California Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Police Raid Business Owned By CA Industry Association Exec

Tony C. Dreibus  | July 27, 2015

A business run by the former president and current board member of the California Cannabis Industry Association was raided and shut down by police, who claim it has been operating as an illegal dispensary.

The raid targeted Kiona’s Farm’acy in the town of Merced, where dispensaries are banned.

The operation is …

California Report Calls for Strong Regulations on Legal Marijuana

John Schroyer  | July 23, 2015

A working group overseen by California’s lieutenant governor has issued a report outlining 58 policy suggestions for regulating recreational cannabis in the state should voters legalize marijuana for general adult use next year.

The report focuses on restricting children’s access to cannabis, cracking down on the black market and forming a strict regulatory …

Google Boots Marijuana Delivery App From Play Store

John Schroyer  | July 20, 2015

Tech giant Google has removed a California medical marijuana delivery service from its Android-based app store, yet another indication of how mainstream companies shun cannabis-focused businesses and services.

The app – called Loud Cannabis – launched in early March and originally received approval from the Google Play store, so it was available to …

California County Dubs Marijuana Cultivation ‘Water Waste’

John Schroyer  | July 17, 2015

Officials in Sacramento County, California, have formally declared marijuana cultivation to be a form of water waste in light of the state’s ongoing drought.

The news likely won’t have a serious impact on California’s MMJ industry, however, since the county already outlawed outdoor cultivation and last month limited indoor grows to nine plants.


Severe Drought Could Hamper California Rec Efforts

Tony C. Dreibus  | July 13, 2015

Momentum is building for efforts to legalize recreational cannabis in California next year, but one issue in particular could sway some voters against the idea: water.

The state’s historic drought might serve as a rallying cry for those against recreational legalization, particularly traditional farmers and fishing companies who will likely argue that it’s …

Court Sides With IRS on 280E

John Schroyer  | July 10, 2015

A federal appeals court in California has ruled in favor of the 280E portion of the federal tax code, meaning marijuana companies will still have to battle one of the industry’s biggest challenges.

The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in a case involving a marijuana club called the Vapor Room, which …

New Businesses Connect CA Wholesale Cannabis Growers to Patients, Cut Out Dispensaries

John Schroyer  | July 9, 2015

By John Schroyer

A new medical marijuana business trend has sprung up in northern California: “farm-to-table” delivery.

At least three startup companies – Potbox, Flow Kana and Loud Cannabis – are specializing in helping wholesale MMJ cultivators sell directly to patients.

Scores of delivery services exist in the state, some operated by dispensaries and others …

Feds Raid California Tribal Marijuana Grows

John Schroyer  | July 8, 2015

Apparently someone didn’t get – or fully understand – the memo.

Agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration and the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs raided a pair of California marijuana grows Wednesday on sovereign tribal lands, according to KOLO TV.

The raids on the Alturas Indian Rancheria and the XL Ranch …

California Medical Marijuana Grow Raided

John Schroyer  | June 24, 2015

Local law enforcement officials in a town just south of San Francisco raided a medical cannabis grow site that supplies a nearby dispensary, seizing roughly 1,900 plants.

The cultivator in Aptos, California, had around 2,000 plants on hand when police executed the raid earlier this week.

By county law, cannabis grows are limited to 99 …

Study: Edibles Potency Claims in CA, WA Often Inaccurate

John Schroyer  | June 23, 2015

Edibles products in several major cities on the West Coast often include misleading labels that overstate or understate the level of THC and CBD, according to a new study.

The report – published in the Journal of the American Medical Association – examined 75 edibles products in Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles.


Dispensary Lawsuit Alleges Bribes, Excessive Force

Tony C. Dreibus  | June 16, 2015

A dispensary in Santa Ana, California, has filed a lawsuit alleging the city’s mayor took bribes from competing medical marijuana businesses and that the police department used excessive force during a raid last month.

The suit, filed on behalf of Sky High Holistic, alleges Mayor Miguel Pulido and other city officials accepted cash, …