California Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Craft marijuana cultivator buys historic CA wine property

Omar Sacirbey  | February 14, 2017

A craft cannabis cultivator has purchased the Northern California birthplace of Fetzer Wines, a major American winemaker, and plans to transform the property into a cannabis business.

San Francisco-based Flow Kana bought the 80-acre property and ranch house in Mendocino County, where it plans to start a full-service marijuana company that would include …

Another California town may allow huge marijuana grow

John Schroyer  | February 10, 2017

The central California hamlet of Hanford, just south of Fresno, may become the state’s latest cash-strapped municipality to find refuge in the immense tax benefits from the cannabis industry.

Town leaders are reportedly “inching toward” permitting one of the largest indoor cannabis cultivation operations in the state, according to the Fresno Bee, signaling …

Week in Review: Contaminated medical cannabis, CO workplace safety & Ohio’s tech search

Bart Schaneman  | February 10, 2017

By John Schroyer, Omar Sacirbey and Bart Schaneman

Tainted medical cannabis is suspected in a California cancer patient’s death, Colorado creates a workplace-safety guide, and Ohio is in the market for a seed-to-sale tracking system.

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

L.A. County to shutter 70 dispensaries, extend cannabis ban

John Schroyer  | February 8, 2017

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors agreed to reaffirm an ongoing ban on cannabis businesses of all types and to close roughly 70 dispensaries that are operating unlawfully in unincorporated parts of the county.

The situation may change early next year, after statewide regulations for California’s medical and recreational marijuana industries are …

Contaminated MMJ blamed for California man’s death

John Schroyer  | February 8, 2017

A cancer patient in California is dead, and doctors suspect contaminated medical marijuana may have been the cause in what could serve as a wake-up call for the state’s MMJ industry.

According to CBS Los Angeles, the man was using medical cannabis to ward off the side effects of traditional cancer treatments. The cancer treatment …

Santa Ana dispensaries sue unlicensed facilities

Bart Schaneman  | January 31, 2017

A group of licensed medical marijuana dispensaries in a Southern California town have sued MMJ outlets without legal permits to prevent them from selling cannabis.

The Santa Ana Cannabis Association filed the lawsuit targeting 14 unlicensed dispensaries in Santa Ana. The suit alleges the dispensaries are operating illegally, ignoring local safety codes and undermining the licensed …

Week in Review: Marijuana industry trademarks, cannabis banking & Oregon rec sales

John Schroyer  | January 27, 2017

By Omar Sacirbey, John Schroyer and Bart Schaneman 

A prominent marijuana pipe maker sues to defend its trademark, another state seeks Trump’s guidance on MJ banking, and adult-use cannabis sales continue to drop in Oregon.

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

California marijuana business owners in legal fog as they await statewide rules

Bart Schaneman  | January 24, 2017

By Bart Schaneman

The absence of statewide medical marijuana regulations following passage of California’s recreational cannabis ballot measure has put existing MJ business owners in legal limbo, making it tougher for them to operate their companies and plan for the future.

Some of these businesses, for example, are finding it difficult to determine what’s legal and what’s not.