DC Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Week in Review: Cannabis Legalization in North America, MJ Clubs Whacked & Oregon Flood

John Schroyer  | April 22, 2016

By John Schroyer

Canada and Mexico signal they’ll move ahead with cannabis legalization, marijuana clubs hit local pushback, and entrepreneurs flood Oregon with applications to operate in the state’s new recreational cannabis market.

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

Washington DC Permanently Bans Cannabis Clubs

Roger Fillion  | April 20, 2016

City lawmakers in Washington DC voted to slap a permanent ban on private clubs catering to marijuana users, eliminating the chance for recreational cannabis business opportunities in the nation’s capital.

The D.C. Council’s 7-6 vote sends the measure to Mayor Muriel Bowser, who already has said she supports outlawing the clubs, Washingtonian magazine reported.

District voters …

Week in Review: DEA Decision, Raid Response in MI & Cannabis Club Vote in DC

John Schroyer  | April 8, 2016

By John Schroyer and Omar Sacirbey

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says it will decide soon whether to reschedule marijuana, Michigan attorneys develop a defense strategy for raided dispensaries, and Washington DC city leaders vote to ban cannabis social clubs.

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

Washington DC Council Bans Marijuana Clubs

Omar Sacirbey  | April 7, 2016

The Washington DC City Council has decided to ban cannabis smoking clubs following a narrow 7-6 vote Tuesday, Reuters reported.

City representatives and Mayor Muriel Bowser, who opposes the clubs, have grappled with the issue almost since District of Columbia voters approved recreational marijuana in 2014. The law, which went into effect in 2015, permits …

DC May Legalize Cannabis Clubs

John Schroyer  | February 4, 2016

Marijuana consumption lounges may become legal in the nation’s capital, which would open up a new business avenue for entrepreneurs.

Under a measure approved this week by the Washington DC City Council, a task force will take a look at whether or not the municipality should allow consumption – but not the sale – of cannabis …

DC Dispensaries Get Sales Boost in Advance of Blizzard

John Schroyer  | January 22, 2016

As medical cannabis patients on the East Coast brace for a gigantic blizzard that is expected to shut down many cities over the weekend – including Washington DC – many decided to stock up for what could be a long indoor weekend.

“Thursday was our biggest day – sales and number of patients – ever,” Rabbi …

Washington DC Reconsiders Smoking Ban

Omar Sacirbey  | December 11, 2015

Marijuana businesses could see expanded opportunities in Washington DC if local lawmakers allow a ban on smoking in businesses or public to expire.

Opponents of the ban, which effectively means that marijuana can only be consumed at home, testified recently that the city shouldn’t be in the habit of banning an activity in private …

DC Entrepreneurs Finding Ways to Profit Without Legal MJ Sales

John Schroyer  | August 20, 2015

Although recreational cannabis sales remain illegal in the nation’s capital, a number of Washington DC-area businesses have come up with various ways to turn a profit from the adult-use market.

Entrepreneurs of all stripes have been launching or restarting marijuana-related ancillary businesses after voters overwhelmingly approved a new law legalizing recreational cannabis use and possession, …

Washington DC Grower Develops City’s First Edible

Tony C. Dreibus  | July 10, 2015

A Washington DC medical cannabis cultivator has created the city’s first-ever edibles product, several years after dispensaries opened in the nation’s capital.

The move allows local dispensaries to cater to patients who prefer to ingest medical marijuana rather than smoke it, which could help convince more people to sign up for MMJ cards.

The city’s …

DC Bans Consumption at Private Clubs

Tony C. Dreibus  | March 4, 2015

In a bid to curtail premature business opportunities tied to recreational marijuana, city leaders in Washington DC have passed a bill banning cannabis consumption in private clubs.

City council members passed the emergency legislation unanimously, worried that pseudo-businesses would begin charging membership fees for access to clubs that allow consumption. Any business caught …