Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

ND medical cannabis market inches onward as state hands out first patient cards

North Dakota has begun issuing medical marijuana cards to patients and caregivers, which marks another step forward as the state has spent nearly two years setting up a regulated distribution system for the MMJ market. Voters in the state approved medical cannabis in November 2016. Here’s the basics surrounding the situation: North Dakota’s health department this […]

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FL gov signals intent to open medical cannabis market to more firms, products

Florida’s new governor announced steps that would open up the state’s lucrative medical marijuana industry to additional businesses and new products. Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, asked the Legislature to: End a ban on smokable medical marijuana products, a move that could boost dispensary sales. Loosen Florida’s restrictive licensing rules to allow more MMJ companies […]

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California legal agency signs off on state’s final cannabis industry rules

The California Office of Administrative Law (OAL) approved final marijuana industry rules that regulators had published in December, paving the way for the state to implement a permanent regulatory framework for the nation’s largest cannabis market. The regulations, approved late Wednesday, take effect immediately, according to news releases from the Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC), the […]

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Unlicensed MI medical marijuana dispensaries allowed to temporarily reopen

More than 60 unlicensed medical cannabis dispensaries that were shuttered in Michigan are being allowed to again sell product, until March 31, in response to legal challenges and complaints about shortages. The state medical marijuana licensing board voted unanimously to allow dispensaries in the process of trying to get a permanent state license under a […]

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Compliance costs, lost market share could take toll on cannabis edibles firms under new Washington state rules

A Washington state marijuana trade association is warning regulators that new packaging, labeling and product design rules for cannabis-infused edibles and beverages might decimate edibles manufacturers’ bottom line. According to experts, the cost for some businesses to comply could be $100,000, and that doesn’t include lost revenue for manufacturers who have kept new products off […]

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NY Gov. Cuomo’s adult-use cannabis plan includes license restrictions, taxes

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to legalize recreational marijuana includes some business permitting and market constraints as well as taxes, according to budget documents released this week. Legislation hasn’t been introduced yet. But Cuomo’s initial plan includes these general proposals, according to his budget briefing book and the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle: Separate licenses […]

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On first day of OH medical marijuana sales, some dispensaries cap purchases

Wednesday marked the first day of medical marijuana sales in Ohio, with retailers reporting brisk transactions. Only four dispensaries were reported open in the state, a market that is projected to generate as much as $400 million in annual sales over time, according to Marijuana Business Daily estimates. Early on opening day, about 20 people waited […]

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Overseeing half a decade of legal cannabis: Q&A with Denver marijuana czar Ashley Kilroy

Ashley Kilroy has overseen Denver’s recreational cannabis industry since Colorado launched adult-use sales in 2014. As director of Denver’s Department of Excise and Licenses and the agency’s Office of Marijuana Policy, Kilroy has seen cannabis business owners experience growing pains as the industry has matured. “Being first wasn’t easy,” she said. “We’re proud of what we […]

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AG nominee Barr voices hands-off approach to state-legal cannabis businesses

Attorney General nominee William Barr said during his Senate confirmation hearing that he would “not go after” state-legal marijuana programs if he is confirmed as President Trump’s next AG, a stance that drew praise from cannabis industry advocates. Barr was known for his tough approach to drug offenders while serving as AG in the early 1990s, raising […]

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California marijuana company sued over anonymous sexual assault claim

An Oregon cannabis firm sued a California competitor, alleging the company circulated anonymous social media posts designed to undermine its brand, The Oregonian reported. The suit, filed in federal court by Portland-based Cura Cannabis against Bloom Farms, claims the posts focused on a sexual assault allegation against an executive who is no longer with Cura. […]

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