Marijuana Legalization and Regulatory News for Cannabis Businesses

Gallup survey: Most Americans support legal marijuana despite vape crisis

The vaping crisis hasn’t dimmed Americans’ support to legalize marijuana, according to a Gallup poll released Wednesday. Roughly 66% of those polled continue to support legalizing marijuana, based on Gallup’s annual crime survey, conducted earlier this month. Since late August, the nationwide vaping crisis has claimed 33 lives and made almost 1,500 people sick, according […]

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Experts weigh in on prospects for regional cannabis coordination among US Northeast governors

Democratic governors from five states in the Northeast last week agreed on core principles for a legal recreational marijuana industry across the region. The idea is that there would be uniform standards for market regulation, including: Licensing. Taxation. Minority participation. Small-business participation. THC potency. But how realistic is it that the Northeast could, in effect, become […]

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Seeking fairness for medical cannabis firms, RI gov sues over control of state’s industry

Rhode Island’s governor is asking a judge to declare the Legislature’s control over new medical marijuana and hemp regulations unconstitutional. Gov. Gina Raimondo said Tuesday she’s suing in Superior Court because the Democratic-controlled Legislature, in provisions of the state budget, violated the constitutional guarantee of separation of powers by giving itself the right to veto, […]

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Connecticut adds medical marijuana conditions

Connecticut lawmakers on Tuesday approved medical cannabis to treat an additional five conditions, which likely will boost MMJ sales in the state. The General Assembly’s Regulations Review Committee voted to add the conditions, including Tourette syndrome and intractable neuropathic pain. Legislators also approved medical marijuana as a treatment for patients younger than 18 with those same […]

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Oklahoma to license cannabis labs, but businesses must test batches

Medical marijuana regulators in Oklahoma are close to licensing testing laboratories, but MMJ growers and processors in what had been a lightly regulated market have been required to test product batches for pesticides and potency for nearly two months. State regulators said they would begin accepting lab applications on Nov. 1. Melissa Miller, assistant director […]

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Georgia’s limited medical cannabis program stalled

Georgia’s 6-month-old limited medical marijuana program has failed to move forward because no one has been appointed to a commission that will oversee the new industry. Politicians contacted by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution gave no reason why no one has been appointed to the Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission. More than 50 people have applied […]

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Nevada suspends Reno marijuana grower’s license

Nevada cannabis regulators suspended the license of a Reno cultivator, just days after the beginning of an investigation into the industry by a governor-appointed, multiagency task force. The cultivator, Helio, was notified of the suspension Friday, according to the Reno Gazette Journal. The action comes as a task force has been making unannounced spot inspections of several […]

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Maine requiring cannabis label for recreational products

Maine regulators adopted a symbol that will be required on marijuana products sold for recreational use, starting next year. The Maine Office of Marijuana Policy partnered with the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission to unveil a shared universal symbol for cannabis and marijuana products. The symbol, already in use in Massachusetts, features a red triangle with […]

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Marijuana businesses increasingly plan to sue if regulators fail to award them a business license

Cannabis companies, particularly multistate operators (MSOs), are increasingly incorporating lawsuits into their licensing application strategy in a bid to secure a permit in a highly sought-after market. That strategy of preparing to fight license rejections by state regulators, especially those lost by a narrow margin, is based on a number of factors: Many marijuana business […]

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Nevada inspecting cannabis testing labs in corruption probe

A Nevada task force investigating possible corruption in the marijuana industry already has conducted unannounced spot inspections at several testing laboratories. The inspections are being done, the Las Vegas Journal-Review reported, after allegations emerged that test results had been manipulated, allowing products with unacceptable levels of mold, yeast and other microbials to be sold to […]

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Massachusetts drops suspension against marijuana cultivator

Massachusetts cannabis regulators have lifted the roughly five-week suspension of marijuana cultivation license holder Nova Farms, but the operation remains under investigation. The state’s Cannabis Control Commission said it withdrew the suspension order after determining that threats to public health, safety, and welfare had been mitigated. Last month, criminal charges were dismissed against Mark Rioux, who has a […]

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Week in Review: Early freeze costs largest CO marijuana cultivator millions, Weedmaps lays off 100+, MJ licensing probes escalate & more

Colorado’s largest marijuana cultivator suffers an early freeze that is expected to trigger a supply disruption in the state, more than 100 Weedmaps employees receive pink slips, enforcement efforts intensify to root out corruption in local and state cannabis licensing – and more of the week’s top cannabis business news. Supply freeze Colorado’s largest cannabis […]

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