Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

Hershey Sues Colorado Company Over Packaging

The Hershey Co. has sued a Colorado edibles manufacturer, saying its labels and packaging purposely mimic the chocolate giant’s iconic candy brands. The lawsuit, which was filed in Denver last week, claims that four infused candies produced by TinctureBelle LLC too closely resemble Hershey’s products and are designed to confuse consumers. The packaging of TinctureBelle’s […]

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Clark County Awards 18 Dispensary Licenses

Clark County, Nevada, has awarded 18 licenses to dispensary operators, becoming the first jurisdiction in the state to green-light medical marijuana businesses. County commissioners chose the 18 from a final pool of 79 applicants. Each applicant group was given six minutes to present its business idea before county commissioners during a three-day hearing, which concluded Friday […]

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DEA Threatens MMJ Doctors in Massachusetts

Agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration have been threatening Massachusetts doctors affiliated with marijuana dispensaries, representing the latest wrinkle in the state’s emerging MMJ program. According to the Boston Globe, the agents are giving these doctors an ultimatum: abandon their plans with the marijuana companies or lose their federal license to prescribe certain legal […]

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WA Recreational Store Hopes to Open July 1

The first retail marijuana store in Washington State could open on July 1. A manager at Kouchlock Productions in Spokane said recently that he expects to receive a retail marijuana license from the Liquor Control Board by the end of June and then open his shop ahead of the July 4 holiday. The company, which […]

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Police: Criminals to Target Denver Marijuana Courier Services

Criminals in Denver are planning to rob couriers who transport marijuana for medical and recreational businesses, according to local law enforcement officials. On Thursday night, the Denver Police Department issued an alert saying it has “received credible information about a plot to rob marijuana dispensary couriers located in the Denver metro area. All marijuana businesses […]

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Conflicts Over Federal, State Marijuana Laws Challenged in Suit

A lawsuit filed Tuesday in rural Washington State could have major implications for the marijuana industry there and in other states. The lawsuit was filed against the city of Wenatchee by prospective marijuana business owner Shaun Preder. It challenges the city’s policy requiring entrepreneurs to comply with federal law in order to obtain a city […]

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Political Contribution Controversy in Nevada

A controversy over political contributions made by prospective cannabis entrepreneurs could be brewing in Nevada’s budding medical marijuana industry. The Las Vegas Sun recently reported that prospective marijuana companies in Clark County donated funds to three county commissioners who are currently overseeing the licensing process. Commissioners Chris Guinchigliani, Mary Beth Scow and Susan Brager received […]

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Las Vegas Approves Dispensary Regulations

The Las Vegas City Council approved licensing regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries Wednesday night after a five-hour session. The final list of rules is largely based off of those already approved by the state and by Clark County, but council members diverged in several areas and tweaked a handful of regulations. The initial proposed rules […]

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Edibles Company Plans Major Expansion

Dixie Elixirs & Edibles is expanding outside its home market of Colorado and hopes to have its line of infused products available in at least five additional states by the end of the year. Its parent company, Dixie Holdings LLC., has created a Delaware-based corporation called Dixie Brands Inc. to oversee the expansion. The new […]

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WA Cannabis Tests Show Inconsistencies

Recent tests of medical marijuana obtained from dispensaries in Washington State found that some strains are not what they purport to be in name, chemical content or genetics. Jessica Tonani, a Seattle biotech executive and medical marijuana patient, teamed up with a local cannabis testing facility to analyze 22 samples of the popular strain called […]

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NORML Opens Denver Office With Help From WeedMaps

The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws opened a satellite office in Denver this week with the help of a prominent cannabis company. The Washington DC-based advocacy group, also known as NORML, set up shop in space south of downtown Denver donated by the dispensary listing site WeedMaps, which is located in the […]

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Help Wanted: Minnesota Seeking Medical Marijuana Chief

Minnesota is on the hunt for someone to lead its medical marijuana program. The state’s health department has posted a job advertisement for a director of the Office of Medical Cannabis. The individual will be in charge of implementing the recently-approved medical marijuana program. The position pays between $73,811 and $105,862 a year. According to […]

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