Marijuana Legalization and Regulatory News for Cannabis Businesses

Nevada judge freezes permits for new recreational marijuana shops

A Nevada judge halted the licensing process for several dozen new adult-use cannabis stores, siding with companies that lost bids to win the lucrative permits. Clark County District Court Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez issued an injunction after she heard 18 days of evidence and testimony. All sides expect the ruling will be appealed to the state […]

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New Mexico limits medical cannabis growers to 1,750 plants

Regulators in New Mexico will cap licensed medical marijuana cultivators to 1,750 mature cannabis plants starting next week, a 30% drop from the 2,500 plants allowed under an expiring emergency state rule. Some cultivators such as Ultra Health, the largest MMJ operator in the state, said the plant limit will exacerbate a medical marijuana shortage […]

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Alaska governor puts marijuana advocate back on state MJ board

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy is bringing back a marijuana advocate to the state cannabis regulatory board, a move welcomed by an industry that successfully fought his attempt to install an MJ critic. Dunleavy’s office said he appointed Bruce Schulte to the Marijuana Control Board. Schulte was involved in the 2014 initiative that legalized adult-use marijuana […]

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Week in Review: Weedmaps to end its ads for illicit cannabis, FBI probes MJ industry, MO licensing odds & more

Weedmaps plans to cease advertising unlicensed cannabis retailers, the FBI looks into public corruption in the legal marijuana industry, Missouri receives more than 2,000 medical marijuana applications – and more of the week’s top cannabis business news. Weedmaps to stop advertising unlicensed businesses The influential marijuana site Weedmaps, which is one of the most popular […]

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Utah lawmakers consider ditching state-run medical cannabis system

Utah legislators are drafting a proposal to scrap a planned state-run medical marijuana dispensary system and instead increase the number of private facilities, which could boost business opportunities and sales. Lawmakers are considering the change after facing pressure from county attorneys who said the system put public employees at risk of being prosecuted under federal drug […]

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Michigan offers application help to adult-use marijuana businesses

Michigan regulators are hosting a series of educational sessions in September for potential recreational cannabis business applicants, with online applications starting Nov. 1. The five sessions are designed to demonstrate the online business license application process. Under Michigan’s adult-use marijuana law, local jurisdictions decide whether to permit or ban commercial rec MJ activity. There is […]

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Missouri gets 2,000+ medical marijuana applications

Missouri regulators received roughly 2,100 applications for up to 348 medical cannabis licenses. More than 1,200 applications arrived in the past three days, including 800 in the 24 hours leading up to the extended deadline, according to state officials. The deadline was extended from Saturday until 4:30 p.m. CT Monday. Here are the key details about […]

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Pew report: Recreational cannabis tax revenues remain volatile

Tax revenues generated by the legal recreational marijuana industry are highly unpredictable because of the lack of reliable data, according to a report released Monday by The Pew Charitable Trusts, an independent nonprofit organization. Uncertainties regarding sales, prices and demand make projections difficult, according to the report. The study focuses on why states need to […]

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Louisiana medical cannabis supplies adequate, state says

Louisiana medical marijuana dispensaries aren’t reporting any supply shortages or other problems two weeks after patients began receiving products. That was the consensus Monday from state regulatory officials at a meeting to update MMJ supporters about the progress of Louisiana’s program. John Davis, an executive with GB Sciences Louisiana, one of two state-sanctioned MMJ growers, told […]

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