Marijuana Legalization and Regulatory News for Cannabis Businesses


PTSD Cannabis Study Hits Snag

The study of marijuana as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder has hit a major snag, which is discouraging news for the medical cannabis industry. Dr. Suzanne Sisley, who had received federal approval to study marijuana’s impact on veterans with PTSD, was terminated last week by the University of Arizona. The termination means Sisley must […]

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Raid Raises Questions Over Legality of CO Marijuana Lounges

A recent raid by police at a Denver marijuana lounge has prompted a debate over the legality of private clubs that cater to smokers. Denver police raided MaryJane’s Social Club on June 27, handcuffing smokers, seizing paraphernalia and ticketing the club’s owner for violating a state law banning indoor cigarette smoking. The club shut down after […]

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Los Angeles MMJ Farmers Market Attracts Thousands

A medical marijuana farmers market held in Los Angeles was such a resounding success that the organizer plans to hold it every weekend. Several thousand medical marijuana customers waited in line for up to several hours to enter the California Heritage Market in east LA. Billed as the city’s first-ever farmers market for medical marijuana, […]

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Marijuana Dispensary Sues IRS Over Cash-Only Rule

A medical marijuana dispensary in Colorado is challenging the Internal Revenue Service’s policy of charging extra fees to companies that pay taxes in cash. Allgreens, a dispensary in Denver, filed a lawsuit against the IRS this week because the agency assesses a 10% penalty on businesses that pay their federal employee withholding taxes in cash, […]

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FL Draft Rules Include Lottery, $150K Licensing Fee

Florida could hold a lottery to decide which companies receive the five licenses to cultivate cannabis and sell cannabidiol extract, with the winners forced to pay a $150,000 fee for the permit. These are two of the proposals included in 16-pages of draft rules the state developed for its new CBD-specific program, which governor Rick […]

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New Rules Could Boost Expenses for CO Edibles Companies

Proposed regulations on edibles in Colorado will add tens of thousands of dollars in additional costs for manufacturers and introduce other headaches, owners of some infused products companies say. The state issued draft rules recently that would make it more burdensome to produce edibles with THC content above 10 milligrams. A high-potency candy bar would […]

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$4M Infusion for Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Push

The campaign to legalize medical marijuana in Florida just received a $4 million cash infusion from its primary backer, noted attorney John Morgan. The cash will help fund an advertising campaign for Amendment 2 – Florida’s medical marijuana bill – which will appear on the November ballot. Morgan expects the “Yes to 2” advertising campaign […]

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Seattle’s 1st Recreational Shop Set to Open

At least one retail cannabis shop is poised to open in Seattle when Washington State’s recreational marijuana program launches next week. James Lathrop, the owner of Cannabis City, and his staff worked up to 16 hours a day for several months to prepare the business for an inspection by regulators. The staff finished construction an […]

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Elimination of 9 Dispensary Applicants in MA to Ripple Across State’s MMJ Industry

By Fred Dreier Massachusetts dropped a bombshell on the state’s medical marijuana industry last week by eliminating nine of the 20 groups that won provisional approval for dispensary licenses, citing everything from improper corporate structure to misrepresentation of public support. The controversial move addresses some concerns about the state’s licensing process, which has been repeatedly

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Rejected MA Dispensary Applicant to Appeal Decision

A prospective dispensary owner in Massachusetts will appeal the Department of Public Health’s recent decision to eliminate his business from the application process. John Greene, founder and CEO of the Greenway Wellness Foundation, said in a statement that he will be “vigorously pursuing remedies” that will allow him to proceed with his business plans. Greene did […]

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CO Welcomes New Rec Applicants, Prepares to End Vertical Integration Rule

Colorado’s recreational marijuana industry is finally opening its doors to newcomers and abolishing one of its most stringent cultivation rules. The new dynamic could create a noticeable shift in Colorado’s recreational industry, changing how some businesses are run and introducing new competition to an already-crowded market. Today, the state begins accepting applications for business licenses […]

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Oregon Regulators, Dispensary Owners Meet

Medical marijuana regulators in Oregon have conducted two dozen surprise visits at dispensaries over the past three months, one of which resulted in a closure. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which oversees the state’s cannabis industry, shared that information at a weekend meeting with more than 100 marijuana business owners and employees. Officials held the […]

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