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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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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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Top Ten Marijuana Industry Red Flags

We’ve been marijuana business lawyers for a long time now and in multiple states, and being on the front lines of this industry means that we have seen a lot of good and bad actors. In this post, we share the Top Ten Marijuana Industry Red Flags so that you know what to look for to

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FBI And Washington State Play Nice On Marijuana Background Checks

In a rapid turn of events, the FBI just agreed to give Washington State access to its background databases to allow Washington’s Liquor Control Board to better vet I-502 applicants and existing licensees. The FBI had previously said that it wouldn’t perform such checks without giving a clear firm reason for its refusal. The FBI

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LCB to Issue First Marijuana Licenses Today

This morning, the Washington State Liquor Control Board will be issuing its first licenses for marijuana production and processing under its new recreational marijuana regime. One of those license applicants is from Spokane, which is ironic given the city’s previously unfriendly attitude towards marijuana. And, as KXLY out of Spokane reports, LCB Member Chris Marr has confirmed that ten applicants

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LCB Producer License Roll-Back May Encourage Black Market Growers

The restriction of Production licenses to one-per-entity will prevent growers from leveraging economies of scale in production and business management, putting further downward pressure on Producers' profitability. At some point, the balance of Costs and Benefits associated with "going legit" will, unfortunately, tip back toward continued illegal operation.

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LCB Says No Delays on Licenses.

Despite the fact that Washington’s Liquor Control Board (LCB) has decided to allow people with non-compliant locations a 30-day extension to find new digs before being booted from the licensing process, the Board promises that those extensions will not delay the licensing process for those who found compliant locations from the get-go. The LCB sent