Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

Cannabis campaign in Fairbanks, Alaska, heads into final days

John Schroyer  | September 25, 2017

Leading up to a municipal election next week, it appears that marijuana companies in Fairbanks, Alaska are well-positioned to keep their business interests alive.

Voters in Alaska’s third-largest city, along with Fairbanks North Star Borough, will decide on Oct. 3 whether to continue to allow cannabis companies to operate within the municipality’s …

Nevada suspends Las Vegas marijuana testing lab’s license

Bart Schaneman  | September 25, 2017

A testing lab in Las Vegas has been temporarily shut down, a first for the state’s new recreational marijuana program.

No reason has been given for the Department of Taxation’s decision to suspend G3 Labs’ business license on Aug. 24, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

A department spokeswoman indicated G3 Labs …

Ontario mulls pricing recreational marijuana at CA$10 per gram

Matt Lamers  | September 22, 2017

The Ontario government is considering setting the retail price of recreational marijuana at around 10 Canadian dollars per gram ($8.10) come legalization next summer, raising the question of whether the price will be low enough to deter consumers from going to the black market for cheaper product.

Experts are warning provinces to keep …

California plans to issue temporary marijuana business licenses

John Schroyer  | September 21, 2017

As part of the transition to a newly regulated market, California marijuana regulators will hand out temporary business licenses to existing companies starting Jan. 1.

Lori Ajax, chief of the state’s Bureau of Cannabis Control, made the announcement Thursday at the California Cannabis Business Conference in Anaheim.

To qualify for a temporary …

CBD turmoil in Nebraska, Indiana underscores product’s uncertain legal status

Kristen Nichols  | September 21, 2017

By Kristen Nichols

A recent memo from Nebraska’s top law-enforcement official - in which he called cannabidiol products "illegal" - has underscored the challenges faced by CBD manufacturers and retailers nationwide.

The memo, and a CBD brouhaha in Indiana, have meant lost sales, confiscated product, legal uncertainty - and even the loss of a job.

Michigan OKs vertically integrated medical cannabis companies

Kristen Nichols  | September 21, 2017

Details are starting to emerge about Michigan’s new medical marijuana licensing rules.

Michigan’s medical cannabis businesses will be allowed to grow, process and sell MMJ at the same location once a new statewide MMJ regulatory system is up and running, the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs said Thursday.

Potential medical cannabis …

West Virginia seeks $2 million to start medical cannabis program

Bart Schaneman  | September 19, 2017

West Virginia regulators are anticipating the state will need about $2 million to launch its medical marijuana program.

State health officer Dr. Rahul Gupta told both the state Senate and the House of Delegates the program could potentially be funded through an “internal loan,” the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported.

The biggest …