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Washington issues first legal marijuana business license

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington state issued its first legal-marijuana business license Wednesday, launching a new phase in the state’s ambitious effort to regulate a market that has been illegal for more than 75 years.

Sean Green, who has operated medical marijuana dispensaries in Spokane and the Seattle suburb of Shoreline, proclaimed the document “beautiful” as it was handed to him at a state Liquor Control Board meeting in Olympia.

The license will allow him to grow 21,000 square feet of cannabis at his Spokane facility — the first pot that will be grown for sale under the highly taxed system approved by voters in 2012. The possession of marijuana became legal for adults over 21 soon after the vote, but it’s still illegal to grow or sell it for recreational use until pot shops open in the state later this year.

Green plans to start by raising marijuana starter plants to sell to other growers, and later expand to growing buds for retail pot shops.

“Cannabis prohibition is over,” Green declared to applause from a room packed with his supporters. “I’m coming home with jobs, Spokane.”

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Source: The Washington Post

 

Webinar: What you need to know about credit card processing

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Learn more about the impact of the February 2014 banking memos on credit card processing. Watch our informative webinar where we discuss the current merchant services environment for the cannabis industry. Understand the risks of accepting credit cards prematurely and gain accurate insight about banking and the marijuana industry. 

Our presenters:

Aaron Smith is co-founder and executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association. Aaron has successfully built coalitions with elected officials on both sides of the aisle in order to advance marijuana law reform legislation in the state capitol and among the voting public. Aaron's opinion pieces have appeared in major newspapers, including the San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times, and he has been a frequent commentator on national television news networks.

Stephen Brudner is the managing director of Merchant Services Consulting Group, a company that specializes in providing merchant services. His expertise on the relationship between banking and the cannabis industry has recently been quoted in the Wall Street Journal. Working with multiple banks and processors, his company strives to find the best combination for each business.

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Arizona Timeline: Webinar Wednesday Feb 6

 

 

MJ Freeway Software is Pleased to Announce Ryan Hurley as Guest Speaker for a Webinar with AZ's Medical Marijuana Business Professionals
AZ MMJ businesses must open their doors by August 7, 2013. In this February 6 Webinar, Hurley, a partner with Rose Law Group in Scottsdale, will address what needs to be accomplished in order to meet that deadline.
 
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To help these new AZ dispensaries meet this deadline, MJ Freeway Software is pleased to announce that Ryan Hurley, a partner with Rose Law Group in Scottsdale, AZ, will be the guest speaker in a webinar entitled "AZ's MMJ Present and Future: Important Deadlines and Considerations".

"This is a critical juncture for most of these MMJ business owners", said Amy Poinsett, Co-founder and CEO of MJ Freeway, a software company whose suite of products is designed exclusively for MMJ growers and dispensaries. "While some dispensaries have already opened their doors, there are many who still need to get things done and Ryan is looking forward to explaining all of the ins and outs of what they need to do."

The webinar will begin at 11:00am MST on Wednesday, February 6. Medical Marijuana Business Professionals are invited to attend by registering at http://www.mjfreeway.com.

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Planning Commission backs limited immunity for L.A. pot shops

In an attempt to get some regulation on the books, the Los Angeles City Planning Commission on Thursday adopted a measure granting limited immunity from enforcement to some medical marijuana clinics in the city.

The panel's 5-0 vote keeps in place restrictions prohibiting dispensaries from being within 1,000 feet of residential areas, schools and religious institutions. The city approval will allow some clinics not in those areas to operate with immunity from local enforcement.

Special assistant city attorney Jane Usher, however, said it would not prohibit enforcement by federal or state law enforcement agencies.

"This is no way interferes or alters other law enforcement practices," Usher said. "It is the city standing down."

Usher said the measure was developed at the direction of the City Council, which passed a total ban on pot shops in July but then rescinded the law in October after dispensary supporters qualified a referendum for the ballot seeking to overturn the ban.

Now, medical marijuana supporters are collecting signatures to put two other initiatives on the May 21 ballot that would adopt more lenient dispensary requirements, which could be changed only by a future vote of the public.

Under the proposed ordinance passed by the Planning Commission on Thursday, the city would allow dispensaries that have been in operation since September 2007, have registered with the city, pay taxes and agree to limits on hours
of operation and location.

Fewer than 182 dispensaries meet those requirements, according to the City Attorney's Office.

In addition, collectives of three or fewer people would be exempt, as are the caregivers of patients needing medical marijuana.

The Planning Commission agreed to allow the City Attorney's Office to make some technical changes to the measure before submitting it to the City Council for consideration.

