California Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Week in Review: Florida CBD Licenses, Alaska Marijuana Regulations & California’s Black Market

John Schroyer  | November 27, 2015

By John Schroyer

Florida announces CBD license winners as the state considers major changes to the program, Alaska debates recreational cannabis regulations, and California medical cannabis growers voice concerns over new rules.

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

California Wildfires Highlight Insurance Challenges, Importance of Location for Cannabis Growers

Omar Sacirbey  | November 25, 2015

By Omar Sacirbey

Wildfires raging through northern California since early summer have destroyed hundreds of cannabis farms, causing millions of dollars in damage to cultivation sites and adding complications to an industry already facing myriad hurdles.

The fires bring to the forefront several issues facing growers in unregulated medical cannabis states.

Cost of MMJ Rules Could Leave CA’s Black Market Untouched

Omar Sacirbey  | November 23, 2015

Will California’s forthcoming medical marijuana regulations eliminate the state’s cannabis black market?

Not if the costs for businesses to participate are too onerous, MMJ growers and retailers say.

The regulations will cost an estimated $20 million-$50 million to implement and maintain, according to the Press-Democrat of Santa Rosa, citing a legislative analyst’s report.


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.

Billionaire Behind New CA Marijuana Legalization Initiative

John Schroyer  | November 2, 2015

An existing campaign to legalize recreational marijuana in California next year will face some high-profile and well-funded competition from tech billionaire Sean Parker and a coalition he’s pulled together to support a differing version of legalization.

Parker has thrown his support behind the Adult Use of Marijuana Act measure that was filed with the …

LA Council Looks to Crack Down on Illegal Dispensaries

Omar Sacirbey  | October 30, 2015

The Los Angeles City Council voted this week to bar officials from giving business tax certificates to new medical marijuana dispensaries, all of which are technically illegal under an ordinance voters passed two years ago.

Council members also want to force existing dispensaries renewing their registrations to attest under penalty of perjury that they meet the

G FarmaLabs Names New CEO

John Schroyer  | October 30, 2015

One of the most visible edibles brands in California announced on Wednesday that its founder and longtime CEO, Ata Gonzalez, is moving into a consulting role and will step down as head of the company.

The new CEO, Dr. Cristina Gonzalez, is a licensed pharmacist in two states and will oversee the company’s continued expansion. …

Wildfires Wreak Havoc on California Cannabis Farms

Omar Sacirbey  | October 27, 2015

Wildfires that raged through parts of northern California over the last few weeks have destroyed hundreds of marijuana farms and caused millions of dollars in damages, according to estimates by industry insiders.

Marijuana businesses can’t get federal protections enjoyed by other businesses, so growers whose farms were lost or damaged cannot take advantage of wildfire …

California Gov. Approves MMJ Regs

John Schroyer  | October 9, 2015

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed three bills Friday that will establish statewide regulations on medical marijuana businesses, bringing the nation’s largest MMJ market in line with most of the industry and putting to rest concerns over whether he supports such a system.

The trio of bills were, quite literally, passed at the eleventh hour last …