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Colorado becomes first state to license medical marijuana businesses

Colorado on Thursday became the first state in the nation to begin issuing licenses for businesses that sell medical marijuana and marijuana-infused products, in a move that could put them at odds with the federal government. Just 11 medical marijuana purveyors have received licenses so far, according to The Denver…

California lawmaker: Marijuana crackdown will cost millions in lost revenue

California Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D) said last week that the federal government’s crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries would cost the state millions of dollars in lost revenue. In early October, U.S. Attorneys threatened to seize the properties of medical marijuana dispensaries if they didn’t close up shop within 45 days.…

O’Donnell blasts hypocrisy of marijuana prohibition

MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell slammed politicians Tuesday night for ignoring reality and continuing to “get high” on alcohol while Americans were being sent to jail for smoking marijuana. Gallup has found that Americans favor marijuana legalization now more than ever. A record-high 50 percent of Americans say the use of…

Gallup poll: Record number of Americans favor marijuana legalization

Gallup has found that Americans favor marijuana legalization now more than ever. A record-high 50 percent of Americans say the use of marijuana should be made legal, up 4 percent from last year and 14 percent from 2006. Now only 46 percent say marijuana use should remain illegal, according to…

California’s largest doctor group calls for marijuana legalization

The California Medical Association, the state’s largest doctor group, on Friday adopted a resolution to support the legalization of marijuana for medical uses, according to the Los Angeles Times. The group’s support of medical marijuana comes after U.S. prosecutors in California threatened to seize the properties of licensed California marijuana…

Oaksterdam chancellor: Fed crackdown on medical pot a ‘war on patients’

Dale Sky Clare, executive chancellor of the Oaksterdam University in California, on Tuesday warned that the federal government’s crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries could prevent thousands of qualified patients from having safe access to their medicine. In letters received by 16 licensed California dispensaries and their landlords last week, U.S.…

Bill would turn legal drug-related activities overseas into U.S. crimes

The Republican-controlled House Judiciary Committee has taken a giant step towards limiting the civil liberties of American citizens by approving a bill that, according to investigative reporter Radley Balko, “would make it a federal crime for U.S. residents to discuss or plan activities on foreign soil that, if carried out…

California pot shops ordered to shut down within 45 days

The Obama administration is finally cracking down on the medical marijuana industry, in a big way. In letters received by 16 licensed California dispensaries and their landlords this week, U.S. Attorneys threatened to swoop in and seize the properties if they don’t close up shop within 45 days. The Associated…

Discovery Channel’s marijuana reality show still a go, despite massive tax bill

Despite recently receiving an enormous tax bill from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Oakland’s Harborside Health Center will still be the subject of a Discovery Channel reality show this winter. “As they say, the show must go on,” Joshua Weinberg, Discovery Channel’s vice president of communications, explained in an email…

With latest ruling, IRS threatens to crush the whole medical marijuana industry

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is on the verge of shutting down California’s largest medical marijuana dispensary, and with it potentially the entire semi-legal pot industry. The Harborside Health Center in Oakland — which was going to be the subject of a Discovery Channel reality show called “Weed Wars” —…

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