Seattle council OK’s plan to close medical-marijuana businesses

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The Seattle City Council approved a plan to shut down medical marijuana businesses that have opened since January 2013. Green cross signs will become more scarce in Seattle under a plan adopted by the City Council Monday. The city will force medical-marijuana businesses that opened Jan. 1, 2013, or later to shut down by next July as part of a …

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The World’s Largest Medical Marijuana Dispensary vs. One Rogue Prosecutor

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This story was originally published on July 6, 2015. Here’s the original writeup: Harborside Health Center in Oakland, California, is the largest medical marijuana dispensary in the world, serving nearly 200,000 patients and distributing $25 million in cannabis per year. It does so out in the open, under the auspices of California law and Oakland’s regulatory regime. Federal prosecutors, however, …

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EXCLUSIVE: ‘Cannabis ambassador’ joins group of 43 operators looking for coveted license to legally sell marijuana in New York

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Handout Josh Stanley, self-proclaimed “cannabis ambassador,” is pushing hard for a coveted license to sell medical marijuana in New York. Josh Stanley, self-proclaimed “cannabis ambassador,” is pushing hard for a coveted license to sell medical marijuana in New York. But he carries some baggage: the state of Colorado charged a weed company he used to own with not keeping track …

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Former ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ vying for state medical marijuana deal

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A former “Wolf of Wall Street” has his eyes on another pot of gold. Dean Petkanas’ new company is among the 43 entities vying for one of five lucrative medical-marijuana licenses in New York state — an eclectic group that includes a hospital group whose boss previously worked for an ex-governor, and two nursing-home operators who run a facility at …

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Fewer crimes, more revenue as medical marijuana industry stabilizes in Colorado Spring

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As the number of medical marijuana shops and dispensary-related crimes in Colorado Springs has fallen over the past five years, medical pot tax revenue in El Paso County has soared. + caption Related Information Note: The Department of Revenue recently changed the way it records and reports data from fiscal year totals to monthly totals. El Paso County medical marijuana …

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Weed delivery startup now offers house calls for medical marijuana cards

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In this photograph made on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, a marijuana plant is seen at Tikkun Olam medical cannabis farm, near the northern Israeli city of Safed, Israel. If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, you can now get a medical marijuana recommendation without leaving home. Meadow, a marijuana delivery startup, launched a new service Wednesday: CannabisMD. The …

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Kelowna RCMP raid downtown medical marijuana dispensary

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KELOWNA – The owners of a medical marijuana dispensary in Kelowna could be charged after police seized cannabis and related products during a search warrant raid Thursday afternoon. Police say staff of the downtown Kaya Clinic were present during the raid but no arrests were made. Officers took away more than 12 lbs. of dried marijuana and dozens of marijuana …

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Will San Francisco overhaul its zoning laws for medical marijuana dispensaries?

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Most of San Francisco is off-limits for medical marijuana dispensaries, but that may soon change, according to media reports. Supervisor John Avalos introduced legislation recently that would require the Planning Commission to review its 2005 medical marijuana law and provide recommendations for changes to the Board of Supervisors by Jan. 1. Currently, dispensaries are mainly located in the SOMA and …