Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

Tacoma Aims to Shutter Medical Cannabis Businesses

Tacoma, Washington, is looking to shut down dozens of unlicensed medical marijuana businesses currently operating in the city. Officials plan to send warning letters to MMJ dispensaries and related businesses early next year, telling them to cease operations by summer, according to the News Tribune. At least 56 unlicensed cannabis businesses are currently operating in […]

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LA Sues to Close Down MMJ Delivery App

Los Angeles has already closed down more than 400 medical marijuana dispensaries in recent years. Now, the city is targeting other types of businesses related to cannabis, filing a lawsuit against a smartphone app that helps patients get MMJ delivered to their homes. According to Reuters, the city attorney’s office is suing Nestdrop, alleging that […]

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For Entrepreneurs, New York Medical Marijuana Program a Work in Progress

By John Schroyer The New York Compassionate Care Act, signed into law this past July, finally brings the state into the medical marijuana fold. The measure will create an infrastructure around the production and sale of cannabis-infused products, allowing entrepreneurs to tap a new MMJ market. But the program is limited from a business

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Senator Urges Hearings on DC Rec Cannabis

A key federal lawmaker has suggested that Congress should hold hearings on Washington DC’s new recreational marijuana measure, saying such issues should be left up to local governments. Ron Johnson, a Republican senator from Wisconsin who is set to take over the committee tasked with oversight of Washington DC, said while he doesn’t personally support […]

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Seattle MMJ Regulations, Standards Proposed

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray outlined a plan Monday afternoon to license medical marijuana businesses and set standards on the MMJ industry for everything from testing to packaging and advertising. The proposal – which still needs approval from the city council – establishes a regulatory system for medical marijuana similar to that for recreational cannabis. Washington […]

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Report: CO Targeting Cannabis Businesses Violating MJ Rules

The Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division has been cracking down on cannabis businesses violating state regulations, levying fines, forcing stores to close and even banning several people from selling marijuana, according to records obtained by KUSA-TV and USA Today. The division, which has increased the number of full-time staff to 55, found some mundane violations such […]

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IRS Council: Protect Tax Pros Working With MJ Industry

A key advisory group to the Internal Revenue Service has recommended that the agency refrain from targeting tax professionals who consult with marijuana companies, which could further bolster the cannabis industry’s standing from a federal perspective. “Marijuana businesses that are now legal in some states but still illegal under federal law need ethical and competent […]

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Week in Review: OR Rec Taxes in Question, DC Measure Might Stand + MD Sticks With Huge Fees

By Marijuana Business Daily Staff Marijuana legalization in Washington DC will probably remain intact, neighboring Maryland decides to stick with enormous fees for medical marijuana cultivators, and Oregon cities are pushing to get their own tax and fee revenue from recreational cannabis. Here’s a closer look at several notable developments in the industry over the […]

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Bill Would Allow VA Docs to Recommend MMJ

A bill introduced in Congress by representatives from California and Oregon with 10 bipartisan cosponsors would allow Veterans Affairs doctors to recommend medical marijuana for veterans in states where it’s legal. Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) introduced the Veterans Equal Access Act, which would lift a ban that prevents VA doctors from […]

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1,000-Foot Buffer Rule Could Lead to Federal Action in MA

Legal marijuana dispensaries face potential prosecution if a U.S. attorney enforces federal guidelines banning marijuana businesses from opening within 1,000 feet of schools, playgrounds or public housing. U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz said dispensaries may face prosecution and asset forfeiture if they open too close to a school even if they’re allowed under state and local […]

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Two More San Diego MMJ Dispensaries Ordered to Close

The crusade against illegal medical marijuana dispensaries in southern California has been going on for years, and on Wednesday, two more MMJ shops in San Diego were ordered to close their doors by the city attorney’s office. According to a local television station, Green Urban Association and the Bakery Collective were operating illegally, in locations […]

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Oregon Lawmakers Begin Looking at Rec MJ Regulations

Oregon lawmakers have started asking questions about how to frame regulations pertaining to recreational marijuana ahead of sales scheduled to start in January 2016. Sen. Fred Girod, a Republican from Stayton, asked if the state could do away with its medical marijuana program to avoid doubling staffing and oversight, according to the Statesman Journal. Recreational […]

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