Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

Illinois Again Rejects MMJ Expansion

John Schroyer  | February 1, 2016

For the second time in a row – and for the exact same reason – the Illinois health department has rejected a recommendation to expand the state’s qualifying condition list for medical marijuana.

Dr. Nirav Shah, the director of the state’s health department, shot down an attempt to add post-traumatic stress disorder, irritable bowel syndrome, …

Seattle Dispensaries Sue Oversight Board

John Schroyer  | January 29, 2016

Unhappy with how the new state licensing process is going, seven Seattle medical marijuana dispensaries have filed suit against the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board, alleging that the agency has broken several rules in recent months.

The suit, filed Friday in Superior Court in Thurston County, alleges that the board used “dubious …

Week in Review: Relief in CA, MMJ Gains in Two States & Major Expansion in the Works

John Schroyer  | January 29, 2016

By John Schroyer

California moves to slow the pace of medical marijuana bans, MMJ makes big gains in Ohio and Florida, and a cannabis company announces what could be the most ambitious expansion plan in the industry to date.

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

Going Global: Roundup of International Marijuana Business Opportunities

John Schroyer  | January 28, 2016

By John Schroyer

The world has taken enormous strides in relaxing marijuana laws as of late.

Nearly 20 countries have legalized cannabis possession and consumption to some degree (primarily for medical purposes), including Bangladesh, Canada, Colombia, Jamaica, Italy and Uruguay, to name a few.

Report: Over 160 Proposed Local CA Bans on Marijuana Growing

John Schroyer  | January 25, 2016

Heading into the last month that local California governments can take regulatory action on marijuana before a new state law kicks in, more than 160 jurisdictions have either approved or introduced bans on medical cannabis growing.

The “banapalooza,” as the California chapter of NORML has termed it, stems from a relatively short deadline that …

Colorado Man Sues Town, Alleges It Created MMJ Monopoly

Omar Sacirbey  | January 25, 2016

A Colorado man is asking the state’s attorney general to investigate officials in the town of Palisade, who he accuses in a lawsuit of creating an illegal monopoly by limiting the number of medical marijuana businesses to one.

If the lawsuit succeeds, it could become harder for Colorado municipalities to limit the number of dispensaries …