California Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

CA county begins process of reversing controversial marijuana cultivation ban

A rural California county has begun the process of reversing a commercial marijuana cultivation ban established in January 2018, in what could prove to be a major win for cannabis growers in the region. The Calaveras County Board of Supervisors told staff to begin prepping a new MJ regulatory ordinance that represents a “180-degree turn” […]

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MedMen, three other West Hollywood marijuana shops get stays of execution

Four longstanding cannabis shops in West Hollywood were granted a reprieve on Tuesday by city officials and will be allowed to remain open until the end of the year instead of being forced to close this summer. Under a previous decision by the city, the four existing shops – all previously medical marijuana dispensaries – […]

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California’s 2018 cannabis tax haul of $345 million falls short of projections

California’s 2018 marijuana tax-revenue tally is in, and once more, it’s far below what the state had projected. According to a news release from the state Department of Tax and Fee Administration, the fourth quarter of 2018 brought $103.3 million in marijuana tax revenues, not including city or county taxes. That brings the year’s total […]

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CA’s use of National Guard to target illegal marijuana grows fuels questions, concerns over potential MJ industry fallout

Legal marijuana companies are cautiously welcoming California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s announcement that 150 National Guard troops will deploy to Northern California to “go after illegal cannabis farms,” but the news also is kindling fears in some industry circles of a renewed, government-led drug war. Many legal marijuana companies have long argued that illicit operators pose a major […]

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UPS sues California cannabis delivery companies for infringing on trademark

United Parcel Service sued a group of California-based marijuana delivery businesses for federal trademark infringement, deceptive advertising and other claims. The complaint was filed Feb. 13 in federal court in the central district of California, according to Bloomberg Law. UPS accuses United Pot Smokers, UPS420 and THCPlant of using names and logos that are “confusingly similar” to […]

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Chart: Most California municipalities ban commercial cannabis activity

Two-thirds of California municipalities prohibit marijuana businesses from setting up shop, underscoring the hurdles MJ entrepreneurs face in trying to break into the world’s largest legal cannabis market. Only 161 of California’s 482 municipalities and 24 of the 58 counties have opted to allow commercial cannabis activity of any sort, according to data from CannaRegs, […]

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Craft cannabis firm Flow Kana closes record $125 million funding round

California-based marijuana producer and distributor Flow Kana closed a $125 million funding round – which appears to be the largest private funding round for a cannabis company in the United States. The previous record was held by the $119 million raise that Acreage Holdings closed in July 2018. Flow Kana’s latest funding round was led by Gotham […]

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After string of successes, multistate cannabis firm MedMen forced to confront adversity

In November, California-based cannabis retailer MedMen began advertising for a crisis management planning manager. According to the job posting, the position was intended to support the company’s “employees and business units in building, sustaining and improving MedMen’s capability to prepare for, mitigate against, respond to and recover from all hazards.” In hindsight, the posting seemed […]

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California governor to send National Guard to combat illegal marijuana grows

California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced during his state of the state address on Tuesday that the National Guard has been tasked with eliminating unlicensed cannabis farms, a move welcomed by the state’s legal marijuana growers. “We applaud (Newsom) for allocating resources to eliminate very destructive and dangerous trespass grows,” Terra Carver, executive director of the Humboldt […]

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Luxury retailer Barneys New York to sell marijuana products in California flagship

Upscale specialty retailer Barneys New York announced plans to sell cannabis products and accessories in a new “luxury” head shop called The High End, the latest mainstream company to capitalize on the marijuana industry. The shop will open in March inside the Barneys flagship store in the tiny Southern California town of Beverly Hills. The […]

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