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Legalized Pot Frees Up Time/Money To Go After Real Criminals

One of the things we have always suspected would happen with marijuana legalization is a decreased workload for law enforcement.  And that is exactly what is happening in Washington State, thanks to I-502 cannabis legalization. The Seattle Times today ran a story, entitled, ACLU: Steep drop in pot cases has freed up resources, noting how only

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Feds Aren’t Happy With WA MMJ

Washington’s medical marijuana reform bill, SB 5887, died in the legislature this past week. This bill would have led to a major overhaul for Washington’s medical marijuana industry as it mandated that MMJ patients could secure their meds only from I-502 compliant stores (the stores allowed under Washington’s new recreational marijuana laws). We were not surprised

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Pot Puppies? Let’s Talk Labeling and Packaging, NOW

Even our furry friends are feeling the green rush, but not necessarily in a good way. According to USA Today, the number of dogs in Washington State testing positive for THC consumption has doubled since passage of I-502 (Washington’s law legalizing recreational marijuana). Though appropriate doses of marijuana can be beneficial for humans (and to

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Marijuana Across the Atlantic

As American cannabis business lawyers, we focus most of our attention on the evolution of marijuana laws here at home. However, it's also important to look at the marijuana laws and trends overseas to examine best practices from other countries. Today we look at the Netherlands, one of the first countries to liberalize its marijuana laws. Just as a side-note, our very first cannabis client was a Netherlands company that grew marijuana and produced grow lights specifically for the marijuana industry. It wanted to know about the laws in the Western United States (Washington, Oregon, and California) for both marijuana and for grow lights, so we're familiar with Dutch policies on marijuana.

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They Said It On Marijuana.Quotable Saturday, Part III

At Canna Law, we can never get enough of the pot puns and jokes. Thursday evening's Colbert Report was flush with them, as it featured several segments on marijuana. Colbert noted the Colorado (or, as he calls it, "Potsylvania") Department of Revenue's announcement this week that it took in more than $2 million in tax revenues in January on recreational pot sales. Forbes reported that the combined tax revenues from recreational and medical marijuana sales of $3.5 million is 1% of the total annual budgets for the states of Delaware, South Dakota, Montana, and West Virginia. In other words, serious coin.

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Drive High? DUI

Colorado's Department of Transportation (CDOT) has made educating its citizens on the dangers of "driving high" a priority. Both Washington and Colorado (the first two states to legalize recreational marijuana), have laws on their books regarding driving while under the influence of marijuana and both set stringent limits of intoxication that will net drivers violations for Driving Under the Influence (DUI).

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Los Angeles’s Proposition D: Remedy or Runaround?

Los Angeles has a love-hate relationship with its marijuana dispensaries. The city's latest marijuana cure-all is Proposition D, which is supposed to give a facelift to L.A.'s dispensary scene by reducing the number of dispensaries within city limits to 135 (the number of dispensaries in 2007). A 2012 UCLA study estimated Los Angeles had at least 472 dispensaries. So far however, Proposition D has done little to prevent illegal dispensaries in L.A., but law enforcement says it's a work in progress.

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They Said It On Marijuana Quotable Saturday, Part II

This is the second post in our ongoing series of Saturday posts featuring great quotes regarding cannabis, mostly from public figures. This one is from televangelist and prepetual nutcase Pat Robertson, the point of which is not to show that even a broken clock is accurate twice a day (once if digital) but to arm our readers with a quote that they can use with a particular crowd. This comes from a 2012 New York Times interview:

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The Taxes And The Profits (?) From Marijuana Retail

We are going to find out over the next couple of years whether businesses that completely follow state and federal tax rules to a T can survive and function as real businesses. We have blogged before about I.R.C. 280E, and how challenging it makes operating a marijuana business. We can talk your ear off about how difficult the taxes are to comply with in theory, but let's dive into the numbers to actually see how burdensome the current state and federal tax systems can be.

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The Seven Deadly Marijuana States

With marijuana legalization (rightly) sweeping the nation, it has become too easy to think that nationwide legalization is both inevitable and imminent. But it’s not. There are still plenty of states (Alabama, Maryland, Texas, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Indiana, and Missouri come first to mind) sticking to the same Just Say No attitude that has failed the Federal