Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

San Diego DA ordered to return $100K to MMJ businessman, family

Bart Schaneman  | May 9, 2017

San Diego must reimburse a medical marijuana pioneer and his family $100,000 after their personal assets were seized following a raid on an MMJ distribution company, a superior court judge has ruled.

The ruling against District Attorney Bonnie Dumani could have implications for the wider medical cannabis industry, especially with the possibility of …

Pennsylvania may not allow MMJ firms to adopt highways

John Schroyer  | May 8, 2017

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has turned down a pro-marijuana group’s application to adopt a highway, possibly indicating that future medical cannabis licensees in the state will also be prohibited from advertising in the same way.

The agency told the Pennsylvania Cannabis Festival that it won’t be allowed to adopt a …

Recreational marijuana legalization drive launched in Michigan

Bart Schaneman  | May 5, 2017

Marijuana proponents have launched a 2018 ballot drive to make Michigan the ninth state to legalize the use and sale of recreational cannabis and the first in the Midwest to do so.

The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol submitted petition language Friday. It plans to soon begin collecting signatures once the Board of State Canvassers approves the …

Week in Review: New York medical cannabis lawsuit, Vermont MMJ expansion & Texas’ preliminary CBD licensees

John Schroyer  | May 5, 2017

By Omar Sacirbey, Bart Schaneman and John Schroyer

New York medical marijuana dispensaries file suit to prevent new competitors, Vermont lawmakers approve expanding the state’s MMJ program, and Texas awards three preliminary licenses for its CBD program.

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

BioTrackTHC wins Delaware medical marijuana tech contract

John Schroyer  | May 4, 2017

Florida-based BioTrackTHC has won a state contract with the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services to implement a seed-to-sale inventory tracking system, as it has already done in several other states.

The contract was executed on Tuesday, according to a news release from BioTrackTHC, and a spokesperson for the Delaware agency said: “We are …

Vermont to expand medical cannabis program 

Bart Schaneman  | May 2, 2017

Vermont lawmakers have approved a modest expansion to the state’s medical marijuana program, permitting dispensaries to open more locations and expanding the list of medical conditions treatable with MMJ.

The House gave the bill preliminary approval on a voice vote Monday. The Senate has already approved the bill.

Vermont has four licensed nonprofit dispensaries. The approved measure …