Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

California grounds idea of cannabis delivery via drones

Marijuana delivery is a big business in California, but companies that specialize in the niche just lost one big avenue: drones. In recently released draft regulations, the state’s Bureau of Cannabis Control ruled that deliveries must “be made only in person by enclosed motor vehicle,” ARS Technica reported, noting that “unmanned vehicles” such as self-driving […]

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Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment extended until December

By John Schroyer

A key federal law protecting the medical marijuana industry from interference by the U.S. Department of Justice has been extended until Dec. 8 under the provisions of an emergency aid package approved Friday by Congress, Marijuana Business Daily has learned.

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Vermont forms commission to study marijuana legalization 

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott has established a Marijuana Advisory Commission that will study the best way to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in the state. The commission created Thursday must issue a report to the legislature by January. In May, the Republican governor vetoed a limited recreational marijuana bill passed by the Legislature that would have legalized adult […]

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Nebraska attorney general calls CBD products illegal

Hemp-based CBD stores are now open in Nebraska, but their owners are spooked after the state attorney general told law enforcement and county attorneys that cannabidiol products are illegal. In a memo, Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson said CBD products aren’t legal in the state because they haven’t been approved by the U.S. Food and […]

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House committee blocks votes on medical marijuana protections

The House of Representatives’ Rules Committee has blocked floor votes on several key amendments that protect medical marijuana from federal interference. The late Wednesday night maneuver doesn’t kill the protections, but it does show that marijuana opponents have not given up efforts to reverse legalization and kill the industry, The Cannabist reported. The amendments – […]

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California tribes band together to defend marijuana business rights

A new association of Native American tribes is asking California’s governor to start discussions that will ensure the state’s marijuana rules respect tribal sovereignty and allow the groups to self-regulate so they aren’t left behind as the newly regulated cannabis market develops. The California Native American Cannabis Association’s move comes as the state tries to implement […]

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New Brunswick task force backs government-run marijuana stores

A New Brunswick legislative panel is recommending that recreational marijuana be sold through government-run stores to people at least 19 years old, a move that would limit opportunities for cannabis entrepreneurs interested in retail opportunities. The Select Committee on Cannabis – composed of provincial lawmakers from both sides of the political aisle – sought public […]

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Latest medical cannabis market launches Down Under

Medical marijuana is now legal on the island state of Tasmania, which is technically part of Australia. The limited program launched Friday, according to the Hemp Gazette, with patients able to purchase MMJ only through pharmacies. But the spread of new medical marijuana markets on a global scale is yet another indication the industry isn’t […]

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Cannabis adversary urges feds to shut down MJ industry

A prominent anti-marijuana group is urging the U.S. government to shutter the legal cannabis industry. Smart Approaches to Marijuana sent a report to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and federal lawmakers claiming to show how the first three states to legalize recreational marijuana have failed to follow rules outlined in the Cole Memo and calling for the […]

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