Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

Week in Review: Big Legal Victory, Nervous Credit Union & Unrequited Love in MA

Roger Fillion  | August 19, 2016

By Omar Sacirbey and John Schroyer

The marijuana industry scores a big legal victory, a credit union in Alaska gets cold feet, and a Massachusetts city nixes a controversial business deal with a medical cannabis dispensary.

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

New Mexico MMJ Producer, Caregiver Sue State

John Schroyer  | August 19, 2016

A licensed medical marijuana producer and a caregiver in New Mexico have sued the state over the mandated 450 plant limit, arguing it’s not enough to meet medical demand.

The lawsuit, filed in Santa Fe County Court by dispensary chain Ultra Health and caregiver Nichole Sena, argues the cap is causing direct harm …

AZ Rec Referendum Triggers Rush for Medical Marijuana Licenses

Omar Sacirbey  | August 17, 2016

Arizona’s ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana has triggered a deluge of applications for a limited number of state medical marijuana licenses that will be awarded in October.

Some 750 applications were submitted for the 31 available licenses, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services, which oversees the medical-marijuana program, AZCentral.com reported.

The …

Lawyers Warned in Select States About Working With Medical Cannabis Firms

Omar Sacirbey  | August 17, 2016

By Omar Sacirbey

Legal ethics panels in a few states – most recently New Mexico and Ohio – have warned local attorneys that helping medical marijuana businesses can be a violation of professional rules of conduct.

The non-binding opinions could make it tougher for MMJ businesses in those states to get legal representation.