California Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Keef Cola, Kiva Confections Form Expansion Partnership

John Schroyer  | April 22, 2016

Colorado-based CanCore Concepts, owner of the popular edibles brand Keef Cola, and California-based Kiva Confections, maker of cannabis-infused chocolates, have struck a new type of licensing deal that will give each company access to the other’s home market.

Under the agreement, both companies will not only distribute but also manufacture each others’ products on their …

Cannabis Pioneer Asks Public for Money After Raid

Roger Fillion  | April 19, 2016

A cannabis industry pioneer is asking the public to help raise $150,00 for a legal defense fund, saying law enforcement authorities raided his San Diego medical marijuana company and froze bank accounts as well as seized money, raw materials and computers.

James Slatic, CEO of MedWest and a board member of the California Cannabis Industry Association, …

CA Congressman Endorses Rec Legalization Initiative

John Schroyer  | April 19, 2016

California marijuana legalization proponents scored a major backer on Monday when they announced the formal endorsement of Los Angeles Congressman Ted Lieu, who signaled his support for a recreational cannabis initiative written by billionaire Sean Parker’s coalition.

The measure, called the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), “creates a legal, responsible and regulated framework for adult …

CA Marijuana Software Startup Lands $2M Investment

John Schroyer  | April 6, 2016

A marijuana software company that aims to streamline business services for medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivators announced on Tuesday that it has completed a $2.1 million capital raise.

California-based Meadow said it will use the money to hire more employees and continue improving its software, which is currently available to MMJ businesses in its home …

SF Dispensary Reemerges After 2011 Forced Shutdown

Omar Sacirbey  | April 5, 2016

From bricks and mortar to wheels and then back to bricks and mortar again.

That’s the story of Medithrive, which started in 2009 as a dispensary in San Francisco’s Mission District but was shut down in 2011 by federal authorities and remade itself as a delivery service. Now, Medithrive is going back to its roots …

NAACP Official: Marijuana Industry Lacks Minority Owners

Omar Sacirbey  | March 31, 2016

The head of the San Francisco NAACP has publicly backed a black female dispensary license applicant in the city, saying laws that essentially exclude minorities from leadership positions in the cannabis industry need to change.

“I enthusiastically endorse Ms. Tikisha Ong and urge you to support her efforts to bring much-needed African American community representation to …