Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

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.

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Week in Review: Landmark Lawsuit, Disparate MJ Polling & FL Conference Wrapup

John Schroyer  | May 13, 2016

By John Schroyer and Omar Sacirbey

A lawsuit in Colorado signals a new era for the cannabis industry, polling numbers in three states paint differing pictures, and business leaders gather for the Spring 2016 Marijuana Business Conference & Expo.

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

Colorado Changes Residency Requirement for Marijuana Businesses

John Schroyer  | May 12, 2016

Now awaiting Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s signature: A bill to allow out-of-state individuals to take ownership roles in licensed marijuana companies, a major shift that could open the financial floodgates for Colorado cannabis businesses.

The measure, Senate Bill 40, was given final approval by the state legislature on Wednesday. The Cannabis Business Alliance …