Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

Ontario mulls pricing recreational marijuana at CA$10 per gram

Matt Lamers  | September 22, 2017

The Ontario government is considering setting the retail price of recreational marijuana at around 10 Canadian dollars per gram ($8.10) come legalization next summer, raising the question of whether the price will be low enough to deter consumers from going to the black market for cheaper product.

Experts are warning provinces to keep …

California plans to issue temporary marijuana business licenses

John Schroyer  | September 21, 2017

As part of the transition to a newly regulated market, California marijuana regulators will hand out temporary business licenses to existing companies starting Jan. 1.

Lori Ajax, chief of the state’s Bureau of Cannabis Control, made the announcement Thursday at the California Cannabis Business Conference in Anaheim.

To qualify for a temporary …

CBD turmoil in Nebraska, Indiana underscores product’s uncertain legal status

Kristen Nichols  | September 21, 2017

By Kristen Nichols

A recent memo from Nebraska’s top law-enforcement official - in which he called cannabidiol products "illegal" - has underscored the challenges faced by CBD manufacturers and retailers nationwide.

The memo, and a CBD brouhaha in Indiana, have meant lost sales, confiscated product, legal uncertainty - and even the loss of a job.

Michigan OKs vertically integrated medical cannabis companies

Kristen Nichols  | September 21, 2017

Details are starting to emerge about Michigan’s new medical marijuana licensing rules.

Michigan’s medical cannabis businesses will be allowed to grow, process and sell MMJ at the same location once a new statewide MMJ regulatory system is up and running, the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs said Thursday.

Potential medical cannabis …

West Virginia seeks $2 million to start medical cannabis program

Bart Schaneman  | September 19, 2017

West Virginia regulators are anticipating the state will need about $2 million to launch its medical marijuana program.

State health officer Dr. Rahul Gupta told both the state Senate and the House of Delegates the program could potentially be funded through an “internal loan,” the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported.

The biggest …

Oregon’s marijuana regulatory agency faces state audit

Omar Sacirbey  | September 19, 2017

The Oregon Secretary of State plans to audit the state’s recreational marijuana regulatory agency and how the program enforces cannabis rules.

According to The Oregonian, the audit announcement precedes a Tuesday visit to Oregon by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who wrote to Gov. Kate Brown this summer expressing concerns …

Measures that could grow Detroit’s medical marijuana industry go to voters

John Schroyer  | September 19, 2017

By John Schroyer

Two local ballot measures to grow Detroit’s once-sizable medical marijuana industry have overcome significant legal hurdles and will now go before voters in November.

The proposed changes, if approved by voters, would likely result in a broadening of the MJ-related business opportunities in Michigan’s biggest city.

Nevada Supreme Court halts cannabis distribution licensing

John Schroyer  | September 15, 2017

Nevada’s marijuana distribution court fight will last at least another few weeks.

On Friday, the Nevada state Supreme Court issued a temporary injunction prohibiting the Department of Taxation from issuing any more marijuana distribution license, in a move that could extend supply chain problems for cannabis retailers in the short term. Oral arguments …

DOJ official: Administration still unsure on marijuana stance

Kristen Nichols  | September 15, 2017

The Trump administration hasn’t yet decided what to do about marijuana enforcement in states that have legal cannabis programs, according to a top Department of Justice official who was asked about marijuana policy.

“We’re looking at it,” Rod Rosenstein, the No. 2 enforcement official at the Department of Justice, said of the Obama-era …

Week in Review: Nevada MJ consumption lounges, national cannabis testing & Maine rec rules

John Schroyer  | September 15, 2017

By Bart Schaneman, John Schroyer and Omar Sacirbey

A new legal interpretation says marijuana consumption lounges don’t violate Nevada law, U.S. senators are calling for national cannabis testing protocols, and Maine releases draft rules for its recreational MJ industry.

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