Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

Massachusetts gives final OK to first two recreational cannabis shops

Massachusetts regulators issued final licenses to two recreational marijuana shop operators, a move that puts the state closer to a much-delayed program launch. The Cannabis Control Commission on Thursday voted to issue the licenses to: Cultivate Holdings in Leicester. New England Treatment Access in Northampton. Both companies operate medical marijuana dispensaries in those municipalities and […]

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WA tells marijuana edibles makers to end output of gummies, hard candies

Washington state regulators ordered local edibles makers to cease production of cannabis-infused gummies and hard candies, warning they might appeal to children. The unexpected decision dealt a major blow to the state’s infused-product businesses. Companies were “completely blindsided,” said Oliver Stannard, director of business development for Washington’s Green Labs, the maker of Swifts Edibles, a […]

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Vicious battle erupts over plans for $100M cannabis grow facility in Massachusetts

A Central Massachusetts farmer is embroiled in a bitter fight with the local community over plans to sell his property for construction of a $100 million marijuana cultivation facility. Nathan Benjamin Jr. lost his barn and winery, located in the town of Charlton, to a fire three years ago and has since turned to the cannabis […]

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Judge reinstates medical cannabis license pulled by Montana health department

A Montana district judge ruled that the state improperly revoked a Billings medical marijuana provider’s license by not giving the dispensary owner time to correct violations. Yellowstone County District Judge Don Harris reinstated Montana Organic Medical Supply owner Steven Palmer’s license this week, according to the Billings Gazette. Palmer had been a licensed provider in […]

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Phoenix City Council shoots down “ambush-style” medical marijuana tax

Phoenix’s City Council on Tuesday unanimously killed a proposed medical marijuana tax that would have cost some MMJ businesses more than $1 million a year. The proposed tax became public only last week. Mayor Thelda Williams, who acknowledged her staff had worked on the proposed tax scheme behind the scenes “for a very long time,” was […]

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MedMen expands into Arizona medical marijuana market via acquisition

Los Angeles-based MedMen Enterprises is expanding  into Arizona’s large medical marijuana market after striking a deal with WhiteStar Solutions to acquire Monarch, a vertically integrated MMJ business with operations in Scottsdale and Mesa. The deal – inked for an undisclosed sum – will pay 80% in stock and 20% in cash and underlines the fact investors […]

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Michigan gave time, now takes time from medical cannabis license applicants

After adding months to its medical marijuana licensing deadline, Michigan is now taking away 45 days with little explanation, requiring MMJ businesses to have their new state operating licenses by Oct. 31 or close. Only 19 dispensaries have been approved so far under the new, stricter regulatory regime, but state MMJ program spokesman David Harns […]

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No Snoop for you! Celebrity names not allowed come cannabis legalization in Canada

Branding partnerships between Canada’s biggest cannabis companies and their celebrity backers will be thrown into limbo when new regulations governing recreational cannabis take effect Oct. 17. The Cannabis Act has general prohibitions on the promotion of marijuana that includes the depiction of a person, character or animal, whether real or fictional. That includes celebrity names, […]

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Proposed tax in Phoenix could cost medical marijuana firms $1 million+ annually

Facing a budget crunch, Phoenix’s interim mayor is proposing a heavy tax on the city’s medical cannabis industry that could cost some companies more than $1 million a year. Medical marijuana businesses said they felt blindsided by the city, the Arizona Republic reported. “They’re trying to balance the budget on the backs of our patients,” […]

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US lawmakers urge feds to expand approved marijuana growers for research

Fifteen U.S. House lawmakers urged the heads of the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration to expand the number of federally approved marijuana cultivators allowed to grow cannabis for research purposes. The request, made in an Oct. 1 letter, comes on the heels of the DEA granting approval to medical researchers at the […]

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FDA: CBD shouldn’t be a controlled substance, but treaties require it

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration noted that cannabidiol shouldn’t be a controlled substance, but international treaties require the United States to treat it as one, the federal agency said in a 27-page memo written after it approved the first drug made with CBD earlier this year. “CBD has negligible potential for abuse,” wrote Dr. Brett Giroir, the assistant […]

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