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Top Ten California Marijuana Law FAQs

Given that California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana in 1996, everyone is wondering when the golden state will legalize and regulate its already omnipresent recreational black market. Although there will not be a cannabis initiative on the ballot in California this fall, many are speculating that 2016 will be the year that

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Illinois MMJ Patients: Have the Floodgates Opened?

Last Monday the Illinois Department of Public Health began accepting applications from patients seeking qualification for a medical marijuana patient card. Months ago, observers were speculating that anywhere from 15,000 to 100,000 patients would qualify to receive MMJ during the first application period. On Friday, the Department of Public Health announced it had received more

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International Cannabis Business Conference, Portland Oregon, September 13 and 14

We are expecting a large turn-out for the International Cannabis Business Conference in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday, September 13 and Sunday, September 14. More importantly, we expect a truly great event. The conference will be taking place at the Oregon Convention Center. The conference is self-described as follows: The International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) is

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Oregon Marijuana Basics

With pending legalization of recreational marijuana in Oregon, a refresher on Oregon marijuana basics is in order. Below is an interwoven “red tape” infographic of “need to know” information regarding Oregon’s current medical marijuana laws and the proposed initiative for recreational marijuana, I-91.

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Marijuana Marketing: Advertising Requirements Under I-502

Cannabis business owners in Washington State need to have a solid grasp on the Washington State Liquor Control Board’s advertising requirements, particularly as they ramp up their branding and marketing efforts as competition increases. Below is a breakdown of the eight most important advertising restrictions currently imposed under Washington State law: If you are a

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Las Vegas Medical Marijuana Dispensaries: Neon Lights Not Required

  Most who live outside of Nevada do not know that businesses located on Las Vegas Boulevard between Washington and Sahara avenues are required to have neon or animated signs. What’s the only industry seemingly exempt from this requirement on the Boulevard? Medical marijuana. Las Vegas’s Scenic Byway Plan mandates that all establishments on that part

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Illinois Cannabis FAQs: Answers for Growers from the State

As promised, today we discuss highlights from the Illinois Department of Agriculture’s recently posted FAQs for medical cannabis cultivation center applicants. Interestingly, Ag’s list of FAQs are much shorter than DFPR’s, despite the grower application process being somewhat more complicated, rigorous, and expensive. Perhaps that confirms what we have been seeing — that many cultivation center

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Oregon and Washington: A Tale of Two Recreational Marijuana Laws

Last week, I participated in The Oregonian’s Speaker Series (at The Bing Lounge in Portland) discussing what Oregon can learn from Washington’s marijuana legalization regime. A fitting time to dish on such a topic since the polls are indicating that Oregonians are ready to legalize recreational marijuana this fall via Initiative 91. The intent and purpose of

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Illinois MMJ FAQs: Answers for Dispensaries from the State

This week’s announcement from the state of Illinois confirming the application window for prospective dispensary and cultivation businesses was accompanied by two sets of FAQs from the Illinois Department of Agriculture and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. These FAQs were compiled following the series of town hall meetings held around the state

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Cannabis Regulators: Who Watches The Watchers?

Owners of highly-regulated businesses know all too well that their regulators are human. We practice marijuana business law in a number of different states, all of which are highly regulated by one or more state agencies. And those agencies, and the people within them, make mistakes from time to time that directly impact our cannabis