El Mirage Resident Sues Over Right To Grow Medical Marijuana

Arizona state officials are facing a lawsuit from a medical marijuana patient who is arguing the case to grow his own despite his living closer that 25 miles from a mmj dispensary.

ARIZONA:  State health officials are facing a new legal challenge over a provision in the voter-approved Medical Marijuana Act that bars those who live within 25 miles of a dispensary from growing their own plants. The lawsuit filed in Maricopa County Superior Court contends giving some the right to grow but not to others is Read the full article…

Lincolnwood Marijuana Rules Make Clinic Unlikely

The state law allows municipalities to enact “reasonable regulations” on cannabis dispensaries and cultivation centers but prohibits local lawmakers from banning the facilities outright.

ILLINOIS:  The chances of a medical marijuana clinic setting up shop in Lincolnwood in the near future are slim at best. Village trustees Tuesday accepted a recommendation by the Plan Commission to enact tighter local restrictions to allow a “medical cannabis dispensary” as a special use in the village’s M-B Retail Overlay District — and Read the full article…

No-Pot City Takes Aim At Washington Marijuana Law

Fife wants the judge to address if Washington's entire legal marijuana scheme should be thrown out as incompatible with the federal prohibition on pot.

WASHINGTON:  To Tedd Wetherbee, the vacant storefront seems a suitable spot for selling pot. It’s in a strip mall across from BJ’s Bingo parlor, in a long commercial stretch occupied by fast-food joints, dry cleaners and massage parlors. But like dozens of other cities in Washington, the small Tacoma suburb of Fife doesn’t want Wetherbee Read the full article…

Second Medical Marijuana Company Poised For Nanaimo

Wildflower Marijuana Inc. is applying to Health Canada to license its two medical marijuana production facilities in the Nanaimo region.

CANADA:  Two new medical marijuana operations could bookend the Harbour City. B.C.-based Wildflower Marijuana Inc. is applying to Health Canada to license its two medical marijuana production facilities in the Nanaimo region. If approved, it says it would become the largest grower and distributor in the country with 150,000 square feet of growing space on Read the full article…

Hanford Weighs Ban On Medical Marijuana Cultivation

Can Colorado issue a water right to irrigate marijuana plants when federal law still says that growing pot is a crime?

CALIFORNIA:  The Hanford City Council took the first steps Tuesday toward possibly banning the cultivation of marijuana in the city limits. Capt. Parker Sever said local law enforcement is aware of several Hanford residences with more than 100 marijuana plants on site. Sever said the locations have been the source of numerous complaints by neighbors, Read the full article…

CU Denver Study Shows Zoning Regulations Impact Where Marijuana Dispensaries Can Locate

The authors found that "students attending schools with suspension policies for illicit drug use were 1.6 times more likely than their peers at schools without such policies to use marijuana in the next year.

COLORADO:  Municipal zoning regulations may push marijuana dispensaries into low income, minority areas, according to a study just released by the University of Colorado Denver. Published in the Journal of the American Planning Association, the leading professional and academic planning resource, the study shows that government regulations will likely cause an inequitable distribution of marijuana business Read the full article…

In A Decaying California Resort Area, A Pot War Erupts

Fresno County officials have issued $477,000 in fines to residents accused of illegally growing medical marijuana on private property.

CALIFORNIA:   Transients hole up in the old cottage resorts where vacationing families once came to fish and swim. Rotted docks and pier pilings litter Clearlake’s shoreline. Much of this city, in fact, and others nearby in Lake County, looks as if it was plucked from Appalachia — with weeds and unpaved streets, stray dogs and Read the full article…

Council Amends Zoning Law For Medical Marijuana, Adult Use

Park City Council amended their zoning ordinance Thursday to allow adult uses and medical cannabis uses within the city limits, but only as a conditional use, and with the ability to add regulations and location restrictions.

ILLINOIS:  Similar to other municipalities within the state, the Park City Council amended their zoning ordinance Thursday to allow adult uses and medical cannabis uses within the city limits, but only as a conditional use, and with the ability to add regulations and location restrictions. City Attorney Peer Karlovics, who worked with City Land Planner Read the full article…

Breckenridge Pot Shop Doesn’t Want To Be Exiled From Main Street

On Tuesday, just shy of a year after retail marijuana hit the market, the town of Breckenridge held an advisory election and voted no to marijuana businesses.

COLORADO:  If recreational marijuana wasn’t legal, Rick Smith would not be on holiday this week in Breckenridge. In addition to ziplining and rafting during his vacation with family and friends in a Breckenridge condo, Smith visited the Breckenridge Cannabis Club on Main Street, picking up some marijuana and THC-infused mints and candies as well as Read the full article…

Three Pot Stores In Bellingham May Be Among First To Open In State

Pot shops in Washington await final inspection and could be open by July 8

WASHINGTON:  Three proposed retail marijuana stores in Bellingham are ready for final inspections, meaning they could be among the first such outlets to open in the state once the first licenses are issued July 7. Four licensees in Tacoma, three in Spokane and three in Vancouver also are ready for their final inspections, according to Read the full article…