Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

Week in Review: Ohio cannabis real estate woes, Missouri ballot measures & Oregon legal jitters

Ohio medical marijuana companies spend thousands on real estate while awaiting licenses, Missouri MMJ businesses eye ballot measures that would prove most business-friendly, and Oregon’s top federal prosecutor calls out the state’s excess cannabis output. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the cannabis industry over the past week. Waiting for Godot No […]

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City’s ruling may set up clash between Weedmaps execs, California marijuana agency

A California city’s approval of a marijuana distribution company’s business plan may set up a showdown between a state licensing agency and one of the MJ industry’s leading tech companies. The West Sacramento City Council on Wednesday night approved DICA Distribution’s business plan and awarded a development agreement to the company, which has ties to […]

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New Zealand voters soon will weigh in on cannabis legalization

A measure to legalize recreational cannabis will be on the ballot in New Zealand in 2019 or 2020, a government official said this week. Lawmakers are deciding whether to hold a stand-alone referendum next year or concurrently with the country’s elections in 2020, according to Radio New Zealand.

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Medical cannabis legalization headed to Missouri’s voters

An effort in Missouri to pass narrow medical marijuana legislation to pre-empt ballot initiatives died this week, shortly before the end of the session. The lack of agreement by lawmakers paves the way for voters to decide in November among what could be multiple ballot initiatives, the Kansas City Star reported. An MMJ bill introduced […]

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California updates regulations for marijuana businesses

The three California agencies that oversee licensing for the state’s marijuana companies on Friday issued updated emergency regulations. The new extended rules will govern the industry for up to six months. The first set of regulations were released last November, and under state law, all rules must be finalized by the end of 2018. Click […]

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Powerful congressional panel puts medical marijuana protections in federal budget

In a historic maneuver that signifies growing support in Washington DC for medical marijuana, a key congressional committee voted Thursday to continue to protect lawful state MMJ programs from federal interference or prosecution. The House Appropriations Committee approved, by a bipartisan voice vote, an amendment by Rep. David Joyce, an Ohio Republican and former prosecutor, […]

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Alaska regulators still backed up on recreational cannabis applications

It’s a recurring theme: Alaska is struggling with a backlog of marijuana license applications. About 470 applications are in various stages of the process, according to a May 8 spreadsheet posted on the Alaska Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office’s website. The spreadsheet lists 47 businesses that have been granted licenses, pending inspections. Alaska, which began adult-use […]

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Colombian marijuana companies seek first listings on Canadian exchange

As interest in Latin America’s medical marijuana industry grows, a major stock exchange in Canada could soon see the first listings from companies with their core operations in Colombia. Khiron Life Sciences CEO Alvaro F. Torres told Marijuana Business Daily the company expects to complete the regulatory paperwork in time to start trading as early […]

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