Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

Legal & Regulatory News

Week in Review: CA marijuana rules, Maryland’s MMJ launch & Sessions + cannabis

By John Schroyer, Bart Schaneman and Kristen Nichols California reveals the licensing rules for its marijuana industry, Maryland’s medical cannabis appears ready to launch, and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions indicates the DOJ has no plans to suppress the marijuana industry. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past […]

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3 medical marijuana titans team on ‘epic’ partnership to serve global market

A groundbreaking marijuana joint venture has been created. Three leading international cannabis businesses are pooling their intellectual property and technology to create products for the global marijuana market, starting with Canada. Under the joint venture, Ontario’s Canopy Growth will give ownership stakes in one of its wholly owned licensed medical marijuana producers to Amsterdam’s Green House […]

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Montana updates medical cannabis business rules

A slew of updated medical cannabis business rules for Montana companies has been proposed by the state health department The rules deliver more clarity to those looking to participate in the state’s MMJ industry, but the regulations have yet to be completely finalized. According to The Billings Gazette, the wide-ranging rules include: License fees. An […]

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AG Sessions confirms status quo on cannabis policy

Despite Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decidedly anti-marijuana statements since he took over the U.S. Department of Justice, it appears cannabis businesses are safe from his agency for the time being. According to The Cannabist, when asked Tuesday during a congressional committee hearing regarding the DOJ’s policy on the marijuana industry, Sessions replied: “Our policy is […]

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Varied approaches to rec marijuana in California

As California’s legal marijuana industry awaits statewide regulations for recreational marijuana sales, local governments continue to take it into their own hands to pass regulations. And the results are a mixed bag. According to CBS SF Bay Area, the San Jose City Council unanimously passed an ordinance to allow adult-use sales in 2018 in the […]

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Michigan capital to start medical cannabis licensing Nov. 16

Michigan’s capital city of Lansing will open a 30-day window to apply for a license to run a medical marijuana dispensary on Nov. 16. The Lansing clerk’s office said 20 applicants will be conditionally approved to open for business after the Dec. 15 deadline. However, the winners won’t be given licenses until they receive approval […]

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US hemp production doubled in ’17, report says

The U.S. hemp crop doubled this year, according to new survey data from a prominent hemp-advocacy group. Vote Hemp counted a total of 23,346 acres growing hemp in 18 states. That’s more than twice as much as hemp land as 2016, when the group counted 9,649 acres growing in 15 states. State licenses to cultivate […]

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Week in Review: Leafly layoffs, deceiving CBD labels & Detroit’s MMJ wins

By Bart Schaneman, Kristen Nichols and John Schroyer  Leafly lays off employees amid new leadership, a study says most CBD products are improperly labeled, and Detroit voters approve pro-medical marijuana laws. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

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No beginning in sight for Maine’s recreational marijuana program

Marijuana businesses hoping to serve Maine’s recreational cannabis market will probably have to wait until 2019 and possibly longer depending on how the state’s gubernatorial race shakes out next year. Standing in the way is Gov. Paul LePage, who has emerged as a one-man rec cannabis wrecking crew.

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Maryland medical cannabis commission looking for new chief

The executive director of Maryland’s medical marijuana commission is stepping down for undisclosed reasons. Patrick Jameson, who had been at the helm of the commission since April 2016, is resigning effective Nov. 30, the Baltimore Business Journal reported. His resignation comes only four months after the governor appointed 10 new members to the highly criticized commission. The […]

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Medical marijuana website awarded federal trademark

Budtrader.com, an ancillary medical cannabis industry website that acts as an advertising platform for marijuana businesses, has won a federal trademark from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The victory could be a significant landmark for the industry, given marijuana’s status as a Schedule 1 controlled substance and the resulting legal complications for cannabis-related businesses. Budtrader.com […]

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Election results: Recreational cannabis legalization strong possibility in New Jersey + wins in Detroit

By John Schroyer

New Jersey is poised to legalize recreational marijuana after a pro-cannabis candidate won the state’s gubernatorial race Tuesday, giving the MJ industry a potentially huge win in what could be a lucrative new market for businesses.

Come January, anti-marijuana Gov. Chris Christie will be out of office and Democrat Phil Murphy will be in.

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