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Mixed Signals in Florida + IL Prepares for Applications & Study on MMJ Delivery

Posted on  September 09, 2014 by  News Admin

Polls show differing levels of support for medical cannabis legalization in Florida, Illinois gears up for MMJ applications and a study examines the impact of marijuana delivery services. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week:   Florida Polls All Over the Board Two polls surfaced this week that attempt to gauge the level of support for Amendment 2, the measure to legalize medical marijuana in Florida. One – conducted by a firm called Gravis Marketing – found that 64% of registered voters surveyed would vote “yes” on the initiative. Cannabis advocates rejoiced, saying the measure appears poised for success just two months out from the election. But not so fast. Shortly after Gravis released its survey data, a separate poll by the Bob Graham Center for Public Service emerged, finding support levels at just 57%. The poll was conducted in collaboration with the University of Florida Bureau of Economic and Business Research, the Tampa Bay Times and Bay News 9. The two polls differ in several ways. But they both use language from the text of Amendment 2, so they are similar in a key regard. The result of the Bob Graham Center poll is cause for huge concern, as the MMJ measure needs 60% of the vote to pass. If it’s the more accurate of the two polls, medical marijuana might not become a reality in Florida this November. What’s more, both polls show lower levels of support than one...

Illinois Releases Final MMJ Application Forms

Posted on  September 05, 2014 by  News Admin

Aspiring cannabis entrepreneurs in Illinois now have access to official license application documents. The state’s health department has posted dispensary and cultivation center applications to its website, including instructions, attestation documents for company officers and criminal history and zoning forms. The department previously released draft application information but has since finalized the forms. The application paperwork also includes the description of how the state will score applications. As previously reported in Marijuana Business Daily, the scoring process is extensive. The window to submit all paperwork runs from Sept. 8-22.

Oregon Landlords Wary of Rec Industry

Posted on  August 05, 2014 by  News Admin

Entrepreneurs hoping to open retail marijuana shops in Oregon might struggle to find a location if residents legalize cannabis this fall. An informal poll found that roughly a third of local property owners are not willing to lease space to recreational marijuana stores, while 26% said they are not sure if they would. The Portland Business Journal conducted the poll online, asking readers who own suitable property to participate. The publication received 73 responses by Monday morning. Nearly 15% of landlords opposed to renting to cannabis businesses cited moral grounds, saying they personally oppose marijuana legalization and do not want to support the industry. However, some in the “no” and “maybe” groups said their main concern is the level of risk. With continued normalization of marijuana laws across the United States, these landlords may be persuaded in time to treat marijuana businesses as any other tenant. Oregon residents will vote on whether to legalize recreational marijuana sales in November.