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San Diego Shutters 18 Illegal MMJ Shops

San Diego is continuing to crack down on dispensaries it deems illegal as the first licensed medical shop prepares to open in the city.

Officials have shut down 18 marijuana dispensaries this year, including one that tried to reopen multiple times in two weeks, according to news reports. About 250 unlicensed dispensaries have been shuttered since 2011.

The city attorney said she knows there are many unlicensed dispensaries in San Diego, and that she will seek monetary sanctions against those that are operating without a license or outside of zoning laws.

San Diego has struggled with illegal MMJ operations while trying to craft regulations governing the industry.

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Oregon city considers penalizing pot growers for smelly marijuana

The Oregon city of Medford, where officials say residents have long grumbled about the odor of marijuana growing operations, is considering a regulation that would fine pot growers if their marijuana is too smelly, city officials said on Wednesday.

The city's legal staff has drafted an ordinance that would fine both medical and recreational marijuana growers whose operations are too malodorous up to $250 a day and would give the city power to seize plants if growers don’t come into compliance.

In addition to containing odors, marijuana growers would be required to keep their plants locked up and out of sight in Medford, a city of nearly 80,000 people in southern Oregon whose economy is at least partly based on conventional agriculture.

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Denver company AmeriCann backs Illinois medical marijuana grower

ANNA, Illinois. — A medical marijuana business in far southern Illinois intends to start construction this month of a 27,000-square-foot facility that would produce a first harvest in late fall.

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Wellness Group Pharms’ managing partner Paul Montes (MAHN’-tis) of Elmhurst says backing from a Denver cannabis consulting company has been crucial to his operation near Anna, Illinois. Wellness Group Pharms is one of 18 companies awarded permits to grow marijuana in Illinois.

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Watch: Senate bill would give military vets access to medical marijuana

Military veterans would no longer be denied access to medical marijuana under sweeping new legislation before the Senate.

The medical marijuana legislation introduced Tuesday would lift the threat of federal prosecution from people who use it in states where it has been legalized.

The bipartisan Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States Act is backed by Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and would partially legalize medical marijuana at the federal level, though it does not address recreational marijuana.

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FDA Brings Down Hammer on CBD Companies

The Food and Drug Administration is cracking down on several companies selling products advertised as containing cannabidiol (CBD), a compound in marijuana widely used without FDA approval to treat epilepsy and other conditions – and some medical pot activists are pleased to hear it.

In late February, the federal agency sent letters to seven companies that market CBD products to treat health conditions, five of them for humans and two for pets, warning their products are not “generally recognized as safe and effective“ and that the companies are engaging in illegal interstate commerce.

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11
Mar

AmeriCann to Develop Medical Cannabis Production Center with Approved Illinois Licensee

AmeriCann, Inc. (OTCQX Markets: ACAN), a company that designs, develops and owns advanced medical cannabis facilities, announced that it has expanded the scope of its partnership in Illinois. The Company’s partner, Wellness Group Pharms (WGP), recently received one of the eighteen highly coveted medical cannabis cultivation and processing licenses from the State of Illinois.

The amended agreement calls for AmeriCann to serve as the developer of a new facility to be called the Illinois Medical Cannabis Center (“IMCC”). WGP plans to utilize the IMCC facilities to cultivate, process and distribute medical cannabis to many of the state’s 52 newly licensed medical dispensaries.

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11
Mar

Brighton sets city rules for growing marijuana for personal use

A marijuana grower shows off his original grow kit and its accessories at his home on Dec. 8, 2014. (Aaron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post file)

Brighton residents who are growing marijuana in their homes need to ensure that their plants are at least two feet lower than the ceiling, according to one of the new indoor cultivation regulations adopted by City Council.

The state has regulations for home grows per Amendment 64, but Brighton officials localized those rules by imposing limits on grow room sizes, as well as additional safety requirements like not allowing the plants or storage material to reach the ceiling and risk fire hazards with grow lights.

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Colorado pot sales soar to record in January, bringing $2.3 million for schools

Colorado pot businesses sold a record amount of marijuana in January, resulting in an excise tax of $2.3 million designated for public schools, state officials said Wednesday.

Based on the Colorado Department of Revenue data, around $36.4 million of recreational marijuana was sold this January compared to about $14.69 million sold the same month last year.

"This is really what we expected and hope to see: a shift in the underground market to a regulated market," said legalization advocate Mason Tvert. "It's clearly generating significant revenue for the state."

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Florida recreational cannabis initiative?

The Florida Cannabis Action Network is now developing a 2016 voter initiative to legalize marijuana, based on the likelihood that the Florida Legislature will be unwilling to create a comprehensive medical-only program in coming weeks.

That could mean that there is both a medical marijuana amendment and an adult-use amendment on the Florida ballot during the presidential election-year ballot.

Unlike two recently filed but restrictive medical marijuana legislative bills and unlike the revised medical marijuana amendment possibly headed for the November 2016 ballot, the proposed Florida-Can amendment would open use of the plant.

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New Zealand Ministry of Health investigates medicinal cannabis use

Dunne underwhelmed by officials’ evidence but Drug Foundation fears advice outdated.

Jessika Guest with son Ethan (left), Jade and husband Brendan Guest. Photo / Facebook

An investigation into the use of cannabis for medical purposes has been carried out by the Ministry of Health.

Growing numbers of jurisdictions allow cannabis for medical use and the Government has come under pressure to re-examine its use here.

Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne, who oversaw New Zealand's innovative regulations on so-called legal highs, asked officials to look into the issue.

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