Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

Chart: Most California municipalities ban commercial cannabis activity

Two-thirds of California municipalities prohibit marijuana businesses from setting up shop, underscoring the hurdles MJ entrepreneurs face in trying to break into the world’s largest legal cannabis market. Only 161 of California’s 482 municipalities and 24 of the 58 counties have opted to allow commercial cannabis activity of any sort, according to data from CannaRegs, […]

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Missouri gets 400-plus applications for medical cannabis business permits

Business interest in Missouri’s medical marijuana program remains strong, with the state receiving more than 400 applications for retail, cultivation and processor licenses. The state reported that 418 business application forms have been filed, generating more than $3 million in “pre-license” fees for the state. The state started taking the forms last month. The breakdown in […]

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Singapore may allow scientifically proven medical cannabinoids

(This story has been updated to include a statement from Singapore’s Health Sciences Authority. – Ed.) Singapore’s government signaled it could be ready to follow regional neighbors Thailand and South Korea in allowing pharmaceutical products containing cannabinoids. “It is important to differentiate between products containing unprocessed or raw cannabis and pharmaceutical products containing cannabinoids,” the […]

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Alaska marijuana business owners to gain access to financial services

A nonprofit credit union in Alaska, Anchorage-based Credit Union 1, is set to begin offering financial services to cannabis companies in the state in March, which will allow those businesses an avenue to reduce their reliance on cash. It is the first time marijuana companies in the state have had access to this kind of banking option, according […]

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Congress urged to allow legal marijuana businesses access to bank services

Bank officials and others urged Congress on Wednesday to fully open the doors of the U.S. banking system to the state-legal marijuana industry, a change supporters say would reduce the risk of crime and resolve a litany of challenges for cannabis companies, from paying taxes to getting a loan. California Treasurer Fiona Ma, whose state […]

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Senate confirms William Barr as U.S. attorney general

The U.S. Senate voted 54-45 on Thursday to confirm President Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, William Barr, installing a Justice Department veteran as the nation’s top law enforcement official. During his confirmation hearings, Barr – who previously served as attorney general from 1991-1993 and was known for his tough approach to drug offenders – […]

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Effort in Arkansas to add nearly 40 medical marijuana conditions falls short

An Arkansas legislative committee shelved an effort to more than triple the conditions that would qualify patients to use medical cannabis, a move that likely would have resulted in a more robust market. The proposal to expand the conditions list from 18 to 57 did not receive a motion to advance out of the House Rules Committee […]

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Largest health-care provider in Utah greenlights medical cannabis recommendations

Utah’s biggest health-care provider – Intermountain Healthcare – told its physicians they’re allowed to write medical marijuana recommendations for patients, which could boost the number of potential customers for the state’s upcoming MMJ industry. According to The Salt Lake Tribune, the organization’s chief physician executive sent a memo to its network of roughly 1,500 doctors, […]

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California governor to send National Guard to combat illegal marijuana grows

California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced during his state of the state address on Tuesday that the National Guard has been tasked with eliminating unlicensed cannabis farms, a move welcomed by the state’s legal marijuana growers. “We applaud (Newsom) for allocating resources to eliminate very destructive and dangerous trespass grows,” Terra Carver, executive director of the Humboldt […]

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European Parliament calls for uniform definition of medical cannabis

In a move to get more clarity on what medical marijuana is, the European Parliament passed a resolution Wednesday calling on the European Commission and EU countries to provide a legal definition and draw a clear distinction between cannabis-based medicines approved by regulatory bodies, MMJ not supported by clinical trials and other applications of the plant. The patchwork of regulations […]

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