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Pressure’s on for Jerry Brown to Sign State MMJ Bills

OCTOBER 8, 2015:  State-wide support has erupted; calling on Governor Jerry Brown to sign the three medical marijuana bills that sit on his desk and await his signature. Gov. Brown’s deadline to sign the bills is this Sunday, October 11, at midnight; otherwise the three bills (AB 266, SB 643, and AB 243) which passed the California Legislature on September 11, 2015, …

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Marijuana is Now Legal in Alaska

FEBRUARY 24, 2014: As of today, it is now legal for adults 21 years of age and older to possess and cultivate marijuana in Alaska. Alaska is now the third state in the U.S. to legalize marijuana, although marijuana remains illegal under Federal law. On November 4, 2014, Alaskans voted to legalize marijuana for adult-use and establish a regulatory system …

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Viridis Attorney Jesse Bablove Speaks at Medical Marijuana Panel in Costa Mesa

JANUARY 30, 2015: Viridis Law Group Attorney, Jesse Bablove, attended the Costa Mesa Democratic Club Tuesday night to speak on the current situation of the proposed medical marijuana ordinances in Costa Mesa. Mr. Bablove spoke to a dozen attendees about the current situation in Santa Ana.  Mr. Bablove and Viridis Law Group, recently represented dispensary applicants in the City of Santa …

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SD Medical Marijuana Dispensary Faces Last Hurdle Tomorrow

JANUARY 28, 2015: A Green Alternative, faces the San Diego Planning Commission, for final approval to be San Diego’s first licensed medical marijuana dispensary. Dr. David Blair, a business ethics professor at San Diego State University is Chief Executive Officer of A Green Alternative, which is ready to open in Otay Mesa, pending approval at tomorrow’s hearing. Dr. Blair told KPBS that he …

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Initial Application Phase to Operate 4th Medical Cannabis Dispensary Opens in Berkeley

On Monday, January 12, 2015, the City of Berkeley opened the selection process to submit applications to operate the fourth (and final) Medical Cannabis Dispensary in Berkeley. The deadline to submit applications is Friday, March 20, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. In 2010, Berkeley voters passed Measure T, which amended the Municipal Code to allow one additional dispensary to open in …

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CA Court of Appeals Upholds State’s Cooperative/Collective Law . . . Again!

JANUARY 12, 2015: California’s Fifth District Court of Appeals published an opinion Friday, that further establishes a patient’s right to cultivate medical marijuana in a Cooperative or Collective. In People v. Anderson (2015), the Fifth District Court of Appeals held: “Specifically, the instructions did not make it clear that a lawful cooperative or collective can consist of some patient members who grow marijuana and other …

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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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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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