Marijuana Legalization and Regulatory News for Cannabis Businesses

Adult-use marijuana advances in New Mexico as House panel OKs legalization bill

Recreational cannabis legalization appears to be gathering steam in New Mexico under a Democratic-controlled Legislature and a new governor who supports recreational MJ if there are adequate safeguards. A house panel voted 7-3 to send a recreational marijuana measure to the full House, the first time that’s happened in the state’s history, according to the […]

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Peru lays groundwork for commercial medical cannabis production, sales

More than one year after Peru legalized medical cannabis, the South American country published a regulatory decree providing clarity about how the program will work, including possible cultivation and manufacture of high-THC cannabis by private companies. Details on the breadth of commercial activity that will be allowed remain vague, however. The decree, published Saturday, estimates that […]

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CA county begins process of reversing controversial marijuana cultivation ban

A rural California county has begun the process of reversing a commercial marijuana cultivation ban established in January 2018, in what could prove to be a major win for cannabis growers in the region. The Calaveras County Board of Supervisors told staff to begin prepping a new MJ regulatory ordinance that represents a “180-degree turn” […]

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MedMen, three other West Hollywood marijuana shops get stays of execution

Four longstanding cannabis shops in West Hollywood were granted a reprieve on Tuesday by city officials and will be allowed to remain open until the end of the year instead of being forced to close this summer. Under a previous decision by the city, the four existing shops – all previously medical marijuana dispensaries – […]

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EU resolution’s medical cannabis definition too restrictive, experts say

While the European Parliament’s approval of a resolution to develop a European strategy for medical cannabis was well received by industry stakeholders, the business effects of the move may be less rosy for a rapidly evolving industry. “This is a missed opportunity,” Guillaume Balas, a member of the European Parliament (MEP) from France, wrote on […]

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CA’s use of National Guard to target illegal marijuana grows fuels questions, concerns over potential MJ industry fallout

Legal marijuana companies are cautiously welcoming California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s announcement that 150 National Guard troops will deploy to Northern California to “go after illegal cannabis farms,” but the news also is kindling fears in some industry circles of a renewed, government-led drug war. Many legal marijuana companies have long argued that illicit operators pose a major […]

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Maryland to study legalizing adult-use marijuana in 2020, signaling no action this year

Maryland lawmakers have formed a bipartisan group to study the possibility of legalizing recreational cannabis in 2020 via legislation or referendum. The working group’s formation indicates that legalization legislation introduced earlier this month isn’t likely to pass this year, according to The Baltimore Sun. Bills to legalize adult-use marijuana recently were introduced in the Maryland […]

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Maine chooses Metrc for cannabis seed-to-sale tracking

Maine officials said the state signed a three-year, $150,000 contract with Florida-based Franwell to use its Metrc system to track the growth and distribution of marijuana products. The service will be used initially in Maine’s existing medical cannabis program, regulators said, and eventually in the state’s recreational program, which is in development. Officials from the […]

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Florida to challenge court ruling that would up medical cannabis dispensary caps

Florida regulators intend to challenge a state court ruling that would eliminate the limit on the number of dispensaries a medical marijuana business can operate. Lifting the cap would benefit the state’s existing MMJ operators. Trulieve filed the suit seeking to boost the number of allowable dispensaries. The state health department’s move to hold the […]

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New Alaska Gov. Dunleavy hopes to scrap state’s Marijuana Control Board

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy aims to repeal the state’s Marijuana Control Board, raising alarm bells among cannabis industry officials and investors who fear the move would put licensing and enforcement decisions in the hands of one person and limit the industry’s input into rulemaking. Dunleavy’s plan was outlined in a letter to commerce department employees by […]

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Congress extends state-legal medical cannabis programs’ protections timing

Key protections for state-legal medical marijuana programs are included in the spending bill passed by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Donald Trump last week. The protections, which will remain in effect until Sept. 30, 2019, bar the Department of Justice from using funds to interfere with state-legal medical cannabis programs. The […]

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