Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

Arkansas Supreme Court paves way for medical cannabis program launch

The Arkansas Supreme Court cleared the way for the state to launch its medical marijuana program, reversing a lower court ruling that prevented officials from issuing the first grower licenses. Pulaski County Judge Wendell Griffen ruled in March that the state’s process for awarding medical marijuana cultivation licenses was unconstitutional. He said the process violated […]

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Week in Review: Cannabis banking confusion, medical marijuana vs. opioids in NY & MMJ defeat in US Tax Court

Landmark news comes from Canada this week as it becomes the first G-20 nation to legalize recreational cannabis. Read more about that here.

In the United States, cannabis banking reform advocates get mixed signals, New York plans to allow the use of medical marijuana in lieu of opioids, and U.S. Tax Court denies a Colorado MMJ company’s business deductions.

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Rhode Island budget to boost medical marijuana dispensary fee from $5K to $250K

The Rhode Island General Assembly has approved a state budget that includes a proposal to increase the fee medical marijuana dispensaries pay for licenses from $5,000 to $250,000. Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo says she will sign the budget Friday. Previously, the governor had proposed a plan to open 12 more medical cannabis dispensaries in the […]

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Local control could become an issue if Michigan legalizes recreational cannabis

Will local governments have the power to unilaterally ban marijuana companies if a recreational legalization ballot measure is approved in Michigan in November? The answer seems to be up in the air, according to Detroit TV station WDIV. “One interpretation says all communities are opted in automatically until they opt out. The other interpretation is […]

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Key advocacy group Marijuana Policy Project confronts leadership, funding challenges

Cannabis companies have benefited significantly from the legislative policy advocacy work of the Marijuana Policy Project. But the organization, which has been at the forefront of marijuana legalization across the United States, now faces challenges that cloud its future, including a leadership vacuum and a funding crunch. It recently cut its full-time staff by a […]

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Leadership of Drug Enforcement Administration turning over again

The acting head of the Drug Enforcement Administration is stepping down, less than nine months into the position, raising fresh uncertainties about the Trump administration’s marijuana policy. Robert Patterson told employees in an email Monday that the ability to chart the federal drug agency’s priorities had become “increasingly challenging” in his acting capacity, according to […]

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Denver cannabis tour bus operators zapped with legal citations

The cases involving two Denver marijuana tour bus operators that were hit with legal citations underscore the regulatory complexities facing such businesses and the fact that local authorities continue to keep a close eye on MJ companies. Cannabis tour buses in Denver are allowed to operate – and allow marijuana consumption – provided they stay […]

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New York plans to allow medical cannabis as opioid substitute

One of the more restrictive medical marijuana programs in the United States might soon allow the use of MMJ as an alternative to opioids, a move that could provide a much-needed boost to the state’s cannabis businesses. The New York health department plans to develop regulations giving people the choice of enrolling in the state’s […]

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Momentum building in banking industry for support of federal marijuana reform

Banking trade groups are stepping up their support for proposed legislation and seeking better clarity from the federal government about how financial institutions might serve cannabis-related businesses in states where marijuana is legal. The groups represent institutions that in total manage trillions of dollars of assets. They see the huge potential of providing banking services […]

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