California Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

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 …

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 …

Oakland Increases Number of Medical Marijuana Businesses

John Schroyer  | May 4, 2016

Oakland lawmakers voted Wednesday to increase sharply the number of licensed medical marijuana dispensaries, cultivators and related businesses that can operate in California’s eighth-largest city.

The city approved a measure to allow eight new dispensaries each year, adding to the eight that currently exist. City officials also paved the way for an additional 30 growers, …

In Major Victory, Harborside Civil Forfeiture Case Dropped

John Schroyer  | May 3, 2016

A California medical marijuana dispensary has won a landmark legal case that at one point had threatened the MJ industry’s very future.

Harborside Health Center in Oakland, once in danger of being shuttered by the U.S. Attorney’s office, announced today federal prosecutors have dropped their case brought against the dispensary four years ago.

The dismissal …