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Las Vegas Wants MMJ

There were plenty of applicants in Las Vegas as mmj approaches.   Las Vegas received 63 applications for medical cannabis business licenses by Wednesday’s deadline, according to an official with the city. Most of of them came in at the eleventh hour, mirroring the last-minute rush in Clark County. As the 3 p.m. deadline approached, […]

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Who’s Next? – A Review of the States considering marijuana legalization

Recently, Washington state retailers opened their doors to the public, selling recreational marijuana for the first time since state laws were changed. Washington joins Colorado in becoming one of two states to legalize recreational marijuana. This means that there are now two pilot projects that can be analyzed, scrutinized and hopefully emulated by their 48 […]

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More on Cannabis’ Banking Problems

Here are some recent developments in the saga of cannabis trying to open a bank account.   The U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment Wednesday to prevent the federal government from penalizing financial institutions that do businesses with the marijuana industry. The Senate must now pass similar legislation for the amendment to become law, […]

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Confidence in Canada

It takes a degree of nerve to be on the front lines of any aspect of the cannabis industry these days.  But isn’t it nice to be able to work in the sunshine?  Here’s an example of Canadian confidence.   A prospective medical marijuana company in Canada has purchased a 300,000-square-foot facility for roughly $13 […]

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In Washington MMJ & Rec Exist in Different Worlds

In now legal Washington state the medical and recreational aspects of cannabis exist in different worlds.  How long can this last?   In the short term, at least, medical cannabis companies could benefit from the lack of regulations. Recreational business owners must pay licensing fees, meet zoning requirements and adhere to a slew of rules […]

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Casinos & Cannabis Won’t Mix in Nevada

Here’s a story that surprised me — the Nevada Gaming Board won’t let cannabis into their house.  Here’s the story:   The Nevada Gaming Control Board ruled this week that a Las Vegas restaurant needs to find a new slot machine operator because the company it planned to use has family ties to the cannabis […]

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MMJ Delivery Services Booming in Southern Cali

In response to Proposition D in California, dispensaries close and delivery services take up the slack.  Here’s more:   Medical marijuana delivery services are popping up at a rapid clip in Southern California as entrepreneurs look to skirt dispensary bans and lower overhead. In Los Angeles, for instance, some dispensaries that are now considered illegal […]

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Berkeley, CA Dispensaries Must Give Away Some MMJ

Here’s something new.   Medical marijuana dispensaries in Berkeley, California, must provide some free cannabis to low-income patients, the city council ruled in what appears to be a first for the medical marijuana industry. Under the new regulations, dispensaries must set aside at least 2% of all products, which will be provided at no cost […]

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Cali Town May Fund Cops with MMJ Taxes

Things keep getting stranger.   A desperate, crime-ridden desert town, reeling from a recent brush with bankruptcy, has turned to an unlikely savior to pay for its embattled police force — marijuana. Desert Hot Springs, a city of about 28,000 people in the desert two hours east of Los Angeles, is considering legalizing medical marijuana […]

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Feds Hold Cannabinoids Patent

If, as the Feds say, cannabis holds no medical value, why does the Federal government hold a patent on cannabinoids?  Keep reading:   On the one hand, United States federal government officials have consistently denied that marijuana has any medical benefits. On the other, the government actually holds patents for the medical use of the […]

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