Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

Chart: Polls for marijuana measures tight heading into Election Day

Eli McVey  | November 7, 2016

By Eli McVey

Will Election Day lead to champagne showers and celebratory toasts in the U.S. marijuana industry or widespread heartache and disappointment?

Judging by the latest round of polling data, there’s reason to be optimistic – though cannabis executives might want to keep the bubbly on ice for now.

Week in Review: Ohio’s MMJ plan may shortchange growers, a California win & a legal brouhaha

John Schroyer  | November 4, 2016

By Omar Sacirbey, John Schroyer and Bart Schaneman

Ohio issues draft rules for medical marijuana growers, a federal judge tosses a lawsuit against a Bay Area dispensary, and a raid by law enforcement in Northern California triggers a legal spat.

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

Michigan MMJ program criticized for doctor certifications

Omar Sacirbey  | November 3, 2016

Michigan’s medical marijuana program has come under criticism after a state audit found that a small number of doctors were responsible for certifying tens of thousands of patients for MMJ, a finding that raises questions about the state’s oversight of the industry.

An audit by the state of Michigan released Thursday found that one …

Australia’s MMJ market likely to develop slowly, with big players dominating

Bart Schaneman  | November 3, 2016

By Bart Schaneman

Cannabis entrepreneurs hoping to enter Australia’s new medical marijuana market will confront obstacles at the federal and state level, with industry observers predicting a limited number of big companies will come to dominate the business.

Australia’s MMJ market also is expected to develop slowly, given complex licensing procedures and strict, costly regulations.