Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

Breaking: White House press secretary predicts ‘greater enforcement’ on recreational marijuana

John Schroyer  | February 23, 2017

By John Schroyer

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Thursday said there will likely be increased federal enforcement on recreational marijuana businesses.

“I do believe you will see greater enforcement of it,” Spicer said in response to a question about whether the Department of Justice will enforce federal marijuana laws.

Alaska MJ entrepreneurs find way to ship product – commercial flights

John Schroyer  | February 23, 2017

By John Schroyer

The legal marijuana industry in the United States has been built by pioneers willing to risk the wrath of authorities.

That tradition is continuing in Alaska, where a retail shop owner has pushed the legal envelope by flying across her immense state with carry-ons full of marijuana inventory for her store.

South Africa may legalize medical cannabis production

John Schroyer  | February 21, 2017

The legal medical marijuana trade is poised to spread to its fifth world region: Africa.

The South African Medical Control Council plans to soon publish “proposed guidelines on cannabis production for medicinal use,” according to Independent Online.

Parliament member Narend Singh told an IOL property, The Mercury, he received a letter from the …

Week in Review: Seniors + MMJ, Oregon faces changes & Cannabis Caucus debuts

Bart Schaneman  | February 17, 2017

By Omar Sacirbey, Bart Schaneman and John Schroyer

A medical marijuana company in New York lands a nursing home deal, Oregon may align the state’s MMJ and recreational programs under one regulator, and the Cannabis Caucus officially launches.

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

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 …