Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

California marijuana labeling snafu leads to yet another recall

Ronnie Cabral was horrified to learn a few weeks ago that his vape cartridge firm’s California business license number and company name were being used on products that weren’t his. He was even more horrified to learn his identifiers were being used by a distributor he hadn’t even hired to take his products to market […]

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Week in Review: Big bank drops pro-MMJ candidate, cannabis class action suit & PA growers’ sales

Banking giant Wells Fargo closes the account of a Florida candidate who supports medical marijuana, a class action suit is filed on behalf of cannabis growers in a California county, and Pennsylvania MMJ growers/processors are on pace for $5 million in sales in their first year. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in […]

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Massachusetts OKs two testing labs, clears one rec marijuana hurdle

Massachusetts regulators on Thursday approved two labs to test recreational marijuana, a critical step to starting sales in a program delayed from a July 1 launch target. CDX Analytics in Salem and MCR Labs in Framingham were issued provisional licenses by the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission, according to state documents. Both have been involved in […]

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Ex-Oklahoma medical cannabis lawyer arraigned on alleged phony threats

A former Oklahoma State Department of Health attorney made her first court appearance during which a judge entered “not guilty” pleas on her behalf related to charges that she sent threatening emails to herself about the state’s new medical marijuana rules. Here’s what you need to know: Julie Ezell was arraigned this week before Special Judge […]

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Higher prices and barer shelves: California cannabis retailers face frustrated customers

Licensed marijuana retailers in California are struggling to cope with customers angry about price hikes and less product choice – a direct result of the state’s new packaging and testing regulations that took effect July 1. Here’s a look at some of the concerns related to the state’s current business environment as well as how some companies are […]

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Oklahoma judge nixes effort to block business-friendly medical cannabis rules

Oklahoma’s latest medical cannabis rules – which reverted to ones that could potentially provide greater business opportunities for marijuana entrepreneurs – will stay in place after a judge’s decision on a court challenge against them. Cleveland County District Judge Michael Tupper ruled against a legal petition asking for an emergency injunction on MMJ rules adopted […]

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Oregon judge tosses racketeering claim against medical marijuana grower

A federal judge in Oregon dismissed racketeering claims made by a neighborhood group that a nearby licensed marijuana cultivation facility created a “skunk-like” smell, diminished real estate values and interfered with the enjoyment of their properties. U.S. District Judge Michael J. McShane ruled the plaintiffs – a group of five neighbors – failed to show proof […]

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L.A. sheriff’s deputy pleads guilty in cannabis-related corruption case

A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy recently pleaded guilty to charges that he conspired to protect illegal shipments of marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine. Although the case doesn’t involve any licensed marijuana businesses, the situation again highlights the ongoing problem of corruption in California’s bureaucracy as the state’s newly regulated cannabis industry struggles to find its footing […]

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New Mexico revokes license of medical cannabis company

A New Mexico medical marijuana producer with dispensaries in Las Cruces and Albuquerque is reportedly the first in the state to have its license revoked for allegedly falsifying audits to the health department. Health Secretary Lynn Gallagher last week rescinded the license of Mother Earth Herbs, effective March 31, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported Monday. Gallagher […]

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