Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

Washington state regulators approve new rules for marijuana edibles

After months of back and forth with cannabis-infused products makers and MJ trade associations, the Washington state Liquor and Cannabis Board approved new packaging, labeling and product design regulations for edibles. The rules: Designate approved colors and shapes for edible products. Specify approved font, background and accent colors for edible packaging and labeling. Provide guidelines […]

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Nebraska state senators launch effort to put medical cannabis on 2020 ballot

Two lawmakers in conservative Nebraska revealed plans to place a medical marijuana legalization measure on the 2020 ballot. Sens. Anna Wishart and Adam Morfeld, both Democrats from Lincoln, announced the formation of Nebraskans for Sensible Marijuana Laws. The campaign, which has received backing from the Marijuana Policy Project, will seek a constitutional amendment to give […]

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First medical cannabis dispensary gets OK to open in Ohio

Ohio has given the first medical marijuana dispensary the approval to open, but it’s still uncertain when sales will begin. State regulators gave the go-ahead to Cresco Labs’ CY+ dispensary near Steubenville, on the eastern side of the state, making it the first of the dozens of provisionally licensed retailers to receive a certificate of operation. […]

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Utah aims to hire cannabis czar to oversee MMJ, hemp and CBD

Utah state regulators are advertising for a program manager to oversee the newly formed medical cannabis market in the state, industrialized hemp and CBD regulations. The cannabis program manager job would be based in Salt Lake County, and regulators will be looking for candidates with experience in agriculture, pharmaceuticals or natural resources. More details on […]

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Connecticut regulators double medical marijuana dispensaries to 18

Connecticut regulators approved nine medical marijuana dispensary licenses, doubling the current number. The new dispensaries were selected from 73 applications as part of a competitive scoring process. The additional licenses come at a time when the state’s MMJ program is growing steadily, from 8,228 patients in January 2016 to 30,478 as of Dec. 9. Connecticut also […]

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Nevada approves 61 more cannabis stores, nearly doubling existing number

Nevada issued 61 additional provisional recreational marijuana retail licenses, which would nearly double the number of stores serving the fast-growing market, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. But not everyone was happy with the process, which was open only to businesses that already had medical marijuana permits. Cannabis consultant Jason Sturtsman said that some businesses received multiple […]

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New Zealand legalizes medical cannabis for domestic, export markets

A bill to legalize medical marijuana on Tuesday won the approval of New Zealand’s parliamentarians on its third and final vote, paving the way for companies to manufacture MMJ products for domestic and international markets. The law will come into force the day after it receives Royal Assent – a formality in most Commonwealth countries. […]

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California regulators OK statewide marijuana delivery in draft of final rules

In the final drafts of California’s cannabis business regulations, regulators approved statewide marijuana deliveries, even in areas that ban cannabis. The rules will not be completely finalized until approved by the Office of Administrative Law (OAL), which may not be until sometime in January. Many believe statewide delivery – one of the most debated issues involving […]

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Michigan approves 24 more medical marijuana licenses

Michigan regulators approved 24 more medical cannabis operating licenses under a new regulatory framework, according to an email sent by state regulators to the media. That now brings the statewide total of licenses issued to 91. In late November, regulators said they wouldn’t force existing, unlicensed medical marijuana businesses to close before Dec. 31. Here’s the […]

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California releases drafts of final marijuana business regulations

The long-awaited final versions of California’s cannabis business regulations have been published online by the three agencies that oversee the industry. While the rules will not be completely finalized until approved by the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) – and therefore could undergo more changes – the agencies decided to release them before an OAL […]

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