Briefs

FBI: Michigan man wanted to bribe officials for marijuana dispensary

Roger Fillion  | May 19, 2017

The FBI says a Michigan restaurant owner was willing to pay bribes to suburban Detroit officials to try to get them to allow him to open a medical marijuana dispensary.

The disclosure was made in a document filed this week in federal court. The government wants to keep $15,000 that was …

US appeals court sidesteps key ruling with MMJ business owner

Roger Fillion  | May 18, 2017

A federal appeals court in San Francisco sidestepped making a ruling on whether U.S. prison officials can hold a cannabis business owner who was convicted of marijuana offenses that were legal under state medical marijuana laws.

In a decision Wednesday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals focused instead on a …

Maryland awards first medical marijuana cultivation license

John Schroyer  | May 18, 2017

The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission gave final approval to the first company to win a cultivation license under the state’s MMJ program.

The announcement Wednesday comes nine months after the state revealed 15 preliminary license winners, underscoring the slow rollout of Maryland’s medical cannabis program.

ForwardGro, based in Anne Arundel County to …

Australian companies ramping up for medical marijuana market

John Schroyer  | May 17, 2017

Australian businesses looking to enter the nation’s nascent medical cannabis market are doing plenty of prep work, including raising millions and signing partnership deals.

Within recent days, Perth-based AusCann was at the center of two such related developments. The publicly traded company on Wednesday revealed it is attempting to raise 10 …

Maryland medical marijuana grower sues to halt licensing process

Omar Sacirbey  | May 16, 2017

A Maryland medical marijuana cultivation company that failed to win one of the state’s preliminary business licenses filed an emergency motion asking a judge to block the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission from issuing final grow permits.

In its filing, Alternative Medicine Maryland argued the commission did not follow the law because it …