Canadian judge: Cities can forbid illegal dispensaries

Omar Sacirbey  | February 17, 2017

A British Columbia Supreme Court judge issued a blow to Canada’s most notable owner of illegal medical cannabis dispensaries, ruling that municipalities have the right to ban MMJ businesses.

Don Briere, who owns a chain of medical cannabis stores in the western Canadian province, filed a lawsuit alleging Abbotsford city officials …

Congressional Cannabis Caucus touches on agenda

John Schroyer  | February 16, 2017

The first Congressional Cannabis Caucus officially launched Thursday in Washington DC, with four bipartisan lawmakers asserting that their agenda includes protecting state cannabis laws from federal interference as well as reforming 280E of the tax code and cannabis banking laws.

They even hope to remove marijuana from the federal list of controlled substances.

The caucus, …

More than CA$1M of tainted MMJ destroyed in Canada

Bart Schaneman  | February 16, 2017

(Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that myclobutanil is a known carcinogen.)

A health scare over cannabis containing a banned pesticide has led to more than a million Canadian dollars ($764,703) worth of medical marijuana being destroyed and raised concerns among patients about the extent of tainted MMJ.

Patient worries could potentially cut …

Jamaica grants conditional OK for three MMJ businesses

Bart Schaneman  | February 16, 2017

Jamaica’s Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) has given initial approval to three medical marijuana business applicants, two for cultivation and one for processing.

But the actual launch of the island’s medical marijuana industry – ranging from growers to retailers – could still be months off.

A total of 160 applicants competed for the latest batch …

Arizona group readies filing for rec cannabis legalization initiative

John Schroyer  | February 15, 2017

The first salvo in the recreational marijuana legalization fight for the next election cycle looks set to be fired Thursday in Phoenix.

Safer Arizona 2018, a grassroots activism group, plans to file paperwork with the secretary of state’s office to place an adult-use cannabis legalization initiative on the 2018 statewide ballot, the organization …

Tilray to export medical cannabis to New Zealand 

Omar Sacirbey  | February 15, 2017

Tilray, a federally licensed cultivation company based in Nainamo, Canada, will begin exporting medical cannabis to New Zealand before the end of February.

It’s the latest overseas deal for Tilray, which is owned by Seattle-based private equity firm Privateer Holdings.

Both the Canadian and New Zealand governments have approved the MMJ exports, Tilray …

MJ advocacy group celebrates win over DEA ‘misinformation’

John Schroyer  | February 15, 2017

Americans for Safe Access claimed partial victory over the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration when it announced the federal agency had removed “factually inaccurate information” and “damaging misinformation” regarding cannabis from its website.

The DEA removed information from its site that included “claims that cannabis was a gateway drug, caused irreversible cognitive decline in adults, …

Craft marijuana cultivator buys historic CA wine property

Omar Sacirbey  | February 14, 2017

A craft cannabis cultivator has purchased the Northern California birthplace of Fetzer Wines, a major American winemaker, and plans to transform the property into a cannabis business.

San Francisco-based Flow Kana bought the 80-acre property and ranch house in Mendocino County, where it plans to start a full-service marijuana company that would include …

Washington state’s MJ edibles labeling rules target child safety

Bart Schaneman  | February 14, 2017

All edible marijuana products sold in Washington state must now carry a warning on the label notifying consumers they are “not for kids.”

The state requirement, which took effect Tuesday for marijuana-infused foods and soft drinks, consists of a red hand, the written warning and the Washington Poison Center’s telephone number, The News Tribune of Tacoma …