Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

Cannabis company Golden Leaf Holdings ends $125M merger with Terra Tech

Toronto-based Golden Leaf Holdings announced it won’t pursue a $125 million merger with Terra Tech, a vertically integrated multistate marijuana company that was faces a lawsuit alleging theft, stock manipulation and filing false reports. Golden Leaf and California-based Terra Tech had previously signed a nonbinding letter of intent to merge. The deal, subject to a number […]

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Alaska OKs rules for on-site cannabis use, gives jurisdictions some control

Alaska regulators approved rules for on-site consumption of marijuana at some retail cannabis shops – but local governments, by an ordinance or ballot question, could bar on-premise use or certain types of consumption, such as smoking. Cary Carrigan, the executive director of the Alaska Marijuana Industry Association, called the state’s Marijuana Control Board’s 3-2 vote […]

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Week in Review: NY gov wants adult use, PA/NJ boost medical marijuana business opportunities & Ohio regulators get a bailout

New York’s governor wants the state to legalize recreational cannabis ASAP, Pennsylvania and New Jersey take steps to boost medical marijuana business opportunities, and Ohio MMJ regulators get a $2.1 million bailout. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry this week. NY and the ‘adult-use revolution’  New York Gov. Andrew […]

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New law in Maine expands medical cannabis businesses’ options

Maine cannabis companies hope a new law that allows medical marijuana firms to sell MMJ to one another will help the state’s industry by opening new opportunities to do business. Here are the basics: The law, which went into effect last week, allows businesses to sell up to 30% of their harvest or inventory, the Portland Press […]

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Ohio green lights medical marijuana lab, clearing last hurdle to begin sales

Ohio regulators awarded the state’s first certificate of operation to a laboratory to test medical cannabis, clearing the last obstacle to medical marijuana sales. North Coast Testing Laboratories of Streetsboro had its inspection on Wednesday and was deemed fully compliant with the state’s rules and the lab’s application, according to a spokesperson from Ohio’s Department […]

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Missouri to start taking medical marijuana business application fees Jan. 5

Missouri health regulators said they will begin accepting license application fees for medical marijuana cultivation, infused product manufacturing and dispensaries on Jan. 5. Here’s what you need to know: The license application fee form, which is available on the state health department’s website, is not an application for a license to operate a medical marijuana business. […]

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California marijuana industry braces for ‘another enormous burden’ from next phase of testing costs

A new round of regulations in California will cause laboratory testing fees to increase more than 40%-55% for some of the state’s licensed cannabis cultivators as well as makers of concentrates and infused products, according to industry experts. The so-called Phase 3 rules take effect Dec. 31. They require all harvested cannabis and marijuana products […]

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Medical marijuana producer sues New Mexico over infused product rules

New Mexico’s largest medical cannabis producer is suing the state health department over regulations that govern edibles, salves, lotions and other products infused with marijuana. Bernalillo-based Ultra Health contends the agency doesn’t have the authority to license legal cannabis manufacturers, which take the raw material from producers and turn it into infused products. The manufacturer […]

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Maryland medical cannabis grower fined for using banned pesticides

The first company to be licensed as a medical marijuana grower in Maryland has been fined and handed a two-year probation for using banned crop-protection pesticides. Nationwide, cannabis cultivators and product manufacturers are facing closure, failed mandatory tests and increased scrutiny from regulators over pesticide concerns. The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission on Tuesday ordered ForwardGro to […]

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Arkansas delays licensing of medical marijuana dispensaries

Arkansas will wait until early next year to award the first dispensary licenses, the state’s Medical Marijuana Commission announced. Here’s what you need to know: The panel had planned to meet this week to announce the dispensary scores, but on Tuesday it pushed back that meeting until Jan. 9 to allow newly appointed commissioners time […]

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Ohio regulators to receive $2.1 million to cover medical cannabis legal fees

Ohio’s medical marijuana regulatory agencies have been approved for a $2.1 million loan to help cover legal fees. The $2.1 million, approved by the state’s Controlling Board, is needed to cover legal costs from lawsuits brought by companies denied medical marijuana cultivators’ licenses. More details on the loan and the lawsuits can be found here.

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