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Maricopa County Prosecutor Drops Challenge to Arizona’s Medical Marijuana Act as Violation of Federal Law, Ceding Victory to ACLU

PHOENIX, Ariz., Dec. 14, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Maricopa County Attorney William Montgomery has decided not to challenge the most recent ruling upholding Arizona’s Medical Marijuana Act, as the deadline of December 11 to seek review by the United States Supreme Court has passed.

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Supreme Court Ethics Committee Advises Judges Against Investments in Marijuana Enterprises

SAN FRANCISCO, April 19, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The California Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions (CJEO) has adopted a formal opinion advising judges that maintaining any interest in an enterprise that involves medical or recreational marijuana is incompatible with the obligation to follow the law under California Code of Judicial Ethics.

Should Marijuana Stocks Fear Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch?

Should Cannabis Stocks Fear Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch?

While there are a number of big issues and industries that could be impacted by the Gorsuch nomination (should he be confirmed), the marijuana industry and marijuana stocks have to be wondering how this nomination could impact them.

Court Rules Native American Church Not Exempt From MJ Laws

Court Rules Native American Church Not Exempt From MJ Laws

On Nov. 28, 2016, the United States Supreme Court refused to take up an appeal filed by a Native American church in Hawaii that was seeking exemption from federal marijuana laws, upholding a previous decision made by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Arkansas court strikes down a medical marijuana proposal on ballot

Arkansas Court Strikes Down a Medical Marijuana Proposal on Ballot

Voters in the Nov. 8 election in Arkansas will still be able to vote on a separate measure that would allow for the regulated use of marijuana for certain medical conditions, where a state commission oversees plant growth and marijuana distribution.

Marijuana Legalization Montana 2016: Here's What to Know About State's I-182 Initiative

Marijuana Legalization Montana 2016: Here’s What to Know About State’s I-182 Initiative

While most states have relaxed restrictions on marijuana in recent years, Montana has gone backward. A relatively early adopter of medical marijuana in 2004, the state — which has a population of roughly 1 million people — once had 4,900 providers servicing nearly 30,000 patients.

Michigan Supreme Court Refuses to Hear MI Legalize Appeal

Michigan Supreme Court Refuses to Hear MI Legalize Appeal

It is unlikely that recreational marijuana will appear on the ballot in Michigan this November. According to The Detroit Free Press, the Michigan Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal filed by the group MI Legalize to put a initiative legalizing recreational marijuana on the November ballot.

Arkansas Group Files Suit to Block Medical Marijuana Measure

Arkansas Group Files Suit to Block Medical Marijuana Measure

A group in Arkansas has filed a lawsuit to block ballot access for a measure that would legalize medical marijuana in the state. Claiming that the proposal is misleading, Arkansans Against Legalized Marijuana has asked the state Supreme Court to prevent election officials from counting or certifying any votes for the measure. According to the Associated

South Dakota Judge Denies Ballot Access to Medical Marijuana Petition

South Dakota Judge Denies Ballot Access to Medical Marijuana Petition

Organizers behind New Approach South Dakota, a campaign to legalize medical marijuana, has suffered a serious setback. On August 9, 2016, Circuit Judge Mark Barnett denied the group’s lawsuit to place a voter initiative legalizing medical marijuana on the November ballot.

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Supreme Court Rejects Marijuana Lawsuit Against Colorado

On Monday, March 21, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma against Colorado that asked the Supreme Court to enforce the supremacy of federal law as a means of halting the legal marijuana market in Colorado.

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Legal Analysis: Marijuana at the Supreme Court

In what has been seen, depending on one’s perspective, as an obvious legal stance or an administration taking an overdue stand on federal intent, the Obama administration has again spoken publicly about its stance on marijuana reform.


Mexico Making Moves on Recreational Marijuana

On Nov. 4, 2015, Mexico’s Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation approved personal use of marijuana, including growing, harvesting, preparing and possessing the plant, for the four plaintiffs addressed in the court’s ruling.


Michigan Supreme Court Revisits Medical Marijuana

For the ninth time in as little as seven years, the Michigan Supreme Court has passed down yet another ruling on medical marijuana in the state. In an interesting twist, the court issued one decision for two cases that shared similar circumstances; however, a definitive resolution was not reached.

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ResponsibleOhio Fails to Collect Enough Signatures for Ballot

As Ohioans are starting to gear up for the 2015 state election, the marijuana advocacy organization ResponsibleOhio is scrambling to collect enough signatures to qualify to be put on the ballot. Although the Ohio Secretary of State’s office calculated that the organization submitted approximately 660,190 signatures, more than twice the required amount, only 42 percent of those signatures were considered valid.

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Colorado AG Asks Supreme Court to Throw Out Lawsuit

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman has asked the Supreme Court to throw out a lawsuit filed against Colorado by neighboring states Nebraska and Oklahoma. The suit challenges Colorado’s recreational marijuana market, stating that it has increased the amount of marijuana coming across the border.


Are Marijuana Taxes Too High?

If there are still any cannabis naysayers left in the state of Colorado, then no one can hear them over the ridiculous amount of money being made there. According to the Denver Post, Colorado made $22 million in recreational sales in April 2014, netting the state $3.5 million in tax revenue. Sales were likely boosted by the cannabis holiday 4/20, which attracted thousands of out-of-state visitors this year.