Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

FDA: CBD shouldn’t be a controlled substance, but treaties require it

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration noted that cannabidiol shouldn’t be a controlled substance, but international treaties require the United States to treat it as one, the federal agency said in a 27-page memo written after it approved the first drug made with CBD earlier this year. “CBD has negligible potential for abuse,” wrote Dr. Brett Giroir, the assistant […]

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Washington state cannabis retailer faces second suspension since 2016

A Washington state sting operation resulted in one marijuana dispensary having its license suspended for the second time since 2016. An employee of Greenway Marijuana in Port Orchard sold marijuana pre-rolls to an 18-year-old woman who was helping conduct a compliance check for the state Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB), the Kitsap Sun reported. The legal […]

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California marijuana industry safety and health bill penned into law

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation requiring at least one employee and manager of all licensed marijuana businesses to undergo job-related safety and health training, his office announced Sunday. The Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act, sponsored by Rep. Reggie Jones-Sawyer, a Democrat from Los Angeles, specifically calls for: At least one supervisor […]

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Colorado’s top fed prosecutor threatens clampdown on law-breaking cannabis businesses

Colorado’s U.S. attorney, Bob Troyer, said his office might take action against licensed marijuana businesses that violate state law or use their state-legal status “as a shield” while selling product on the black market. Until now, federal officials in Colorado have largely focused on prosecuting entirely illegal marijuana grows – operations often concealed on federal […]

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Week in Review: OK medical cannabis licensing boom, DEA shifts on some CBD & New York allows MMJ as opioid alternative

Oklahoma approves more than 1,100 medical marijuana businesses, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration moves certain CBD medicines off Schedule 1, and New York’s governor signs legislation allowing MMJ as an alternative to opioids. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the cannabis industry this week. Oklahoma ‘free-for-all’ The numbers are mind-boggling: As of […]

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California gov extends cities’ venue options when licensing temporary marijuana events

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that allows local governments to issue temporary cannabis event licenses at any venue – but municipalities still have the authority to reject permits, underscoring the control local officials continue to wield over the state’s marijuana industry. Assembly Bill 2020 replaces a law that allowed only events with cannabis sales […]

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Bid to amend OK medical cannabis rules began before residents voted on initiative

Records show that attempts to amend Oklahoma’s medical marijuana law with rules that would have hampered the state’s MMJ market began weeks before residents even voted on the issue. The amendments – which were ultimately reversed by the Oklahoma Board of Health in August – would have banned smokable forms of marijuana and required dispensaries […]

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DEA moves some CBD medicines off Schedule 1, a limited expansion of cannabis access

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has taken some cannabidiol off the most restrictive class of controlled substances, a move that allows the sale of the first nonsynthetic, cannabis-derived medicine to win federal approval.

It’s a decision that immediately affects CBD producers but also signals the agency’s first admission that the plant has medical value.

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Oregon cannabis retailer accuses grower of theft, harassment after falling out

An Oregon marijuana retailer is seeking $3.3 million in damages in lawsuits filed against a former grower and business partner for alleged defamation, trademark infringement and online harassment. Oregrown filed the suits against Justin Crawn after a dispute between the parties over multiple crop failures, The Oregonian reported. Separate suits were filed in August and […]

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New York formalizes medical cannabis as alternative to opioids; market boost seen

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation allowing medical marijuana to be used as an alternative to opioids, codifying a development that already has led to expansion of the state’s MMJ market. The legislation formalizes into law emergency regulations implemented in July by the state’s health department. In the ensuing two months alone, the number of […]

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