Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

Oregon lab accreditation problems could delay rec cannabis rollout

John Schroyer  | September 6, 2016

The full rollout of Oregon’s much-anticipated recreational cannabis industry next month could be delayed owing to problems with the accreditation of marijuana testing labs.

The Register-Guard reported that the Oregon Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program, or ORELAP, is overworked and understaffed. That means the agency may not be able to accredit enough labs to satisfy required …

Thousands of people ask New Jersey’s Christie to add PTSD

Omar Sacirbey  | September 6, 2016

An outspoken opponent of legalized cannabis, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is coming under pressure to sign legislation that would add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of qualifying conditions for the state’s medical marijuana program.

The inclusion of PTSD would be a shot in the arm for the state’s MMJ industry, given …

Week in Review: Dueling ballot measures, MT dispensaries close, New York aims for reform

John Schroyer  | September 2, 2016

By John Schroyer

Arkansas makes what could be an offbeat piece of medical marijuana history, Montana’s MMJ industry comes to at least a temporary end, and New York officials look to bolster the state’s medical cannabis industry.

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

Australia to legalize medical marijuana this fall

Roger Fillion  | September 1, 2016

Medical marijuana will become legal in Australia come November, but it will be tightly regulated and the federal government must still set up a national oversight system.

While a new market will open, cannabis entrepreneurs shouldn’t expect an MMJ industry to be fully up and running in Australia any time soon. The Sydney …

Second medical cannabis measure makes Arkansas ballot

Roger Fillion  | September 1, 2016

Arkansas election officials approved a second ballot initiative for this fall to legalize medical marijuana, a situation that some cannabis advocates predict could sink both measures by splitting the vote.

Secretary of State Mark Martin’s office signed off Wednesday on the latest initiative – which is backed by Arkansans United for Medical Marijuana – saying …

Report: Opposition to Nevada rec MJ campaign has spent little

John Schroyer  | September 1, 2016

Although recreational marijuana legalization isn’t a foregone conclusion in Nevada, it seems like opponents of adult-use may think it is – given how little has been spent on opposition advertising.

That’s according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, which reported that Nevadans “have heard little” from anti-legalization groups, although vocal opposition has emerged from …