Marijuana Legalization and Regulatory News for Cannabis Businesses

Efforts intensify to battle corruption involving local government officials and cannabis industry

Law enforcement authorities across the country, including the FBI, have cast a wide net in their efforts to root out corruption among local government officials overseeing the marijuana industry. The crackdown has ensnared local government and cannabis industry officials in states such as California, Massachusetts and Michigan. Charges have included bribery and extortion. While claims […]

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Washington state temporarily bans flavored marijuana vaping products, targeting a third of top-selling MJ vapes

Washington state health regulators voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to impose a temporary halt on the sale of flavored tobacco and marijuana vaporizer products, making it the second state after Massachusetts to ban cannabis vapes in some form. The Washington Board of Health voted 7-1 in favor of adopting the 120-day emergency ban, which is set […]

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Michigan cannabis testing lab to pay $100,000 to resolve alleged violations

A Michigan medical marijuana testing laboratory whose license was suspended in August for alleged safety violations has agreed to pay a $100,000 fine to resolve state charges. Iron Laboratories of Walled Lake also agreed to improve its procedures and provide additional data and reports to state regulators. The laboratory entered into the settlement agreement with the Marijuana […]

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Will Illinois change the social equity landscape for the marijuana industry?

Illinois is set to open recreational cannabis dispensaries Jan. 1 after becoming the first state in the nation to officially legalize adult-use marijuana via its Legislature in June – and the marijuana industry will be watching carefully for several reasons, including the program’s significant social equity component. Industry sources say Illinois’ marijuana companies are at the […]

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Criminal charges dropped against Massachusetts marijuana grower

Criminal charges were dismissed against a Massachusetts marijuana license holder who allegedly conspired with another man to set up an illicit cannabis cultivation operation. A District Court judge dismissed a marijuana trafficking conspiracy charge against Mark Rioux, according to The Milford Daily News. After learning of the original charges, the state’s Cannabis Control Commission in […]

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Maine on track to launch recreational cannabis sales by spring 2020

Maine state officials said they are poised to begin accepting adult-use marijuana license applications before the end of the year and expect customers will have the ability to purchase products in retail stores by March. There are no statewide license caps, but municipalities can limit or ban recreational marijuana in their jurisdictions – and most […]

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Alaska’s top cannabis regulator under siege by state liquor board

The Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board wants to remove the state’s top alcohol and marijuana regulator, marking the latest potentially destabilizing development for the state’s cannabis industry. The board voted 5-0 at a special meeting Thursday to remove Erika McConnell, director of the Alaska Alcohol & Marijuana Control Office, according to the Anchorage Daily News. […]

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WA extends marijuana traceability system contract with Leaf Data Systems

Washington state cannabis regulators approved a two-month contract extension for Leaf Data Systems, the seed-to-sale tracking product offered by Denver-based software company Akerna. The contract lasts until Nov. 30, “to focus solely on providing a stable system to our users,” said Megan Duffy, deputy director and executive sponsor of the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis […]

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Week in Review: Marijuana vaporizer sales rebound, new state vape issues pop up, Californians want additional adult-use MJ stores & more

Cannabis vaporizer sales show an uptick in some key markets even as more state vape bans appear, Californians say they want to see the number of recreational marijuana stores increased, medical marijuana cultivators sue over plant limits in New Mexico – and more of the week’s top cannabis business news. MJ vape sales indicate some […]

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‘Groundbreaking’: 48North’s purchase of US cannabis company signals major shift by TSX Venture Exchange

The TSX Venture Exchange (TSXV) appears to be easing its opposition toward Canadian cannabis companies buying U.S. marijuana businesses. The move would mark a major shift for the Canadian exchange and could open the door to more cross-border acquisitions – provided the deals meet strict conditions. The apparent change in stance comes after a Canadian […]

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Michigan unveils license instructions for $1.4B adult-use cannabis market

Michigan regulators released detailed instructions on how businesses can apply for adult-use cannabis licenses beginning Nov. 1. There are no statewide caps on licenses for a market expected to launch next year, but municipalities can restrict the number. Marijuana Business Daily projects Michigan could generate $1.4 billion-$1.7 billion in annual sales within several years of […]

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Industry leaders urge Congress to legalize cannabis following vaping crisis

Nearly 800 cannabis business leaders and policy experts led by the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) are calling on Congress to remove marijuana from the federal Controlled Substances Act as the vaping crisis continues. “The recent illnesses are an unmistakable reminder of the importance of effective regulation,” a letter to congressional leaders states. “If it is […]

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