Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

New Jersey medical cannabis dispensaries can now post prices online

New Jersey is allowing medical marijuana dispensaries to advertise prices on their websites and social media, a move generally welcomed by the state’s cannabis industry as a way to differentiate offerings. “Certainly it’s going to be good for businesses,” said Scott Rudder, president of the New Jersey CannaBusiness Association. “It gives them the opportunity to show […]

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CA busts on illegal marijuana operations continue: Thousands more plants seized

More enforcement actions indicate that state and local authorities in California continue to step up efforts to crack down on black-market cannabis operations, a development that could help licensed businesses that have long complained that illicit operators undercut their sales. Here’s a roundup of some of the latest enforcement news from California: Detectives with the […]

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NJ medical cannabis program delayed by glut of dispensary applications

New Jersey’s medical marijuana program regulators won’t make the Nov. 1 deadline to announce the winners of six additional dispensary licenses. Demand for medical marijuana in the Garden State spurred New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy in July to call for doubling the number of dispensaries, from six to 12. But the state has been flooded with […]

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In reversal, WA state permits production of cannabis gummies, hard candies

Washington state regulators Friday abruptly reversed a recent decision halting the production of certain marijuana edibles and will now allow infused product makers to manufacture state-approved gummies and hard candies, a spokesman for the state’s Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) told Marijuana Business Daily. The reversal – which came after fierce industry opposition – will no doubt […]

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Marijuana firm Cresco Labs charts plan to go public in Canada

Multistate cannabis operator Cresco Labs is looking to go public in Canada via a reverse takeover (RTO), the latest U.S. firm to use this path to a listing on the Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE). Cresco announced Wednesday that it’s pursuing an RTO of Randsburg International Gold, an Ontario-based firm that has no significant operations but is listed on […]

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California cannabis industry heavyweights file lawsuit in response to federal suit filing

Three former executives claim in a new lawsuit that prominent California marijuana consultant Avis Bulbulyan is a “talented prevaricator” whose “entire professional image is built on a carefully manufactured foundation of deceptions.” The suit, filed last week by Lance Ott, David Yeager and Steve Baghoomian, alleges Bulbulyan lured them to join his cannabis consultancy, SIVA […]

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Oklahoma banking officials warn banks about serving medical marijuana firms

Oklahoma banking officials are urging financial institutions to be cautious or even stay clear of the state’s nascent medical marijuana industry, dealing a potential setback to MMJ companies hoping to secure accounts with local banks or credit unions. Oklahoma banking commissioner Mick Thompson told a legislative working group that financial institutions must weigh the dangers […]

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Week in Review: Sweet Leaf owners make a deal, NJ/IL medical cannabis reform & Alaska tax revamp

Sweet Leaf’s owners strike a deal with Colorado marijuana regulators, New Jersey and Illinois take steps to bolster their medical cannabis markets, and Alaska overhauls its MJ business taxes. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the cannabis industry this week. Sweet Leaf hit hard The owners of the once high-flying Colorado marijuana […]

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Facebook to allow cannabis searches ahead of Canada’s adult-use legalization

Social media giant Facebook will stop blocking marijuana-related searches, including those for legitimate businesses with the word “cannabis” or “marijuana” in the name, MarketWatch reported. The move, which ends a monthslong block on cannabis and related search results, is expected to help marijuana businesses engage with consumers via social media. Facebook’s unexpected decision comes ahead of […]

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California pursues stopgap plan to issue provisional cannabis licenses

California regulators are moving ahead with a second round of nonpermanent licensing to allow marijuana companies to continue operating without a permanent license while state and local officials process a backlog of permit applications. The move is intended to help California’s MJ industry avoid supply disruptions, The Orange County Register reported. State Senate Bill 1459, which […]

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