Florida Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Florida judge to state: Quit stalling approval of medical marijuana permits

A Florida judge warned the state Department of Health that it has until Oct. 19 to register new medical cannabis operators or risk being held in contempt. Friday’s scathing order by Leon County Circuit Judge Charles Dodson follows an August decision in which he ruled that the state law restricting the number of medical marijuana […]

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MedMen inks dispensary deal to enter Illinois medical cannabis market

Los Angeles-based MedMen announced its second acquisition of the week to expand its national footprint – this time into the Illinois medical marijuana market. The multistate marijuana business agreed to acquire Seven Point, a licensed medical cannabis dispensary in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, but it comes on the heels […]

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Weekly Deal Watch: Cannabis investing and M&A highlights (as of Sept. 7, 2018)

This is the first installment of a new weekly series from Marijuana Business Daily and Viridian Capital Advisors. Each week, we will provide you with the latest data on cannabis investment activity and M&A, along with key takeaways, analysis and trends based on recent market moves. The data below, provided by Viridian Capital Advisors, is through the week […]

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Jimmy Buffett teams with Wrigley heir to license brand to Florida cannabis firm

Popular singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett is joining a growing list of celebrities who dabble in the marijuana industry, teaming with an heir from the Wrigley chewing gum family. Buffett – known for his hit “Margaritaville” and his Parrothead fans – will license his Coral Reefer brand to Georgia-based Surterra Holdings for a line of marijuana products that […]

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FL cannabis lobbyist turned political candidate sees second bank account shut

A second bank has terminated the campaign account of Nikki Fried, a pro-medical marijuana Democrat who is running to become Florida’s agriculture commissioner. Fried said the bank, BB&T of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, took the step because of her support for MMJ. The move highlights the banking industry’s reluctance to work with marijuana businesses and even […]

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Wells Fargo closes account of Florida candidate who backs medical cannabis

In an election-year example of banks’ reluctance to affiliate with the cannabis industry, Wells Fargo terminated the campaign account of a Florida agriculture commissioner candidate because she supports medical marijuana. The move underscores the perils of political candidates who advocate on behalf of the cannabis industry – and, if more widespread, could hamper pro-MJ reform efforts. […]

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Week in Review: New Ohio processing licenses, CA marijuana black market & Florida judge nixes MMJ business cap

Ohio awards provisional medical marijuana processing licenses, a cannabis consumer survey in California confirms licensed MJ businesses are losing market share to illicit operators, and a Florida judge says a state law restricting the number of MMJ businesses runs afoul of a voter-approved constitutional amendment. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the […]

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Florida judge shoots down state cap on medical marijuana businesses

A Florida judge ruled that the state law restricting the number of medical marijuana businesses runs counter to a voter-approved constitutional amendment, a decision that could have far-reaching implications for the state’s MMJ industry. The ruling, if sustained, could open up numerous MMJ business opportunities for entrepreneurs if the state ultimately permits an unlimited number […]

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CEO of multistate medical marijuana operator Green Thumb steps down

Peter Kadens, one of the more notable names in the U.S. cannabis industry, has stepped down as CEO of multistate medical marijuana company Green Thumb Industries (GTI). The 40-year-old entrepreneur, who will stay with Chicago-based GTI as a board member, told MassLive.com he was stepping down for personal and family reasons. Ben Kovler, who founded […]

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How Trump’s trade battles are affecting the marijuana industry

The Trump administration’s imposition of tariffs on China is expected to have a direct impact on several sectors of the marijuana industry – in particular, cannabis vaporizer companies. Others likely to be affected include: Cultivation operations that want to expand their greenhouse facilities. Growers that need to buy lighting equipment. Brands that purchase packaging from […]

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Contentious medical marijuana regulator in Florida stepping down

Florida’s top medical marijuana regulator has resigned after a controversial three-year tenure marked by litigation and a scolding by lawmakers for missing mandated deadlines to issue more MMJ business licenses. The Florida Department of Health said Friday that Christian Bax’s resignation will take effect Aug. 10. He had led the state’s Office of Medical Marijuana […]

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