Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

Week in Review: San Diego crackdown, WA eyes organic marijuana & Britain says yes to CBD

John Schroyer  | October 14, 2016

By Bart Schaneman and John Schroyer

San Diego targets illegal dispensaries while educating consumers about legit operations, Washington State has an eye toward organic certification, and Britain gives CBD the medicinal green light.

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

WA proposes new cannabis regulator, organic MJ program

Bart Schaneman  | October 13, 2016

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has proposed hiring a new cannabis regulator whose job could include administering a program to certify organically grown marijuana.

“There seems to be consumer interest in that,” WSDA spokesman Hector Castro said of organic certification, according to the Capital Press. “We have done this for other commodities, obviously.”


Potential rec marijuana ban in Colorado county could create havoc for state’s MJ industry

Bart Schaneman  | October 12, 2016

By Bart Schaneman

A vote next month on whether to ban recreational marijuana businesses in Pueblo County, Colorado, could have huge ramifications for the entire state’s cannabis industry.

If Ballot Question 200 passes, a major marijuana supply source would dry up, dozens of businesses would have to close and scores of workers could lose their jobs.

MassRoots receives $1.1 million in new funding

Bart Schaneman  | October 10, 2016

Cannabis-centric social media site MassRoots received $1.1 million in funding on Friday, mostly from new investors, and disclosed it slashed the salaries of its top executives to cut costs.

MassRoots’ founder and CEO, Isaac Dietrich, led the latest funding round, with former CEO Steve Markowitz also among the contributors. The announcement came as the …

MD appoints new medical marijuana regulator

Bart Schaneman  | October 10, 2016

Maryland’s governor has appointed a new patient advocate to the state’s 16-member medical cannabis board.

The move comes amid criticism that Maryland’s Medical Cannabis Commission failed to consider racial diversity when it awarded its first batch of grower licenses in August, the Washington Post reported.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan appointed Saundra Washington, an …

Maine rec cannabis legalization backers outspend opponents 26-1

Bart Schaneman  | October 7, 2016

Supporters of the campaign to legalize recreational marijuana in Maine have overwhelmed their opponents in fundraising.

Backers of Question 1, as the legalization initiative is called, have raised $1.3 million this year, more than 26 times the opposition, according to the Portland Press Herald.

The legalization effort has attracted contributions from some heavy hitters.

The …

Denver marijuana packaging firm files for bankruptcy

Omar Sacirbey  | October 6, 2016

High Supply, a Denver producer of child-resistant containers for marijuana products, has filed for bankruptcy protection, claiming the company’s “severe financial stress” was caused by “theft and corporate espionage by former employees.”

High Supply CEO Paul Lufkin is also suing a former co-owner and several formal employees, asserting they tried to launch another …