Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

Massachusetts to Award More Dispensary Licenses in October

Massachusetts is giving a second chance to four dispensary groups that submitted strong applications but were not awarded provisional licenses earlier this year. The state’s Department of Public Health said the four groups can apply for provisional licenses in the seven counties that do not currently have an approved dispensary. They must submit their final […]

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Las Vegas Kicks Off MMJ Application Process

The green rush is on in Las Vegas. The city is now officially accepting applications for medical marijuana business licenses and land use permits, which will pave the way for dispensaries and cultivation sites to open later this year or early next. Las Vegas plans to issue 12 licenses for medical marijuana dispensaries as well […]

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Washington’s Rec Supply Holds, but Inventory Concerns Remain

Washington State’s recreational industry did not run out of cannabis on its first day of sales, as some predicted. But several stores had to ration their supply, while others could run out of inventory later this week. The five retail shops across the state that opened for business on Tuesday all reported long lines and […]

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Oregon Marijuana Bill Good for Businesses, Backers Say

Supporters of a cannabis legalization bill in Oregon believe the measure would create a more favorable business climate than the recreational systems in Washington State and Colorado. Dave Kopilak, a Portland attorney who helped draft New Approach Oregon’s legalization initiative, told the Oregonian that the bill’s proposed tax model is better for entrepreneurs. Kopilak said […]

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San Jose Dispensaries to Protest Restrictive Regs

Dispensary owners in San Jose, California, are breaking out the picket signs. On Thursday, representatives from 70 or so collectives will stage a rally at City Hall in San Jose to protest the recent regulations passed by the city council. According to a press release, the dispensaries are trying to increase the crowd size by […]

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Florida Entrepreneurs Voice Opposition to CBD Industry Rules

Hopeful entrepreneurs in Florida packed a meeting with regulators to argue against proposed draft rules for the state’s cannabidiol (CBD) industry. Several expressed concerns over a proposal to restrict producer/distributor licenses to individuals who have operated plant nurseries for at least 30 years, saying it would take experienced cannabis operators out of the fold. They […]

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Oregon Dispensary Beats School Zoning Challenge

A medical marijuana dispensary in Eugene, Oregon, has survived a push to shut it down under local zoning ordinances. In April, The Greener Side dispensary was notified that its license was being revoked by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA). Regulators claimed the dispensary was operating within 1,000 feet of a school. In a letter to […]

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PTSD Cannabis Study Hits Snag

The study of marijuana as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder has hit a major snag, which is discouraging news for the medical cannabis industry. Dr. Suzanne Sisley, who had received federal approval to study marijuana’s impact on veterans with PTSD, was terminated last week by the University of Arizona. The termination means Sisley must […]

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Raid Raises Questions Over Legality of CO Marijuana Lounges

A recent raid by police at a Denver marijuana lounge has prompted a debate over the legality of private clubs that cater to smokers. Denver policeĀ raided MaryJane’s Social Club on June 27, handcuffing smokers, seizing paraphernalia and ticketing the club’s owner for violating a state law banning indoor cigarette smoking. The club shut down after […]

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Los Angeles MMJ Farmers Market Attracts Thousands

A medical marijuana farmers market held in Los Angeles was such a resounding success that the organizer plans to hold it every weekend. Several thousand medical marijuana customers waited in line for up to several hours to enter the California Heritage Market in east LA. Billed as the city’s first-ever farmers market for medical marijuana, […]

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Marijuana Dispensary Sues IRS Over Cash-Only Rule

A medical marijuana dispensary in Colorado is challenging the Internal Revenue Service’s policy of charging extra fees to companies that pay taxes in cash. Allgreens, a dispensary in Denver, filed a lawsuit against the IRS this week because the agency assesses a 10% penalty on businesses that pay their federal employee withholding taxes in cash, […]

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FL Draft Rules Include Lottery, $150K Licensing Fee

Florida could hold a lottery to decide which companies receive the five licenses to cultivate cannabis and sell cannabidiol extract, with the winners forced to pay a $150,000 fee for the permit. These are two of the proposals included in 16-pages of draft rules the state developed for its new CBD-specific program, which governor Rick […]

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