California Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Week in Review: Sessions’ sleight of hand, scofflaws in CA & risky business in NY

John Schroyer  | January 13, 2017

By John Schroyer, Bart Schaneman and Omar Sacirbey

Attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions plays his cannabis-enforcement views close to the vest, dispensaries sidestep California’s adult-use law, and an L.A. marijuana company attempts a risky rescue in New York.

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

High Times leaving longtime NYC base for Los Angeles

Omar Sacirbey  | January 12, 2017

High Times magazine announced plans to leave New York City – where it has been headquartered for 43 years – for Los Angeles by the end of April.

The reason for the move?

“The center of the cannabis universe has moved to California,” said Matt Stang, High Times’ chief revenue officer, according to …

New Market: California awaits regulations before unleashing huge industry

Bart Schaneman  | January 12, 2017

By Bart Schaneman

California’s recreational marijuana market has the potential to dwarf all others as long as workable statewide regulations are ironed out, municipalities allow adult use and legal businesses can supplant the state’s thriving black market.

CA taps MJ rescheduling advocate Holder for potential Trump battles

Omar Sacirbey  | January 4, 2017

Should a Donald Trump administration try to interfere with states that have legalized recreational cannabis, California will be ready.

The California Legislature on Wednesday drafted President Obama’s former attorney general, Eric Holder, to represent the state in any legal battles it may have with a Trump administration, The New York Times reported.

The …

A look ahead: Issues facing marijuana professionals in 2017

Omar Sacirbey  | January 3, 2017

By Omar Sacirbey

The marijuana industry is not only beginning a new year, it’s starting a fresh era in which it could flourish with opportunity or regress under a White House that could resurrect the crackdowns and raids of the past.

We examine seven of the top issues the industry could face in 2017.

San Diego MMJ dispensaries could sell rec cannabis under proposal

Bart Schaneman  | December 13, 2016

Following last month’s passage of Proposition 64, San Diego has proposed allowing the city’s 15 medical marijuana dispensaries to sell recreational cannabis once it becomes legal in California in January 2018.

The city is the only one in San Diego County that has signaled it intends to permit adult-use sales, the San Diego Union Tribune …

The changing California landscape: Q&A with Korova founder Joe Gerlach

John Schroyer  | December 13, 2016

By John Schroyer

Oakland-based Korova is one of the most well-known edibles brands in California, and its product lines appear in roughly 700 dispensaries statewide.

Founded in 2011, the company has enjoyed solid growth over the past five years, and owner Joe Gerlach has upgraded to a new manufacturing facility to meet demand.

CA treasurer forms group to address federal banking rules

Bart Schaneman  | December 2, 2016

California’s state treasurer has assembled a group to address the problems caused by banks’ refusal to deal with marijuana businesses, following up on his state’s legalization of recreational cannabis in the Nov. 8 election.

State Treasurer John Chiang also sent a letter to President-elect Donald Trump and included members of California’s congressional delegation asking …