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Hawaii May Open First Medical Marijuana Dispensary in 2017

DECEMBER 29, 2014:  Hawaii’s Medical Marijuana Task Force will meet tomorrow to finalize their report for Hawaii’s Legislature, which includes a 24-month timeline, allowing the first Medical Marijuana Dispensary to open around June 2017. Patients, doctors, and state officials are all part of the Task Force and have developed recommendations, some of which include: dispensaries to be run as non-profit businesses, one …

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Medical Marijuana Corp Granted SEC Approval

DECEMBER 16, 2014: The Securities and Exchange Commission granted approval last week for Terra Tech Corp., an Irvine, California-based company, to raise $6.8 million to operate medical marijuana businesses in Nevada. MediFarm, a subsidiary of Terra Tech Corp., plans to grow and sell medical marijuana in Nevada. Terra-Tech’s  shares are not sold on the American Stock Exchange or on NASDAQ, but …

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Feds Will Respect Growing and Selling of Marijuana on Sovereign Tribal Land

DECEMBER 11, 2014:  In a memo released today, the Department of Justice instructed all U.S. Attorneys to not prevent Native Americans from growing or selling marijuana on their sovereign lands. Tribes are still required to follow federal law, but the memo instructs U.S. Attorneys to “consult with the affected tribes on a government-to-government basis” when evaluating marijuana enforcement activities. “Given this, …

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Congress Attempts to Block Recreational Marijuana in D.C.

DECEMBER 10, 2014: Last night, Congress passed a spending bill that could potentially block Initiative 71, D.C.’s recreational marijuana law, which passed with about 70% of voter support in November’s election. The 2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill provides discretionary funding for a majority of the federal government over the fiscal year, including the District of Columbia.  Congress has ultimate authority to regulate …

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Hawaii’s Medical Marijuana Dispensaries are ‘Necessary’

DECEMBER 5, 2014:  Hawaii’s State Auditor released a report this week suggesting that medical marijuana dispensaries are “warranted” and “necessary” in the Aloha State. The report is based off of HB  1587, a failed bill from earlier 2014, that would have regulated medical marijuana dispensaries. Although Hawaii passed medical marijuana in 2000, the law does not address dispensaries, leaving patients to …

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A Lawyer’s Ethical Concerns in Advising Clients on Marijuana

DECEMBER 5, 2014:  States that have legalized marijuana laws have put attorneys in a bind when it comes to state rules on professional conduct.  Concerns have arisen that if the rules are not amended then attorneys may not want to represent clients in the marijuana industry. The state rules of professional conduct prohibit an attorney from advising clients on engaging in illegal …

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CA ‘Top Cop’ Kamala Harris Supports Marijuana Legalization

California Attorney General, Kamala Harris is no longer opposed to marijuana legalization. Her new stance comes only a few months after she laughed off the issue in a news interview in August. “I am not opposed to the legalization of marijuana. I’m the top cop, and so I have to look at it from a law enforcement perspective and a …

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Calling on Congress: Americans Want Marijuana Legalization

NOVEMBER 17, 2014:  It’s time for Congress to listen to the American people, and vote favorably on marijuana legalization. Voters in Alaska, Oregon and our nation’s capital, Washington D.C., have approved measures to legalize marijuana for adult, recreational-use.  They join Colorado and Washington in leading our country towards the reform of marijuana laws.   Yet, cannabis is still listed as a …

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Marijuana Legalization Passes in Oregon, Alaska and Washington D.C.

NOVEMBER 5, 2014:  Voters across the nation took to the polls in favor of marijuana legalization, last night, passing measures in Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C. Voters in Oregon approved Measure 91, which will tax and regulate marijuana similar to alcohol, allowing adults 21 years of age and older to possess up to eight ounces of ‘dried’ marijuana, and up …

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CA Legislature Needs to Pass Marijuana Regulations Now

OCTOBER 7, 2014:  U.S. Deputy Attny. General, James M. Cole, told the LA Times that California needs to pass marijuana regulations now, if the state wants to avoid federal intervention. “If you don’t want us prosecuting [marijuana users] in your state, then get your regulatory act together,” he said. Cole added that California must do better at stopping marijuana from …

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