]

Latest Rec Sales Data: $7M in Washington, $30M in Colorado


Colorado and Washington have released updated tax data associated with their respective marijuana programs. In [click to continue...]

Chile Latest Country to Make Cannabis Progress

Chile has joined a growing list of countries moving toward legalization of medical or recreational [click to continue...]

New Poll Bolsters Rec Law Efforts

A recent poll spearheaded by NBC News and Marist shows continued support among Colorado residents [click to continue...]

Report: Notable Cannabis Opponents Have Ties to Big Pharma


Several academics and researchers who oppose cannabis have worked with pharmaceutical companies that could take [click to continue...]

Illinois Cultivation Group Misses Opportunity

Several cannabis entrepreneurs who teamed up to secure approval for a marijuana cultivation center in [click to continue...]

MMJ Application Process Kicks Off in Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Health has opened up the application process for the state’s two [click to continue...]

Closures, Fines Follow Oregon Dispensary Inspections


The Oregon Health Authority has levied significant fines on non-compliant dispensaries and has proposed revoking [click to continue...]

Hawaii Solicits Public Input on Dispensaries

Lawmakers in Hawaii are taking a closer look at the possibility of setting up a [click to continue...]

Denver Considering Limits on Home Extraction

Denver is looking to ban residents from using explosive chemicals to create homemade hash oil, [click to continue...]

Ex-CEO of Tweed an Overnight Multimillionaire

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Many parallels have been drawn to date between the development of the cannabis industry and [click to continue...]