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Oregon MJ Company CEO Focus of Sexual Harassment Suit

John Schroyer  | July 14, 2016

A co-founder and former employee of one of Oregon’s largest wholesale cannabis distribution firms has filed a lawsuit against the company’s CEO, alleging the executive “groped and smelled her” and that complaining about the harassment led to her dismissal.

Whitney Hobbs, a co-founder of Highly Distributed, filed the suit in Multnomah County Circuit Court on Monday, 

Montana, Massachusetts Marijuana Initiatives Make Ballot

John Schroyer  | July 14, 2016

A recreational marijuana legalization initiative in Massachusetts and a measure to fully legalize medical dispensaries in Montana both qualified for the 2016 general election ballot this week.

The Massachusetts measure will appear on the ballot as Question 4, according to a statement from the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol. The secretary of state notified …

Maryland May Pick MMJ License Winners in August

Omar Sacirbey  | July 13, 2016

After criticism from the executive director of Maryland’s Medical Cannabis Commission, the chairman of the group announced that the first marijuana business license winners in the cultivator and processor categories could be chosen as soon as August 5.

The MMJ program’s recently appointed executive director, Patrick Jameson, on Tuesday criticized the review process of …

Hawaii Tweaks Medical Marijuana Law

Omar Sacirbey  | July 13, 2016

Hawaii Gov. David Ige signed legislation that tweaks the state’s new medical marijuana program, including provisions that could mean tax breaks, more products and more patients for dispensaries.

Under the state’s MMJ program, dispensaries are allowed to open for business Friday. But it’s unclear if any will be ready. Hawaii recently awarded …

New IRS Audits in Colorado Worry Cannabis Companies

John Schroyer  | July 12, 2016

By John Schroyer

The Internal Revenue Service has begun probing the large cash transactions of dozens of Colorado marijuana companies, sparking uncertainty and unease among cannabis entrepreneurs.

The audits – focusing on Form 8300 – have raised the specter of money laundering charges. But legal experts are divided over whether such fears are overblown.