Marijuana Legalization and Regulatory News for Cannabis Businesses

Louisiana Governor Open to MMJ

The governor of Louisiana said he supports the legalization of medical marijuana as long as it’s distributed under “very strict supervision” – one of the strongest pro-MMJ comments yet by a high-ranking elected official in the South. Gov. Bobby Jindal made the remarks Wednesday while answering questions from the media, saying he would back a […]

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Google, Facebook Uphold Bans on Marijuana Advertising

Internet giants aren’t budging on their current advertising rules, which prohibit marijuana ads. Google and Facebook confirmed they will not run advertisements for marijuana businesses, even in legal states such as Colorado and Washington. Both websites cited their existing drug policies for not accepting ads from legal marijuana businesses. Twitter, Bing and Yahoo also have strict bans […]

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Frustration Mounts in Los Angeles as Illegal Dispensaries Defy Prop D

When Los Angeles passed a measure banning most dispensaries in the city last spring, the few MMJ centers allowed to remain open expected to see rapid growth, increased pricing power and a more stable business climate. But none of the expected benefits of the new law – called Proposition D – have materialized. If anything, […]

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Obama: Legalization in CO, WA ‘Important’

President Barack Obama said it’s “important” to move forward with marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington in yet another sign attitudes toward cannabis are shifting. The president, who made the comments during an interview with The New Yorker, said that legalization in the two states should advance “because it’s important for society not to have […]

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Which States Will Legalize Medical Marijuana in 2014?

This article is the second in a two-part series. Last week, we highlighted states with the best chances of passing recreational marijuana legislation this year. The fight to legalize recreational marijuana has jumped to the forefront of the national discourse as of late. But advocates in many states are still working to advance medical marijuana […]

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Harry Reid Joins Ranks of MMJ Supporters

The U.S. Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid (D-NV), publicly voiced his support for medical marijuana in an interview Thursday. Explaining his position, Reid pointed to his personal experience witnessing how cannabis aided a friend’s ailing son, as well as the growing media coverage of individuals who receive medical benefits from using marijuana. Reid becomes the […]

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Florida MMJ Legalization Group Claims Big Win

Advocates in Florida are claiming victory in their bid to get a medical marijuana legalization measure on the 2014 ballot, boosting hopes that the state will become the first in the South to adopt MMJ laws. The group leading the effort – United for Care – said it has enough signatures to get the measure […]

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Which states will legalize recreational marijuana in 2014?

This article is the first in a two-part series. Next week, we’ll highlight states with the best chances of passing medical marijuana legislation this year. The marijuana industry has enjoyed mainstream headlines since Colorado rolled out its recreational marijuana industry on Jan. 1. But advocates for legalization haven’t been resting on their laurels.

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New Hampshire Legalization Bill Up for Vote Wednesday

The House of Representatives in New Hampshire could vote this Wednesday on a bill modeled after Colorado’s Amendment 64 that would legalize recreational marijuana. The bill would allow anyone 21 and over to possess up to one ounce of marijuana. It would also propose a $30 per-ounce tax on the sale of recreational marijuana and […]

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Several NY Hospitals Interested in Cuomo’s MMJ Plan

Hospitals in New York are deciding how to proceed with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s controversial plan for medical marijuana, which calls for 20 New York hospitals to distribute medical marijuana to patients. Some health care facilities have already expressed interest. A representative for The Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA) told the website Capital New York […]

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New York Times Opposes MMJ Plan

The editorial board of The New York Times has come out in opposition of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s controversial plan for medical marijuana, joining some cannabis industry professionals who say the program is too restrictive. The newspaper said that allowing just 20 hospitals scattered across the state to distribute marijuana may not “provide sufficient […]

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