Marijuana Legalization and Regulatory News for Cannabis Businesses

NJ Voters Split on Decriminalization, Oppose Rec

New Jersey voters are split down the middle when it comes to legalizing marijuana possession, however they do not support creating a recreational industry. A recent poll conducted by Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press found that 48% of voters support legalizing the possession of marijuana, while 47% oppose. Voters were less supportive of legalizing a recreational […]

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Oregon Registered Dispensaries Now Total 32

The Oregon Health Authority approved the registration of 10 additional dispensaries late last week, bringing the total number of approved and registered facilities to 32. Applications for registration were accepted starting March 3. Half of the 310 applications received have been processed, with approximately one in every five receiving approval thus far. According to the […]

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Holder ‘Glad’ to Work With Congress on Reclassifying Marijuana

United States Attorney General Eric Holder didn’t mention cannabis in his officially planned remarks Friday before the House Appropriations Subcommittee. He focused instead on everything from national security to prison rape. However, when the floor opened for questions, marijuana was one of the top topics. The Attorney General’s Office has the power to re-categorize cannabis […]

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Guest Column: Vertical Integration Benefits Outweigh Drawbacks

By Becky DeKeuster Vertical integration is terrible for our industry. It leads to enormous burdens during the startup phase, creates mistrust between small farmers and the retail outlets that cannot accept their product, and limits client selection and strain diversity. This was going to be the focus of my column, based on our experiences in […]

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April Fools: Canadian Recreational Legalization

By Anne Holland According to a Canadian newspaper’s April Fools Day headline this morning, government officials in the province of Manitoba are considering legalizing recreational sales as soon as Easter weekend, and this action could serve as a test case for legalization across the rest of Canada in future. Although no official government statement has […]

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San Francisco Votes to Shrink ‘Buffer Zone’ Around Schools

San Francisco’s “green zone” of medical marijuana dispensaries could be about to grow. The city’s Planning Commission recently voted to shrink the buffer zone between marijuana businesses and schools from 1,000 to 600 feet. The move could allow more businesses to open outside of the quadrant of southern and eastern San Francisco called “SoMa,” where […]

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Week in Review: Extremely Limited MMJ Laws Gain Ground in Several States

By Chris Walsh Behold the rise of pseudo-medical marijuana states. Earlier this week, Utah legalized the possession and use of certain cannabis-based extracts for locals (primarily children) with severe epilepsy if they receive a recommendation from a neurologist. Two other states – Alabama and Kentucky – are considering measures that would allow specific universities to […]

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CA Supreme Court Clears Way For Local Bans

Local governments in California can now ban medical marijuana businesses and private growers with the backing of the state’s Supreme Court. On Wednesday, the California Supreme Court denied a petition by medical marijuana advocates who hoped to overturn an appellate court’s decision to allow local governments to ban all medical marijuana businesses. The decision could […]

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As Industry Grows, So Does Colorado’s Marijuana Enforcement Division

As Colorado’s recreational marijuana industry grows, so must the regulatory bureau overseeing it. The Marijuana Enforcement Division hopes to expand to 55 employees from its current number of 30. It will also open field offices in Colorado Springs, Northern Colorado and Grand Junction later this year. The expansion comes after the division deployed a secret […]

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Utah legalizes purchase of MMJ extracts

Utah residents who suffer from severe epilepsy can now purchase CBD-rich medical marijuana extracts from other states and use it when they return home without fear of prosecution. However, laws preventing interstate transport and other issues could create a tricky set of obstacles for the industry to serve these new patients. On Tuesday afternoon, Utah […]

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Legalization Bill Proposed in New Jersey

A New Jersey lawmaker wants recreational marijuana to pay for the state’s crumbling bridges and roadways. On Monday, Sen. Nick Scutari introduced a bill to the New Jersey Senate that would legalize marijuana consumption for adults 21 and over. The bill is similar to other states’ proposed recreational laws, in that it creates a regulatory […]

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Colorado Lawyers Cleared to Work With Cannabis Clients

Lawyers in Colorado can now help cannabis clients to the fullest extent of their professional abilities, without fearing ethics sanctions or discipline. On Monday, the Colorado Supreme Court approved a rule change that allows lawyers to advise cannabis clients – even though those businesses are breaking federal law – so long as the attorneys do […]

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