Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

Alaska Governor Names 5 to Marijuana Control Board

Tony C. Dreibus  | July 2, 2015

Five Alaskans were appointed to a board that will craft laws governing the state’s recreational marijuana industry.

Gov. Bill Walker named a police chief, a former director of Alaska’s Division of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, a city council member and two representatives from the Coalition for Responsible Cannabis Legislation to the state’s new

Rand Paul Brings in Six Figures at MJ Industry Fundraiser

John Schroyer  | June 30, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul made a splash in Denver on Tuesday, raising an estimated minimum of $120,000 in a closed-door private fundraising event at the National Cannabis Industry Association’s Cannabis Business Summit.

The total amount raised puts him firmly in the top tier of public officials who have raised campaign funds from the cannabis …

Louisiana Gov Signs Medical Marijuana Bill

John Schroyer  | June 29, 2015

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed a bill making his state the latest in the nation to set up a system for dispensing medical cannabis, but it’s questionable whether the program will ever get off the ground.

The law requires that patients obtain a prescription for cannabis from a physician. Since the …

Vancouver Will Regulate Dispensaries Despite Federal Ban

Tony C. Dreibus  | June 25, 2015

The Vancouver City Council has voted to create a bylaw governing the city’s many dispensaries, a move that flies in the face of federal regulations banning medical marijuana sales via storefront businesses.

Under the bylaw, dispensary owners will pay a $30,000 license fee and must be at least 300 meters (984 feet) from …

California Medical Marijuana Grow Raided

John Schroyer  | June 24, 2015

Local law enforcement officials in a town just south of San Francisco raided a medical cannabis grow site that supplies a nearby dispensary, seizing roughly 1,900 plants.

The cultivator in Aptos, California, had around 2,000 plants on hand when police executed the raid earlier this week.

By county law, cannabis grows are limited to 99 …

Industrial Hemp Production Can Begin in Maine

Tony C. Dreibus  | June 23, 2015

Farmers in Maine can start planting hemp immediately under emergency legislation that goes into effect immediately.

The measure allows growers to legally purchase seed from certified sources and cultivate hemp for commercial purposes, according to the Bangor Daily News.

The state’s agriculture department will set fees for cultivation licenses, which the law says …

Oregon Pharmacy’s License Suspended Over MMJ

John Schroyer  | June 23, 2015

A small town pharmacy just north of Bend, Oregon, was shuttered last week after a state agency found that the business had manufactured cannabis products and sold them to customers without a doctor’s recommendation.

The move highlights the gray area that pharmacies and healthcare professionals run into when it comes to medical cannabis.


Removal of Marijuana Research Barrier Could Lead to Big Business Benefits Down the Road

Tony C. Dreibus  | June 23, 2015

By Tony C. Dreibus

The Obama administration’s decision to eliminate a regulatory hurdle for medical cannabis studies might help spur new research that could lead to a reclassification of marijuana at the federal level, which would be a game-changer for the industry.

The Department of Health and Human Services is expected to publish a notice …