Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

Montana City’s MMJ Industry Thriving

Montana’s once-burgeoning medical marijuana sector unraveled quickly several years ago due to legal issues, but dispensaries are thriving in one city that has taken a hands-off approach to the industry. At least 14 MMJ centers are currently operating in Butte, according to one report. The state Legislature passed a law in 2011 essentially banning MMJ […]

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Dozens of New Regulations on Colorado Cannabis Businesses

If you work in the marijuana industry in Colorado, brace yourself. The state’s Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) has finalized a set of roughly 30 new regulations including everything from testing standards to caps on outdoor marijuana growing production. The MED took industry feedback into account when crafting the new rules, though, and the cap on […]

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Casino Giant Files Trademark Lawsuit Against Nevada MMJ Company

The company that runs some of the most well-known casinos in Las Vegas has filed a lawsuit in federal court against a Nevada medical cannabis company, claiming trademark infringement, cybersquatting and unfair competition. In the suit, MGM Resorts International accuses M Life Inc. – which has filed an application to open a dispensary in Las […]

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No Bankruptcy Protection for Cannabis Companies, Judges Rule

Marijuana businesses across the country, take heed: If your venture doesn’t pan out, don’t count on bankruptcy laws to help you out. According to a report in The Denver Post, at least four marijuana companies have had their bankruptcy claims thrown out by judges who have ruled that the entrepreneurs aren’t entitled to federal bankruptcy […]

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Attorney General Holder Questions Marijuana’s Classification

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who is resigning from his post later this year, suggested in an interview with Katie Couric that it’s time for the federal government to consider reclassifying marijuana. Reclassification could further open the door for medical and recreational marijuana legalization and the cannabis industry in general, though by how much is […]

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Pennsylvania MMJ Bill Clears Senate, but Challenges Remain

Though a bill to legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania won overwhelming support in the state Senate this week, it seems unlikely to become law this year given two major hurdles. First, Gov. Tom Corbett has been very outspoken against marijuana legalization, and a spokesman for Corbett said on Wednesday that the Senate vote did not […]

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Bogus Texas Marijuana Legalization Story Dupes Thousands

A fake news site duped thousands of online readers into believing – at least for a short while – that the deep red state of Texas had legalized marijuana use. The article on Newsbuzzdaily.com – titled “Texas to Permit Medicinal and Recreational Marijuana Use!” – sent the Twittersphere buzzing and garnered thousands of Facebook “likes” […]

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Maryland Weighs $125K Fee for Cultivators, $40K for Dispensaries

A Maryland commission has proposed charging annual fees of $125,000 a year for cultivators and $40,000 for dispensaries – on top of up to $6,000 just to apply for a license. Commission members acknowledged that the numbers might price out mom-and-pop businesses from the industry. But they still need to figure out a way to […]

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New Poll Good News for DC Marijuana Legalization

A ballot measure to legalize possession of marijuana in Washington DC got a boost on Thursday when a new poll released by The Washington Post/NBC4/Marist found that 65% of registered voters support the initiative, with 33% opposed and just 2% unsure. Initiative 71 would permit possession of up to two ounces of marijuana and allow DC […]

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WA Rec Shop Lottery Winners At Risk of Losing Licenses

Washington State is warning dozens of applicants for recreational marijuana business licenses that their chance at a permit may be canceled unless they make an appointment within 60 days with a licensing inspector, as well as provide information for criminal and financial background checks. The state’s Liquor Control Board began sending out the notices on Wednesday […]

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