John Schroyer

Members of Congress call for extension of federal marijuana protections

A little more than a week and a half before a key deadline, a bipartisan group of 66 members of Congress have signed a letter to leaders of both the U.S. House and Senate, asking them to ensure the extension of a law that protects state medical marijuana programs from interference by federal law enforcement […]

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Nevada gaming panel frustrated by uncertain federal cannabis stance

Nearly all 12 members of a gaming policy committee in Nevada – including Gov. Brian Sandoval – expressed frustration at the conclusion of an hours-long hearing Wednesday that was intended to get the state closer to a policy on whether casinos will be allowed to engage in cannabis commerce. “If it sounds like I’m a […]

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FAQ: What business owners need to know about California’s new marijuana regulations

The latest version of the California state marijuana market regulations were released earlier this month, and there’s a sea of particulars for cannabis entrepreneurs to wade through. The California market – already the biggest on Earth – will officially launch on New Year’s Day, meaning that companies wanting to participate have a good bit of […]

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Marijuana an alternative to opioids for pain patients, study shows

University of New Mexico researchers say the legal availability of medical marijuana has the potential to reduce opioid use among chronic pain patients. The work of associate psychology professor Jacob Miguel Vigil and assistant economics professor Sarah See Stith was recently published in the journal PLOS ONE. The results indicate a strong correlation between enrollment […]

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Medical cannabis firm sues Florida over licensing delays

A lawsuit has been filed in Florida alleging state officials are “unconstitutionally dragging their feet” on issuing more medical marijuana business permits for the highly competitive program. A nursery that lost out in an early round of MMJ license applications and an epilepsy patient filed the suit in Miami-Dade County, arguing that the state health department […]

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CA state senator leads charge against large-scale marijuana grows

In an effort to protect smaller-scale cannabis growers that are worried about being forced out of the regulated market by commercial cultivators that will be producing at scale, California state Sen. Scott Wiener has vowed to push regulators to amend industry rules that were updated last week. “By not limiting the amount of land that […]

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Massachusetts aims to release recreational cannabis draft rules in December

A Massachusetts commission is planning to make significant headway next month in crafting regulations for the state’s upcoming recreational marijuana industry, with draft rules expected before the end of the year. The Cannabis Control Commission will hold public meetings on the draft regulations the week of Dec. 11, State House News Service reported, along with […]

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Longtime Marijuana Policy Project chief Rob Kampia stepping down

The founder of Marijuana Policy Project, Rob Kampia, is bowing out as executive director of the organization. Kampia, who co-founded MPP in 1995, will become director of strategic development and will continue to serve on the boards of directors for both MPP and the MPP Foundation, according to a news release issued Tuesday. Matthew Schweich, who […]

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Sacramento begins widespread marijuana crackdown

The Sacramento, California, police department plans to ask the City Council this week for an additional $850,000 in funding to continue a crackdown on its marijuana industry through the first six months of 2018. According to the Sacramento Bee, California’s capital city began its months-long crusade in August, including a 60-day citywide sweep by the […]

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Ex-MassRoots CEO makes move to oust board, current leadership

MassRoots founder and former CEO Isaac Dietrich on Monday filed paperwork with federal regulators to call for a special meeting and new shareholder vote, an attempt to force his way back into the company and dethrone the other board members who fired him last month. Dietrich – who owns 15.82% of the company’s outstanding stock […]

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