Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

Marijuana Policy Project cuts staff amid funding challenges

The Marijuana Policy Project may be a victim of its own success. The policy advocacy organization has cut its full-time staff by 30%, from 20 employees to 14, because of “budget constraints,” interim Executive Director Matt Schweich confirmed this week. He said traditional, philanthropic donors have reduced their funding because they view the industry as […]

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California regulatory reversal: New marijuana delivery rules highlight Eaze’s political pull

New cannabis rules in California released Tuesday highlight again how fractious the state’s industry remains. The regulations also put the spotlight on the political influence wielded by a technology company that isn’t governed by the rules it has been lobbying to change. Several cannabis industry insiders say the updated regulations – issued by the state […]

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What are the medical marijuana business hurdles in Minnesota?

Minnesota has one of the country’s most restrictive medical marijuana programs, and MMJ businesses in the state have experienced significant financial, management and legal issues. However, it isn’t necessarily all gloom and doom when it comes to the future of Minnesota’s MMJ businesses. Nic Easley, a national cannabis consultant and CEO of Denver-based 3C Consulting, […]

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Judge: Florida retailers can sell smokable medical marijuana

A Florida judge on Tuesday lifted a stay on smoking medical marijuana, opening up new revenue potential for the state’s MMJ businesses. Leon County Circuit Court Judge Karen Gievers upheld her May 25 ruling that the Florida Legislature’s provision banning smokable medical marijuana is unconstitutional. The stay will officially be lifted on June 11. The […]

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Colorado gov nixes pioneering cannabis tasting room bill

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper vetoed legislation Monday that would have pioneered the concept of cannabis tasting rooms, dealing a blow to marijuana businesses that had pushed the measure. Similar efforts also have stalled in other states to allow marijuana retailers to set aside areas for consumers to try out products, much like a brewery taproom. In […]

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Illinois lawmakers OK use of medical cannabis as alternative to opioids

Legislation passed last week in Illinois would allow potentially thousands of patients to receive medical marijuana as an alternative to highly addictive opioids, a move that could provide a notable boost to MMJ sales. The state’s governor must still sign off on the legislation before it can become law. But the approval by the Illinois […]

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Week in Review: California assails unregulated marijuana, Oregon halts licensing & Michigan’s MMJ travails

California gets federal money to combat unregulated marijuana growers, Oregon suspends its cannabis licensing process in the face of a product glut, and Michigan extends a medical MJ permitting deadline. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the cannabis industry over the past week. Federal ‘Trojan horse’? A cannabis industry insider is suspicious […]

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