California Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Week in Review: Oregon Rec Preview, Florida MMJ Fail + California Dispensary Lawsuit

John Schroyer  | April 24, 2015

By John Schroyer and Tony C. Dreibus

Oregon officials offer a glimpse of potential business activity in the state’s recreational cannabis industry, Florida fails to pass medical marijuana reforms once again, and a prominent California dispensary owner faces a lawsuit that seeks to shutter her business.

Here’s a closer look at several notable developments in …

Bill Would Prevent Feds From Targeting Compliant MJ Companies

Tony C. Dreibus  | April 23, 2015

Cannabis business owners harassed by federal prosecutors despite operating legally in their respective states would finally get some relief under a bipartisan bill introduced in the House on Wednesday.

The bill – introduced by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a Republican from California – would amend the Controlled Substances Act to make an exception to …

California Industry Association Head Faces Suit to Close Dispensary

Tony C. Dreibus  | April 22, 2015

A dispensary run by the president of the California Cannabis Industry Association has come under fire from local officials who want to shut down the operation, underscoring the difficulty of doing business in unregulated states.

Lakisha Jenkins, who also sits on the board of the National Cannabis Industry Association, told Marijuana Business Daily she received …

Marijuana Testing Lab Seeks $5 Million for International Expansion

John Schroyer  | April 22, 2015

One of the first commercial cannabis testing labs in the United States is seeking $5 million in financing to enter two more states and eventually expand to Jamaica.

Steep Hill Labs Inc., which is headquartered in the San Francisco area, has raised $4 million in investments since it was founded in 2008, according to …

500 MMJ Dispensaries Shuttered in LA, City Attorney Says

John Schroyer  | April 10, 2015

Medical marijuana dispensary competition in Los Angeles is apparently shrinking.

The city claims it has succeeded in shutting down the vast majority of illegal dispensaries, with possibly more closures on the way.

City Attorney Mike Feuer estimated this week that officials have helped close 500 dispensaries since 2013, when local voters passed a …

Prominent CA Testing Lab Raided, Two Execs Arrested

John Schroyer  | April 7, 2015

A marijuana testing lab was raided in Pasadena on Monday, and two executives with the company were arrested for suspicion of manufacturing a controlled substance.

Dr. Jeffrey Raber, president and co-founder of The Werc Shop testing lab, and Mark Piesener, another executive, were both arrested after cops responded to an anonymous tip regarding a …

Congressmen: DOJ ‘Defies Logic’ in Continuing MMJ Crackdown

John Schroyer  | April 6, 2015

A pair of congressmen from California have decried the Department of Justice’s interpretation of a measure passed into law last December that forbids federal departments from using funds to go after those in the marijuana business.

Republican Dana Rohrabacher and Democrat Sam Farr were co-sponsors of the amendment to the broad federal spending …