The medical marijuana community praised the Planning Commission's decision.

"We think this is the best way to go," said Don Duncan, California director of Americans for Safe Access. "We would urge there be more time granted to relocate the clinics."

Aaron Green, who represents Angelenos for Safe Access that includes 97 dispensaries, called it a "quality ordinance" that provides access to medical marijuana for those who need it, but warned it could be overruled this spring by voters in favor of more lenient dispensary rules.

Usher said the measure took into consideration all the legal actions filed against the city on medical marijuana over the past several years.

And, she cautioned that another element could upend all the work on the issue.

"At this point, we are disappointed that the California Supreme Court has yet to schedule arguments," Usher said. "So this is an awkward time to bring you legislation. If it is adopted, I still would expect it to be subject to lots and lots of lawsuits."

The city has been grappling with how to manage medical marijuana dispensaries since the number of pot shops exploded several years ago. It has been estimated there are between 700 to 1,000 dispensaries operating in the city, although the federal government and the Los Angeles Police Department have sought to close many.

L.A.'s attempts to draft a law regulating when and where dispensaries may operate have been stymied by lawsuits and court rulings.

 

Source: http://www.dailynews.com/breakingnews/ci_22094777/planning-commission-backs-limited-immunity-l-pot-shops 

What the election results mean for MMJ

Miss our live webinar covering what this year's election means for Medical Marijuana?  We've put together the slides to share the keypoints that our speakers discussed!

 

You can view them by clicking here

MJ Freeway Launches SymptomTracker™ to Help MMJ Dispensaries Improve Patient Care

(PRWEB) September 28, 2012

What dispensary doesn’t want to provide better patient quality of care without added cost?

Amy Poinsett, co-founder and CEO of MJ Freeway, states that “because we believe so strongly in helping dispensaries provide excellent patient care, we are offering this exclusive and powerful new feature to all of our existing clients, and including it for all new customers, at no additional charge.”

Poinsett recognizes the importance of making operations smoother and convenient for dispensaries while keeping patient care at its highest level possible. “MJ Freeway is going above and beyond the basic requirements of some MMJ states with SymptomTracker™ which accommodates collectives with the greatest possible flexibility to improve their patient’s quality of care.”

SymptomTracker’s ™ features monitor:
a variety of symptoms (i.e. anxiety, weight loss, depression, etc.)
pain levels
necessary medication (i.e. dosages of narcotic pain medications and its correlation to MMJ usage)
anything else that may contribute to or impact patient quality of care


Dispensaries can plan on seeing this one-of-a-kind feature to MJ Freeway software in the near future. 

New Speaker for National Marijuana Business Conference: Amy Poinsett of MJ Freeway

Amy Poinsett, a co-founder and current chief executive officer of MJ Freeway Software Solutions, has agreed to speak at the National Marijuana Business Conference in Denver this November.

She plans to share her insight on how medical marijuana companies can streamline their operations, manage their financials, boost revenues and enhance customer loyalty.

Poinsett has trained and led technology development teams in software, application design and research analysis across various business sectors within financial services, luxury tourism and medical technology. An alumnus of the University of Denver, she also co-founded and managed Wonder Dog Corporation – a premier technical support and consulting company.

“Being a part of the very first National Marijuana Business Conference – in the state where our business started – is truly an honor,” Poinsett said. “It’s going to be a great chance for all of us in the industry to exchange information and expert strategies for success.”

Hosted by Medical Marijuana Business Daily, the conference will bring together more than 200 industry leaders to talk about the most pressing MMJ business issues of the day -including banking, taxes, legislation and regulations. Attendees will also learn about how to grow their businesses, compete and expand in the current environment. The conference will held Nov 8 and 9.

 

Source: http://mmjbusinessdaily.com/2012/07/19/new-speaker-for-national-marijuana-business-conference-amy-poinsett-of-mj-freeway/ 

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Online Ordering

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Suitable for either delivery services or for place and pickup orders, Online Ordering is the surefire way to bring in money while calming the chaos of your location!

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Legitimacy through Integration

MJ Freeway Software Solutions is announcing an unprecedented integration deal with over twenty partners, encompassing all key sectors in the Medical Marijuana industry including:

  • Social Networks
  • Strain/Dispensary Locator Services
  • Menu Board Integrations
  • Merchant Services
  • Symptom Tracking
  • Marketing Services
  • Doctor Referral
  • Vending Machines
  • Staffing and Training Companies
  • Cannabis Testing Facilities and On-site Testing Machines

Check our Integrations page for more details!