California Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

San Diego’s First Legal MMJ Dispensary Opens

John Schroyer  | March 19, 2015

Nearly 20 years after California voters first approved medical marijuana, and after long years of struggling with illegal MMJ dispensaries, the first fully legal and registered dispensary has opened its doors in San Diego.

A Green Alternative, owned by local David Blair, began serving customers on Wednesday. A grand opening event was planned …

San Diego Shutters 18 Illegal Dispensaries

Tony C. Dreibus  | March 11, 2015

San Diego is continuing to crack down on dispensaries it deems illegal as the first licensed medical shop prepares to open in the city.

Officials have shut down 18 marijuana dispensaries this year, including one that tried to reopen multiple times in two weeks, according to news reports. About 250 unlicensed dispensaries have …

Professor Projects Next 5 States to Legalize Rec

Tony C. Dreibus  | March 5, 2015

California, Illinois, New York, Nevada and Vermont could become the next states to legalize recreational marijuana, according to a Kansas University professor who has studied the history of cannabis.

Barney Warf, a professor of geography at KU, said his prediction is based on current laws, voter leanings and the fact that all five …

Some San Jose Dispensaries Refusing to Pay Tax

Tony C. Dreibus  | February 20, 2015

Dispensary owners in San Jose, California, are in a dispute with the city over unpaid taxes.

Five dispensaries reportedly owe more than $2 million in unpaid marijuana business taxes, according to an investigation by the local NBC News affiliate.

The actual tally could be much higher, as San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo called …

Week in Review: IRS Penalty Fight, Wait-and-See in Washington State & 2 More MJ Lawsuits

John Schroyer  | February 20, 2015

By John Schroyer

The IRS refuses to budge on a controversial – and confounding – tax penalty, officials in one Washington city give medical marijuana businesses a break, and two new lawsuits seek to dismantle Colorado’s recreational MJ industry.

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

California AG Says State Recreational Sales Inevitable

Tony C. Dreibus  | February 19, 2015

California Attorney General Kamala Harris, who plans to make a run for a U.S. Senate seat, said she believes the legalization of recreational marijuana in the state is inevitable and that lawmakers must be diligent in crafting laws to regulate the industry.

California isn’t exactly known for having a well-regulated cannabis industry, so …

CA Lawmaker Authored MMJ Bill But Never Visited a Dispensary

John Schroyer  | February 19, 2015

Lawmakers across the country routinely cast votes on measures concerning the cannabis industry, often without firsthand knowledge of the industry or the benefit of cannabusinesses willing to help educate them.

But Lou Correa took that to the next level.

The former California state senator, who came close to getting a bill passed last year to …

Week in Review: Maine Legalization, California Dispensary Lawsuit & Illinois MMJ Licensing

John Schroyer  | February 13, 2015

By John Schroyer

Two very different visions of recreational legalization emerge in Maine, a California dispensary gets a break in an important lawsuit, and Illinois’ medical marijuana program inches forward.

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

HempMeds to Add 100 Employees as Part of Expansion

John Schroyer  | February 12, 2015

HempMeds, a subsidiary of Medical Marijuana Inc., is planning some aggressive moves to expand this year.

The company said it expects to add roughly 100 employees in 2015 to its new San Diego headquarters – which currently has 52 workers – as it ramps up its Dixie Botanicals line of hemp-based CBD products.

Marijuana Business Accelerator Raises $1.2 Million

John Schroyer  | February 11, 2015

It seems like marijuana investors are practically falling from the sky these days.

CanopyBoulder, a new Colorado-based business accelerator focused on helping ancillary cannabis companies, has already raised $1.2 million in funding to help startups get off the ground, according to the Boulder Daily Camera.

CanopyBoulder is holding a pair of 13-week “boot …

Berkeley Patients Group Gets Temporary Reprieve

John Schroyer  | February 9, 2015

Berkeley Patients Group can stay open, for now.

A federal district court judge took the noted dispensary’s side in a recent hearing tied to forfeiture proceedings brought on by U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag, who has been on a years-long quest to shutter dispensaries in California.

Judge Jon Tigar granted Berkeley’s request for a stay in …

Chart of the Week: Marijuana Startup Interest Booming in California, Washington State & Colorado

Marijuana Business Daily staff  | February 9, 2015

By Marijuana Business Daily staff

California has climbed over several other powerhouse cannabis states and now ranks as the most popular market for entrepreneurs starting marijuana companies, despite an unstable business climate fostered by a lack of statewide MMJ regulations.

Nearly 20% of entrepreneurs currently in