Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

Week in Review: MassRoots’ woes, GW Pharma’s good news & pro-legalization polls

Omar Sacirbey  | September 30, 2016

By Omar Sacirbey and John Schroyer

MassRoots lands in financial hot water, GW Pharmaceuticals takes a step closer to winning U.S. approval for its marijuana-based drug, and a political veteran urges caution heading into the elections.

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

New Colorado edibles rules: Major cost for producers, ‘blip on the radar’ for others

John Schroyer  | September 29, 2016

By John Schroyer

New labeling rules that take effect Oct. 1 for marijuana edibles produced in Colorado have been a huge expense for many infused products manufacturers – and may cause headaches for retailers, too.

Edibles companies have spent upwards of six figures to retool manufacturing equipment, retrain employees and pay for new packaging. 

Florida CBD industry inching along, eyeing November

Omar Sacirbey  | September 28, 2016

By Omar Sacirbey

Florida’s fledgling CBD market just launched but is proceeding at a snail’s pace, with the handful of licensed businesses hoping voters will approve a full-fledged medical marijuana program this fall.

For now, the current crop of CBD operators are hedging their bets on expanding their businesses ahead of the Nov. 8 election. 

Arkansas voters favor one cannabis measure over the other

John Schroyer  | September 28, 2016

Arkansas could be one of three new states to legalize medical cannabis this November, and according to a new poll one of the two ballot initiatives that would do so is much more popular with voters.

An ABC affiliate reported that the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment, which is supported by Arkansans United for Medical Marijuana, …

Slow launch expected for Oregon’s full recreational marijuana market

John Schroyer  | September 27, 2016

By John Schroyer

Oregon dispensaries hoping to fully tap the state’s recreational marijuana market may have to wait longer than initially expected.

Many businesses had hoped to receive recreational marijuana licenses by now and start full sales in October, but it could take months for the lion’s share of them to get final approval. 

Connecticut aims to be medical cannabis research hub

Omar Sacirbey  | September 27, 2016

Calling cannabis researchers: Connecticut’s Medical Marijuana Program will begin accepting applications for research proposals on medical uses of marijuana starting Oct. 1, a move that ultimately could make it easier for doctors to recommend MMJ and boost sales.

Eligible applicants include licensed medical marijuana producers and dispensaries, as well as hospitals, health-care facilities, …

Alaska marijuana sales could begin before November

John Schroyer  | September 26, 2016

Alaska, the newest adult-use cannabis market in the United States, could begin serving customers before the start of November.

That’s according to Cynthia Franklin, the director of Alaska’s Alcohol & Marijuana Control Office, who said in an email to Marijuana Business Daily that the Marijuana Control Board is doing “an excellent job of moving toward …