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NY Times Calls for End to Cannabis Prohibition

For a long, long time the influential New York Times has been a staunch supporter of cannabis prohibition.  No longer.  Now they are one of us.  Here’s a sample of how things have changed.   It took 13 years for the United States to come to its senses and end Prohibition, 13 years in which […]

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Chicago Hospital Wants MMJ

What seems more obvious than hospital involvement with medical marijuana?   A hospital in Chicago has gone public with its desire to dispense medical cannabis. Executives at Swedish Covenant Hospital said such a move makes sense because of patients’ desire to be treated with medical marijuana and the security and safety a healthcare facility can […]

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Vermont in Flux

I was surprised when Vermont did not line up to be the next state to re-legalize.  Patience.   Rand Corp. is set to begin a study on the possible impacts of marijuana legislation in Vermont, the results of which could have broad implications for cannabis legalization efforts across the country. Officials from Rand Corp. – […]

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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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Winds Shift for MMJ in Michigan

HMJ hasn’t posted a story out of Michigan in quite a while.  Things are looking better way up north.   Michigan basically disappeared from the national MMJ radar earlier this year, with its industry keeping a low profile amid a shaky legal climate and lawmakers putting MMJ issues on the backburner. That changed Wednesday. A […]

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Arizona Wants “The Talk” to Accompany Edibles

Arizona is proposing counseling accompany edibles sales.   Arizona’s top health official has proposed new rules for edible marijuana products and the dispensaries that sell them. Will Humble, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, wants dispensaries to certify that an employee has discussed with the customer the effects of marijuana edibles before the […]

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Vancouver Turns Blind Eye to Home Grows

A recent change in Canadian law obligates the medical user to purchase from a state-approved source.  O..k..a..y. . .   Home growers in British Columbia may escape Canada’s impending ban on grow-it-yourself marijuana. Politicians and law enforcement in greater Vancouver said they will turn a blind eye to home growers after April 1, which is […]

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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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Funding Re-Legalization Efforts in Florida

A by-product of re-legalization is new business.  New business means new profits.  Some of those new profits from new businesses are helping liberate the next state to come to the plate.  Behold:   Florida’s campaign to legalize medical marijuana is receiving some solid financial support from the cannabis industry. The People United for Medical Marijuana […]

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