National Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Trump, Sessions + the future of the cannabis industry: Q&A with Steph Sherer

John Schroyer  | January 19, 2017

By John Schroyer

Steph Sherer has a good read on the pulse of cannabis politics, having spent years in Washington DC lobbying on behalf of medical marijuana patients and fighting for national MJ reform as executive director of Americans for Safe Access.

With Donald Trump's presidential inauguration imminent, she's not optimistic about the cannabis industry's near-term future.

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.

AG pick Sessions ‘won’t commit to never enforcing’ U.S. law on MMJ

John Schroyer  | January 10, 2017

The murky legal situation between the federal government and states that have approved cannabis in some form was not made any clearer Tuesday when U.S. attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions dodged questions about his planned approach to the issue.

During Day One of his confirmation hearing, Sessions – the Alabama senator who has been picked …

Alleged ‘attack’ takes down MJ Freeway’s software, causing chaos for marijuana retailers

Chris Walsh  | January 8, 2017

By Chris Walsh

MJ Freeway’s widely used software platform for cannabis businesses crashed over the weekend and remains down for most customers, creating ripples across the marijuana industry.

The outage has sent 1,000 marijuana retailers in 23 states scrambling to handle everything from sales and inventory management to regulatory compliance issues.

The marijuana industry under Trump: Q&A with Congressman Ed Perlmutter

John Schroyer  | January 4, 2017

By John Schroyer

Ed Perlmutter, a Colorado Democrat, has been a strong proponent of the cannabis industry during a Congressional stint that started in 2006.

While witnessing firsthand the growth of Colorado's marijuana industry, Perlmutter has sponsored several pro-cannabis measures in the House, including legislation to increase banking access for MJ-related companies.

Legal options under a Trump administration: Q&A with attorney Henry Wykowski

John Schroyer  | November 17, 2016

By John Schroyer

Now that questions have surfaced about the future of the industry under a potentially hostile White House run by President-elect Donald Trump, Marijuana Business Daily asked famed attorney Henry Wykowski what he believes the future holds for cannabis companies.

Marijuana Business Conference & Expo convenes with election top of mind

Bart Schaneman  | November 15, 2016

By Bart Schaneman

November’s landmark election will no doubt be a hot topic on the convention hall floor at this week’s Marijuana Business Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, with recreational and medical markets newly approved in eight states amid huge questions over what a Donald Trump administration will mean for the industry.

Election Updates: Live coverage of marijuana measures across the country

Chris Walsh  | November 8, 2016

Marijuana Business Daily provided live updates on cannabis ballot measures and related news on Election Day (all updates in Eastern time).

3:45 a.m. Wednesday (Montana): Montana’s measure to legalize medical marijuana businesses is poised to win comfortably, as the initiative has garnered 56% of the vote with more than 80% of precincts reporting.