Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

DC to authorize sixth medical cannabis dispensary

John Schroyer  | March 22, 2017

The Washington DC Department of Health plans to add a medical marijuana dispensary to the five already in operation.

The license application period began March 6 and will end April 7, according to a public notice from the DC Department of Health.

The new dispensary must be located in either DC City Council Ward 7 or …

Court-appointed receivers an option for troubled marijuana companies

John Schroyer  | March 22, 2017

By John Schroyer

Business partnerships in the cannabis industry have become increasingly common. But what happens when such a partnership goes down the tubes and the parties wind up in court?

In that situation, who’s left to run day-to-day operations?

New cannabis advocacy group aims to sway federal government

John Schroyer  | March 21, 2017

A group of cannabis companies has banded together to form a nonprofit political advocacy group designed to protect the legal marijuana trade – and it includes the unit of a major mainstream company that is a relative newcomer to the MJ industry.

The organization, called the New Federalism Fund (NFF), is made up …

Chart: Licensing bottlenecks hamper growth of Massachusetts MMJ program

Eli McVey  | March 20, 2017

By Eli McVey

Still reeling from a sluggish start statewide, Massachusetts’ medical marijuana program also is hindered by local-level licensing bottlenecks that have allowed just a handful of dispensaries to open to serve nearly 35,000 MMJ patients throughout the state.

New York’s medical marijuana reforms could expand patient pool

John Schroyer  | March 17, 2017

Two changes to New York’s medical marijuana program – one this week and the other coming next week – could bolster the state’s lagging MMJ patient pool.

A new rule allowing physician assistants to certify patients for MMJ took effect Wednesday, the Albany Times Union reported, following an earlier regulation that permitted nurse …

Week in Review: Sessions’ cannabis remarks, Oxford MMJ research & odd pairing in MA

John Schroyer  | March 17, 2017

By John Schroyer, Bart Schaneman and Omar Sacirbey

Attorney General Jeff Sessions again criticizes marijuana without offering a clear policy plan, Oxford University receives millions to study medical cannabis, and Massachusetts liquor store owners are eyeing the rec MJ market.

Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

Third lawsuit launched in Canada over tainted medical marijuana

Bart Schaneman  | March 16, 2017

A third proposed class-action lawsuit over pesticide-laden medical marijuana in Canada raises additional questions about Health Canada’s claim that people who consumed the tainted cannabis weren’t becoming ill.

According to The Globe and Mail, the Nova Scotia man listed in the new proposed class action allegedly became violently ill after consuming medical marijuana he …

Cannabis public use measures could spur MJ sales, businesses

Bart Schaneman  | March 16, 2017

By Bart Schaneman

From Alaska to Massachusetts, a number of states are weighing measures to allow people to consume cannabis in public places such as clubs and other venues.

Legalizing cannabis clubs and other venues for public consumption could spur MJ sales and create new business opportunities, said industry officials.