California Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Week in Review: RI rec push slows, pushback on California cannabis plan & China opportunity

John Schroyer  | April 21, 2017

By Omar Sacirbey, John Schroyer and Bart Schaneman

Adult-use legislation takes a hit in Rhode Island, California Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal for cannabis regulation faces opposition, and a marijuana-related firm sets up shop in China.

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

CA marijuana distributor to launch ‘institute’ serving small growers

Omar Sacirbey  | April 18, 2017

Flow Kana, a San Francisco distributor that specializes in craft-grown marijuana, shared more details Tuesday about plans to transform a former Northern California wine estate, saying it will build a “cannabis institute” catering to small-batch  MJ growers.

The 80-acre property – the former home of Fetzer Wines – will include testing, processing, manufacturing and …

California cannabis industry lauds governor’s ‘pro-business’ proposals

John Schroyer  | April 6, 2017

By John Schroyer

California marijuana businesses apparently have an ally in the governor's mansion.

Many in the MJ industry are applauding a series of overhaul proposals issued Tuesday by Gov. Jerry Brown for his state's regulatory system, which will begin overseeing the cannabis trade starting in January.

California gov suggests big changes to new marijuana system

John Schroyer  | April 5, 2017

California Gov. Jerry Brown has issued a series of proposed changes to his state’s upcoming marijuana regulatory system in an effort to reconcile differences between a 2015 medical marijuana oversight law and the new recreational cannabis ballot initiative voters approved last year.

Among the numerous changes Brown put forth were several significant ones …

Chart: 8 new marijuana markets slated to launch in 2018

Eli McVey  | March 27, 2017

By Eli McVey

Get ready for the next iteration of the green rush.

The marijuana industry is poised to grow by leaps and bounds in 2018, when at least eight of the 11 states that passed significant medical or recreational cannabis measures last year are expected to start sales.

More legal issues for marijuana firm Pineapple Express

Omar Sacirbey  | March 21, 2017

Pineapple Express, which provides consulting, financial and real estate services to marijuana businesses, has been named in a lawsuit filed by three companies that allege the Los Angeles firm owes them nearly $685,000.

Pineapple Express CEO Matthew Feinstein stressed in an email to Marijuana Business Daily that a subsidiary the company has since sold is the …

What’s in a strain name? Q&A with Canndescent CEO Adrian Sedlin

Bart Schaneman  | March 21, 2017

By Bart Schaneman

Walk into any marijuana outlet and you'll find jars of flower strains with names like Golden Goat, Ghost Train Haze or Robert Plant.

Such names convey minimal information to novice consumers, forcing them to do further research before they can purchase any cannabis. California-based cultivator Canndescent is trying to simplify that experience.