Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

New Weapon for Marijuana Opponents: Racketeering Laws

John Schroyer  | July 14, 2015

Although federal racketeering statutes haven’t been employed regularly against marijuana businesses, that could be changing.

One Colorado cannabis shop shut down recently after its owner decided that he simply couldn’t afford to keep paying for a legal battle with a Washington DC-based organization that sued his store and many of his …

Medical Cannabis Cultivation Begins in Illinois, Catapulting the Industry Forward

John Schroyer  | July 14, 2015

By John Schroyer

Medical marijuana cultivation is now underway in Illinois, setting the stage for the start of cannabis sales later this year.

Ataraxia – which won a cultivation license for a district in southeastern Illinois – received final authorization from the state’s agriculture department last Friday and started planting Monday afternoon, becoming one of …

Court Sides With IRS on 280E

John Schroyer  | July 10, 2015

A federal appeals court in California has ruled in favor of the 280E portion of the federal tax code, meaning marijuana companies will still have to battle one of the industry’s biggest challenges.

The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in a case involving a marijuana club called the Vapor Room, which …

24 Companies Apply for Florida CBD Licenses

John Schroyer  | July 8, 2015

Looks like Florida didn’t have a shortage of CBD business applicants after all.

Two dozen companies submitted applications by the Wednesday deadline for the five licenses up for grabs to cultivate, process and sell high-CBD, low-THC medicine, according to state health department officials.

Some observers worried that the state would be lucky to get even …

Feds Raid California Tribal Marijuana Grows

John Schroyer  | July 8, 2015

Apparently someone didn’t get – or fully understand – the memo.

Agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration and the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs raided a pair of California marijuana grows Wednesday on sovereign tribal lands, according to KOLO TV.

The raids on the Alturas Indian Rancheria and the XL Ranch …

Hemp Cultivation to Continue in Oregon

Tony C. Dreibus  | July 7, 2015

Oregon hemp growers can continue cultivating after the state Senate shot down a bill that would’ve put a two-year moratorium on production.

The bill – which breezed through the House earlier this week on a 53-6 vote – had wide support among marijuana growers concerned about the potential for cross-pollination.

Hemp …