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Illinois Medical Marijuana Rulemaking Moves Forward, Part III

The most detailed of the draft rules and regulations released by Illinois state agencies administering the state’s Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program come from the Department of Agriculture, which oversees cultivation centers. So it is fitting that some of the finer changes in the latest draft of rules and regulations came from Ag.

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They Said it on Marijuana Quotable Saturday, Part IX

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens (widely considered to be a “moderate”) recently made clear in an NPR interview that he sees no good reason to keep marijuana illegal. In his view (and ours too) marijuana should be treated like alcohol: The distinction between marijuana and alcoholic beverages is really not much of a

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MMJ Now Illegal In Washington State. Yes, Washington State.

The Washington State Court of Appeals just held that medical marijuana activity (even patient cultivation in the home) is illegal under current State law. The long road to this disappointing decision began a couple of years ago when an access point (essentially a medical outlet formed by medical marijuana patients) and an advocacy group sued the city

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New York’s Compassionate Care Act

With New York inching towards a medical marijuana legalization statute, today seems as good a day as any to look at the proposed legislation and what New York’s medical cannabis regime would look like. The proposed bill is called the “Compassionate Care Act.” The big questions regarding this act are who will be eligible as

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Marijuana Business Seminar Today In Seattle

Just one last reminder on how we will be putting on a seminar today (April 22) on the legal (and some business) issues cannabis businesses they are likely to face in the current marketplace. This seminar will take place on April 22, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Washington State Convention Center and

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Marijuana Commercial Loans; Marijuana As Collateral Is THE Issue

A large number of Washington State marijuana business license applicants have received the green light from the Liquor Control Board to finish building out their facilities, and cash from financiers is starting to hit the table as applicants rush to complete construction. The cannabis lawyers at my firm have been inundated lately with requests from

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Illinois Medical Marijuana Rulemaking Moves Forward

Newly revised versions of the rules and regulations for implementation of Illinois’ Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program were released yesterday. You can review them all here. These drafts reflect comments submitted by the public after the rules’ initial release in late January and early February. This post addresses revisions to the Department of

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They Said it on Marijuana Quotable Saturday, Part VIII

William F. Buckley Jr. was a well-known conservative commentator who authored the political magazine, National Review, (and a couple of leading conservative political books) and hosted the television show Firing Line from 1966 until 1999. Buckley was world-renowned as a “modern” conservative whose views were popularized by the Reagan administration. If you know your history,

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What’s Next For Your Cannabis Business? This April 22 Seminar Can Help

The Canna Law Group will be putting on a seminar to educate cannabis business owners on the legal issues they are likely to face in the current marketplace. This seminar will take place on April 22, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Washington State Convention Center. The seminar will address three different topics,