Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

Nevada releases revamped design for mandated cannabis edibles symbol

Nevada’s Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) released a redesigned symbol that edibles producers are required to stamp or mold on every single-serving marijuana edible product by Jan. 1 of next year. It is the second iteration of the symbol. It features the letters THC and an exclamation point inside a triangle. The first – featuring an […]

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Autism, sleep apnea now part of Minnesota’s medical marijuana program

Patients in Minnesota with autism or sleep apnea could start receiving medical marijuana on Wednesday, an expansion that could give the highly regulated market a small boost in MMJ demand. But it’s unclear whether that expansion – announced by regulators last November – and recent market growth will be enough for the state’s two vertically […]

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Detroit limits medical cannabis licenses; cap should benefit businesses

Detroit’s City Council unanimously voted to limit the number of medical marijuana facilities within the municipality’s borders to 75 under the state’s new regulatory regime. Tuesday’s decision will make the MMJ licenses more valuable to businesses than in recent years when the number of dispensaries in Detroit soared, exceeding 200. Detroit’s corporation counsel, Lawrence Garcia, told […]

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Los Angeles scraps marijuana tax ballot measure

The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday abruptly changed course and yanked a proposed cannabis tax ballot measure that was poised to go before voters in November. The tax measure, dubbed the Cannabis Reinvestment Act, would have established a further 1% tax on all gross receipts for commercial marijuana activity, a $5 surcharge for tickets […]

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Colorado medical cannabis companies in patent dispute

A Colorado marijuana company is suing another firm in the state for patent infringement involving its cannabinoid-based medical product formula. United Cannabis Corp. (UCANN) of Golden filed the lawsuit in Denver U.S. District Court on Monday against Pure Hemp Collective of Conifer. The Denver Post reported the lawsuit seeks an injunction prohibiting Pure Hemp from […]

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California nixes marijuana- and hemp-infused alcoholic beverages

For any alcoholic-beverage makers or growers thinking about combining marijuana and alcohol in California, don’t hit the launch button just yet. The state’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) issued a memo spelling out its current stance that infused alcoholic beverages of any stripe – whether infused with THC, CBD or basically any cannabinoids – are prohibited. […]

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Financial hurdles stymie diversity in Massachusetts recreational cannabis industry

Massachusetts’ new recreational marijuana law requires efforts to ensure diversity, but potential licensees and applicants are struggling with financing and local regulatory approvals, a state survey found. The survey, though small, could offer insight for other municipalities or states looking to encourage minorities and the economically disadvantaged to seek business opportunities in cannabis. The Massachusetts […]

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As medical marijuana sales surge, Maryland licenses eight more dispensaries

Maryland’s medical cannabis sales are heading toward $100 million in their first year, so in an effort to help keep up with demand, the state approved licenses for eight new MMJ dispensaries this week. That will bring the number of retailers in Maryland to 65 – more than half the 102 retail outlets expected to open, The Baltimore […]

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Oklahoma regulators move to drop controversial medical cannabis rules

Oklahoma medical marijuana regulators proposed new emergency rules Friday that, as expected, dropped controversial provisions that critics charged would have stymied the state’s new MMJ program. The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority’s amended rules would: Eliminate a ban on sales of smokable marijuana. Remove the requirement for a licensed pharmacist to be in each dispensary. Lift limits […]

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Contentious medical marijuana regulator in Florida stepping down

Florida’s top medical marijuana regulator has resigned after a controversial three-year tenure marked by litigation and a scolding by lawmakers for missing mandated deadlines to issue more MMJ business licenses. The Florida Department of Health said Friday that Christian Bax’s resignation will take effect Aug. 10. He had led the state’s Office of Medical Marijuana […]

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