Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

Steep Hill wins IP court case with New Mexico, competing medical cannabis lab

In a triumph involving intellectual property rights, California-based Steep Hill Labs won an emergency protective order against the state of New Mexico and a competitor over the disclosure of trade secrets. Steep Hill filed suit in early April against the two entities after learning that Santa Fe-based Scepter Lab had obtained Steep Hill’s standard operating procedures from the state […]

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Senate minority leader Schumer wants to let states regulate marijuana

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York is the latest to join the federal cannabis reform bandwagon, saying he plans to introduce legislation that will remove marijuana from the controlled substances list and allow states to decide how to regulate MJ. “Ultimately, it’s the right thing to do,” Schumer said in an interview Thursday […]

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High Times Cannabis Cup denied license by California city

In a move that highlights the power of local governments over the California marijuana industry, the San Bernardino City Council shot down the planned 4/20-centric High Times Cannabis Cup by refusing to license this weekend’s event. The council vote, held less than two days before the biggest cannabis holiday of the year, April 20, has thrown the […]

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On eve of 4/20, cannabis-flavored beer a no-go for two Florida breweries

Federal tax authorities have ordered two South Florida breweries to stop selling craft beer infused with cannabis terpenes oil, putting a damper on their 4/20 party plans. The cease-and-desist letters were issued over the past week to Invasive Species Brewing in Fort Lauderdale and Devour Brewing in Boynton Beach, according to SouthFlorida.com. The federal Alcohol […]

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Why the US needs federal marijuana reform: Q&A with Congressman Tom Garrett

U.S. Rep. Tom Garrett isn’t the most likely congressional member to embrace federal marijuana reform. The first-term Republican is from a state – Virginia – that has yet to legalize medical marijuana, although its laws provide protections for people who use cannabidiol oils for medical conditions. Why did Garrett introduce the “Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act […]

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Medical cannabis won’t make South Dakota ballot

Supporters of legalizing medical marijuana in South Dakota have failed to bring the matter to a public vote. A petition to put medical marijuana on the ballot for the state’s November general election was rejected because it didn’t have enough valid signatures. Under the MMJ initiative, local governments wouldn’t be allowed to ban dispensaries, and […]

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Mexico’s tourism minister calls for marijuana legalization

Months before Mexicans head to the polls to elect a new government, a senior official is calling for states to begin legalizing cannabis as a way to divert profits from the black market to a regulated sector. “I think in Mexico we should move toward regulating it at state level,” Tourism Minister Enrique de la Madrid […]

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Marijuana companies face new regulations, oversight tied to water use

With summer looming, marijuana growers from California to Massachusetts will confront untried regulations and potentially greater enforcement of water-related rules. The development is likely to spread as more states legalize cannabis, presenting MJ growers with additional regulatory oversight and costs. State and local water officials in California – where regulators and growers are trying a […]

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Colorado marijuana edibles company Wana Brands sued over alleged information theft

Wana Brands, a high-profile Colorado edibles maker, has been sued for allegedly stealing confidential business information from a marijuana company that says it was duped into believing it would be acquired. LP Capital, a Colorado extraction company that makes MJ-concentrated vape cartridges, claims in a lawsuit it suffered more than $5 million in damages from lost revenue […]

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Oregon tax charges highlight ongoing risk for marijuana companies

A pair of tax-related cases announced in Oregon have refocused the spotlight on the risks marijuana companies run if they’re not transparent with the Internal Revenue Service.

According to The Oregonian and The Register-Guard, a Portland dispensary co-owner has been charged with tax evasion related to at least two MJ retail shops the company runs, while a certified public accountant was also charged with tax evasion and wire fraud in connection with a cannabis cultivation venture he owns.

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Maine governor pledges veto of new rec cannabis implementation bill

Maine Gov. Paul LePage indicated that he’ll again veto legislation to implement the 2016 voter-approved recreational marijuana industry in his state. According to the Portland Press-Herald, LePage said he’ll strike down the bill – passed by the full Maine Legislature last week – because the measure fails to combine the state’s existing medical marijuana program […]

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