California Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

The Big Picture: State-by-state marijuana ballot initiative update

John Schroyer  | November 2, 2016

By John Schroyer

This year could prove a historic turning point for the legal cannabis industry, with pro-cannabis ballot measures in front of voters in nine states Tuesday.

If some or most are approved, that could translate into untold business opportunities for cannabis entrepreneurs across the nation.

Chart: California medical marijuana sales skyrocket 132% since 2010

Eli McVey  | October 31, 2016

By Eli McVey

Medical cannabis sales in California have soared over the past five years, rising from a reported $351 million in 2010 to nearly $814 million in 2015, according to exclusive data obtained by Marijuana Business Daily.

California readies landmark water rules for cannabis cultivators

Bart Schaneman  | October 25, 2016

By Bart Schaneman

California is preparing landmark water regulations for the state’s marijuana growers to safeguard the environment and encourage conservation.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture is drafting the water-use rules, which are expected to increase growers’ paperwork and costs in areas such as water storage.

DOJ poised to dismiss longstanding MMJ dispensary case

John Schroyer  | October 24, 2016

The U.S. Department of Justice is on the verge of dismissing a 3-year-old case against Berkeley Patients Group, according to a press release from the medical marijuana dispensary.

The DOJ initiated forfeiture proceedings against the dispensary in May 2013, a commonly-used tactic at the time against many medical cannabis businesses in California. But after Congress …

Eaze-y money: Medical cannabis delivery app raises $13 million

Omar Sacirbey  | October 24, 2016

Eaze, the company behind a popular app for medical marijuana deliveries, announced Monday that it has raised $13 million in a Series B financing round.

The round was led by Fresh VC, a 2-year-old venture capital firm whose co-founder, Brian Sheng, previously worked for China’s largest venture capital firm, Shenzen Capital Group. Other Series …

San Jose approves cultivation, deliveries for MMJ collectives

Omar Sacirbey  | October 19, 2016

The city council in San Jose, California, gave preliminary approval Tuesday to allow the city’s 16 registered medical marijuana collectives to run two cultivation sites and make deliveries to patients or caregivers.

The proposed rules, which require final approval next week, would allow deliveries between 8 a.m. and midnight, the San Jose Mercury News reported. Delivery …

Chart: Top regions for medical marijuana sales in California

Eli McVey  | October 17, 2016

By Eli McVey

Over half of all reported medical marijuana sales in California’s massive $845 million MMJ market are concentrated in just three counties, according to exclusive data obtained by Marijuana Business Daily.

The counties – Los Angeles, San Francisco and Alameda – totaled $450 million in sales over a one-year period ending in March 2016.

CA dispensary wants tax payment labeled a ‘contribution’

Omar Sacirbey  | October 14, 2016

The owner of a California medical marijuana grow and dispensary is proposing to pay $1.3 million in back taxes to the city of San Jose, but with a caveat – the money must be classified as a “contribution or collection of membership fees,” not as taxes.

David Armstrong, the owner of MediMarts in San …

Week in Review: San Diego crackdown, WA eyes organic marijuana & Britain says yes to CBD

John Schroyer  | October 14, 2016

By Bart Schaneman and John Schroyer

San Diego targets illegal dispensaries while educating consumers about legit operations, Washington State has an eye toward organic certification, and Britain gives CBD the medicinal green light.

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