Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

Montana AG Wants to Reverse MMJ Payment, Advertising Ruling

John Schroyer  | May 7, 2015

Medical marijuana businesses in Montana could be in for an abrupt shift in how they do business if Attorney General Tim Fox gets his way.

Fox on Wednesday filed an appeal with the aim of overturning a 2011 district court ruling that allows MMJ businesses to accept payment for cannabis and advertise their businesses,

Growing Marijuana For Profit Still Illegal, CA Sheriff Says

John Schroyer  | May 6, 2015

It’s harvest season for outdoor cannabis growers, and a sheriff in one California county is using the occasion to warn local businesses and individuals about making money off of the medical marijuana trade.

“The advent of the 2015 marijuana harvest season has seen an increase in illegal marijuana cultivation in Riverside County, and the Sheriff’s …

Minnesota’s Medical Cannabis Industry on Track for July Launch

Tony C. Dreibus  | May 6, 2015

The two companies licensed to grow and sell medical marijuana in Minnesota appear on track to launch in July as expected – a rarity in the MMJ industry.

MinnMed is planning to open a dispensary in Minneapolis on July 1 and a Rochester location two weeks later. Dispensaries in Eden Prairie and Moorhead are set …

5 MMJ Professionals Named to Oregon Rec Board

John Schroyer  | May 6, 2015

The medical marijuana industry could have some sizable influence over recreational cannabis regulations in Oregon.

The state has appointed a board of medical marijuana industry insiders along with other stakeholders and public officials to help oversee the development of rules for the upcoming rec cannabis market.

The 15-member committee includes five professionals from the MMJ …

Guest Column: 5 Legal and Compliance Tips for Medical Marijuana Entrepreneurs

Chris Walsh  | May 6, 2015

By Douglas Fischer

Because most activities associated with medical marijuana businesses are still federal crimes, the legal issues facing entrepreneurs can seem daunting.

The following five tips present a good starting point for cannabis business owners – both those who run mature companies as well as those those just starting up – and investors to …

Louisiana MMJ Dispensary Bill Advances

Tony C. Dreibus  | May 5, 2015

Will Louisiana become the next medical marijuana market in the country – and the first in the South?

Possibly so.

The Louisiana Senate has passed a bill that would allow a small number of dispensaries and one grow site to open in the state – a milestone considering lawmakers shot down similar legislation last year.


Puerto Rico Legalizes Medical Marijuana

Tony C. Dreibus  | May 4, 2015

Puerto Rico’s governor unexpectedly on Sunday signed an executive order allowing medical marijuana use – but where it will be grown, how it will be distributed and which ailments can legally be treated are still up in the air.

The executive order gives the secretary of …

Regulatory Baby Steps for Recreational Marijuana in Alaska

John Schroyer  | May 1, 2015

Alaska has taken its first step toward developing regulations on its recreational cannabis industry.

The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board proposed some initial regulations during a meeting it held Thursday, focusing on a handful of legal definitions and outlinng options local governments would have when it comes to cannabis companies,

Week in Review: MA Company Wins Court Fight, NY Taking Applications + More CO Pesticide Concerns

John Schroyer  | May 1, 2015

By John Schroyer

A Massachusetts dispensary company prevails over the state in a legal battle over licensing, New York begins accepting applications for just five business permits, and tens of thousands of additional marijuana plants are sequestered in Denver over pesticide concerns.

Here’s a closer look at several notable developments in the marijuana industry over …