Oakland’s Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Move To Block An Open Market

The dispensary at Harborside Health Center

CALIFORNIA: Oakland’s mayor and Cannabis Regulatory Commission want to remove the cap on medical marijuana dispensaries. The eight licensed medical marijuana dispensaries have hired a lobbyist to prevent that from happening The eight licensed medical marijuana dispensaries in Oakland, California have banded together to limit the number of dispensaries in the city in a bid to Read the full article…

Tempe AZ Weighs Changes To Medical-Marijuana Rules

Tempe is the only city in the Valley that requires dispensaries to close at 6 p.m.

ARIZONA:  Eighteen-year-olds could soon be allowed in Tempe medical-marijuana dispensaries, and stores may be allowed to lengthen their hours. The changes would be part of a series of tweaks the city could make to its medical-marijuana rules.  Dispensary operator Steve White is asking the city for some of the changes. He believes the current rules hurt his customers. For one, Read the full article…

Unlicensed Marijuana Stores Grow Like Weeds in LA

Passed by California voters nearly two decades ago, but absent statewide regulation, the legalization of medical marijuana has spawned a vast network of illegal dispensaries and wide disparities over how businesses are monitored across the state- if they are at all.

CALIFORNIA: Graffiti-tagged buildings, barricaded doors and iron-barred windows mark nearly every block of Avalon Boulevard as it cuts through the predominantly Hispanic neighborhood of Wilmington, 20 miles south of downtown Los Angeles. The streets are lined with small mom-and-pop shops – clothing stores, a piñata shop, garages and small, family-owned restaurants – and a clutch of Read the full article…

Illinois Approves 2 Downstate Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Illinois officials issued licenses Monday for medical marijuana dispensaries in Springfield and Collinsville.

ILLINOIS:  Illinois officials issued licenses Monday for medical marijuana dispensaries in Springfield and Collinsville but denied an application in Chicago’s Hyde Park. HealthCentral’s Springfield site will be at 620 E. Adams St., walking distance from the Old State Capitol, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the high-rise Hilton Springfield. Its Collinsville site is Read the full article…

Clackamas County Commissioners Approve Draft Marijuana Ordinance

At the request of commissioner Paul Savas, commissioners approved a last-minute amendment extending the 2,500 feet dispensary setback to potential future recreational dispensaries, instead of just concerning medical dispensaries.

OREGON: Clackamas County commissioners approved a draft ordinance that would regulate medical marijuana dispensaries in a policy session Tuesday, March 10. The ordinance calls for dispensaries to have minimum setbacks of 2,500 feet from neighboring dispensaries; 2,000 feet from schools; 1,500 feet from light rail transit stops, libraries, parks, treatment centers, adult foster care locations, public housing and state liquor stores; Read the full article…

Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Legislation Gets Smoked

A proposed measure that would have made medical marijuana dispensaries legal got smoked early Friday.

MICHIGAN:  A proposed measure that would have made medical marijuana dispensaries legal in Michigan got smoked early Friday, when Senate wrapped up the 2013-14 session without taking any action on the measure. The lower chamber of the Legislature had approved the legislation (House Bill 4271) around year ago, but it failed to advance as the Read the full article…

Santa Ana Leads The Way On Medical Pot

Medical marijuana smokers in San Diego say the city has forced their pot shops to locate in remote areas and that means the drives to and from will increase air pollution — and ultimately, harm their lungs.

CALIFORNIA:  Is Santa Ana the city that finally figures out how to properly manage medical marijuana dispensaries in OC? No doubt marijuana is California’s next gold rush. The industry has long thrived in the shadows. Bringing it mainstream and harnessing its enormous economic potential, while balancing regulation and public safety, is what Santa Ana city Read the full article…

US Attorney Asked To Block Local Marijuana Clinics Near Schools

Now under a new state law, “gray market” marijuana providers must get state retail licenses or close their doors.

MASSACHUSETTS:  US Attorney Carmen Ortiz is weighing whether to use federal law to shut down medical marijuana dispensaries, including those proposed for Boston and Brookline, if they open within 1,000 feet of schools, playgrounds, or public housing. Under federal law, the 15 dispensaries and additional cultivation sites provisionally approved in Massachusetts could face prosecution and Read the full article…

Some Montana Medical Marijuana Providers Seek Tougher Regulation

A lawmaker on the country’s largest American Indian reservation has introduced a bill to reaffirm the tribe’s stance against legalizing marijuana.

MONTANA:  The medical marijuana industry in Montana came to a halt in 2011 when federal agents raided greenhouses and dispensaries across the state. Some providers abandoned the business, but since then dispensaries have slowly been coming back – and now – some current providers are calling for better regulation. “I think 2011 was the big Read the full article…

Indian River Commission Schedules Medical Marijuana Zoning Meetings

Introducing the CCC

FLORIDA:  The County Commission scheduled a pair of public meetings next month to discuss approving land use regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries in Indian River County. It’s a contingency plan county leaders want to set up in case Florida voters on Nov. 4 pass Amendment 2, which would expand the permitted use of medical marijuana Read the full article…