Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

Nebraska MMJ Legalization Supporters Abandon Petition Drive

Roger Fillion  | May 23, 2016

Advocates of legalizing medical marijuana in Nebraska have abandoned a petition drive to put the measure on the November ballot, saying they lacked time and money.

The petition effort surfaced after a bill legalizing medical cannabis failed in the legislature  in April. Now advocates of MMJ legalization will have to wait at least …

U.S. House Paves Way for Veterans to Get Easier MMJ Access

Omar Sacirbey  | May 20, 2016

The medical marijuana market moved towards a significant expansion and greater legitimacy after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to allow Department of Veterans Affairs doctors to recommend medical marijuana to veterans in states where it’s legal.

The 233-189 vote overturns an Obama administration gag order from a year ago that prohibited VA doctors in …

Week in Review: Maryland Medical Marijuana Downshift, Toronto Crackdown & MA Logjam

John Schroyer  | May 20, 2016

By Omar Sacirbey and John Schroyer

Maryland’s fledgling medical marijuana program downshifts, Toronto dispensaries brace for a crackdown, and a licensing bottleneck in Massachusetts throws the state’s MMJ program into disarray.

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

Feds Raid Montana Medical Cannabis Dispensary

Omar Sacirbey  | May 19, 2016

Federal agents raided one of Montana’s largest medical marijuana dispensaries, sending shockwaves through the state’s already withering MMJ industry.

Drug Enforcement Administration agents were seen Wednesday carrying items from the Four Corners location of Montana Buds, a dispensary chain with eight stores in the state, the Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported. Four Corners is located west …

Federal Marijuana Policy: Q&A With Attorney, Ex-DEA Agent Charles Feldmann

John Schroyer  | May 19, 2016

By John Schroyer

Colorado attorney Charles Feldmann has worked with clients in the cannabis trade for years.

But he’s also been on the other side of the fence, working for the feds. Feldmann was a Drug Enforcement Administration agent from 1996 to 2001 and also once served as a Justice Department attorney, prosecuting Colorado narcotics traffickers.

Oakland Approves Unique MMJ Business Licensing Rules

Omar Sacirbey  | May 18, 2016

A marijuana conviction often can disqualify you from receiving a cannabis business license, but in Oakland it can give you an advantage over applicants with clean records.

The Oakland City Council passed a first-of-its-kind measure Tuesday night, the Equity Permit Program, which flies in the face of national trends in marijuana policy. Many legalized marijuana …

Maryland’s MMJ Industry Won’t Launch Until 2017

John Schroyer  | May 17, 2016

Correction: An initial version of this story reported that the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission on Tuesday announced a further delay in the program’s implementation. That was inaccurate.

The East Coast’s largest medical marijuana program is scheduled to launch by next summer, later than first planned and a setback for hundreds of MMJ applicants in the …

Powerhouse MJ Law Firms Team Up on Compliance Software

John Schroyer  | May 17, 2016

Two legal powerhouses in the marijuana industry are branching into the software business, hoping to generate profits in a new line of business.

California-based Greenbridge Corporate Counsel and Colorado-based Vicente Sederberg have tapped Denver tech entrepreneur Marion Mariathasan to develop a software package to help cannabis companies and others involved in the industry comply with …

Toronto Marijuana Dispensary Crackdown Looming

John Schroyer  | May 16, 2016

Dozens of unlicensed medical cannabis dispensaries in Toronto are about to get a major wake-up call.

The city – estimated to have at least 78 storefront dispensaries – will begin issuing “hefty fines for zoning bylaw violations by the end of the month,” the Toronto Sun reported. Dispensaries are against the law in Toronto.