Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

Week in Review: RI rec push slows, pushback on California cannabis plan & China opportunity

John Schroyer  | April 21, 2017

By Omar Sacirbey, John Schroyer and Bart Schaneman

Adult-use legislation takes a hit in Rhode Island, California Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal for cannabis regulation faces opposition, and a marijuana-related firm sets up shop in China.

Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

MJ Freeway wins $10M PA medical cannabis tracking deal

Omar Sacirbey  | April 20, 2017

Embattled MJ Freeway received a key vote of confidence Thursday after Pennsylvania awarded the Denver company a $10 million contract to provide a seed-to-sale tracking system to keep tabs on the state's new medical marijuana program.

The five-year contract is a shot in the arm for MJ Freeway, given that Pennsylvania's MMJ market is forecast to …

Cannabis banking still unpredictable: Q&A with Colorado Bank Commissioner Chris Myklebust

John Schroyer  | April 20, 2017

By John Schroyer

Colorado State Bank Commissioner Chris Myklebust flew to Washington DC in March to meet with a group of state bank regulators.

He also met with U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, a Colorado Republican, and a staffer for U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, a Colorado Democrat. He brought up cannabis banking, and was encouraged.

Detroit’s medical marijuana market in upheaval after new rules

John Schroyer  | April 19, 2017

By John Schroyer

A little over a year ago, Detroit enacted a new restrictive set of zoning ordinances designed to legitimize some medical marijuana dispensaries and to close dozens of others.

Today, according to the city, just three "caregiver centers" are licensed and 59 are in the approval process.

Regulations finalized for Ohio medical cannabis growers

Bart Schaneman  | April 18, 2017

A panel of Ohio lawmakers signed off on final rules governing the state’s new medical marijuana cultivators, approving 24 licensed sites that will carry hefty fees.

The cultivator rules, which also spell out application and license fees for MMJ dispensaries, product processors and testing labs, passed the Ohio Legislature’s Joint Committee on Agency …