Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

Canadian rec marijuana retail opportunities: Ontario gloom versus ‘Alberta euphoria’

Cannabis retailers face starkly different futures in Canada as West Coast entrepreneurs prepare for a retail cannabis “gold rush,” while their counterparts in Ontario dig in – or in some cases hit the road – ahead of that province’s promised crackdown on dispensaries. Private capital already is leaving Ontario and pouring into Western Canada as […]

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280E repeal possible as part of GOP tax package

The Republican tax reform bill currently being debated in the U.S. Senate may end up including a repeal of 280E for state-licensed marijuana companies if a last-minute bipartisan amendment makes it into the legislation. The amendment – offered by Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado – would essentially exempt cannabis companies from 280E as long […]

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Sessions: Justice Department still discussing marijuana enforcement

Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his Department of Justice have yet to make up their minds about how to approach federal marijuana policy. That’s the latest from Sessions when it comes to the Trump administration’s murky cannabis policy. During a Wednesday press conference, he said that DOJ officials had been discussing marijuana enforcement “at some […]

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Members of Congress call for extension of federal marijuana protections

A little more than a week and a half before a key deadline, a bipartisan group of 66 members of Congress have signed a letter to leaders of both the U.S. House and Senate, asking them to ensure the extension of a law that protects state medical marijuana programs from interference by federal law enforcement […]

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Nevada gaming panel frustrated by uncertain federal cannabis stance

Nearly all 12 members of a gaming policy committee in Nevada – including Gov. Brian Sandoval – expressed frustration at the conclusion of an hours-long hearing Wednesday that was intended to get the state closer to a policy on whether casinos will be allowed to engage in cannabis commerce. “If it sounds like I’m a […]

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FAQ: What business owners need to know about California’s new marijuana regulations

The latest version of the California state marijuana market regulations were released earlier this month, and there’s a sea of particulars for cannabis entrepreneurs to wade through. The California market – already the biggest on Earth – will officially launch on New Year’s Day, meaning that companies wanting to participate have a good bit of […]

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Medical cannabis firm sues Florida over licensing delays

A lawsuit has been filed in Florida alleging state officials are “unconstitutionally dragging their feet” on issuing more medical marijuana business permits for the highly competitive program. A nursery that lost out in an early round of MMJ license applications and an epilepsy patient filed the suit in Miami-Dade County, arguing that the state health department […]

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CA state senator leads charge against large-scale marijuana grows

In an effort to protect smaller-scale cannabis growers that are worried about being forced out of the regulated market by commercial cultivators that will be producing at scale, California state Sen. Scott Wiener has vowed to push regulators to amend industry rules that were updated last week. “By not limiting the amount of land that […]

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Massachusetts aims to release recreational cannabis draft rules in December

A Massachusetts commission is planning to make significant headway next month in crafting regulations for the state’s upcoming recreational marijuana industry, with draft rules expected before the end of the year. The Cannabis Control Commission will hold public meetings on the draft regulations the week of Dec. 11, State House News Service reported, along with […]

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Layoffs at marijuana investment firm Privateer Holdings

Privateer Holdings, a marijuana-focused private equity company, has laid off a portion of its workforce, only weeks after its subsidiary Leafly cut 15 employees.

The Seattle-based cannabis investment firm did not reveal how many staffers were eliminated, according to GeekWire.

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New rules would have major impact on most Canadian cannabis businesses

A new set of regulatory proposals has been released by Health Canada that would have wide-ranging implications for most businesses in Canada’s marijuana industry — and even many stuck in the gray market. The regulations would facilitate the coming into force of the Cannabis Act – which is still subject to parliamentary approval – and […]

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