Marijuana Legalization and Regulatory News for Cannabis Businesses

Nevada is poised to create cannabis compliance board

Nevada legislators passed a bill to create a board that will oversee the state’s legal marijuana industry. The Cannabis Compliance Board will be tasked with establishing requirements for marijuana delivery services and studying MJ consumption lounges. Here’s what you need to know: The board would be barred from legalizing and licensing lounges. The bill prohibits a […]

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New York governor says legalization of adult-use cannabis unlikely this year

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he doesn’t believe it’s feasible for lawmakers to legalize recreational marijuana in 2019. The Democrat told reporters he doesn’t see sufficient support to pass the measure in the state Senate. Cuomo said he backs the legalization of marijuana but the issue remains controversial for many legislators. And he noted […]

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Federal appeals court to DEA: Reconsider marijuana’s Schedule 1 status

A federal appeals court in New York told the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to “promptly” reconsider its classification of cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug. While it’s unclear whether the DEA will act, such a move could have a wide-ranging impact on medical cannabis businesses and research. “I think you would see an increase in […]

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Cannabis banking protections provided in congressional spending bill

Banks that serve lawful marijuana businesses would be protected from a crackdown by financial regulators such as the U.S. Department of Treasury under a provision in a draft congressional spending bill. The House Financial Services and General Government subcommittee is scheduled to mark up the bill on Monday night, so it’s possible there could be […]

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Washington state warns marijuana firms to follow rules when sending text ads

Washington state regulators advised cannabis businesses to follow regulations that provide warnings when sending out text messages as advertisements, just as with any other marijuana ad. The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board issued a notice that aside from outdoor ads, all advertising must include the following information: The product has intoxicating effects and may […]

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Alabama lawmakers OK panel to study medical cannabis legalization

Alabama lawmakers voted to create a medical marijuana commission that will make recommendations for a bill they might consider in the 2020 legislative session. The measure was a compromise after an original MMJ proposal hit opposition in the state House of Representatives. The study commission bill now goes to Gov. Kay Ivey. Republican state Sen. […]

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Louisiana Senate votes against medical marijuana inhaler provision

Louisiana lawmakers rejected a provision that would let medical cannabis patients use inhalers, which could have provided some additional sales opportunities for MMJ businesses in the state. The Louisiana House had overwhelmingly agreed to the proposal, but the state Senate shot it down by a 21-14 vote. The measure was intended to allow vaping through an […]

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Massachusetts regulators agree to take hard look at cannabis social use sites

In a move that could eventually open new marijuana business opportunities, the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission narrowly agreed with a working group’s recommendations that the state should further explore licensing social MJ consumption sites. The recommendations, approved 3-2 by the commission: Allow for a test of social consumption sites in 12 volunteer communities, including five that […]

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New Jersey to greatly expand medical marijuana program with up to 108 new licenses

New Jersey on Monday announced a plan to issue up to 108 additional medical marijuana licenses, an exponential increase that would significantly boost business opportunities in the once highly restricted program. To date, the state has issued only 12 vertically integrated licenses, and six aren’t yet in operation. The plan, announced by the state health department, […]

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Oklahoma health regulators to begin inspecting medical cannabis businesses

The Oklahoma health department will begin inspecting manufacturers and dispensaries that produce or sell food and beverage products infused with CBD and medical marijuana. Those businesses are required to have food licenses and the grace period for getting them has passed, health officials told Oklahoma City TV station KFOR. To read more about the department’s […]

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North Dakota officials offer digital medical marijuana card

North Dakota state regulators are offering an electronic card option for medical cannabis patients. The card is seen as an added convenience for patients that could potentially mean a boost in sales for medical cannabis businesses. According to the Bismarck Tribune, the state will make the cards accessible through mobile devices and will roll them out […]

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