Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

In Major Victory, Harborside Civil Forfeiture Case Dropped

John Schroyer  | May 3, 2016

A California medical marijuana dispensary has won a landmark legal case that at one point had threatened the MJ industry’s very future.

Harborside Health Center in Oakland, once in danger of being shuttered by the U.S. Attorney’s office, announced today federal prosecutors have dropped their case brought against the dispensary four years ago.

The dismissal …

Colorado’s Cannabis Industry Under Attack on Several Fronts

John Schroyer  | May 3, 2016

By John Schroyer

On the surface, it might appear that Colorado’s $1 billion marijuana industry has been unencumbered by legal roadblocks or political opposition, given its speedy growth in recent years.

Nothing is further from the truth, however, particularly for the state’s recreational cannabis sector.

Colorado Credit Union Appeals Federal Judge’s Ruling

Omar Sacirbey  | May 2, 2016

The Fourth Corner Credit Union in Colorado has appealed a federal judge’s decision to dismiss a lawsui

NE, OK Again Try to Overturn CO Rec Marijuana Law

John Schroyer  | April 29, 2016

The attorneys general of Nebraska and Oklahoma aren’t ready to throw in the towel in their bid to overthrow Colorado’s recreational cannabis law, after the duo recently failed to do so before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The two attorneys general have asked to be added as plaintiffs in a separate case aimed …

Weedmaps Hires Veteran Lobbyist

Omar Sacirbey  | April 29, 2016

Weedmaps, the popular dispensary listings site, has hired a veteran Washington lobbyist to help shape state and local policies governing the cannabis industry, the Bond Buyer reported.

Dustin McDonald – California-based Weedmap’s new head of government relations – has until now been in charge of federal government relations for the Government Finance Officers Association, …

Week in Review: MMJ Death Sentence in Montana, Denver Caps & Cannabis Patent Wars

John Schroyer  | April 29, 2016

By John Schroyer and Omar Sacirbey

Montana’s medical cannabis industry gets hit with a knockout punch, Denver approves new business caps, and concerns arise over the possibility of legal issues tied to patents for marijuana strains.

Here’s a closer look at several notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

Alaska Readies New Marijuana Lounge Rules

John Schroyer  | April 28, 2016

Alaska, the first state to officially sanction lounges where people can smoke or consume cannabis, has proposed new rules for how those businesses would operate, the Alaska Dispatch News reported.

If approved, the regulations would open new business opportunities for marijuana retailers – and new ways for these shops to boost revenue, create customer …

Large Tea Company Sues Small Cannabis Shop Over ‘Stash’ Name

Omar Sacirbey  | April 28, 2016

David versus Goliath?

One of the nation’s largest specialty tea companies is suing a small Oregon marijuana shop for trademark infringement over use of the name “Stash.”

The Stash Tea Co. in Tigard, a Portland, Oregon suburb, accuses the Stash Cannabis Co. in nearby Beaverton of “systematic infringement of trademarks owned by Stash Tea,”

Massachusetts Medical Cannabis Firms Must Do More to Help Rec Effort, Advocates Say

Omar Sacirbey  | April 28, 2016

By Omar Sacirbey

Proponents for marijuana legalization in Massachusetts say the state’s medical cannabis industry must step up to the plate quickly to ensure a recreational measure passes this fall in the face of growing opposition – or else the entire effort could fall short.