Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

Lawsuit settled over fiery blast at Oregon marijuana extraction facility

The lawsuit filed by a construction worker who was badly burned after an explosion and fire at an Oregon marijuana extraction facility has been settled. Jacob Magley filed an $8.9 million suit in February 2017 against Jason Oei and William “Chris” West, who leased the Astoria building for growing marijuana and manufacturing butane hash oil, […]

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Falling property values behind suit targeting Massachusetts medical cannabis dispensary

Falling property values: That’s why a group of businesses say they are suing a neighboring medical marijuana dispensary in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Boston 25 News reported that Harvard Square business owners claim the cannabis store is driving down property values by millions of dollars. Healthy Pharms, the Cambridge store, is a medical marijuana shop, but because this case […]

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Week in Review: Connecticut medical marijuana hopefuls, PA suit & Florida hits 100,000 patients

Connecticut receives dozens of applications from aspiring medical cannabis entrepreneurs, a Pennsylvania court tosses a lawsuit that could have undone the state’s medical marijuana program, and Florida hits 100,000 MMJ patients. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week. East Coast MMJ rising News that Connecticut regulators received […]

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Recreational marijuana use makes Michigan’s November ballot

A ballot drive to legalize recreational marijuana in Michigan has cleared a key hurdle. The state’s elections board said Thursday that organizers of a ballot drive to legalize adult use have collected enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot. According to Detroit TV station WDIV, the group seeking to get the issue on Michigan’s […]

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Group proposes advertising, marketing standards for marijuana businesses

The National Association of Cannabis Businesses (NACB), a for-profit self-regulatory organization, has released proposed advertising and marketing standards for marijuana companies that belong to the group. The draft guidelines mandate, among other things, that no cannabis advertisements or marketing initiatives can disparage or degrade any group based on gender, race, religion, ethnicity or sexual orientation. The […]

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Measure legalizing CBD medicine awaits OK from Colorado governor

The Colorado Legislature passed a bill that permits doctors to prescribe CBD medicines provided they have won approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration – a development that could happen within a matter of weeks. The state Senate signed off on the measure Tuesday, and it now moves to Gov. John Hicklenlooper for his signature. Passage […]

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Despite historic inroads, federal marijuana reform faces uphill climb before midterm elections

Political support for reforming federal cannabis laws appears to be snowballing: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, President Donald Trump and former House Speaker John Boehner all recently signaled varying levels of support. In short, a variety of pro-cannabis bills – from hemp legalization and tax reform to granting MJ businesses […]

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Health Canada ‘open’ to medical marijuana sales through pharmacies

The regulatory body that oversees medical cannabis in Canada says it’s open to the idea of distributing cannabis directly to patients through pharmacies, a move that could give the country’s MMJ market a boost by improving access.

But such a change would require buy-in from other key players beyond Health Canada.

The only legal channel patients have to purchase medical marijuana in Canada is directly from licensed producers/sellers via registered mail.

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19 vie for pair of North Dakota medical marijuana cultivation permits

Nineteen applications were submitted in North Dakota for two medical marijuana cultivation licenses, with each applicant ponying up a $5,000 fee to be a grower in one of the nation’s newest and smallest MMJ markets. The deadline for businesses to throw their hats in the ring was Monday morning, KFGO reported. State health department officials will […]

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License applications rolling in as Connecticut adds medical cannabis dispensaries

Businesses are rushing to capitalize on Connecticut’s mushrooming medical marijuana market. Regulators have received more than 70 marijuana dispensary applications after deciding to expand the tightly controlled market from nine outlets to as many as 19, according to The Hour newspaper. The new licenses will be issued in the coming months. Additional dispensaries are needed […]

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Pennsylvania medical marijuana companies try to kill MMJ research program

Six growers and nine dispensary owners in Pennsylvania have filed a legal challenge to a fledgling medical cannabis research program they contend would “flood the market with medical marijuana” and undercut their businesses. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the coalition of MMJ companies is asking a judge to nullify the state-authorized research program before it gets […]

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Two cannabis industry groups join forces, citing need to marshal resources

Two cannabis industry trade groups are teaming up to launch a “federation of organizations” aimed at promoting pro-marijuana policies and laws at the federal level. The New Federalism Fund (NFF), which is focused on banking and tax issues, and the American Trade Association of Cannabis and Hemp (ATACH) together are creating the Cannabis Trade Federation. […]

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