Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

Canadian Election Could Usher in Big Changes for Cannabis Industry

Chris Walsh  | September 15, 2015

Canada’s medical cannabis industry could undergo a big shift if the controlling Conservative Party loses power in the upcoming fall election.

Some observers say a changing of the guard to either the Liberal Party of Canada or the New Democratic Party (NDP) would accelerate the industry’s growth, possibly pave the way for the entrance of …

California Lawmakers Vote to Adopt Statewide Medical Marijuana Regulations

John Schroyer  | September 12, 2015

By John Schroyer

Under the gun and almost out of time, lawmakers in California approved historic regulations on the state’s medical marijuana industry late Friday night, setting the stage for the largest MMJ market in the country to finally adopt comprehensive rules on cannabis businesses.

California Moves Big Step Closer to MMJ Regulations

John Schroyer  | September 11, 2015

Key lawmakers in California have agreed on the specifics of a proposal to regulate the state’s medical marijuana industry, raising hopes that the Legislature can push through MMJ rules before it adjourns today.

The proposal involves a package of three bills that will need to be amended and passed by both the state Senate and …

Week in Review: Stellar Start for MMJ in Massachusetts, Cannabis Recall in Denver & Delays in Minnesota

John Schroyer  | September 11, 2015

By John Schroyer

The first dispensary in Massachusetts sees an explosion of customers in its first two months of operation, Denver issues a recall involving concentrates, and a medical cannabis company in Minnesota delays opening more storefronts.

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

Illinois Won’t Expand List of Qualifying Conditions for MMJ

John Schroyer  | September 10, 2015

The Illinois Department of Public Health has announced that it won’t add new qualifying conditions to the state’s medical cannabis program at this time, a big blow to cannabis businesses that were hoping officials would help expand the market for MMJ.

The decision comes after a state panel recently recommended

Detroit Crafting Proposed Regulations on Dispensaries

Chris Walsh  | September 10, 2015

Detroit officials are finalizing a draft of proposed regulations on the city’s dispensaries, which continue to pop up like dandelions even though they are technically illegal under state law.

Councilman James Tate said he’s putting final touches on an ordinance to govern the city’s …

First Maryland County Adopts MMJ Rules

Chris Walsh  | September 10, 2015

Maryland cannabis entrepreneurs scored a victory this week after the Baltimore County Council adopted zoning regulations that are much more favorable for medical marijuana businesses than the initial draft of proposed rules.

The council voted to pass zoning laws that specify where dispensaries, marijuana …

Alaska Recreational Cannabis Rules Taking Shape

John Schroyer  | September 8, 2015

Recreational marijuana shops in Alaska will likely be prohibited from giving away branded merchandise and coupons, and they could be required to install pricey security systems.

Those are just two points from new draft rules that the Alaska Marijuana Control Board is considering as the state prepares to launch its rec program next year,