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Powerhouse MJ Law Firms Team Up on Compliance Software

John Schroyer  | May 17, 2016

Two legal powerhouses in the marijuana industry are branching into the software business, hoping to generate profits in a new line of business.

California-based Greenbridge Corporate Counsel and Colorado-based Vicente Sederberg have tapped Denver tech entrepreneur Marion Mariathasan to develop a software package to help cannabis companies and others involved in the industry comply with …

Oakland Increases Number of Medical Marijuana Businesses

John Schroyer  | May 4, 2016

Oakland lawmakers voted Wednesday to increase sharply the number of licensed medical marijuana dispensaries, cultivators and related businesses that can operate in California’s eighth-largest city.

The city approved a measure to allow eight new dispensaries each year, adding to the eight that currently exist. City officials also paved the way for an additional 30 growers, …

In Major Victory, Harborside Civil Forfeiture Case Dropped

John Schroyer  | May 3, 2016

A California medical marijuana dispensary has won a landmark legal case that at one point had threatened the MJ industry’s very future.

Harborside Health Center in Oakland, once in danger of being shuttered by the U.S. Attorney’s office, announced today federal prosecutors have dropped their case brought against the dispensary four years ago.

The dismissal …

Weedmaps Hires Veteran Lobbyist

Omar Sacirbey  | April 29, 2016

Weedmaps, the popular dispensary listings site, has hired a veteran Washington lobbyist to help shape state and local policies governing the cannabis industry, the Bond Buyer reported.

Dustin McDonald – California-based Weedmap’s new head of government relations – has until now been in charge of federal government relations for the Government Finance Officers Association, …

Keef Cola, Kiva Confections Form Expansion Partnership

John Schroyer  | April 22, 2016

Colorado-based CanCore Concepts, owner of the popular edibles brand Keef Cola, and California-based Kiva Confections, maker of cannabis-infused chocolates, have struck a new type of licensing deal that will give each company access to the other’s home market.

Under the agreement, both companies will not only distribute but also manufacture each others’ products on their …

CA Congressman Endorses Rec Legalization Initiative

John Schroyer  | April 19, 2016

California marijuana legalization proponents scored a major backer on Monday when they announced the formal endorsement of Los Angeles Congressman Ted Lieu, who signaled his support for a recreational cannabis initiative written by billionaire Sean Parker’s coalition.

The measure, called the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), “creates a legal, responsible and regulated framework for adult …