Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

FAQ: What businesses need to know about Massachusetts’ recreational cannabis program

Omar Sacirbey  | July 19, 2017

By Omar Sacirbey

Massachusetts’ recreational marijuana market can expect an influx of business license applications now that lawmakers have agreed on an adult-use bill that will serve as the framework for the new industry.

The market will be strong, observers predict, but the stakes will be high for a coveted license.

PNC shutters marijuana group’s Ohio bank account

Omar Sacirbey  | July 14, 2017

PNC has closed the bank account of another cannabis advocacy group, again underscoring that even non-plant-touching marijuana organizations can be shut out by financial institutions.

One of the nation’s largest financial services companies, Pittsburgh-based PNC recently shut down the account of the Ohio chapter of the National Organization for the Reformation of Marijuana Laws …

Delaware removes barrier to MMJ access for PTSD patients

John Schroyer  | July 13, 2017

Delaware’s governor signed a new law to make it easier for those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to obtain medical marijuana, a move likely to boost MMJ sales in the state.

Although PTSD was already a qualifying condition in the state, those patients were previously required to get authorization from a psychiatrist …

Nevada licenses first rec MJ distributors, eases transport rule

Kevin Huhn  | July 13, 2017

Nevada regulators on Thursday licensed the first two recreational marijuana distributors in the state, then rewrote a regulation to speed up the processing of transport permits.

The moves are expected to help alleviate concerns that Nevada's cannabis retailers will run out of supplies because of unexpectedly strong demand since the state's adult-use industry launched July 1.

Massachusetts gov: Time running out on rec cannabis deal

Kevin Huhn  | July 12, 2017

If Massachusetts legislators are unable to reach a compromise over regulations for the state’s recreational marijuana industry, it may be time to implement the voter-approved law as it currently stands, Gov. Charlie Baker said.

A six-member negotiating committee trying to resolve differences between a House-passed bill that overhauls the recreational pot law and a …

Massachusetts allots $2M to recreational cannabis commission

Bart Schaneman  | July 10, 2017

Massachusetts will funnel $2 million into a state marijuana commission tasked with implementing the state’s recreational cannabis law.

The funding is part of a compromise budget lawmakers passed last week.

The budget compromise could lead to the resumption of negotiations between a House-Senate committee on regulations tied to the adult-use marijuana law approved by Massachusetts voters last …

MMJ advocate sues Florida to get smokable cannabis into program

Kevin Huhn  | July 6, 2017

A cannabis advocate who was instrumental in Florida’s passage of a medical marijuana law filed suit against the state to get smokable MJ included in the program.

Attorney John Morgan argued in the lawsuit filed Thursday that smoking marijuana is the best way to administer it to some patients.

Smokable medical marijuana would entice patients …

Establishing cannabis industry standards: Q&A with NACB President Andrew Kline

Bart Schaneman  | July 6, 2017

By Bart Schaneman

A new self-regulatory organization aims to tackle a problem plaguing the cannabis industry: a lack of industrywide standards governing areas such as packaging, accounting and public safety.

It also hopes to play a role in resolving another issue: federal government interference.