Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

Florida business resumes medical cannabis processing after inspections

One of Florida’s largest medical marijuana businesses received permission Friday to resume operations at two processing facilities after passing state-mandated food-safety inspections, according to company officials and state documents.

Surterra Wellness, which has eight dispensaries statewide, was the second Florida business forced by the state to halt processing operations temporarily to meet the food-safety inspection deadline.

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Oklahoma’s medical marijuana program could become less restrictive – again

Oklahoma’s new medical marijuana industry – which became more restrictive a week ago after regulators implemented new rules that included a ban on smokable flower – appears headed back to a more wide-open structure as conceived by the voter-approved initiative. And state regulators are expected to begin accepting dispensary applications next month. Here’s what you […]

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Week in Review: Florida cannabis lawsuits, NJ license expansions & Big Booze supports MJ legalization

Florida opts to add four more medical marijuana businesses, New Jersey doubles the number of its vertically integrated MMJ licenses, and cannabis legalization gets some support from Big Alcohol. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the cannabis industry over the past week. The Lawsuit State News that the Florida health department will issue four […]

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Oklahoma gov tells regulators to pull controversial medical marijuana rules

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has reversed herself and said health regulators should rescind controversial rules that threatened to curb the growth of the state’s new medical marijuana program. The State Health Board last week approved rules banning smokable flower and requiring dispensaries to have a pharmacist on staff. Fallin quickly signed off on the regulations. But […]

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Michigan medical marijuana businesses get 30-day reprieve to test products

Michigan is giving newly licensed medical marijuana businesses a 30-day reprieve in which to test products already in their facility, welcome news for companies that will need additional time to pass state testing standards. The 30-day window applies to existing businesses that have been operating temporarily with local approval while waiting for their state licenses under […]

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Key business lessons from Sweet Leaf’s loss of 26 marijuana licenses in Denver

Earlier this month, Denver stripped Sweet Leaf of all 26 of its city-issued marijuana licenses for what authorities characterized as a management-directed illegal sales “looping” scheme that allowed customers to buy cannabis multiple times a day. Sweet Leaf maintains its innocence. The news garnered a lot of attention from cannabis sector experts, who generally agreed […]

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First seven Michigan medical cannabis licensees now in regulatory limbo

The first seven Michigan companies won business permits just last week, but now they find themselves in regulatory limbo, unable to fully comply with the law and also serve patients. That’s because there aren’t any licensed testing labs yet in all of Michigan, Mlive.com reported. And because state law requires MMJ to be tested for safety […]

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Florida to expand sizzling medical marijuana market with four new licenses

Florida’s $200 million medical cannabis industry has spurred the state to issue an additional four “medical marijuana treatment center” licenses. The state health department expects to be swamped with as many as 400 applications for the lucrative licenses, according to the News Service of Florida. Here’s what you need to know: The expansion was triggered […]

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