Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

Legal & Regulatory News

Canada’s rec cannabis tax formula emerging: 10% excise + 5% GST

Canada’s federal government floated a possible recreational marijuana taxation plan this week, pitching a 10% excise tax on top of the 5% GST levy that’s applied to most goods and services sold in the country. Provinces haven’t weighed in with their own sales tax, but once those are included (a near certainty) recreational cannabis could be taxed […]

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Possible repeal of 280E for marijuana businesses: Q&A with Rep. Carlos Curbelo

By John Schroyer

The 280E section of the federal tax code has been the bane of law-abiding cannabis businesses for years because it typically results in plant-touching companies paying enormous tax bills to the IRS.

But that could change, perhaps even this year, if Congress were to pass the Small Business Tax Equity Act.

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Alberta’s rec cannabis blueprint leaves door open to private retailers, MJ clubs and lounges

By Matt Lamers

Alberta’s proposed framework to regulate marijuana leaves open the possibility private companies could sell adult-use products, a move that would be a boon for businesses wanting to participate in the province’s retail sector.

The provincial government also signaled it is open to marijuana cafes and lounges, which would provide more opportunities for entrepreneurs.

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California cannabis agency to host licensing workshops

California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control will hold three public workshops to educate hopeful marijuana business licensees on how to obtain state permits. The state’s departments of Public Health, Food and Agriculture, and Tax and Fee Administration also will have representatives at the workshops. The seminars are scheduled for Oct. 12 in Los Angeles, Oct. 13 in Riverside […]

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New acting Drug Enforcement Administration chief appointed

The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday announced that the new acting administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration will be Robert W. Patterson, a career DEA official who started with the agency in 1988. Patterson – the principal deputy administrator of the DEA since November 2016 – replaces outgoing DEA head Chuck Rosenberg, who tendered […]

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Quebec to use government stores to sell recreational cannabis

Quebec plans to corner the recreational marijuana market by handing retail responsibilities to its government-owned liquor board, according to Radio-Canada, a move that might see private businesses barred from selling marijuana after it’s legalized next summer. Canada’s second-largest province by population might follow in the footsteps of Ontario. Radio-Canada, a government-owned broadcaster, also said the […]

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Michigan ups grow capacity for medical cannabis cultivators

Michigan regulators announced this week that medical marijuana cultivation license applicants will be allowed to apply for multiple permits at a single location, meaning that they could potentially grow many more plants than originally anticipated. Under state law, growers can apply for three types of licenses. Class A license holders can grow up to 500 plants, […]

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Week in Review: CBD trademark suit, Vermont’s fifth MMJ licensee & DEA chief quitting

By Kristen Nichols, Bart Schaneman and John Schroyer  Actress Jessica Alba files a trademark infringement lawsuit against a CBD supplements company, Vermont awards its fifth medical marijuana business license, and DEA chief Chuck Rosenberg is leaving his post. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

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Vermont looking into upshot of recreational marijuana legalization

A Vermont commission formed to study the ramifications of legalizing recreational marijuana met for the first time and laid out challenges the state would face. According to state officials, the Marijuana Advisory Committee won’t debate whether the state should legalize marijuana, but rather will determine the practical challenges associated with adult use, including the best […]

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Citing federal concerns, New Mexico city denies marijuana ads

A medical marijuana dispensary in Albuquerque, New Mexico, had visions of advertising on the sides of buses, but local transit authorities rejected the ads, citing concerns about federal law and grant funding. According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, the Ultra Health dispensary was seeking to place ads on the vehicles featuring photos of people of various […]

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Celebrity sues CBD line, claiming trademark violation

Actress Jessica Alba is suing a Colorado business that makes CBD nutritional supplements, claiming that Honest Herbal infringes on the trademark of her Los Angeles firm, The Honest Co., which makes personal-care products and vitamins. Alba argues in the federal lawsuit filed in California that the 3-year-old CBD company is trying “to confuse consumers and profit […]

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