Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

MJ advocacy group celebrates win over DEA ‘misinformation’

John Schroyer  | February 15, 2017

Americans for Safe Access claimed partial victory over the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration when it announced the federal agency had removed “factually inaccurate information” and “damaging misinformation” regarding cannabis from its website.

The DEA removed information from its site that included “claims that cannabis was a gateway drug, caused irreversible cognitive decline in adults, …

Washington state’s MJ edibles labeling rules target child safety

Bart Schaneman  | February 14, 2017

All edible marijuana products sold in Washington state must now carry a warning on the label notifying consumers they are “not for kids.”

The state requirement, which took effect Tuesday for marijuana-infused foods and soft drinks, consists of a red hand, the written warning and the Washington Poison Center’s telephone number, The News Tribune of Tacoma …

Cannabis reform’s future + a farewell: Q&A with outgoing DPA chief Ethan Nadelmann

John Schroyer  | February 14, 2017

By John Schroyer

Drug Policy Alliance czar Ethan Nadelmann shocked the cannabis community after announcing in late January that he's stepping down as head of the influential organization.

Many wondered how the longtime drug policy reform advocate could leave during such a tumultuous period for the industry, but he believes the timing is right for all parties.

Alaska regulators seize imported CBD oil in raids

John Schroyer  | February 10, 2017

Alaska officials raided an unspecified number of recreational cannabis shops and seized “thousands of dollars worth of imported CBD oil,” the Alaska Journal reported.

A news release from the Alaska Marijuana Control Office confirmed Thursday that “several retail stores” appeared to be in violation of state laws that mandate specific testing, …

Week in Review: Contaminated medical cannabis, CO workplace safety & Ohio’s tech search

Bart Schaneman  | February 10, 2017

By John Schroyer, Omar Sacirbey and Bart Schaneman

Tainted medical cannabis is suspected in a California cancer patient’s death, Colorado creates a workplace-safety guide, and Ohio is in the market for a seed-to-sale tracking system.

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