Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

Doctors Behind New Jersey’s Medical Marijuana Woes?

Some medical marijuana professionals in New Jersey believe the local MMJ industry is struggling because doctors have been reticent to sign up for the program. Just 296 of the state’s 21,000 doctors have registered with the state to prescribe medical marijuana, according to the Star Ledger. Dispensary officials and lawmakers believe that doctors do not […]

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Washington DC Looks to Throw MMJ Businesses a Lifeline

Lawmakers in Washington DC are poised to loosen the city’s restrictive medical marijuana program, which would provide a lifeline to local cannabis businesses that are struggling to survive. During two committee meetings on Thursday, all 13 city council members pledged to support a plan that would eliminate the current ailments list and simply allow doctors […]

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Dispensary Offers to Work With Hospitals, Universities

A medical marijuana company is offering to work with research institutions that want to study the medical qualities of the plant, hoping the idea will build goodwill, foster community relations and combat the stigma surrounding cannabis. Columbia Care, which operates the 203 Organix dispensary in Prescott, Arizona, is reaching out to local hospitals and health […]

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ASA Certifies 1st Cannabis Companies Under New Program

Americans for Safe Access has begun certifying cannabis businesses as part of a new program that seeks to verify the quality and reliability of medical marijuana on the market. Two dispensaries – New MexiCann Natural Medicine in New Mexico and Harvest of Tempe in Arizona – as well as the Phoenix-based lab AZ Med Testing […]

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Research Project Could Help Expand Minnesota’s MMJ Program

A scientific study of medical marijuana spearheaded by the University of Minnesota could play an indirect role in helping expand the state’s MMJ program, which would ultimately boost the market for cannabis businesses. Researchers at the university are testing whether medical marijuana can help treat pain caused by sickle cell disease. The team is ready […]

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Florida Medical Marijuana Push Faces Stiff Opposition

Medical marijuana advocates in Florida face growing opposition to Amendment 2, the bill to legalize medical cannabis. On Tuesday, the Florida Sheriffs Association entered the fight with a campaign called Don’t Let Florida Go to Pot, which claims that the bill includes loopholes that will effectively legalize marijuana. The Vote No on 2 campaign is taking […]

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San Jose Approves ‘De Facto Ban’ on Dispensaries

The San Jose City Council has passed a restrictive set of zoning rules for medical marijuana businesses, a crushing blow that will force many dispensaries to close. James Anthony, a lawyer representing some of businesses, called the move “a de facto ban,” saying that dispensaries essentially cannot operate under the regulations. The new rules limit […]

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Dozens of Denver MMJ Businesses Could Be Forced to Close

More than 40 medical marijuana businesses in Denver might have to close on July 1 if they can’t obtain required licenses from the city. Many of the businesses trace their roots back to the early days of Colorado’s medical marijuana industry, before the state established strict regulations on the industry. When Colorado and Denver began […]

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Washington MMJ Company Tests Advertising Limits

A Port Angeles, Washington-based medical marijuana company’s new advertising strategy is turning heads – and raising questions about cannabis marketing. The business, called Chronically On Time, deploys an individual dressed in a green bear suit to advertise the company’s MMJ delivery service. “Buddy the Bear” stands on the sidewalk of busy streets, wearing a sandwich […]

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Arizona Proposes New Rules for Edibles

Arizona’s top health official has proposed new rules for edible marijuana products and the dispensaries that sell them. Will Humble, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, wants dispensaries to certify that an employee has discussed with the customer the effects of marijuana edibles before the sale is completed. Humble also wants to send undercover […]

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