California Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

California readies landmark water rules for cannabis cultivators

Bart Schaneman  | October 20, 2016

By Bart Schaneman

California is preparing landmark water regulations for the state’s marijuana growers to safeguard the environment and encourage water conservation and storage.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture is drafting the water-use rules, which are expected to increase growers’ paperwork and costs for things like water storage.

San Jose approves cultivation, deliveries for MMJ collectives

Omar Sacirbey  | October 19, 2016

The city council in San Jose, California, gave preliminary approval Tuesday to allow the city’s 16 registered medical marijuana collectives to run two cultivation sites and make deliveries to patients or caregivers.

The proposed rules, which require final approval next week, would allow deliveries between 8 a.m. and midnight, the San Jose Mercury News reported. Delivery …

Chart: Top regions for medical marijuana sales in California

Eli McVey  | October 17, 2016

By Eli McVey

Over half of all reported medical marijuana sales in California’s massive $845 million MMJ market are concentrated in just three counties, according to exclusive data obtained by Marijuana Business Daily.

The counties – Los Angeles, San Francisco and Alameda – totaled $450 million in sales over a one-year period ending in March 2016.

CA dispensary wants tax payment labeled a ‘contribution’

Omar Sacirbey  | October 14, 2016

The owner of a California medical marijuana grow and dispensary is proposing to pay $1.3 million in back taxes to the city of San Jose, but with a caveat – the money must be classified as a “contribution or collection of membership fees,” not as taxes.

David Armstrong, the owner of MediMarts in San …

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.

Poll: Majority of Americans favor rec marijuana legalization

Bart Schaneman  | October 12, 2016

As five states prepare to vote on legalizing recreational marijuana in November, a new Pew Research Center poll shows the majority of Americans favor legalization.

According to Pew, 57% of Americans say marijuana should be legal, with 37% opposed. Ten years ago the numbers were flipped, with 60% saying it should be illegal and …

San Diego cracking down on illegal marijuana dispensaries

Omar Sacirbey  | October 7, 2016

The city of San Diego has launched a campaign to crack down on illegal medical marijuana dispensaries and is asking residents to purchase MMJ only from licensed shops, a sign that authorities are trying to rein in the local black market.

The “Buy Safe, Buy Legal” campaign was launched Thursday through a partnership of the 

Damian Marley partners to convert former CA prison to grow operation

Bart Schaneman  | October 6, 2016

The youngest son of late reggae star Bob Marley has joined with Ocean Grown Extracts to convert a former California state prison into a multimillion-dollar marijuana growing operation, a project that could spur other municipalities in the state to lure MJ businesses for their economic impact.

According to Billboard, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, also a …

CA medical cannabis extract makers shielded under new law

Bart Schaneman  | October 4, 2016

Medical marijuana extract manufacturers in California will receive legal protections under a new law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Assembly Bill 2679, signed on Sept. 29, spans a gap between existing unregulated medical marijuana extracts and the soon-to-be regulated market, which starts the first day of 2018.


Chart: Latest California marijuana market data – $845M in annual sales, 2,756 dispensaries

Eli McVey  | October 3, 2016

By Eli McVey

California's medical cannabis industry reported $845 million in sales via nearly 2,800 dispensaries over a recent 12-month period, according to data obtained by Marijuana Business Daily.

The figures offer a snapshot of the size and scope of California's massive medical cannabis market and hint at what's possible if the state legalizes rec this fall.

CA gov. signs one medical marijuana bill, vetoes another

John Schroyer  | September 30, 2016

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed a significant piece of statewide medical marijuana legislation and vetoed another focused on Los Angeles.

Brown signed Assembly Bill 2679, which establishes statewide standards for MMJ product manufacturers, further implements regulations for the industry as a whole, and puts an end to “misguided raids” by law enforcement on …