Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

New Jersey lawmakers delay action on adult-use marijuana until 2019

New Jersey lawmakers won’t vote on legalizing adult-use marijuana before the end of the year after failing to reach a compromise deal. The failure likely means that legalization won’t be taken up again until 2019, dashing hopes for now that the state would be the first to establish a full-fledged recreational program through its Legislature. […]

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Ohio regulators ask for $2.1M to cover costs of medical marijuana lawsuits

Ohio’s medical cannabis regulators are asking for an additional $2.1 million from state funds to cover the legal fees incurred from lawsuits lobbed by companies that were denied MMJ licenses. By March 2018, at least three lawsuits had been filed against the state by eight medical marijuana companies. More details on the impact of the […]

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Massachusetts bank willing to accept deposits from some cannabis businesses

At least one bank in Massachusetts is willing to do business with medical marijuana companies. Swansea-based BayCoast Bank said it will take deposits from MMJ businesses, according to the Boston Business Journal. BayCoast Bank is offering to work with medical marijuana companies – as well as MMJ businesses that have entered the state’s new adult-use […]

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Week in Review: NV cannabis licensing gripes, Connecticut permits more MMJ dispensaries & Q3 earnings roundup

Nevada issues 61 additional provisional recreational marijuana retail permits, Connecticut doubles the number of medical cannabis dispensary licenses in the state, and some publicly traded MJ firms release third-quarter results. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry this week. Nevada licensing controversy Nevada issued 61 provisional adult-use retail licenses, which […]

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Washington state regulators approve new rules for marijuana edibles

After months of back and forth with cannabis-infused products makers and MJ trade associations, the Washington state Liquor and Cannabis Board approved new packaging, labeling and product design regulations for edibles. The rules: Designate approved colors and shapes for edible products. Specify approved font, background and accent colors for edible packaging and labeling. Provide guidelines […]

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Nebraska state senators launch effort to put medical cannabis on 2020 ballot

Two lawmakers in conservative Nebraska revealed plans to place a medical marijuana legalization measure on the 2020 ballot. Sens. Anna Wishart and Adam Morfeld, both Democrats from Lincoln, announced the formation of Nebraskans for Sensible Marijuana Laws. The campaign, which has received backing from the Marijuana Policy Project, will seek a constitutional amendment to give […]

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First medical cannabis dispensary gets OK to open in Ohio

Ohio has given the first medical marijuana dispensary the approval to open, but it’s still uncertain when sales will begin. State regulators gave the go-ahead to Cresco Labs’ CY+ dispensary near Steubenville, on the eastern side of the state, making it the first of the dozens of provisionally licensed retailers to receive a certificate of operation. […]

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Utah aims to hire cannabis czar to oversee MMJ, hemp and CBD

Utah state regulators are advertising for a program manager to oversee the newly formed medical cannabis market in the state, industrialized hemp and CBD regulations. The cannabis program manager job would be based in Salt Lake County, and regulators will be looking for candidates with experience in agriculture, pharmaceuticals or natural resources. More details on […]

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Connecticut regulators double medical marijuana dispensaries to 18

Connecticut regulators approved nine medical marijuana dispensary licenses, doubling the current number. The new dispensaries were selected from 73 applications as part of a competitive scoring process. The additional licenses come at a time when the state’s MMJ program is growing steadily, from 8,228 patients in January 2016 to 30,478 as of Dec. 9. Connecticut also […]

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Nevada approves 61 more cannabis stores, nearly doubling existing number

Nevada issued 61 additional provisional recreational marijuana retail licenses, which would nearly double the number of stores serving the fast-growing market, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. But not everyone was happy with the process, which was open only to businesses that already had medical marijuana permits. Cannabis consultant Jason Sturtsman said that some businesses received multiple […]

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