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  1. Ron Strider

    Lobbyists Try To Shape Michigan's Medical Marijuana Rules Before They're Made

    When big businesses open up medical marijuana facilities under a new law next year, they'll know the rules well. In fact, they'll have helped shape them. Since February, businesses - through a cadre of lobbyists -- have been privately weighing in on potential rules for the new, $837 million...
  2. Ron Strider

    ME: Marijuana Lobbyists Harvest Cash From Bankers, Accountants, Lawyers And Others

    Bankers, accountants, lawyers, real estate brokers and other professionals hoping to serve Maine's recreational marijuana industry spent much of the $260,000 that has been paid to State House marijuana lobbyists so far in 2017. That figure is sizable by Maine standards, representing about 5...
  3. Ron Strider

    Lobbyists Lining Up To Influence Marijuana Laws In Maine

    Retail sales of marijuana may still be a year away, but cannabis-related cash is already flowing at the Maine State House as businesses jockey to influence the policies that will govern the lucrative recreational market. Between Dec. 1 and March 31, clients paid lobbyists more than $140,000...
  4. K

    Pot Lobbyists Fight Alabama Training Policy

    The Marijuana Policy Project claims in court that Alabama's requirement that lobbyists appear for in-person training before they can speak to state lawmakers about potential bills is unconstitutional. The group and legislative analyst Maggie Ellinger-Locke sued Alabama Attorney General Luther...
  5. K

    Ahead Of Legalization, Lobbyists For The Marijuana Industry Jostle For Say In Ottawa

    In another sign that Canada's booming marijuana industry has gone corporate, dozens of companies have registered as paid lobbyists ahead of Ottawa's plan to legalize the drug's recreational use next spring. As of March 19, the federal government's lobbyist registry listed 88 paid positions...