Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

Proposed rule changes could have big impact on California’s cannabis businesses

The newest draft of California’s permanent marijuana business regulations could, if adopted, produce financial fallout and a licensing logjam for a variety of cannabis companies – from edibles makers and retailers to delivery businesses and growers. In particular, the proposed rules – released last month by state regulators – could: Shrink the revenues of companies […]

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Michigan localities are saying ‘no’ to recreational marijuana

Some Michigan communities are already prohibiting adult-use marijuana businesses, a little more than a week after voters in the state approved legalization of recreational cannabis. According to various newspaper reports, Niles City in southwestern Michigan and Pinckney village in the southeastern part of the state have decided to opt out, at least for now. St. Joseph […]

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MJBizCon 2018 begins with record attendance, reflecting marijuana industry’s rapid growth

The annual MJBizCon that began Wednesday is again setting record numbers for attendance and exhibitors, mirroring the marijuana industry’s explosive growth and its bullish prospects after voters approved three new MJ markets worth up to $2 billion. Some 25,000 marijuana industry professionals, investors and entrepreneurs are expected to attend the three-day conference at the Las […]

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New cannabis business takes over Louisiana MMJ grower contract

Pennsylvania-based Ilera Holistic Healthcare is taking over the contract to grow medical marijuana on behalf of Louisiana’s Southern University for the state’s MMJ program. Shreveport TV station KTBS reported that the company with the initial contract – Advanced Biomedics – never became operational because of disputes between the owners. Ilera bought the 68% stake in Advanced […]

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Oregon cannabis businesses might owe $15.7 million in back state taxes

Some Oregon marijuana business owners – hit with falling prices and slim margins – are struggling to pay state taxes on their sales. According to Eugene TV station KVAL, 176 marijuana businesses owe the Oregon Department of Revenue $15.7 million in unpaid taxes. Oregon’s revenue department says at least 10 businesses owe more than $600,000 each in […]

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Connecticut adds another condition to medical marijuana treatment list

Connecticut regulators added another ailment to the list of conditions that can be treated with medical cannabis, bringing the total number of conditions to 31 for adults. The state’s Regulations Review Committee decided chronic neuropathic pain associated with degenerative spinal disorders should be included on the list. The added condition could provide a slight boost to […]

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Ohio’s medical marijuana program delayed by lack of operating testing labs

A dearth of open cannabis testing labs is delaying Ohio’s medical marijuana program beyond its previously expected November launch date. None of the state’s five licensed labs is testing cannabis for potency and purity yet, which is required by law before sales at dispensaries can begin, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported. Ohio approved medical marijuana in 2016, […]

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Week in Review: Judge tosses NM medical cannabis plant cap, Sessions fired & MA adult-use sales expected to start soon

A New Mexico judge strikes down the state’s cap on the number of plants medical marijuana producers can grow, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is fired, and a top cannabis regulator in Massachusetts says adult-use sales are expected to begin soon in the Bay State. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry […]

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Pro-cannabis candidate Nessel wins Michigan’s closely watched AG’s race

In a victory for Michigan’s upcoming adult-use marijuana program and the cannabis businesses that will serve it, Democrat Dana Nessel defeated Republican Tom Leonard in the state attorney general’s race. Nessel was a vocal supporter of Proposal 1, the ballot question that legalized recreational cannabis. Leonard opposed the measure but told the press he’d uphold […]

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Vast majority of local California cannabis ballot measures approved

The vast majority of at least 94 cannabis-related local ballot measures in California were either approved easily by voters or appeared headed to victory after Election Day 2018, a development that is expected to be a boon for marijuana entrepreneurs looking for new markets. Just 15 of the 94 were defeated at the ballot box, […]

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