Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

Week in Review: OH Lawmakers Okay MMJ, Nasdaq says No to MassRoots & MMJ for Vets

John Schroyer  | May 27, 2016

By John Schroyer and Omar Sacirbey

Ohio lawmakers pass a medical marijuana bill in a bid to undercut a ballot measure, MassRoots’ Nasdaq listing is nixed again, and Congress moves to give military veterans easier access to medical cannabis.

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

Philippines President-Elect Supports Use of Medical Cannabis

Roger Fillion  | May 24, 2016

The president-elect of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, signaled he supports the use of marijuana for medical purposes, possibly opening the door to significant new MJ business opportunities in Asia.

Duterte – who is scheduled to take office June 30 – is the first Asian leader to support medical cannabis, Chuck Manansala, founder of the Medical …

Michigan Appeals Court Deals Blow to Cannabis Dispensaries

Omar Sacirbey  | May 23, 2016

Dispensaries in Michigan may be on their last legs after a state court of appeals effectively ruled that medical marijuana patients only can get their medicine by growing it themselves or from registered caregivers who are allowed to assist up to five patients.

The decision comes after two men who were charged with distributing medical …

Nebraska MMJ Legalization Supporters Abandon Petition Drive

Roger Fillion  | May 23, 2016

Advocates of legalizing medical marijuana in Nebraska have abandoned a petition drive to put the measure on the November ballot, saying they lacked time and money.

The petition effort surfaced after a bill legalizing medical cannabis failed in the legislature  in April. Now advocates of MMJ legalization will have to wait at least …

U.S. House Paves Way for Veterans to Get Easier MMJ Access

Omar Sacirbey  | May 20, 2016

The medical marijuana market moved towards a significant expansion and greater legitimacy after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to allow Department of Veterans Affairs doctors to recommend medical marijuana to veterans in states where it’s legal.

The 233-189 vote overturns an Obama administration gag order from a year ago that prohibited VA doctors in …

Week in Review: Maryland Medical Marijuana Downshift, Toronto Crackdown & MA Logjam

John Schroyer  | May 20, 2016

By Omar Sacirbey and John Schroyer

Maryland’s fledgling medical marijuana program downshifts, Toronto dispensaries brace for a crackdown, and a licensing bottleneck in Massachusetts throws the state’s MMJ program into disarray.

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

Feds Raid Montana Medical Cannabis Dispensary

Omar Sacirbey  | May 19, 2016

Federal agents raided one of Montana’s largest medical marijuana dispensaries, sending shockwaves through the state’s already withering MMJ industry.

Drug Enforcement Administration agents were seen Wednesday carrying items from the Four Corners location of Montana Buds, a dispensary chain with eight stores in the state, the Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported. Four Corners is located west …