Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

Mexico approves nation’s first 38 over-the-counter cannabis products

For the first time, Mexico authorities approved cannabis-derived products for sale without prescription in the Latin American nation. Thirty-eight cannabis products authorized by the Mexican Federal Commission for the Protection Against Sanitary Risks (COFEPRIS) are expected to be available through retail and online channels within a month. Seven companies – four from Mexico, two from the United […]

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Michigan wants to help medical cannabis dispensaries through licensing transition

Michigan is trying to ease newly licensed medical marijuana dispensaries’ concerns that they’ll run out of supply and lose business during the transition to a new, stricter regulatory regime. The state’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs is recommending that licensed dispensaries and processors be allowed to temporarily supplement their supplies by buying product from […]

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MPP chief sees several more recreational marijuana states in next few years

Steven Hawkins, who is now three months in as the executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), said in a telephone interview with Marijuana Business Daily that he sees opportunities for rapid progress in the number of states that might legalize adult-use marijuana. Such movement not only will create billions of dollars of business opportunities […]

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Maryland’s medical marijuana program is rapidly developing

Maryland’s medical marijuana patient pool is growing at a quick rate, providing increased revenue and opportunities for the state’s MMJ businesses. The head of the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC) said state regulators are receiving more than 1,000 applications a week from would-be patients, according to the Hagerstown Herald-Mail. Here’s what you need to know: […]

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New Jersey lawmakers unveil legislation proposing legalizing adult-use cannabis

New Jersey lawmakers released their latest proposal to legalize recreational marijuana in the state. A joint Democrat-led Assembly and Senate committee is expected to discuss the package of measures on Nov. 26. It’s the latest draft in a long-running effort to legalize recreational cannabis in New Jersey, where the effort has stalled, despite support from […]

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Cannabis applications in Malta await guidelines from government

While the cannabis industry is getting broad support from the government of Malta, the business application process still awaits guidelines from a key government agency. Several companies have obtained letters of intent (LOI) from Malta Enterprise – the first step in applying for permits – but no company has yet been fully licensed to cultivate […]

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Oregon needs one separate agency to regulate cannabis, report finds

Oregon’s cannabis industry needs to be regulated by one independent agency instead of three separate bodies, according to a report drafted by the Oregon Cannabis Commission. The study concluded that having the marijuana industry regulated by three government agencies creates the potential for conflict and an inconsistent vision, the Salem Statesman Journal reported. Cultivators, in particular, […]

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Smooth ride expected for Mexico’s cannabis legislation, experts say

Mexico’s move to legalize medical and recreational marijuana could create a market “at least three times larger” than Colombia’s, according to industry executives and analysts, who do not expect the proposed law to see significant resistance from lawmakers. Olga Sanchez Cordero, who will serve as interior minister in the incoming president’s cabinet, last week filed […]

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Oregon recreational cannabis sales soar as prices continue to drop

Rampant overproduction in Oregon’s market for legal, recreational marijuana has produced a 50% drop in prices, according to recent estimates by state economists. The widely documented collapse has been tough on cannabis businesses such as cultivators and retailers – but a boon for consumers. “The real economic impact from recreational marijuana will come not from the […]

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Hundreds of marijuana grower opportunities could result from this California county’s election

Amid this month’s election hubbub, one Northern California county’s vote tally opened the door to potentially hundreds of marijuana growers entering the state’s legal cannabis market. In rural Calaveras County – which enacted a commercial MJ cultivation ban in January – two candidates beat out anti-marijuana officials on the five-member county board of supervisors, making the repeal […]

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Citing safety, OK medical marijuana board makes producers’ info harder to find

The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority removed the addresses of MMJ growers and processors from its online commercial license database in response to security concerns. The Tulsa World reported that groups in the cannabis industry believe the move this week is a positive step for safety and security. The authority published the addresses of dispensaries, growers […]

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