Marijuana Legalization and Regulatory News for Cannabis Businesses

More Dispensary Raids in SoCal

Authorities in Southern California continue to target marijuana dispensaries. On Wednesday, police in Pomona, California raided the People’s First Wellness Center and seized marijuana flowers and edibles, as well as computer equipment, cellphones and paperwork. Police said they could charge the business owner for zoning violations and operating without a business license. Pomona is part […]

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Alaska Next State to Legalize Marijuana?

Alaska could become the third state in the nation to allow the production, sale and use of recreational marijuana. State officials have validated enough signatures to qualify a legalization proposal for the primary election ballot in August. The measure would allow adults 21 and over to purchase cannabis from state-licensed shops or grow their own, […]

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Email Marketing Under Attack in R.I.

Rhode Island’s attorney general has put the kibosh on email marketing campaigns for the medical marijuana industry there. Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin contacted the Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center to denounce the company’s direct email marketing campaigns, which had promoted discounts on medical marijuana products during the Holidays. The dispensary has stopped the campaigns. […]

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Utah State Senator Joins MMJ Payment Company

Utah State Senator Curt Bramble may not support medical marijuana in his home state, but he is lending his expertise to the industry. The Republican has teamed up with the Las Vegas-based payment processing company Medical Cannabis Solutions as chairman of the company’s advisory board. It’s an unpaid position; however Bramble said he may receive […]

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Farm bill could pave the way for billion-dollar hemp industry

Prospective hemp growers are celebrating Tuesday’s passage of the Farm Bill in the U.S. Senate, as the legislation could be the first step toward creating a multi-billion dollar hemp industry. Tucked into the $956.4 billion Farm Bill is an amendment proposed by representatives Jared Polis, Thomas Massie and

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MMJ Legislation Introduced in Nebraska, Missouri, Georgia

Medical marijuana legislation is making headway in Nebraska, Missouri and Georgia. In Nebraska, the state chapter of NORML has begun circulating a petition to put a medical marijuana initiative up for voter approval this year. According to the director of the state chapter, John Smith, the group needs to collect 125,000 signatures by July 1. So […]

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Bad News for Michigan’s Latest MMJ Bills

Michigan has become a battleground for medical marijuana legislation, and it appears that advocates are losing the latest battle. Lawmakers have stalled two important medical marijuana bills in the state’s Senate Government Operations committee, and it appears that both bills are destined to die in limbo. On Monday, the chairman of the committee, Republican Rep. Randy […]

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Nevada Advocates Start 2015 Recreational Campaign

Cannabis advocates in Nevada believe the state could legalize recreational marijuana next year, and they have established a strategy to accomplish that goal. The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana believes it can collect 102,000 petition signatures supporting legalized marijuana this year, which would force the state’s Legislature to vote on the topic in 2015. Two-thirds of […]

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Improvements to Maryland MMJ Law Proposed

The author of the Maryland law that governs distribution of medical marijuana through the state’s approved research hospitals wants to loosen up the program. His proposed bill, however, does little to address the key stumbling block in the law. Baltimore County Delegate Dan Morhaim said that his new measure would allow physicians on staff at […]

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Two Months After CO Raids, Businesses Struggle to Recover

Two months after federal agents raided medical marijuana businesses in Colorado, many of the businesses that were targeted have reopened. But they are struggling to get back to business as usual. According to a Denver Post report, of the 15 cultivation facilities and retail shops targeted in the November 21 raid, most have reopened, however […]

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MPP Takes Its “Safer” Message to the NFL

The Marijuana Policy Project is once again using a major sporting event to highlight its core “Marijuana is Safer” message. The group has purchased five billboards around New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium in the lead up to Sunday’s Super Bowl. It remains to be seen what reaction – positive or negative – will be sparked by […]

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Hawaii to Export Marijuana Internationally?

Hawaii would grow cannabis and export the drug internationally under a bill introduced in the state Legislature on Friday. House Bill 2124, spearheaded by Rep. Rida Cabanilla, would legalize the commercial production and distribution of marijuana and edibles solely for sale to other countries where marijuana use is legal. Taxes gleaned from such sales would […]

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