California Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Week in Review: White House versus hemp, CA crackdown & Massachusetts’ MMJ shortfall worries

The Trump administration opposes nationwide hemp production, California takes action against unlicensed marijuana businesses, and Massachusetts fears a medical cannabis shortage. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week. Hemp sector fires back The hemp industry gasped this week when a Trump administration official said hemp production […]

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California initiates enforcement against approximately 500 unlicensed marijuana businesses

Less than two months after California’s legal cannabis industry launched on New Year’s Day, state officials are starting to target hundreds of marijuana companies that are operating illegally without a license. The state’s Bureau of Cannabis Control has sent out about 500 cease-and-desist letters to companies that are doing business but haven’t begun the application […]

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Candy & cannabis: Hershey’s renews trademark legal disputes with marijuana businesses

Cannabis businesses, beware: The Hershey Co. is on the warpath. Perhaps the most famous confectionery peddler in the world has a well-documented history of actively protecting its trademarks, and the marijuana industry is no exception. Hershey’s has been relatively quiet in the marijuana sector since it sued two cannabis businesses in 2014 – in one case, for […]

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Report: California marijuana growers lagging in licensing process

Nearly two months after California launched recreational marijuana sales, less than 1% of the state’s known growers have been licensed, according to a report released by a cannabis industry group. According to a 38-page report from the California Growers Association, 0.78%, or 534, of an estimated 68,150 marijuana growers were licensed by the state as […]

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Mainstream magazine honors cannabis software company

LeafLink, an online inventory and ordering platform for the marijuana industry, has been chosen one of the “Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Enterprise” by a traditional business publication. Fast Company‘s inclusion of LeafLink on its select list put the software firm in the company of such mainstream businesses as online retail giant Amazon, productivity […]

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L.A. police: Hundreds of illegal marijuana dispensaries still operational

Los Angeles has issued licenses to nearly 100 marijuana retailers, but police estimate there are at least double that number operating illegally in the city and undercutting cannabis businesses that are playing by the rules. Police have shut down eight illegal marijuana shops since Jan. 1, a pace that is unlikely to intensify as the […]

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Kush Bottles teams with Merida, snags $6 million investment

Kush Bottles, a California-based cannabis packaging company, has entered a partnership with a Maryland-based marijuana infrastructure fund that includes a $6 million investment. According to a news release, Merida Capital Partners’ equity investment in Kush Bottles (OTC: KSHB) is intended to assist the Santa Ana company as it expands its product line, creates more distribution channels […]

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A $1 billion cannabis company? Recent deals shed light on marijuana valuations

Can the U.S. cannabis industry claim its first plant-touching “unicorn” – a company valued at $1 billion? Captor Capital, a Toronto-based investment firm, certainly thinks so. In January, Captor announced it entered into a nonbinding letter of intent to purchase 3% of the California-based cannabis management and investment firm MedMen Enterprises for $30 million. The […]

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Job growth in marijuana industry is skyrocketing

The total number of job postings for the U.S. cannabis industry increased by 445% in 2017, a study by job search website ZipRecruiter shows. The online job platform noted the spike is dramatically higher than the 18% increase in cannabis-related job postings in 2016, according to Business Insider. ZipRecruiter’s chief economist, Cathy Barrera, said the […]

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Oakland officials allege bribery attempt by cannabis lobbyist

A marijuana lobbyist in Oakland stands accused of attempting to bribe at least two city officials, and the case has been referred to the county district attorney’s office for further investigation. According to the East Bay Express, lobbyist Dorian Gray allegedly offered Oakland City Council President Larry Reid $10,000 in cash, while an assistant city […]

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Week in Review: CA cannabis rollout hinders sales, Arizona mulls MMJ testing & Maine rules delayed

Scotts Miracle-Gro says California’s slow implementation of marijuana regulations is hurting sales, Arizona considers medical cannabis testing, and Maine’s governor delays MMJ regulations. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week. Scotts’ sales decline Scotts Miracle-Gro CEO James Hagedorn said California’s slow rollout of regulations has hindered […]

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Willie Nelson’s marijuana company raises $12 million for expansion

Capital raises in the marijuana industry appear to be continuing unabated since the issuance of the Sessions Memo on Jan. 4. Country music star Willie Nelson’s cannabis company joined the marijuana funding fray Wednesday with the announcement of a $12 million raise for expansion into new markets. Nelson’s company, GCH, plans to enter the California […]

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