California Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Crafting an industry: Q&A with California cannabis czar Lori Ajax

John Schroyer  | March 1, 2017

By John Schroyer

Lori Ajax has what may be one of the most influential governmental positions in the legal marijuana industry – chief of California’s Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation.

As such, Ajax will help craft rules for what will be the nation’s largest regulated medical and recreational cannabis markets.

Medical marijuana businesses see silver lining in White House comments on cannabis

Omar Sacirbey  | February 28, 2017

By Omar Sacirbey

Medical marijuana companies are finding solace in comments from the White House last week indicating the federal government might crack down on recreational cannabis but leave the $2 billion MMJ industry alone.

“It is good news for medical marijuana,” said Alex Ford of the Grassroots Vermont dispensary.

Recreational marijuana states undeterred by hints of federal crackdown

John Schroyer  | February 24, 2017

By John Schroyer

Despite ominous overtones from the White House, the eight states that have legalized recreational cannabis are proceeding full-bore, whether it’s with running their existing programs or preparing to launch new ones.

Governors and attorneys general responded in unison: They’ll honor voters’ wishes and conduct business as usual while awaiting specific policies.

Week in Review: White House threat, CA growers at risk & unique cannabis investment fund

John Schroyer  | February 24, 2017

By John Schroyer

The Trump administration hints at possible enforcement on recreational cannabis businesses, thousands of Northern California cultivation jobs are in jeopardy, and a new marijuana investment fund is in the works.

Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

San Francisco mulls creation of ‘Department of Cannabis’

Bart Schaneman  | February 20, 2017

San Francisco would have a “Department of Cannabis” if a member of the city’s Board of Supervisors has his way.

Supervisor Jeff Sheehy – concerned about the “onslaught” when recreational marijuana becomes legal in California on Jan. 1 –  sees the need for a department that has the sole duty of overseeing the …

Craft marijuana cultivator buys historic CA wine property

Omar Sacirbey  | February 14, 2017

A craft cannabis cultivator has purchased the Northern California birthplace of Fetzer Wines, a major American winemaker, and plans to transform the property into a cannabis business.

San Francisco-based Flow Kana bought the 80-acre property and ranch house in Mendocino County, where it plans to start a full-service marijuana company that would include …

Another California town may allow huge marijuana grow

John Schroyer  | February 10, 2017

The central California hamlet of Hanford, just south of Fresno, may become the state’s latest cash-strapped municipality to find refuge in the immense tax benefits from the cannabis industry.

Town leaders are reportedly “inching toward” permitting one of the largest indoor cannabis cultivation operations in the state, according to the Fresno Bee, signaling …

Week in Review: Contaminated medical cannabis, CO workplace safety & Ohio’s tech search

Bart Schaneman  | February 10, 2017

By John Schroyer, Omar Sacirbey and Bart Schaneman

Tainted medical cannabis is suspected in a California cancer patient’s death, Colorado creates a workplace-safety guide, and Ohio is in the market for a seed-to-sale tracking system.

Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

L.A. County to shutter 70 dispensaries, extend cannabis ban

John Schroyer  | February 8, 2017

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors agreed to reaffirm an ongoing ban on cannabis businesses of all types and to close roughly 70 dispensaries that are operating unlawfully in unincorporated parts of the county.

The situation may change early next year, after statewide regulations for California’s medical and recreational marijuana industries are …

Contaminated MMJ blamed for California man’s death

John Schroyer  | February 8, 2017

A cancer patient in California is dead, and doctors suspect contaminated medical marijuana may have been the cause in what could serve as a wake-up call for the state’s MMJ industry.

According to CBS Los Angeles, the man was using medical cannabis to ward off the side effects of traditional cancer treatments. The cancer treatment …