Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

Marijuana’s taxing situation: Q&A with political activist Grover Norquist

John Schroyer  | March 14, 2017

By John Schroyer

Grover Norquist, the clean-cut, conservative keeper of the anti-tax pledge signed by nearly half the sitting members of Congress, defies pretty much every stereotype of marijuana supporter there is.

But he has been a vocal ally of the cannabis industry for more than a decade.

Florida medical cannabis bills make for hazy business climate

John Schroyer  | March 13, 2017

Medical marijuana isn’t shaping up to be the big business opportunity in Florida many cannabis executives were hoping for.

Although medical marijuana was approved overwhelmingly by Florida voters in November, the shape of the MMJ industry is still very much in question. And state lawmakers don’t appear to be moving toward any kind …

Recreational marijuana home delivery kicks off in Oregon

Bart Schaneman  | March 10, 2017

(Correction: An earlier version of this report misidentified the source TV station.)

Oregon’s recreational marijuana businesses are leading the way in the U.S. rec industry with a new service: delivery of adult-use cannabis to a customer’s home.

According to Portland TV station KGW, rec marijuana customers can now order from licensed dealers and have product …

SEC charges cannabis vending firm, founder in $12M case

Omar Sacirbey  | March 10, 2017

Federal securities regulators charged a California company peddling marijuana vending machines and its founder with issuing bogus news releases that bragged about phony “record” sales and touted the business as an MJ industry leader.

Much of Medbox’s revenue, however, came from “sham transactions with a secret affiliate,” according to a news release from the …

Week in Review: Los Angeles marijuana vote, Canada rec rollout & new cannabis standards

John Schroyer  | March 10, 2017

By John Schroyer, Omar Sacirbey and Bart Schaneman

Los Angeles voters approve a groundbreaking marijuana initiative, Canada adult-use legalization may take longer than anticipated, and an influential standards-setting group eyes cannabis.

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

Montana’s medical marijuana industry on the rebound

John Schroyer  | March 9, 2017

By John Schroyer

Just a few months after Montana voters resurrected the state’s medical cannabis industry, dispensaries appear to be leaping quickly back into business.

Second Canadian medical cannabis firm target of class-action suit

Bart Schaneman  | March 8, 2017

A second Canadian medical cannabis producer embroiled in a controversy over tainted marijuana is the target of a proposed class-action lawsuit by patients who unwittingly consumed prohibited pesticides.

According to the Globe and Mail, Mettrum, in addition to OrganiGram, was found selling MMJ containing pesticide myclobutanil, which emits hydrogen cyanide that, when lit, and can cause …

Crucial Los Angeles marijuana ballot measure passes easily

John Schroyer  | March 8, 2017

The Los Angeles marijuana industry took a big step toward legal legitimacy Tuesday with the passage of Proposition M, a city ballot measure that sets the stage for a new municipal permitting system.

State treasurers ask Trump for legal clarification on cannabis

John Schroyer  | March 8, 2017

The state treasurers of both Illinois and Massachusetts this week asked the Trump administration for legal clarity on where the new president stands on marijuana.

On Tuesday, Massachusetts Treasurer Deborah Goldberg sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, asking for specifics on how the Department of Justice plans on enforcing federal cannabis …

Massachusetts cannabis businesses warily await lawmaker tinkering

Omar Sacirbey  | March 8, 2017

By Omar Sacirbey

Cannabis industry advocates in Massachusetts know changes are coming to the law that voters passed last November legalizing recreational marijuana.

But how modest or extreme those changes will be, and whether they'll constrain the market, is less certain.