Marijuana Legalization and Regulatory News for Cannabis Businesses

Marijuana Business This Week: German medical cannabis contracts, CBD self-regulation, MMJ group’s bank account closed & more

Here are some notable stories and events to watch for in the coming days: MAKING IT OFFICIAL: Contracts between Germany’s Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices and the three companies it tentatively selected to cultivate and distribute its medical cannabis could be formalized as early as Wednesday after a mandatory 10-day appeals process expires. […]

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MO medical marijuana application process begins Aug. 3; sales in January?

Missouri will begin accepting medical cannabis cultivation, processing and dispensary applications on Aug. 3. Regulators will make licensing decisions in December, and they anticipate medical marijuana products could be available for sale as soon as January 2020. The state began accepting “pre-filed application fees” Jan. 5, 2019. As of March 28, the state reported it […]

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OK seeks to loosen rules about who can recommend medical cannabis to patients

Oklahoma’s medical marijuana market could see an additional sales boost if lawmakers continue on their path to pass two measures that would open up the ability for additional physicians and nurse practitioners to participate in the program. The reworked bills advanced through a House Rules Committee this week, the Tulsa World reported. If the full […]

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New Jersey will need 100 cannabis growers if adult use is legalized, regulators say

If New Jersey legalizes recreational marijuana, a move that’s been discussed for months and has a new deadline, roughly 100 new cannabis cultivators would be needed, according to an estimate from state officials. That’s in addition to the 35 or so growers needed to supply the expected expansion of the medical cannabis program. According to […]

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Kline to serve as National Cannabis Industry Association director of public policy

The National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) hired a new director of public policy to lead efforts by the largest marijuana trade group to ensure its voice is heard in Washington DC. Andrew Kline, formerly president of the National Association of Cannabis Businesses (NACB), said he’ll take over the responsibilities of NCIA co-founder Steve Fox, who left […]

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Cannabis banking bill reintroduced in US Senate

A bipartisan group of more than 20 U.S. senators on Thursday reintroduced the Secure And Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act to protect financial institutions that serve state-legal cannabis businesses from federal punishment. The lead sponsors are Jeff Merkley, an Oregon Democrat, and Cory Gardner, a Colorado Republican. A House panel recently advanced its version of the SAFE […]

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PA regulators allege Harvest Health misrepresented its state marijuana holdings

Pennsylvania regulators are threatening to take away the medical marijuana dispensary licenses of Arizona-based Harvest Health & Recreation for allegedly misrepresenting its cannabis holdings in the state. The issue stems from claims Harvest made earlier this week when announcing the acquisition of CannaPharmacy, The (Philadelphia)  Inquirer reported Thursday. Here’s the crux of the situation: In its […]

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MI House panel OKs bill to close unlicensed medical marijuana dispensaries

Some Michigan lawmakers want to close unlicensed medical cannabis dispensaries once and for all and are pushing legislation for those businesses to get permitted or shut their doors by June 1. The fast-track bill to establish the deadline was approved 5-0 by a House panel Wednesday, the Detroit Free Press reported. Other deadlines for roughly […]

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Bill to limit medical cannabis THC going to full Florida House

A measure to restrict the strength of smokable medical marijuana is heading to the Florida House floor, a move that could curb retail sales of MMJ. The House Appropriations Committee approved a bill Tuesday to limit the strength of marijuana flower to 10% THC, with Republicans in favor and Democrats opposed. The vote came less […]

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CT adult-use cannabis measure clears committee hurdle; prospects unclear

Legislation that could ultimately lead to legalized recreational marijuana in Connecticut has advanced. The General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee voted 21-19 in favor of a bill that outlines how marijuana use and sales would be legalized for those 21 years and older. But it remains unclear if there will ultimately be enough support for legalization this […]

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Colorado lawmakers advance marijuana delivery, social consumption bills

A key Colorado House panel has narrowly approved two bills that would open up business opportunities by allowing cannabis home delivery and on-site consumption. Both measures were passed by a 6-5 vote by the House Finance Committee, Denver alt-weekly Westword reported. The delivery bill would allow medical cannabis delivery next year and recreational marijuana in 2021. […]

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