Marijuana Legalization and Regulatory News for Cannabis Businesses

Judge rules New Mexico must open medical cannabis market to nonresidents

In a development that could boost the medical marijuana market in New Mexico, a district court judge ordered the state to begin issuing cards to qualified MMJ patients regardless of where they live. The crux of the issue, according to NM Political Report, is a change in the state’s medical cannabis law that generically defines a […]

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Federal credit union regulator espouses hands-off marijuana policy

Credit unions in state-legal markets won’t risk punishment for providing services to marijuana-related businesses as long as they follow strict banking regulations, a federal credit union regulator said. “It’s a business decision for the credit unions if they want to take the deposits,” National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) chair Rodney Hood told the Credit Union […]

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Iowa adds chronic pain for medical cannabis; sales boost expected

An Iowa state board added chronic pain as a qualifying condition to use medical marijuana, a development that should increase sales in the state’s heavily regulated market. Chronic pain generally tends to lead sales for medical conditions in many states. While approving chronic pain, the Iowa Medical Cannabidiol Board rejected anxiety disorder and opioid dependence […]

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West Virginia’s medical cannabis delays test patience of marijuana business owners

A likely yearslong delay in the launch of West Virginia’s medical marijuana program reflects the uncertainties cannabis entrepreneurs face when vying to enter certain conservative states. State officials blame the holdup on a struggle to provide banking services for the program. But the advocacy group Marijuana Policy Project recently noted that a leading federal prosecutor […]

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Colorado now allows medical cannabis as alternative to opioids

A new law went into effect Aug. 2 that permits Colorado doctors to recommend medical marijuana in lieu of opioids, a development that could boost MMJ sales in the state. In 2017, 3.7 million opioid prescriptions were issued in Colorado, according to the state’s drug-monitoring program. State health officials reported 1,635 overdose deaths caused by […]

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Louisiana dispensaries expecting medical marijuana next week; sales start unclear

Medical marijuana is expected to start reaching select dispensaries in Louisiana on Tuesday, after the state agriculture department completed final testing and cleared the products for release. Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain announced that GB Sciences, one of two state-sanctioned growers, can begin shipping the product to Louisiana’s nine licensed dispensaries. John Davis, GB Sciences Louisiana […]

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Utah rejects appeals from six would-be medical cannabis growers

Utah dismissed appeals from six companies that were denied licenses to grow medical marijuana, a move that at least temporarily keeps the program on track to launch next year. Utah’s Division of Purchasing announced the dismissal of the appeals just days after the July 26 deadline to file the challenges. Purchasing Director Chris Hughes said rejected applicants can […]

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Harvest working to resolve medical marijuana ownership dispute in Ohio

Harvest Health & Recreation is working with Ohio regulators to resolve ownership questions that put three cannabis dispensaries in limbo and the Arizona company’s cultivation facility in the state under scrutiny. The issues are in addition to those that Harvest is working on in Pennsylvania, where regulators revoked a license to a growing operation Harvest […]

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Harvest wants to regain Pennsylvania medical marijuana license

Arizona-based Harvest Health & Recreation said it will challenge the decision by Pennsylvania regulators to revoke the license of a medical cannabis cultivation operation it recently acquired. Regulators refused to renew the permit of Agrimed Industries one month after a surprise state inspection found numerous violations, including nonfunctioning security cameras and the lack of records […]

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DEA ordered to explain delay in medical marijuana research application processing

A federal appellate court ordered the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to respond within a month to a lawsuit claiming that it has unlawfully failed to act on medical cannabis research applications since 2016. Such research is critical to assessing public health benefits, which, in turn, could create additional industry opportunities. The order by the U.S. […]

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Pennsylvania regulators strip cultivator of medical cannabis license

Pennsylvania regulators revoked the permit of one of the state’s medical cannabis cultivators for allegedly violating production and security regulations. The action against Agrimed Industries comes roughly a month after a surprise state inspection found numerous violations that raised concerns that some plants may have been diverted to the illicit market, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. Agrimed, […]

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