Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

California cannabis agency to host licensing workshops

John Schroyer  | October 4, 2017

California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control will hold three public workshops to educate hopeful marijuana business licensees on how to obtain state permits.

The state’s departments of Public Health, Food and Agriculture, and Tax and Fee Administration also will have representatives at the workshops.

The seminars are scheduled for Oct. 12 in Los Angeles, Oct. …

New acting Drug Enforcement Administration chief appointed

John Schroyer  | October 3, 2017

The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday announced that the new acting administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration will be Robert W. Patterson, a career DEA official who started with the agency in 1988.

Patterson – the principal deputy administrator of the DEA since November 2016 – replaces outgoing DEA head Chuck Rosenberg, who

Quebec to use government stores to sell recreational cannabis

Matt Lamers  | October 3, 2017

Quebec plans to corner the recreational marijuana market by handing retail responsibilities to its government-owned liquor board, according to Radio-Canada, a move that might see private businesses barred from selling marijuana after it’s legalized next summer.

Canada’s second-largest province by population might follow in the footsteps of Ontario.

Radio-Canada, a government-owned broadcaster, also …

Michigan ups grow capacity for medical cannabis cultivators

Omar Sacirbey  | September 29, 2017

Michigan regulators announced this week that medical marijuana cultivation license applicants will be allowed to apply for multiple permits at a single location, meaning that they could potentially grow many more plants than originally anticipated.

Under state law, growers can apply for three types of licenses. Class A license holders can grow up …

Week in Review: CBD trademark suit, Vermont’s fifth MMJ licensee & DEA chief quitting

John Schroyer  | September 29, 2017

By Kristen Nichols, Bart Schaneman and John Schroyer 

Actress Jessica Alba files a trademark infringement lawsuit against a CBD supplements company, Vermont awards its fifth medical marijuana business license, and DEA chief Chuck Rosenberg is leaving his post.

Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

Vermont looking into upshot of recreational marijuana legalization

Kevin Huhn  | September 28, 2017

A Vermont commission formed to study the ramifications of legalizing recreational marijuana met for the first time and laid out challenges the state would face.

According to state officials, the Marijuana Advisory Committee won’t debate whether the state should legalize marijuana, but rather will determine the practical challenges associated with adult use, …

Citing federal concerns, New Mexico city denies marijuana ads

Bart Schaneman  | September 28, 2017

A medical marijuana dispensary in Albuquerque, New Mexico, had visions of advertising on the sides of buses, but local transit authorities rejected the ads, citing concerns about federal law and grant funding.

According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, the Ultra Health dispensary was seeking to place ads on the vehicles featuring photos of …

Celebrity sues CBD line, claiming trademark violation

Kristen Nichols  | September 28, 2017

Actress Jessica Alba is suing a Colorado business that makes CBD nutritional supplements, claiming that Honest Herbal infringes on the trademark of her Los Angeles firm, The Honest Co., which makes personal-care products and vitamins.

Alba argues in the federal lawsuit filed in California that the 3-year-old CBD company is trying “to confuse …

Wisconsin tribe next to join hemp business via new CBD law

Kristen Nichols  | September 27, 2017

A Native American tribe in Wisconsin has voted to produce hemp-derived cannabidiol, saying a new CBD law in the state will enable it to avoid federal raids and road bumps that have beleaguered other tribes getting into the cannabis industry.

The vote last week by the St. Croix Chippewa - a tribe in northwestern Wisconsin that's also called the St. …

L.A. marijuana businesses unhappy with draft rules, but talks continue

John Schroyer  | September 27, 2017

By John Schroyer

Newly released draft regulations that would govern Los Angeles' licensed marijuana industry starting next year immediately created a firestorm among stakeholders, with some fearing they could force many companies to set up shop in other parts of the state

But according to industry insiders, negotiations with city officials are ongoing.