Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

Jamaica Mulls Airport Kiosks for Marijuana Use Licenses

Omar Sacirbey  | July 6, 2016

The Jamaican government is considering installing kiosks at airport arrival halls and seaports for tourists to get a license to buy and consume up to two ounces of marijuana during their stay on the island.

The possible move is aimed at capitalizing on the nation’s cannabis and tourism industries. The kiosks would mainly be …

CO Cannabis Industry Organizes to Fight Potency Cap Initiative

John Schroyer  | July 1, 2016

Colorado marijuana advocates – including many MJ companies – have formed a coalition to combat a proposed ballot measure that many in the industry say would gut the state’s cannabis market.

The proposed ballot initiative would cap cannabis product potency at 16% THC.

The new organization, the Colorado Health Research Council, is comprised of …

Canada Creates Marijuana Legalization Task Force

Omar Sacirbey  | July 1, 2016

Canada’s Department of Justice has created a task force to advise the federal government on in its plans to legalize recreational marijuana.

Anne McLellan, a deputy prime minister under former Prime Minister Paul Martin, will chair the nine-member panel, the CBC reported. McLellan also served as a health and justice minister.

“The task …

Week in Review: California is Official, GW’s Epilepsy Drug & Illinois Resignation

John Schroyer  | July 1, 2016

By Omar Sacirbey and John Schroyer

California’s recreational marijuana campaign makes the November ballot, GW Pharmaceuticals’ MJ-based epilepsy drug could play a role in DEA rescheduling, and a possible new dawn in Illinois’ medical cannabis program.

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

AZ Rec Cannabis Campaign Files Signatures for Ballot

John Schroyer  | June 30, 2016

An Arizona campaign to legalize recreational marijuana on Thursday filed 258,582 signatures with the secretary of state’s office, a week in advance of the July 7 deadline.

The total far exceeds the 150,642 valid signatures required to get the initiative on the 2016 general election ballot.

The organization behind the measure, the Campaign to Regulate …

LA County Extends Medical Cannabis Growing Ban

Omar Sacirbey  | June 29, 2016

Los Angeles County supervisors voted to extend a temporary ban on medical marijuana cultivation and distribution in unincorporated areas by one year, dealing yet another blow to MMJ cultivators.

The new moratorium also bars growing and testing of medical marijuana as well as mobile delivery services, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The issue dates …

Add PTSD to Medical Cannabis List, Judge Tells Illinois

Omar Sacirbey  | June 29, 2016

A judge in Illinois’ Cook County ordered the state’s medical marijuana program to add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of qualifying conditions for MMJ within 30 days.

In what the Associated Press described as a “sternly worded” ruling, Judge Neil Cohen said the state’s medical cannabis director, Nirav Shah, wrongly ignored a …

WA Readies for Bumpy Ride as State’s Medical, Rec Markets Merge

Omar Sacirbey  | June 29, 2016

By Omar Sacirbey

Washington’s cannabis industry is bracing for a July 1 deadline when unlicensed dispensaries must close under a new law that rolls the state’s medical marijuana program into its recreational program.

Some industry officials warn the MMJ sector will be decimated. But most industry observers reckon the state will fix the kinks.  

Senators Put Pressure on DEA to Reschedule Marijuana

Omar Sacirbey  | June 28, 2016

A group of U.S. Democratic senators is putting pressure on the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency to remove marijuana from its list of the most dangerous drugs.

DEA spokesman Russ Baer told the Wall Street Journal the agency will announce a decision “sometime soon” about whether it will reschedule marijuana from a federally prohibited substance …