Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

Signatures submitted for Oklahoma recreational marijuana ballot measure

A group that wants to legalize recreational marijuana in Oklahoma has submitted signatures to qualify the measure for a statewide vote after saying it may not have enough to qualify for the November ballot. The pro-marijuana group Green the Vote submitted the signatures Wednesday to the secretary of state for review. Green the Vote said […]

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Massachusetts regulators could OK first recreational cannabis testing labs this month

Massachusetts marijuana regulators could approve independent testing laboratories later this month, clearing what’s been a key roadblock to opening up the state’s first recreational MJ retail shops. The executive director of the Cannabis Control Commission, Shawn Collins, told commissioners Thursday he was “relatively confident” that one or two labs would be ready for a licensing […]

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Week in Review: New Ohio processing licenses, CA marijuana black market & Florida judge nixes MMJ business cap

Ohio awards provisional medical marijuana processing licenses, a cannabis consumer survey in California confirms licensed MJ businesses are losing market share to illicit operators, and a Florida judge says a state law restricting the number of MMJ businesses runs afoul of a voter-approved constitutional amendment. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the […]

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North Dakota medical cannabis launch likely delayed until early 2019

North Dakota’s medical marijuana program might not be operational until 2019, according to a status report from the state’s health department. Approved by voters in 2016, the state’s MMJ program had been expected to launch late this year. The North Dakota Department of Health said in a status update that it would have more defined timelines for […]

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California water regulators help target unlicensed marijuana grows

California water regulators are helping local law enforcement identify black-market cannabis growers, a move that could benefit licensed cultivators who are losing market share to illegal operators. The Cannabis Enforcement Unit of the California State Water Resources Control Board is tipping off authorities to investigate marijuana growers who divert or pollute waterways, The Cannifornian reported. Here’s […]

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Group formed to help state insurance regulators with cannabis-related issues

A national association of insurance professionals has launched a group to help state regulators target gaps in coverage as well as provide insurance-related regulatory advice for the legal marijuana industry. According to Insurance Journal, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) created the Cannabis Insurance Working Group and appointed California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones to chair […]

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Facebook making it harder to find marijuana businesses, regulators

Marijuana-related companies, regulators and trade groups around the globe recently stopped appearing in Facebook searches, becoming casualties of what appears to be the social media platform’s latest attempt to filter results related to “marijuana” and “cannabis.” The phenomenon is known as “shadow banning,” in which posts on an online social community such as Facebook, Twitter […]

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US territory makes adult-use cannabis legalization breakthrough

(This story has been updated from a previous version, correcting who introduced the bill in the House.) The House of Representatives in the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) – a U.S. commonwealth in the Pacific – approved a bill to legalize and regulate cannabis for medical and recreational use. If the bill becomes law, the Islands would […]

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Oklahoma governor approves less restrictive medical cannabis rules

Gov. Mary Fallin signed off this week on the do-over in Oklahoma’s emergency medical marijuana regulations – rules that revert to more business-friendly MMJ provisions. They: Permit sales of smokable marijuana. Remove the requirement for each dispensary to have a licensed pharmacist. Lift restrictions on THC levels. The revisions, adopted last week by the state Board […]

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Florida judge shoots down state cap on medical marijuana businesses

A Florida judge ruled that the state law restricting the number of medical marijuana businesses runs counter to a voter-approved constitutional amendment, a decision that could have far-reaching implications for the state’s MMJ industry. The ruling, if sustained, could open up numerous MMJ business opportunities for entrepreneurs if the state ultimately permits an unlimited number […]

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