Marijuana Legalization and Regulatory News for Cannabis Businesses

Health Canada Recalls Medical Marijuana

Health Canada has initiated the country’s first medical marijuana recall. Earlier this week, British Columbia-based grower Greenleaf Medicinals recalled one batch of Purple Kush marijuana that was produced for medical purposes. According to a release by Health Canada, the batch is being recalled due to “issues with the company’s production practices” which were detected during […]

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Finish Line for WA Recreational Licensing in Sight, But Hurdles Remain

By Fred Dreier Washington State’s march toward retail marijuana sales is accelerating, with officials holding a long-awaited lottery this week to decide which entrepreneurs can open recreational shops. While the finish line for the application process is now in sight, there’s still a ways to go.

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Cannabis Firm Buys 3 Buildings in Florida

The publicly traded firm Cannabis RX has acquired three commercial buildings in Florida that it hopes to lease or sell to medical marijuana cultivation operations if the state legalizes MMJ this fall. The buildings – located on 9 acres of land near Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport – total 209,000 square feet of space, which is roughly […]

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Lack of Testing Oversight in Oregon Raises Concerns

Dispensary owners in Oregon are concerned that the state’s lack of oversight on testing labs will create an unstable business climate, boost risks for medical marijuana centers and lead to quality and safety issues. While Oregon’s medical marijuana dispensary regulations require centers to test products for potency and contaminants, the rules do not address the […]

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Updated Illinois MMJ Rules Could Increase Market Size

Illinois has issued revised draft rules for the medical marijuana industry, easing up on regulations for patients but boosting financial requirements for cultivation applicants and establishing marketing restrictions. The new rules could expand the potential customer base for Illinois medical cannabis businesses by making it easier for patients to obtain cards. Critics had lambasted the […]

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Wisconsin Legalizes CBD Oils, But Questions Remain

Wisconsin has become the latest state to legalize cannabidiol extracts, joining Utah and Kentucky in approving CBD-specific legislation. But the new law – which Gov. Scott Walker signed on Wednesday – does not appear to specify exactly how patients or pharmacies will obtain the oils. Similar to Utah’s bill, Wisconsin’s measure could put patients and pharmacies […]

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More Oversight on Rhode Island MMJ Industry Urged

A marijuana working group in Rhode Island is lobbying for greater oversight of the state’s medical cannabis industry, saying MMJ can be linked to a series of violent crimes and even murders. The group – which was created by Attorney General Peter Kilmartin and is largely composed of law enforcement officials – wants police to […]

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Nevada MMJ Businesses Scramble to Meet Application Deadline

Prospective medical marijuana business owners in unincorporated areas of Nevada’s largest county are making a mad dash to finish their license applications. Not one business submitted its preliminary review form to the Clark County Department of Business on Wednesday, which is when the office began accepting applications for dispensary and cultivation licenses. The deadline to submit […]

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CO Seeks to Shut Down Raided Dispensaries

Colorado regulators recently moved to shut down four dispensaries that were targeted during a high-profile raid by federal agents back in November. The state sent notices of application denial to VIP Cannabis, Kushism and Highlands Cannabis Company – all based in Denver – as well as Grateful Meds in Nederland, according to documents obtained by […]

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Kentucky Approves CBD Extracts Law

Kentucky has joined Utah on the short list of U.S. states to legalize cannabidiol (CBD) for medical purposes. Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear recently signed into law Senate Bill 124, which allows doctors at two research hospitals in the state to prescribe the extract to sick patients. Cannabidiol, which is commonly extracted from marijuana, has been […]

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Maryland Revives Medical Cannabis Program, Passes Decriminalization

Maryland lawmakers have revamped the state’s medical marijuana program by establishing a framework of rules that is similar to those found in other medical marijuana states. The new program dissolves the state’s previous medical marijuana plan, which many saw as fatally flawed, and will open the door for hundreds of business opportunities across the board. […]

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Boston Mayor Aims to Block Dispensaries

Boston mayor Martin Walsh will try to block the city’s two planned medical marijuana dispensaries, pending the results of a review by the Department of Public Health. This week, Walsh told a forum in Dorchester that he is “dead set” against marijuana dispensaries within the city. He then wrote a letter to the state’s secretary […]

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