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Cannabis licensing has a pretty standard trajectory by this point in time. States tend to start out with medical programs and later adopt recreational programs. What usually happens is that the recreational cannabis market swallows up the medical market. The majority of medical operators will seek out and get authorization to sell recreational cannabis, and many if not most customers will be recreational customers.

The reasons for this are pretty obvious but it bears noting. There is a much bigger consumer push towards the recreational market given that it’s a whole lot easier for a customer to just pull out their ID than it is to get a doctor’s recommendation. So even a lot of people who may have been traditional medical customers will end up just going the easy route and buy recreational cannabis.

So with all this in mind, it bears asking, why is medical cannabis licensing even still a thing?

On one hand, medical cannabis actually makes a lot of sense from a customer’s point of view. Where I practice in California, there are numerous benefits for medical customers:

Recreational cannabis can only be sold to people over age 21. Medical cannabis doesn’t have the same

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Democratic Candidates for Florida Governor Vow to Legalize Marijuana |

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Cheech and Chong on New Comic Book Chronicles: A Brief History of Weed with Z2 Comics | High Times

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Oregon County Declares State of Emergency Due to Illegal Grows

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Canopy Growth to Acquire Wana Brands in $300M Deal

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Riot Fest Brought the Good Vibes and a Love of Cannabis to Chicago | High Times

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Seen as a protectionist, cottage measure to some stakeholders, residency requirements for cannabis licensure have been a staple in the industry since Washington and Colorado legalized cannabis statewide back in 2012. When I lived in Seattle, the local industry was mostly stoked then that “big money” and out-of-state interests couldn’t easily crash the party that was fledging legalization in the Evergreen State.

Washington is pretty notorious for its 6-month residency requirement for owners of cannabis businesses (although it did away with the same requirement for financiers mostly because cannabis businesses were really struggling to source capital from friends and family and because financial institutions are loathe to participate due to federal illegality). A couple of times now, litigants have sued and lost in Washington over striking down the residency requirement (see here for a recent one)–we’ve even questioned the legality of the requirement before. However, the tide just majorly turned in the State of Missouri, and I have to question if more of these lawsuits are coming, and if the success around them is now turning against the locals.

Cue the federal court case of Mark Toigo v. the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (“DHSS”). Toigo is a

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San Francisco Strengthens Cannabis Social Equity Program | High Times

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Our cannabis business lawyers frequently receive emails from blog readers asking them where they can be found on social media. Today, we’ll respond to those emails and to let all of our readers know about the full extent of our social media presence. If you can’t get enough of Canna Law Blog, you can find more of us in the following places: 

Facebook. We have an exceedingly popular and perpetually growing Facebook page here. We are nearing 170,000 likes/followers and regularly get more than a million visitors weekly there. Our goal with that page is to widely disseminate and initiate discussion on a wide swath of uber-topical cannabis issues, as well psychedelics as the field emerges. Our Facebook page has links to our blog posts, events, and other cannabis/psychedelic-related news or articles. We allow for a wide range of views on our Facebook page and we delete only those comments hateful of others, but not comments that are anti-cannabis. We also delete comments that involve the selling or marketing a specific company or product. 

Twitter/Publications.  Our blog and a number of our cannabis lawyers have the following Twitter accounts, with posting frequencies all over the map: 

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Hip-Hop Mogul Jay-Z Invests in Cannabis Retail Platform Flowhub |

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