Marijuana Legalization and Regulatory News for Cannabis Businesses

Louisiana medical cannabis sales launch now expected in June – maybe

Louisiana’s first batch of medical marijuana won’t reach the shelves by the mid-May deadline demanded by pharmacists and patients, further delaying the program’s sales start. But June’s a possibility. Louisiana State University’s agricultural center, which oversees one of two state-sanctioned marijuana growers, said it now expects to have some cannabis products ready for testing by […]

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US Court of Appeals backs bankruptcy filing for landlord of WA marijuana grow

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit rejected a request by the Department of Justice to dismiss a bankruptcy filing for a Washington state landlord who rented property to a state-licensed cannabis cultivator. The DOJ’s U.S. Trustee Program, which is responsible for overseeing the administration of bankruptcy cases, argued that landlord Michael Cook could […]

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Illinois governor touts deal on adult-use cannabis legalization plan

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker unveiled a recreational marijuana legalization plan that would create a variety of MJ business opportunities but would restrict the number of cultivation facilities and dispensaries one entity could own. In addition, the initial two licensing rounds call for the state to grant cultivation licenses to “craft” growers rather than large commercial growers. […]

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Arkansas medical marijuana program could launch within days

A medical cannabis dispensary in Arkansas received state approval to open, setting the stage for an imminent start to sales for the long-awaited medical marijuana program. Doctors Orders RX of Hot Springs got its final OK from state regulators on Friday. “Doctors Orders is the first to receive approval,” Arkansas MMJ spokesman Scott Hardin wrote […]

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Vermont House committee moves commercial adult-use cannabis bill forward

A Vermont House panel advanced a bill that would launch a commercial marijuana market by mid-2021, paving the way for potential new business opportunities for MJ entrepreneurs in an adult-use state that currently only allows home growing. The measure, approved by House Government Operations Committee, faces another committee hurdle before potentially moving to the House […]

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Michigan regulators tighten access to caregiver medical marijuana

Michigan medical cannabis dispensaries will no longer have the option to buy products directly from caregivers. It’s a move that should please permitted growers, some of which have alleged that untested caregiver medical marijuana supplies are dangerous and cutting into licensed sales. The new Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency issued what it characterized as “new practices” […]

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Colorado lawmakers give final OK to bill allowing social use of marijuana

Colorado lawmakers have signed off on a bill to allow retail cannabis stores, hotels, restaurants and other businesses to apply for marijuana social consumption areas. House Bill 1230 moved through the Colorado Legislature after the House approved changes made in the state Senate. It now heads to Gov. Jared Polis, who is expected to sign the legislation, Denver […]

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AK regulators ask for public input on changes to on-site cannabis consumption rules

The Alaska Marijuana Control Board voted to seek public comment on tweaks to statewide rules that allow onsite use of marijuana at authorized stores. On-site consumption rules that took effect last month refer to stores in freestanding buildings, consistent with language in a statewide smoke-free workplace law, and include ventilation requirements. The proposed changes would […]

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Colorado legislators OK medical cannabis as opioid alternative

Colorado lawmakers approved a measure that is likely to boost medical marijuana sales in the state by allowing physicians to recommend MMJ as an alternative to opioids. At the same time, the state Senate gave final passage to the so-called sunset bill that extends Colorado’s regulated marijuana programs. The bill includes provisions to streamline licensing […]

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Las Vegas City Council signs off on rules for cannabis social-use venues

The Las Vegas City Council voted 4-1 Wednesday to create a new business license and land-use regulations for marijuana social-use venues, a move that could open new business opportunities for entrepreneurs and increase revenue for licensed cannabis retailers. In the program’s first 12 months, only existing owners of marijuana retail licenses can apply for a […]

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