Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

Washington State Authorizes First Testing Lab

Washington State has its first licensed marijuana testing lab. The state’s Liquor Control Board this week gave authorization to Analytical 360, which owns a 22,000-square-foot laboratory in Yakima. The lab can open for business this coming Monday. The company has been testing marijuana from the state’s medical growers since 2011, and it currently has 13 […]

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CA Split on Medical Marijuana Regulatory Bills

California’s state Assembly on Thursday rejected a medical marijuana regulation bill, one day after the Senate approved a competing measure backed by a key law enforcement group. Both bills establish a system for licensing and regulating California’s marijuana businesses, which have operated in many areas without state oversight. Assembly Bill 1894 would have created a […]

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Marijuana Milestone: U.S. House Approves ‘Historic’ Cannabis Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to block the Drug Enforcement Administration from using federal funds to target state-legal medical marijuana businesses and patients. It marks the first time a chamber of Congress has backed a measure that seeks to prevent the government from cracking down on businesses in states with cannabis laws. The […]

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Patient Boycott, Restrictions Could Limit MMJ Market in Minnesota

A handful of prospective medical marijuana patients in Minnesota plan to boycott the state’s new medical marijuana program, which could dampen an already-limited market for dispensaries. The law, which was signed by Gov. Mark Dayton on Thursday, allows patients to consume marijuana in oil, pill or vapor form. Patients, however, cannot actually buy cannabis buds […]

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Feds Ramp Up Marijuana Production at Mississippi Farm

The federal government is increasing production of cannabis tied to the Marijuana Research Project at the University of Mississippi, which is the only facility producing the plant for government-approved tests. Researchers there are hoping to produce 30,000 new plants, which will be used primarily for medical marijuana research. One researcher at the facility is pursuing […]

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San Jose Delays Vote on Cannabis Regs…Again

Dispensary owners and cultivators in San Jose, California, will remain in limbo for at least another week. The San Jose City Council has delayed a vote on medical marijuana business regulations until June 3. It had planned to debate the proposals on Wednesday, but several other issues cut into the medical marijuana discussion. The council […]

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ACLU Sues Over MMJ Cultivation Ban

The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California is suing the City and County of Fresno over its ban on medical marijuana cultivation. The lawsuit argues that the ban violates the state’s 2004 MMJ law, which allows qualified patients to possess up to 12 immature or six mature plants and up to half a pound […]

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Nevada Group Launches Cannabis Legalization Drive

A group of marijuana advocates in Nevada has launched a petition drive to place a cannabis legalization bill on the 2016 ballot. Led by state Sen. Tick Segerblom and marijuana advocate Joe Brezny, the group kicked off the drive on Tuesday in Las Vegas. Supporters must obtain 101,667 signatures by Nov. 11. If they succeed, […]

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New York Medical Marijuana Bill Clears Assembly

New York’s Democratic-led Assembly has once again given the green light to a medical marijuana bill, putting pressure on the Senate to act before the current session wraps up late next month. The measure – called the Compassionate Care Act – passed 91-34 with bipartisan support. The Assembly has passed medical marijuana legislation four times […]

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Georgia Entrepreneur Tries to Get Jump on MMJ Legalization

An entrepreneur in Georgia is already laying the groundwork to distribute medical marijuana, even though the state doesn’t appear close to legalizing the drug. Daniel Macris has launched Halcyon Organics LLC, which he hopes will one day be able to manufacture and dispense medical marijuana. Macris is planning to buy land to build a greenhouse, […]

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House to Debate Key Cannabis Proposal

The U.S. House of Representatives is set to discuss a proposal that would bar the government from using taxpayer money to enforce federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized medical cannabis. Five Democrats and five Republicans are behind the amendment, which advocates see as “the best way right now to stop the federal government […]

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