Marijuana Legalization and Regulatory News for Cannabis Businesses

Criminal charges dropped against Massachusetts marijuana grower

Criminal charges were dismissed against a Massachusetts marijuana license holder who allegedly conspired with another man to set up an illicit cannabis cultivation operation. A District Court judge dismissed a marijuana trafficking conspiracy charge against Mark Rioux, according to The Milford Daily News. After learning of the original charges, the state’s Cannabis Control Commission in […]

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Maine on track to launch recreational cannabis sales by spring 2020

Maine state officials said they are poised to begin accepting adult-use marijuana license applications before the end of the year and expect customers will have the ability to purchase products in retail stores by March. There are no statewide license caps, but municipalities can limit or ban recreational marijuana in their jurisdictions – and most […]

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Alaska’s top cannabis regulator under siege by state liquor board

The Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board wants to remove the state’s top alcohol and marijuana regulator, marking the latest potentially destabilizing development for the state’s cannabis industry. The board voted 5-0 at a special meeting Thursday to remove Erika McConnell, director of the Alaska Alcohol & Marijuana Control Office, according to the Anchorage Daily News. […]

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WA extends marijuana traceability system contract with Leaf Data Systems

Washington state cannabis regulators approved a two-month contract extension for Leaf Data Systems, the seed-to-sale tracking product offered by Denver-based software company Akerna. The contract lasts until Nov. 30, “to focus solely on providing a stable system to our users,” said Megan Duffy, deputy director and executive sponsor of the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis […]

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Week in Review: Marijuana vaporizer sales rebound, new state vape issues pop up, Californians want additional adult-use MJ stores & more

Cannabis vaporizer sales show an uptick in some key markets even as more state vape bans appear, Californians say they want to see the number of recreational marijuana stores increased, medical marijuana cultivators sue over plant limits in New Mexico – and more of the week’s top cannabis business news. MJ vape sales indicate some […]

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‘Groundbreaking’: 48North’s purchase of US cannabis company signals major shift by TSX Venture Exchange

The TSX Venture Exchange (TSXV) appears to be easing its opposition toward Canadian cannabis companies buying U.S. marijuana businesses. The move would mark a major shift for the Canadian exchange and could open the door to more cross-border acquisitions – provided the deals meet strict conditions. The apparent change in stance comes after a Canadian […]

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Michigan unveils license instructions for $1.4B adult-use cannabis market

Michigan regulators released detailed instructions on how businesses can apply for adult-use cannabis licenses beginning Nov. 1. There are no statewide caps on licenses for a market expected to launch next year, but municipalities can restrict the number. Marijuana Business Daily projects Michigan could generate $1.4 billion-$1.7 billion in annual sales within several years of […]

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Industry leaders urge Congress to legalize cannabis following vaping crisis

Nearly 800 cannabis business leaders and policy experts led by the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) are calling on Congress to remove marijuana from the federal Controlled Substances Act as the vaping crisis continues. “The recent illnesses are an unmistakable reminder of the importance of effective regulation,” a letter to congressional leaders states. “If it is […]

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Michigan expands social equity areas as adult-use marijuana program nears

Michigan cannabis regulators more than doubled the number of communities eligible for social equity assistance, which will mean reduced application fees for potentially dozens of additional recreational marijuana business applicants. The expansion from 19 to 41 communities occurred after the staff from the Marijuana Regulatory Agency continued researching available data, state officials said. Michigan will start […]

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Pennsylvania lawmakers pitch adult-use marijuana bill with state-run stores

A Pennsylvania state lawmaker introduced a recreational cannabis legalization bill that calls for retail stores to be operated by the state Liquor Control Board, a move that would limit private business opportunities. The proposed law, introduced by Democratic Rep. David Delloso, comes just days after Gov. Tom Wolf said he supports legalizing recreational marijuana. The governor’s […]

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Poll suggests Californians want more adult-use marijuana stores

Recreational cannabis retailers could open far more stores in California if municipalities respond favorably to a poll that shows the majority of state residents welcome the legalization of adult-use MJ sales. The UC Berkeley Institute of Government Studies’ poll conducted for the Los Angeles Times found that 68% of Californians say the legalized sale of […]

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Nevada governor names head of new cannabis regulatory panel

(This story has been updated to provide additional detail on the status of Nevada’s former cannabis licensing chief.) Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak appointed an executive director to the new Cannabis Compliance Board (CCB), which is aimed at providing stronger oversight of the state’s $640 million legal cannabis industry. The panel, created by Assembly Bill 533, is […]

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