California Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

California regulators OK statewide marijuana delivery in draft of final rules

In the final drafts of California’s cannabis business regulations, regulators approved statewide marijuana deliveries, even in areas that ban cannabis. The rules will not be completely finalized until approved by the Office of Administrative Law (OAL), which may not be until sometime in January. Many believe statewide delivery – one of the most debated issues involving […]

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California releases drafts of final marijuana business regulations

The long-awaited final versions of California’s cannabis business regulations have been published online by the three agencies that oversee the industry. While the rules will not be completely finalized until approved by the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) – and therefore could undergo more changes – the agencies decided to release them before an OAL […]

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What is ‘marijuana’? Name game limits cannabis entrepreneurs

The old debate about what to call the plant cannabis sativa L. is giving businesses real-world headaches in both new and established marijuana markets. Consider: Iowa allows medical marijuana but calls it something else. Texas restricts medical marijuana so severely that doctors must break the law to use the state’s program. California officials are struggling […]

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Week in Review: Phony CA lab data, Utah gov signs medical marijuana bill & ex-Sweet Leaf execs jailed

The results of hundreds of marijuana lab tests in California are alleged to have been falsified, Utah’s governor signs a compromise medical cannabis bill, and two former executives from MJ retailer Sweet Leaf land in jail. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry this week. California lab fallout repercussions The […]

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California cannabis vape cartridge makers facing counterfeit products hurdle

Mainstream industry brands have long contended with product knockoffs ranging from North Face jackets to Rolex watches. Now the problem is increasingly appearing in the marijuana industry – with vaporizer cartridges a key target. The issue can be a major headache for targeted companies. Counterfeiting can result in lost sales and downward pressure on the […]

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Falsified California testing lab data may result in major marijuana product recall

Sacramento-based Sequoia Analytical Labs surrendered its business license after a state inspection discovered that the company’s lab director allegedly falsified cannabis product testing results for almost four months. Hundreds of marijuana products may now have to be recalled and retested. The loss of a lab could pose a significant problem for the California cannabis industry […]

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280E still applies to marijuana companies, US Tax Court rules

The U.S. Tax Court ruled on a 2½-year-old case in which California-based Harborside had hoped to end 280E’s hold over the marijuana industry’s profit margins. But the Oakland company’s hopes were dashed Friday when the court upheld the tax code. “280E continues to negatively impact the growth of the legal cannabis industry, the jobs that […]

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L.A.-based marijuana firm OG DNA Genetics inks $35 million raise

OG DNA Genetics of Los Angeles has raised a total of $35 million through two initial equity financing deals. The company said it plans to use the proceeds to expand its operations in California, where it manufactures and distributes its branded DNA indoor-grown flower, pre-rolled joints, vaporizer cartridges and concentrates. More details about the funding […]

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Final California marijuana industry rules may not be made public until January

Although California’s final cannabis industry regulations will reportedly be completed Monday, many industry insiders likely won’t be able to read them until January. That may be a disappointment to marijuana businesses that were anticipating being able to see the final rules sooner than later. “We expect to send our final version of permanent regulations to […]

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Challenges – and controversy – swirl around marijuana social equity programs in California

In a bid to reverse the fallout from the war on drugs, California is hoping to bring more minorities and economically disadvantaged individuals into the state’s cannabis industry through so-called social equity programs. The new initiatives are generating high hopes among supporters – and harsh criticism from marijuana industry insiders who believe the programs have […]

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