Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

Pesticides Lead to Sixth Marijuana Product Recall in CO

John Schroyer  | November 17, 2015

And then there were six – marijuana product recalls in Colorado tied to pesticide use, that is.

The recall number hit the half-dozen mark on Tuesday, when the Denver Department of Environmental Health announced in a press release that Lab710 Concentrates is voluntarily recalling more than 2,300 units of 23 different products.

The recall, parallel …

Florida Legislature Tackles MMJ Legalization, Again

Omar Sacirbey  | November 17, 2015

For the third time in two years, the Florida Legislature will take up the hotly contested issue of medical marijuana, in an attempt to broaden its current system.

On Monday, state Sen. Jeff Brandes filed a new medical marijuana bill that would license cultivation, processing, and retail facilities, and expand the conditions that qualify …

Nearly 1,000 New Marijuana Retail Applicants in WA

John Schroyer  | November 16, 2015

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board has so far received nearly 1,000 applications from businesses seeking a new cannabis retail license.

The official tally is 962 applications, according to the Olympian. And that’s only for storefronts that want to sell either medical or recreational cannabis (or both), and it doesn’t include companies …

Chart of the Week: Momentum Building for Marijuana Legalization Via Ballot Measures

Becky Olson  | November 16, 2015

By Becky Olson and John Schroyer

Marijuana legalization measures are appearing in front of voters at the highest level in history, with more initiatives to legalize medical or recreational cannabis making state ballots in the past five years than in the entire previous decade.

Colombia to Legalize Medical Cannabis

John Schroyer  | November 13, 2015

Colombia will soon become the latest nation to legalize medical marijuana at the federal level, according to multiple press reports.

President Juan Manuel Santos is set to issue an executive decree to both legalize MMJ and set up a groundbreaking national “export license” to ship cannabis products to other countries where it’s legal, …

Week in Review: Big MD Application Numbers, Dixie Expands Down Under & New Possible MMJ States

John Schroyer  | November 13, 2015

By John Schroyer

Maryland reveals its official medical cannabis application tally, a Colorado infused products company announces a landmark international expansion deal, and a pair of conservative states may be poised to legalize medical cannabis in 2016.

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

Record Crowd, Sea Change in California Create Buzz at Marijuana Business Conference

John Schroyer  | November 12, 2015

By John Schroyer and Omar Sacirbey

The Marijuana Business Conference and Expo kicked off Wednesday in Las Vegas with record-breaking attendance of more than 5,000 cannabis professionals from all 50 states and 23 countries.

The expo, which runs through Friday, also features more than 230 exhibitor booths from companies representing every facet of the industry.

Denver Looks to Limit MJ Industry

John Schroyer  | November 11, 2015

Denver, the de facto capital of the marijuana sector, may further forestall licensing for new entrants looking to get into the recreational cannabis industry.

In 2013, the Denver City Council approved a two-year moratorium preventing new players from entering the adult-use marijuana industry, in essence only allowing previously licensed medical cannabis businesses to obtain …