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...]

July 6, 2012

Is Medical Marijuana Legalization Coming to Kentucky?

By Anne Holland Before the Federal Government banned hemp growing, Kentucky was one of the top producing states in the nation – making it the green grass state. Seems that [click to continue...]

July 5, 2012

Three Judges on Los Angeles Appeals Court Unanimously Agree: Dispensaries Are Legal Under California State Law

By Anne Holland On Monday the Los Angeles County 2nd District Court of Appeal unanimously overturned a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries, indicating dispensaries are legal under state law, and [click to continue...]

July 5, 2012

New Speaker for National Marijuana Business Conference: Hilary Bricken of Canna Law Group

Editor’s note: This is the latest post in a series of weekly updates about the National Marijuana Business Conference, which will be held Nov. 8 and 9 in Denver. These [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...]

PTSD Study Could Move Forward, With Lead Researcher

Dr. Suzanne Sisley

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


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


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...]

Cheeba Chews Returns to Colorado Market

Cheeba Chews is back in business. The Colorado-based company – which makes a popular line [click to continue...]

WA Product Shortages Could Last Months


When will Washington State’s recreational marijuana industry have enough product to satisfy demand? One cultivator [click to continue...]