Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

Florida judge to state: Quit stalling approval of medical marijuana permits

A Florida judge warned the state Department of Health that it has until Oct. 19 to register new medical cannabis operators or risk being held in contempt. Friday’s scathing order by Leon County Circuit Judge Charles Dodson follows an August decision in which he ruled that the state law restricting the number of medical marijuana […]

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San Francisco plans to create cannabis industry oversight committee

San Francisco officials plan to form a committee to monitor the city’s marijuana industry and assess its regulations and government oversight. According to the San Francisco Examiner, the new Cannabis Oversight Committee will: Examine the work done by the city’s Office of Cannabis. Measure the impact of existing regulations on businesses and communities. Make recommendations to […]

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Cresco Labs closes $100 million raise, draws institutional investors to cannabis industry

Chicago-based marijuana firm Cresco Labs closed a $100 million funding round that attracted institutional investors, a notable milestone for cannabis finance in the United States. The raise represents the second-largest deal inked in the U.S. marijuana industry to date. New York-based Acreage Holdings’ $119 million raise in July holds the top spot for private funding […]

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More CA enforcement: 250 grows targeted, 614,000 marijuana plants seized

In California, a 39-county sting operation at 250 illegal cannabis cultivation sites resulted in the arrest of 52 people and the seizure of more than 614,000 plants, authorities said Thursday. The raids signal yet more acceleration by state and local authorities to rein in black-market operators, which licensed operators argue cause distinct harm to their […]

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Oklahoma names health official to oversee state’s medical marijuana program

Oklahoma health officials appointed an internal candidate to head up the state’s new Medical Marijuana Authority. Oklahoma State Department of Health Interim Commissioner Tom Bates announced Thursday that Adrienne Rollins will lead the division overseeing MMJ. Rollins has been with the agency since 2012 and has been working since April on implementing the program in […]

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Week in Review: California’s cannabis social-equity move, US attorney’s marijuana threat & lawmakers’ bid for more MJ growers

California approves a law to boost participation among minorities and those less well off in the marijuana industry, Colorado’s U.S. attorney threatens to crack down on licensed cannabis businesses that divert product to the black market, and members of Congress urge the U.S. government to expand the number of cultivators allowed to grow MJ for research. […]

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Compromise reached on establishing medical marijuana program in Utah

Medical marijuana appears headed for Utah after a grand compromise was hammered out by parties involved in the contentious debate over MMJ. A medical cannabis legalization initiative still will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot in Utah. But backers, lawmakers and opponents including Drug Safe Utah and the Mormon Church have agreed on a more […]

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Massachusetts gives final OK to first two recreational cannabis shops

Massachusetts regulators issued final licenses to two recreational marijuana shop operators, a move that puts the state closer to a much-delayed program launch. The Cannabis Control Commission on Thursday voted to issue the licenses to: Cultivate Holdings in Leicester. New England Treatment Access in Northampton. Both companies operate medical marijuana dispensaries in those municipalities and […]

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WA tells marijuana edibles makers to end output of gummies, hard candies

Washington state regulators ordered local edibles makers to cease production of cannabis-infused gummies and hard candies, warning they might appeal to children. The unexpected decision dealt a major blow to the state’s infused-product businesses. Companies were “completely blindsided,” said Oliver Stannard, director of business development for Washington’s Green Labs, the maker of Swifts Edibles, a […]

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Vicious battle erupts over plans for $100M cannabis grow facility in Massachusetts

A Central Massachusetts farmer is embroiled in a bitter fight with the local community over plans to sell his property for construction of a $100 million marijuana cultivation facility. Nathan Benjamin Jr. lost his barn and winery, located in the town of Charlton, to a fire three years ago and has since turned to the cannabis […]

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Judge reinstates medical cannabis license pulled by Montana health department

A Montana district judge ruled that the state improperly revoked a Billings medical marijuana provider’s license by not giving the dispensary owner time to correct violations. Yellowstone County District Judge Don Harris reinstated Montana Organic Medical Supply owner Steven Palmer’s license this week, according to the Billings Gazette. Palmer had been a licensed provider in […]

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Phoenix City Council shoots down “ambush-style” medical marijuana tax

Phoenix’s City Council on Tuesday unanimously killed a proposed medical marijuana tax that would have cost some MMJ businesses more than $1 million a year. The proposed tax became public only last week. Mayor Thelda Williams, who acknowledged her staff had worked on the proposed tax scheme behind the scenes “for a very long time,” was […]

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