Briefs

MassRoots pivots again, offers medical cannabis dispensary portal

Marijuana social media company MassRoots announced Wednesday that it will offer a revamped dispensary business portal for a subscription fee, with the hope the move will generate more revenue and growth for the struggling firm. In a news release, Denver-based MassRoots said the subscriptions – which start at $420 a month per outlet with a […]

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Leadership of Drug Enforcement Administration turning over again

The acting head of the Drug Enforcement Administration is stepping down, less than nine months into the position, raising fresh uncertainties about the Trump administration’s marijuana policy. Robert Patterson told employees in an email Monday that the ability to chart the federal drug agency’s priorities had become “increasingly challenging” in his acting capacity, according to […]

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Denver cannabis tour bus operators zapped with legal citations

The cases involving two Denver marijuana tour bus operators that were hit with legal citations underscore the regulatory complexities facing such businesses and the fact that local authorities continue to keep a close eye on MJ companies. Cannabis tour buses in Denver are allowed to operate – and allow marijuana consumption – provided they stay […]

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New York plans to allow medical cannabis as opioid substitute

One of the more restrictive medical marijuana programs in the United States might soon allow the use of MMJ as an alternative to opioids, a move that could provide a much-needed boost to the state’s cannabis businesses. The New York health department plans to develop regulations giving people the choice of enrolling in the state’s […]

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Momentum building in banking industry for support of federal marijuana reform

Banking trade groups are stepping up their support for proposed legislation and seeking better clarity from the federal government about how financial institutions might serve cannabis-related businesses in states where marijuana is legal. The groups represent institutions that in total manage trillions of dollars of assets. They see the huge potential of providing banking services […]

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Registered but unlicensed cannabis grow raided in Northern California

A commercial cannabis grow in California that had been legally registered and apparently attempted to obtain legal permits was recently raided by local law enforcement agents after a county ban on marijuana cultivation took effect. Calaveras County Sheriff’s deputies raided a grow in Railroad Flat and seized more than 1,300 cannabis plants, as well as […]

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US Tax Court nixes non-marijuana deductions by medical MJ company

A U.S. Tax Court judge asserted in a recently released decision that the owner of a Colorado medical marijuana business wasn’t entitled to take business deductions for her expenses in selling non-cannabis accessory merchandise such as pipes and papers. The decision against the owner of the defunct Altermeds in Louisville, Colorado, is another shot across […]

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Cannabis foes crow about MJ banking measure stalling in congressional committee

A pro-cannabis industry banking amendment stalled this week in a House of Representatives committee, and marijuana opponents quickly crowed that “Big Pot” had suffered a defeat. But the development illustrates the political war for marijuana reform is far from over, despite big industry names throwing serious capital at Washington DC lobbying efforts. “Allowing banking access to the […]

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Growers prevail as Oregon counties seek restrictions on marijuana cultivation

The Oregon Court of Appeals rejected an appeal by county commissioners in southern Oregon, a prime marijuana-growing part of the state, to reinstate restrictions on commercial cannabis production. The appeals court’s dismissal without comment Wednesday of the Josephine County commissioners’ case marks the latest step in the struggle between growers trying to protect their businesses and […]

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