Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

Week in Review: Oregon wine spat, MT medical marijuana rules & Canada’s black-market growers

Bart Schaneman  | April 28, 2017

By Bart Schaneman, John Schroyer and Omar Sacirbey

Oregon vineyard owners sue to halt nearby marijuana cultivation, Montana nears approval of a medical cannabis regulatory framework, and the chair of Canada’s legalization task force welcomes black-market growers.

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

Maryland looks to increase diversity in MMJ industry

Bart Schaneman  | April 27, 2017

Maryland will conduct a study of the state’s developing medical marijuana industry to ensure opportunities for minority participation.

Gov. Larry Hogan on Thursday directed the Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs to work together with the state’s medical marijuana commission and the transportation department on the study.

The Republican governor ordered the study in response to concerns expressed …

U.S. Postal Service says no to marijuana tax payment in Alaska

Omar Sacirbey  | April 27, 2017

The U.S. Postal Service in Juneau, Alaska, refused to deliver a box of cash to Anchorage for a local recreational marijuana business that was mailing its regular tax payment to the state, saying the delivery would violate federal law.

The incident underscores the legal and operational obstacles marijuana firms face when forced to …

Alcohol, tobacco interests eyeing Michigan marijuana market

John Schroyer  | April 27, 2017

By John Schroyer

At a time when Michigan’s medical marijuana regulations are being written – and adult-use proponents are finalizing a legalization measure for the 2018 ballot – executives connected to the alcohol and tobacco industries have had a seat at the negotiating table.

Colorado lawmakers pass bill adding PTSD to MMJ conditions list

John Schroyer  | April 26, 2017

The Colorado Legislature has approved a bill that would add post-traumatic stress disorder to its list of medical ailments that qualify patients for medical marijuana, a move that could provide a shot in the arm to the state’s MMJ industry.

The state Senate signed off on the measure Tuesday, and the bill now heads to …

Montana close to enacting medical cannabis rules

Kevin Huhn  | April 25, 2017

A bill that would create a seed-to-sale tracking system, licenses, fees and regulations for Montana’s medical marijuana industry is one vote away from moving to the governor.

The Montana House gave preliminary approval to a bill to regulate the medical marijuana industry after voters last November approved lifting restrictions that severely restricted …

Ohio issues applications for medical cannabis growers

Bart Schaneman  | April 25, 2017

Prospective medical marijuana growers can start applying for a license in Ohio now that the state has begun issuing applications for one of 24 available MMJ cultivation permits.

The Ohio Department of Commerce plans to issue up to 12 licenses for large grows totaling as much as 25,000 square feet of growing space and another …