Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

DEA Searches Oregon Marijauna Extracts Makers

Omar Sacirbey  | February 11, 2016

In a reminder that cannabis businesses are still not immune from federal law enforcement – even in states with legal marijuana – U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents recently searched the homes of the owners of a THC extractor and seller in Oregon.

DEA agents searched the homes of Michael Andrew Dillon and Michael Corby, the …

Australia Moving to Legalize MMJ Cultivation

John Schroyer  | February 11, 2016

Australia could move to legalize the cultivation of medical cannabis for clinical trials as soon as the end of next month, allowing its limited MMJ research program to advance.

A bill introduced in the Australian Parliament on Wednesday would establish a “national licensing and permit scheme to supply medical cannabis to patients… on clinical …

California Considers 15% Medical Marijuana Tax

Omar Sacirbey  | February 10, 2016

A new bill introduced Wednesday in California would impose a 15% percent tax on medical marijuana sales to pay for state programs and enforce new regulations, according to SFGate.com.

But the Marijuana Value Tax Act, as the bill is known, may not be the only expense MMJ businesses face, since local governments could levy …

Anchorage Finalizes Recreational Cannabis Regs

Omar Sacirbey  | February 10, 2016

The Anchorage City Assembly finalized its regulations for the upcoming recreational marijuana industry on Tuesday night, tweaking buffer zone rules, prohibiting small-scale commercial grows and taking other steps.

The new rules reduce the required distance between marijuana retailers and schools from 1,000 feet to 500 feet. But the news is not as good as it …

New Marijuana Legalization Effort in Ohio?

Omar Sacirbey  | February 9, 2016

Just a few months after a marijuana legalization ballot measure failed miserably in Ohio, it now seems as though there’s competition for who’s going to lead the next charge.

The Marijuana Policy Project and a new bipartisan team of political power players in the state are vying for pole position to lead a medical …

California Marijuana Bans Threaten Thousands of Businesses

John Schroyer  | February 9, 2016

By John Schroyer

The recent wave of local bans and moratoriums on cannabis businesses in California could have brutal repercussions for the state’s medical marijuana industry.

So far, 241 cities and counties have either approved some type of cannabis business ban or have one pending, according to the marijuana consultancy Sugarleaf Productions.

Facebook Closing More Marijuana Retailer Pages Across U.S.

John Schroyer  | February 4, 2016

By John Schroyer and Omar Sacirbey

Social media giant Facebook continues to shut down the pages of state-legal cannabis retailers across the country, Marijuana Business Daily has learned.

More than 20 dispensaries and recreational shops in Arizona, Colorado, Maine, Nevada, New Jersey and Washington State have had their pages shut down over the past week or so.

Detroit Dispensaries Get 30-day Window to Apply for Licenses

Omar Sacirbey  | February 4, 2016

More than 200 medical cannabis dispensaries in Detroit will have from March 1-31 to apply for a license to legally operate in the city.

Dispensaries that don’t meet the deadline or requirements will be closed, said Melvin Butch Hollowell, the city’s highest ranking lawyer. Hollowell announced the plan Tuesday, and said notices went out to …

Cannabis Industry Newbies, Veterans Kicking the MMJ Tires in Delaware

Omar Sacirbey  | February 4, 2016

By Omar Sacirbey

The race for Delaware’s two remaining medical marijuana licenses is heating up, but it’s hard to say exactly how hot it will get.

Nearly 50 executives, professionals and entrepreneurs representing 29 entities attended a “pre-bid” meeting in Wilmington, the state’s largest city, this week. 

DC May Legalize Cannabis Clubs

John Schroyer  | February 4, 2016

Marijuana consumption lounges may become legal in the nation’s capital, which would open up a new business avenue for entrepreneurs.

Under a measure approved this week by the Washington DC City Council, a task force will take a look at whether or not the municipality should allow consumption – but not the sale – of cannabis …

Facebook Shuts Down NJ Dispensary Pages

Omar Sacirbey  | February 3, 2016

Where’s Sean Parker, the former president of Facebook, the billionaire behind a marijuana legalization effort in California, when you need him?

Facebook shut down the pages of at least three medical marijuana dispensaries in New Jersey on Tuesday, and possibly a few more in other states, according to NJ.com. The affected New Jersey dispensaries …