Oregon Dispensaries Face Surprise Inspections
Dec10

Oregon Dispensaries Face Surprise Inspections

Oregon dispensaries are learning the rules of the road.   Oregon health inspectors have made 58 surprise visits to medical marijuana dispensaries since late May, forcing two to shut down for serious violations. One of the dispensaries that had to close – Kush MMD in Eugene – was allowed to reopen after correcting its problems. The other, Compassionate Caregivers in Portland, remains shuttered. Oregon has licensed 158 MMJ...

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$12.4M Says MMJ Succeeds in Minnesota
Dec10

$12.4M Says MMJ Succeeds in Minnesota

Someone in Minnesota believes in mmj to the tune of $12,400,000.00.   Leafline Labs, which was founded by members of the family that runs a well-known chain of garden centers in the state, will use the money to build out its cultivation facility and open its first dispensary. The infusion indicates that investors are eager to get involved in the state’s MMJ industry. It also reflects the increasingly high costs of opening...

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New Regs Proposed for Seattle MMJ
Dec04

New Regs Proposed for Seattle MMJ

Washington state mmj may be about to shoulder a new round of regulation.   Seattle Mayor Ed Murray outlined a plan Monday afternoon to license medical marijuana businesses and set standards on the MMJ industry for everything from testing to packaging and advertising. The proposal – which still needs approval from the city council – establishes a regulatory system for medical marijuana similar to that for recreational cannabis....

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Chicago MMJ Taking Shape
Dec03

Chicago MMJ Taking Shape

Medical marijuana is starting to take shape in the city of Chicago.   On Friday, a medical marijuana farm and six dispensaries were granted initial approval by Chicago’s Zoning Board of Appeals. The board can approve up to 13 dispensaries for the city, but just one cultivator. Last month, three would-be dispensaries won special use permits from the board. The farm and one of the dispensaries, both called Custom Strains, are owned...

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Long Delayed D.C. MMJ Expanding
Dec02

Long Delayed D.C. MMJ Expanding

With the District recently voting to re-legalize let's not forget their mmj program is expanding, too.   Members of the DC City Council and Mayor Vincent Gray have approved legislation amending the District’s medical marijuana program to expand physicians’ authority to recommend cannabis therapy. The Mayor signed the measure, “The Medical Marijuana Expansion Emergency Amendment Act of 2014,” into law on July 29. Under the city’s...

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Rhode Island MMJ Expands
Nov26

Rhode Island MMJ Expands

Medical marijuana continues to unfold in the nations smallest state.   The smallest state in the nation will get its third and final medical marijuana dispensary on Wednesday, according to a Rhode Island TV station. Summit Medical Compassion Center, located in the town of Warwick, will serve at least 25 patients who have been approved by the state so far, with another 50 waiting for the green light from Rhode Island officials....

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