Michigan Supreme Court Rules Against Marijuana Dispensaries

By: Friday February 8, 2013 10:54 am

Medical marijuana dispensaries are not allowed in Michigan. The Michigan Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling that the medical marijuana initiative approved by voters in 2008 does not allow registered patients to sell medical marijuana to other registered patients. Patients are still allowed to grow their own medical marijuana. From the Court’s opinion: Nevertheless, the immunity [...]

IRS Ruling Could Cripple Entire Medical Marijuana Industry

By: Wednesday October 5, 2011 10:37 am

The IRS has ruled that Harborside Health Center, one of California’s largest medical marijuana dispensaries, owes $2.5 million in taxes. Such a large tax bill could potentially force Harborside out of business. The problem is not that Harborside has been involved in any form of tax evasion or attempts to defraud the government. The issue [...]

Closing Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Causes More Crime in Surrounding Areas

By: Wednesday September 21, 2011 9:44 am

A new study by the Rand Corporation, which is not known for being pro-marijuana, found that crime actually goes up significantly in surrounding areas when local medical marijuana dispensaries are forced to close. From the Rand study: As part of the case study, we use Los Angeles’s experience ordering the close of hundreds of dispensaries [...]

Vermont Approves Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

By: Thursday June 2, 2011 9:35 am

Today, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin signed S.17 legalizing medical marijuana dispensaries in the state. The law authorize up to four dispensaries throughout Vermont to provide medical marijuana patients a safe, legal, and reliable way to get the medicine they need.

In 2004 Vermont first legalized medical marijuana but under the old system patients were either required to grow their own or get marijuana from the black market. Since raising marijuana to the point it can be harvest takes awhile, patients were potentially be forced to suffer unnecessarily for weeks or months if they didn’t want to break the law.

With a regulated dispensary system patients in Vermont should be able to get relief more quickly.

Gov. Shumlin has proven to be a supporter of more reasonable marijuana policies. During the 2010 election he campaigned on both creating medical marijuana dispensaries and decriminalizing minor possession of marijuana.

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