Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

DOJ poised to dismiss longstanding MMJ dispensary case

John Schroyer  | October 24, 2016

The U.S. Department of Justice is on the verge of dismissing a 3-year-old case against Berkeley Patients Group, according to a press release from the medical marijuana dispensary.

The DOJ initiated forfeiture proceedings against the dispensary in May 2013, a commonly-used tactic at the time against many medical cannabis businesses in California. But after Congress …

Week in Review: Detroit crackdown, NYSE listing bid & LSU proposes big bucks on MMJ

Bart Schaneman  | October 21, 2016

By Bart Schaneman, Omar Sacirbey and John Schroyer

Detroit cracks down on dispensaries, a cannabis real estate investment trust eyes a Big Board listing, and Louisiana State University proposes spending millions on medical marijuana cultivation.

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

San Jose approves cultivation, deliveries for MMJ collectives

Omar Sacirbey  | October 19, 2016

The city council in San Jose, California, gave preliminary approval Tuesday to allow the city’s 16 registered medical marijuana collectives to run two cultivation sites and make deliveries to patients or caregivers.

The proposed rules, which require final approval next week, would allow deliveries between 8 a.m. and midnight, the San Jose Mercury News reported. Delivery …

Could Florida’s medical marijuana industry be a gold mine for many or only a few?

John Schroyer  | October 19, 2016

By John Schroyer

Many in the medical cannabis trade have long viewed Florida as a plum waiting to be picked, a potentially ripe market for both new and existing marijuana companies given the state’s massive population and heavy concentration of seniors.

But the business opportunities could be much more limited than expected.

Turkey to allow limited MMJ production

John Schroyer  | October 18, 2016

The Turkish government has legalized medical cannabis production in 19 of its 81 provinces, but the step forward is quite tentative and has a lot of strings attached.

According to Britain’s Independent newspaper, the move by the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock is intended to combat the black market. But many specifics are …

Dozens of medical marijuana dispensaries closed in Detroit

Omar Sacirbey  | October 17, 2016

Detroit is “making meaningful progress” in shuttering dozens of medical cannabis dispensaries that fail to comply with the city’s zoning rules, a local official said.

Melvin “Butch” Hollowell, Detroit’s corporation counsel, said 171 dispensaries remain open, down from 273 in March. His goal earlier this year was to close all but 50 by December, …

New Jersey, TN lawmakers tour Colorado cannabis industry

Bart Schaneman  | October 17, 2016

State lawmakers from Tennessee and New Jersey have traveled to Colorado recently to glean insights from the medical and recreational marijuana industries there and investigate the potential economic benefits for their own states.

The visits are expected to fuel efforts to pass legislation next year expanding MMJ in Tennessee and establishing adult-use cannabis …