Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

IL Judge Orders Post-Op Pain Added to MMJ Condition List

John Schroyer  | September 22, 2016

A county judge in the Chicago area has ordered that the Illinois Department of Health add post-operative chronic pain to the list of qualifying conditions for residents who want to obtain medical marijuana, a move that could bring in more patients to the state’s MMJ program.

Cook County Judge Neil Cohen ordered the agency’s …

Colorado Springs Shuttering Nine Cannabis Clubs

Omar Sacirbey  | September 21, 2016

The city of Colorado Springs has ordered nine cannabis consumption clubs to shut their doors.

It is the first crackdown on cannabis clubs since the Colorado municipality’s city council enacted a ban on the clubs on March 22, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette.

Some clubs are appealing the cease-and-desist orders, while others are …

L.A. Dispensaries Submit Signatures for Ballot Question

John Schroyer  | September 21, 2016

A coalition of Los Angeles medical cannabis dispensaries has turned in over 100,000 signatures to support their bid to get an initiative on the city ballot that would give licensing priority to 135 storefronts.

The UCBA Trade Association, which is comprised of roughly 40 dispensaries that have been operating since before September 2007, needed …

Grow Applicant Sues Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission

Omar Sacirbey  | September 20, 2016

A marijuana cultivation company that was bumped from among the initial 15 winning applicants for a Maryland grower’s license is suing the state’s Medical Cannabis Commission.

The case could further delay the rollout of the Maryland medical marijuana program, which already is several months behind its originally anticipated launch.

The commission said it bumped GTI Maryland in a bid …

Trademarks: Some, But Not Many, Protections For Cannabis Companies

John Schroyer  | September 20, 2016

By John Schroyer

Rapper Snoop Dogg and a Washington State marijuana entrepreneur learned the hard way that cannabis businesses must tread carefully when it comes to trademark protection.

Both recently encountered trademark snafus, underscoring the pitfalls cannabis companies face. Still, MJ entrepreneurs do have options to safeguard their names, logos and other intellectual property.

Major Marijuana-Related Campaign Donations Late in Campaign

John Schroyer  | September 19, 2016

Proponents and opponents of cannabis legalization are gearing up for the final stretch of the 2016 political campaign, and for both camps that means some big last-minute donations.

In Florida, casino mogul Sheldon Adelson – who funded most of the anti-medical marijuana ads two years ago – has jumped back into the fray with a …

Cannabis Pod Company Execs Face Fraud Charges

Omar Sacirbey  | September 19, 2016

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Colorado has charged two men who ran a Denver-area company that transformed shipping containers into growing pods for food and cannabis with securities fraud, mail fraud and wire fraud.

William Sears, 50, and Scott Dittman, 47, were also barred from securities trading,  the Denver Business Journal reported. Their company …