Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

Dixie Settles Lawsuit Over THC Mints

Dixie Elixirs and Edibles has settled a lawsuit filed by a Colorado-based company that makes cannabis-infused mints. Dixie announced that it has reached an “amicable separation agreement” with Bridge Marketing, which effectively ends the relationship. Terms of the settlement were not released. The two entered into a partnership in 2012, when Bridge Marketing granted Dixie […]

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Colorado to Spend $9 Million on Cannabis Research

Colorado is preparing to spend $9 million on medical marijuana research, and the studies could utilize products that are currently being sold in the state’s marijuana market. Under Senate Bill 14-155, which the governor recently signed into law, the state health department will give out $9 million in research grants for marijuana studies over the […]

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Court: Insurance Company Must Cover MMJ

A New Mexico appeals court has ruled that an automobile shop and its insurer must reimburse an employee for the costs of medical marijuana to treat pain resulting from an on-the-job injury. The decision could set a legal precedent in New Mexico, clearing the way for other patients to get MMJ covered under workers’ compensation […]

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CO Medical Cannabis Patient Numbers Rise

The number of medical cannabis patients in Colorado continues to grow, despite the introduction of recreational marijuana this year. According to the Colorado Department of Public Health, the state’s patient registry grew by 1,767 patients in March, bringing the total to 115,208 active members. The growth came even though roughly 1,900 patients left the registry […]

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Las Vegas Sets Zoning Rules for Cannabis Businesses

Las Vegas will allow dispensaries to set up shop in commercial zones, provided they are at least 1,000 feet from schools and 300 feet from parks, community centers and churches. The new rules – approved by city council officials Wednesday night – also pave the way for dispensaries to locate on certain areas of Fremont […]

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Federal Water Off-Limits to Cannabis Cultivation Sites

Marijuana growers cannot use federal irrigation water to cultivate cannabis, the U.S. Interior Department announced on Tuesday. The decision could impact growers in Washington state, where two-thirds of the state’s agricultural land is irrigated by federal water. But just how much it will affect the industry is unclear. A spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of […]

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Marijuana Growers Could See Federal Water Supplies Dry Up

Some state-legal cannabis growers in the western United States could see their water supply dry up soon. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which oversees federal water resources, is currently evaluating whether the Controlled Substances Act allows it to turn off the spigot serving the marijuana industry. Growers in larger cities would be insulated from a […]

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New Mexico Patient Numbers Dip

New Mexico’s medical marijuana program is struggling to grow its patient base, and some believe it’s due to the challenging process of registering for an MMJ card. A spokesman for New Mexico’s Department of Health said 1,385 patients joined the program during the first quarter of the year, however 1,528 patients left during that period. […]

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Judge Rejects Request to Halt MA Licensing Process

Efforts to license medical marijuana dispensaries in Massachusetts could be back on track soon. A state judge has rejected a request by three unsuccessful dispensary applicants to halt the licensing process, which came under fire earlier this year. The companies – 1 Releaf Inc., Apex Compassion & Wellness Center and the Striar Center for Compassionate […]

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SEC Warns Investors About Marijuana Stocks After Suspensions

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is warning investors about potential fraud committed by public companies that claim to operate in the marijuana industry. The investor alert, which was issued Friday, was released after the SEC suspended trading of a fifth cannabis company in the last two months. “Recent changes in state laws concerning medical […]

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Minnesota to Legalize MMJ, Creating $10M-$20M Market

A compromise between lawmakers in Minnesota has paved the way for the state to legalize medical marijuana and set up a dispensary system. But there’s a big caveat: The measure outlaws the smoking of the plant, which changes the nature of business opportunities in the state vs. more traditional MMJ  markets. The measure, which Gov. […]

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