Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

Michigan releases medical cannabis licensing applications

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs on Friday revealed its full medical marijuana licensing applications. The applications had previously been a missing cog in the permitting process that is set to begin Dec. 15. The state’s Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation earlier this week released emergency rules that will govern the MMJ industry. […]

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Tax court ruling on 280E case could come this month

A ruling from the U.S. Tax Court on whether the 280E provision should not apply to state-licensed marijuana businesses could come before the end of the year. The case – which was tried in mid-2016 by San Francisco attorney Henry Wykowski – has the potential to reshape the U.S. cannabis industry by making law-abiding MJ companies […]

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Key federal medical cannabis protection gets stay of execution – again

The only current federal statute protecting medical marijuana businesses from U.S. law enforcement agencies has been extended again, this time until Dec. 22. The Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment – previously known as Rohrabacher-Farr – will remain in federal law for at least another two weeks under a budget deal passed by Congress Thursday afternoon. The budget bill, […]

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280E fix in Congress still possible with tax bill, senator says

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner tried but ultimately failed a week ago in his bid to include an exemption from 280E for state-compliant marijuana businesses in the landmark tax reform package passed by the Senate. But the Republican from Colorado told Marijuana Business Daily on Thursday he’s still hopeful his amendment can make it into the final […]

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Will federal marijuana safeguard be extended again?

With the current federal budget set to expire Friday, speculation has swirled in Washington DC over whether Congress will once again reach a deal to keep the old budget in place temporarily and prevent the U.S. government from shutting down. Medical marijuana businesses have good reason to pay attention: If the previous budget is not extended – […]

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Los Angeles paves way for regulated marijuana market on ‘historic day’

Los Angeles could be among a handful of California cities to begin recreational marijuana sales on New Year’s Day after the City Council’s unanimous approval of cannabis industry regulations Wednesday. “Let’s don’t be a part of history. Let’s make history,” Council President Herb Wesson said moments before 12 council members voted to pass three ordinances […]

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L.A. City Council passes cannabis industry regulations

In a 12-0 vote Wednesday, the Los Angeles City Council approved a regulatory framework for licensing marijuana businesses ahead of California’s statewide cannabis market launch on Jan. 1. The council voted to advance three ordinances to the mayor’s desk, all of which establish a wide-ranging set of rules for marijuana businesses that want to operate […]

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Alaska suspends marijuana edibles maker’s license during probe

One of the first infused product manufacturers in Alaska has been forced to halt operations because of an allegation it may have bypassed required lab testing for some of its edibles.

Fairbanks-based Frozen Budz on Monday was ordered to cease production when the state Marijuana Control Board suspended the company’s manufacturing license until the board can complete an investigation into the potency levels of its edibles, the Daily News-Miner reported.

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Paraguay legalizes medical marijuana cultivation

Paraguay is poised to become the latest nation to reform its marijuana laws with the passage of a bill that would allow the country to begin importing cannabis seeds for cultivation and then government-controlled sale of medical products. According to Reuters, President Horacio Cartes is likely to sign the bill, since it was supported by […]

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Michigan issues emergency rules for medical marijuana industry

The agency overseeing the rollout of Michigan’s regulated medical marijuana market released emergency industry rules Monday, and they were quickly signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder. According to Mlive.com, businesses will be able to start applying Dec. 15 for five types of MMJ business licenses: Retailers Growers Processors Transporters Testing labs The emergency rules – released by […]

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Cannabis industry tax fix not included in final Senate reform bill

A repeal of the 280E section of the federal tax code for law-abiding marijuana companies was not included in the final version of the landmark tax bill that the U.S. Senate passed early Saturday, despite a last-minute amendment attempt by Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardner. An amendment that would have exempted state-compliant marijuana companies from 280E […]

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