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The marijuana industry's battle against the IRS

Millions of Americans rushed to finish their taxes in the hours just before the midnight deadline Wednesday. But for business-owners in the cannabis industry, a years-long tax battle is far from over.

Supporters of legal marijuana cited tax revenue as big factor in pushing through laws that have allowed medical marijuana sales in 23 states and recreational pot in four. But the businesses that grow and sell marijuana in those states are also staring at a steep federal tax bill, especially when compared with businesses in other industries.

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Facing more delays, marijuana patients endure

Four years after Delaware medical marijuana legislation passed, patients are still forced to buy pot illegally.

Deb McPherson, of New Castle, is medical marijuana cardholder. She is one of 200 Delawareans certified by the state under a 2011 law to use pot.(Photo: SUCHAT PEDERSON/THE NEWS JOURNAL)

For Deb McPherson, marijuana is medicine. But purchasing the drug is nothing like buying pain pills or picking up a blood pressure prescription at a local pharmacy.

"It's extremely difficult," said McPherson, 47, of New Castle. "You're asking around everyone you used to know in high school. You're hitting people up on social media."

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“WeedWatch” Parody of Apple Watch Advocates “Time for A Change”

Seattle, WA – Coinciding with the release of the Apple Watch on April 20th, a Seattle-based multi-media company, Higher Ground, has created a parody ad to bring attention to marijuana legalization. The ad (“WeedWatch”) features a photo of the iWatch with the simple text, “Time for a Change: Legalize It.” A variety of marijuana-related icons and apps are featured on the device’s face.

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The WeedLife Network for Cannabis Businesses and Consumers Sees a Surge in Online Traffic

Just a month after its official launch, features offered by WeedLife, like the legal marijuana industry’s first-ever business social network and marketing platform, are attracting a skyrocketing number of cannabis consumers and businesses

Denver, Colorado (PRWEB) April 15, 2015

April is a significant month for marijuana enthusiasts and advocates. Along with the annual “420” celebrations on April 20th, more companies, institutional investors and cannabis fans are taking part in the legal marijuana industry as part of the traditional springtime ramp-up of business.

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Hawaii moves closer to medical marijuana dispensary system

HONOLULU (AP) - The Hawaii Senate has approved a bill to establish a system of medical marijuana dispensaries nearly 15 years after the drug became legal in the state.

The Senate passed the bill Tuesday. The next step is for senators and their colleagues in the House to work out their disagreements on how it should work.

There are about 13,000 patients who use the drug in Hawaii. They're generally left to buy it on the black market or grow it on their own.

The current bill would allow up to one dispensary license to be granted in each county. Each license would cover up to one cultivation site and two dispensing locations.

The medical marijuana dispensaries bill is one of dozens of proposals the Hawaii Legislature is passing ahead of a deadline.

 

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Chris Christie: 'I Will Crack Down And Not Permit' Legal Marijuana As President

If New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) becomes president of the United States, he said on "The Hugh Hewitt Show" Tuesday, he will "crack down" on those states that have ended prohibitions on marijuana.

When asked by Hewitt if he would enforce federal drug laws in those states that have legalized and regulated cannabis, Christie responded unequivocally.

"Absolutely," Christie said. "I will crack down and not permit it."

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Are Cigarettes the New Joints? Get Ready for Homegrown Tobacco

High cigarette taxes fuel a surging black market in smuggled cigarettes, notes Americans for Tax Reform's Patrick Gleason in the Wall Street Journal. New York smokers are the greatest beneficiaries of that black market, burdened as they are with the most ridiculous cigarette taxes in the country. There's a huge flow of smuggled smokes from relatively low-tax states like Virginia. And some smokers are turning to an alternative to which marijuana fanciers facing legal pressures of their own have resorted for decades: growing their own.

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Harshing Your Mellow: Top 10 Red Flags In The Marijuana Industry

Over the past five years, I’ve had my fair share of experiences with both the good and the bad in the marijuana industry. As is the case in any industry, if something seems too good to be true, it usually is. This is even more likely to be the case in the marijuana industry, which far too many view as the “green rush.” So, I think it time I share with you my Top 10 Marijuana Industry Red Flags so that you know what to look for to protect yourself or your marijuana business client:

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To the Bitter End: The 9 States Where Marijuana Will Be Legalized Last

We know the end is coming, but pot prohibition is going to have to be undone state by state. Here are the ones least likely to jump on the bandwagon.

Marijuana prohibition in the US is dying, but it isn't going to vanish in one fell swoop. Even if Congress were to repeal federal pot prohibition, state laws criminalizing the plant and its users would still be in effect—at least in some states.

And it's probably a pretty safe bet that Congress isn’t going to act until a good number of states, maybe more than half, have already legalized it. That process is already underway and is likely to gather real momentum by the time election day 2016 is over.

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"Uber for marijuana" startup raises $75m from Snoop Dogg and other investors

A marijuana delivery start-up has raised $10m (£6.8m) in a funding round which included investments from Snoop Dogg's Casa Verde Capital and Silicon Valley firm DCM Ventures among others.

Eaze, which has been dubbed the "Uber for weed", does not directly supply marijuana, but instead connects California medical marijuana card-carriers with local dispensaries, claiming it can hook users up with the drug in under 10 minutes. Technically, it is not breaking any law, even though recreational use of marijuana is still illegal.

The firm became the first marijuana startup to attract international investors when it raised $1.5m in November, and has made 3,000 deliveries since its launch.

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