California Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

California finds illegal marijuana vapes tainted with additives

Marijuana vape cartridges seized in unlicensed stores in Los Angeles contained potentially dangerous additives, including a thickening agent blamed for a national outbreak of deadly lung illnesses tied to vaping, California officials said Monday. Officials also found that the illegal vapes confiscated in the December raids typically were not as potent as advertised and sometimes contained […]

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About 20% of licensed marijuana companies in California’s capital city face temporary closure

More than a fifth of the cannabis companies in Sacramento, California, are confronting the possibility of at least a temporary suspension of operations on the first day of February. City regulators sent notices to dozens of registered marijuana businesses in December as a reminder they had not formally completed the process for acquiring a Sacramento […]

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California to require marijuana retailers to exhibit QR code

Citing the 2019 vaping crisis, California cannabis regulators on Thursday mandated that licensed marijuana retailers and distributors display a QR code in order to differentiate legal cannabis businesses from illicit ones. The new regulation will go into effect after it’s approved by the state Office of Administrative Law, which will likely take at least two weeks. “The […]

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California marijuana firm Falcon seeks $50 million from Harvest

California-based cannabis firm Falcon International wants a $50 million breakup fee from multistate operator Harvest Health & Recreation. Falcon is asking for a cash payment as part of a move to dismiss a complaint that Arizona-based Harvest filed Jan. 8. In that lawsuit, Harvest sought to terminate its acquisition of Falcon, a deal that was announced […]

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Recent decisions on tax fines offer ray of hope for cannabis industry around burdens of IRS’ 280E

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision this week not to consider a Colorado Supreme Court ruling on a tax fine – coupled with dissenting opinions in a recent case involving a California medical marijuana company – could have significant ramifications for the cannabis industry, according to tax experts. Left standing by the U.S. Supreme Court was […]

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High Times plans to open first cannabis stores, hires president

Iconic marijuana publication High Times on Thursday announced plans to open its first cannabis retail stores, in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, as part of its diversifying strategy. High Times said it will enter those markets by acquiring retailers that are licensed there. The deals are subject to regulatory approval. The Los Angeles-based company plans […]

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Proposed regulatory and tax reforms in California could make life simpler for marijuana businesses

A proposed overhaul of California’s marijuana regulatory and tax collection system could mean far less headaches for licensed cannabis companies in the state. It could also indicate there’s more legislative help on the way in 2020 for California’s struggling legal marijuana market. When he announced his annual budget plan on Jan. 10, California Gov. Gavin […]

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Illegal marijuana grows raided in California

More than 15,000 cannabis plants were destroyed and six people were arrested during raids on illegal grows in Southern California, the state’s latest move in its fight against a flourishing black market. Thirteen search warrants involving marijuana cultivation were served by Riverside County sheriff’s deputies and state Department of Fish and Wildlife personnel in the […]

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Why cannabis businesses are hiring former politicians and regulators to move the industry’s lobbying efforts ahead

Marijuana businesses are increasingly bringing on former national and state politicians and regulators to help them navigate the ever-changing landscape surrounding cannabis legislation and related lobbying efforts as they look to move the industry forward. Earlier this month, for example, Maryland-based Green Leaf Medical announced it hired Joy Strand, a former executive director of the state’s Medical […]

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San Diego restricts billboard cannabis advertising

The San Diego City Council unanimously approved a ban on marijuana billboard ads within 1,000 feet of schools, playgrounds, day care centers, youth centers and parks with playgrounds, a move supported by local marijuana businesses. Despite the law, initially proposed in October, 54% (352 of 644) of the city’s existing billboard sites will be available to […]

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California gov moves to simplify cannabis regulatory, tax systems

California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration on Friday announced plans to simplify the state’s cannabis regulatory and tax systems, which have been blamed for enabling an illicit market to continue to thrive. The proposed changes, which will be in Newsom’s state budget proposal, come in the wake of recommendations by an independent agency that the state overhaul […]

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