Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

CA county sends hundreds of cease-and-desist letters to unlicensed cannabis farms

California’s Humboldt County is taking more steps to crack down on its still-thriving underground marijuana market, having sent about 330 cease-and-desist letters to locals it believes may be growing without the proper permits. The county Planning and Building Department is mostly targeting growers in areas that have a particularly high impact on the environment and to […]

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Denver prosecutors hone in on cannabis company Sweet Leaf’s top brass, owners

Prosecutors dismissed the last of the charges against budtenders of the once high-flying Colorado marijuana retailer Sweet Leaf but said Monday the company’s management and co-owners remain under investigation and that more criminal charges likely will emerge. “While the budtenders were the point of sale in the distribution and possession of illegal amounts of marijuana, […]

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Study shows depth of Oregon’s cannabis glut, illegal transport

A new report on Oregon’s marijuana industry sheds more light on the massive oversupply there and the huge illegal trade across state lines, issues that need to be addressed immediately, the state’s top federal law enforcement official said. The report “confirms what we already know – (the industry) is out of control,” Oregon U.S. Attorney […]

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Ohio awards seven provisional medical cannabis processing licenses

Ohio regulators on Friday awarded seven provisional medical marijuana processing licenses, and six more potential licensees are pending tax and background checks. The state, which received 104 processing applications, is allowed to award up to 40 provisional licenses. The processing licenses move the state “over one of the final hurdles to getting the program fully operational,” […]

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Week in Review: California marijuana recalls, MA diversity issues & Detroit limits MMJ facilities

Two voluntary marijuana product recalls occur in California, financial hurdles stymie diversity in Massachusetts’ recreational MJ industry, and Detroit caps the number of medical cannabis licenses at 75. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the cannabis industry over the past week. Failing grades It’s been a month since mandated lab testing for […]

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New York group chosen to draft bill that would regulate recreational marijuana market

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo appointed a task force to draft recreational marijuana legislation which, if eventually enacted, would position the state to have potentially one of the largest adult-use cannabis markets in the country. A 20-member group consisting of New York state government and law enforcement officials, advocates and academics has been appointed to draft […]

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Cannabis companies spend big on lobbying at California Capitol

Marijuana-related companies in California spent a sizable $455,000 on lobbying efforts in Sacramento in just the second quarter of 2018, a telltale sign of how the regulatory situation is still being shaped. According to an analysis of state records by The Recorder, most of that nearly half-million dollars was focused on influencing cannabis delivery regulations […]

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Missouri certifies three medical cannabis initiatives for November ballot

The Missouri Secretary of State’s office said Thursday that three initiatives to legalize medical marijuana have been certified for the November ballot, pending possible legal challenges. The initiatives would offer a range of business opportunities to enter the market, with varying tax burdens as a key difference among the three measures. New Approach Missouri, which […]

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State legislators to Congress: Let states regulate marijuana without interference

State legislators from across the nation are urging Congress to allow states to regulate cannabis without federal interference, according to lawmakers from Oregon who crafted the decree. The legislators also want Congress to help state-legal marijuana businesses access banking services. In a joint statement, the Oregon state senators said a directive they crafted was approved […]

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Oklahoma reverses rules that could have hampered medical cannabis industry

The Oklahoma Board of Health voted Wednesday to adopt new rules for its medical marijuana industry, reversing ones it hurriedly adopted last month that were criticized by the state’s attorney general as well as MMJ proponents. The new regulations, which were proposed last week by the state’s Medical Marijuana Authority, should provide greater business opportunities for […]

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How Trump’s trade battles are affecting the marijuana industry

The Trump administration’s imposition of tariffs on China is expected to have a direct impact on several sectors of the marijuana industry – in particular, cannabis vaporizer companies. Others likely to be affected include: Cultivation operations that want to expand their greenhouse facilities. Growers that need to buy lighting equipment. Brands that purchase packaging from […]

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San Diego marijuana delivery crackdown results in 34 arrests

Over the past calendar year, San Diego police have shuttered at least 11 illegal cannabis delivery operations within the city, arrested 34 suspects, issued 15 search warrants and confiscated 230 pounds of marijuana and $60,000 in cash. The only effective way to deal with the problem, many industry advocates say, is to provide such businesses with […]

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