Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

Massachusetts marijuana regulators sign off on industry draft rules

Massachusetts is a step closer to a legalized recreational marijuana industry. The Cannabis Control Commission has approved a wide-ranging set of draft regulations, though the regulations are not final. The rules will be subject to public hearings over the next few months, and some revisions are possible before the business licensing process begins. Facing a July […]

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Federal medical cannabis protections extended once more

The only federal law that protects medical marijuana businesses from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Department of Justice has once again been extended for a short period. The Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment – which prohibits the DOJ from using federal funds to interfere with state MMJ programs but must be renewed annually – has been given its […]

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Week in Review: Marijuana fund raises, more Maryland dispensaries & Alaska edibles maker shut down

Two ancillary marijuana companies announce huge fund raises, Maryland approves 12 more medical cannabis dispensaries, and Alaska regulators shut down an edibles company. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week. Sign of the times? Significant capital raises by a pair of cannabis-focused technology companies portend what […]

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Sweet Leaf raids highlight need for clarity in Colorado’s marijuana enforcement regulations

The arrests of 13 budtenders at one of Colorado’s largest marijuana retail chains last week exposed a hole in the state’s regulations for recreational cannabis sales. The rules stipulate that a retail cannabis store can’t sell more than 1 ounce in a single transaction. But marijuana-focused legal experts say the law doesn’t spell out how much can […]

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One of Michigan’s marijuana testing labs allowed to remain open

The only operating medical cannabis testing lab in southwest Michigan has received approval to continue operations while it undergoes the new state MMJ business licensing process. According to MLive.com, the town of Kalamazoo – where The Spott Laboratory is located – gave the business permission on Monday to keep its doors open while obtaining a […]

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New Zealand makes move to legalize medical marijuana

A bill to legalize medical marijuana in New Zealand will be introduced this week in the nation’s Parliament, and it will be done by the country’s health minister, a move that signals serious political support for MMJ. Not many details have been released yet about the legislation or what type of industry infrastructure it would […]

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Sweet Leaf undercover sting targeted budtenders for cannabis sales practices

The Denver Police Department’s undercover sting operation targeting Denver-area Sweet Leaf marijuana dispensaries netted 13 arrests involving the retail chain’s employees, some of whom may face felony charges for alleged improper sales practices. Many of those arrested were budtenders. They are accused of selling adult-use marijuana in amounts exceeding the 1-ounce limit allowed under state law, […]

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California hands out first 20 temporary state cannabis business licenses

California has issued the first of what will likely be many temporary business permits, in advance of the Jan. 1 launch of the state’s regulated cannabis industry. The 20 licenses granted Thursday include temporary permits for nine different companies, and all but one applied for multiple license types. For instance, eight of the permits went to […]

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Week in Review: CBD’s global nod, Ohio MMJ developments & Denver social use

An international health organization determines that CBD shouldn’t be a scheduled drug, Denver sees its first applicant for a public consumption club, and Ohio’s medical marijuana licensing process comes under fire. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week. Big CBD endorsement CBD got its most important […]

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Marijuana retail chain operator Sweet Leaf forced to shut down in Denver area

Sweet Leaf, one of Colorado’s largest marijuana retail chain operators, had all of its Denver-area stores shuttered by city authorities on Thursday and 12 people were arrested as part of the raids.

Twenty-six of the vertically integrated company’s licenses have been suspended, according to Dan Rowland, the spokesman for the Denver Department of Excise and Licensing.

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