Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

Monopoly Suit Against CA Dispensaries Thrown Out

Omar Sacirbey  | December 28, 2015

A U.S. federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit claiming that Berkeley, California, and three local dispensaries colluded to corner the city’s medical marijuana market.

Plaintiff Christopher Smith sued the Berkeley City Council, the city’s Medical Cannabis Commission, and the dispensaries Berkeley Patients Group, Berkeley Patients Care Collective and Cannabis Buyers Club of Berkeley, claiming that they violated …

MMJ Miracle Still Possible in Pennsylvania This Year, But Odds Slim

John Schroyer  | December 24, 2015

By John Schroyer

One of the biggest disappointments for the marijuana industry this year has been the complete dearth of new states legalizing medical or recreational marijuana.

After a proposal to approve cannabis sales imploded in Ohio during the November elections, entrepreneurs put all their hopes on Pennsylvania.

Indoor Grows Could Prove Costly for Hawaii MMJ Businesses

Omar Sacirbey  | December 23, 2015

Medical marijuana dispensary investors and owners in Hawaii could be required to spend millions of dollars on construction and utilities because the state’s interim business rules require that cannabis cultivation be indoors, The Garden Island News reported.

Having to grow indoors may force dispensary owners to recoup the additional costs with a product price …

Colombia Legalizes Medical Cannabis Sales

John Schroyer  | December 22, 2015

Welcome to the club, Colombia.

On Tuesday, the South American nation’s president put his signature on a decree that formally legalizes the cultivation and sale of medical cannabis.

Although MMJ has technically been legal in the country since 1986, the new law will establish a regulatory structure for the cultivation and distribution of …

Court Sides With IRS Against Colorado Dispensary

Omar Sacirbey  | December 21, 2015

A Colorado cannabis business has lost a court battle that could have set an important tax precedent for the marijuana industry.

The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Colorado rejected a request to overturn a ruling forcing a now-defunct dispensary to give the IRS information about its marijuana-related sales when seeking business deductions.

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Week in Review: CBD Setback in Florida, Progress for Marijuana Research & Cannabis Stock Slump?

John Schroyer  | December 18, 2015

By Omar Sacirbey and John Schroyer

Legal challenges threaten to further delay Florida’s CBD program, a new institute in the Czech Republic promises to spur medical cannabis research, and a federal interest rate hike could impact marijuana stocks.

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

Supreme Court Could Address CO Rec Lawsuit Soon

John Schroyer  | December 18, 2015

The question of whether or not the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a lawsuit targeting Colorado’s landmark recreational marijuana law may be answered as soon as January.

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman told the Denver Post on Thursday that she expects the nation’s highest court to decide next month whether it will take …

WA Marijuana Shop Licenses to Jump 66%

Omar Sacirbey  | December 17, 2015

Washington State will boost the number of licenses for cannabis stores by 66% following a recommendation by analysts who have taken a close look at the market.

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board said in a statement that it plans to increase the number of licensed stores to 556 from 334, citing a desire …