National Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

California congressman calls for action from cannabis industry

John Schroyer  | September 22, 2017

Freshman Congressman Lou Correa, a Democrat from Southern California, had a simple message for those in the marijuana industry Friday.

“Right now is the time to get involved … Don’t let this golden opportunity pass,” Correa told hundreds of marijuana entrepreneurs at the California Cannabis Business Conference in Anaheim. “This is when all of you have to …

Study: Doctors-in-training not prepared to recommend MMJ

Bart Schaneman  | September 19, 2017

The vast majority of medical students aren’t learning about the medicinal applications of marijuana, according to a new study.

Without doctors who are properly educated on how to recommend medical cannabis, business owners in states with MMJ programs could face bottlenecks in getting product to customers.

Washington University School of …

Week in Review: Nevada MJ consumption lounges, national cannabis testing & Maine rec rules

John Schroyer  | September 15, 2017

By Bart Schaneman, John Schroyer and Omar Sacirbey

A new legal interpretation says marijuana consumption lounges don’t violate Nevada law, U.S. senators are calling for national cannabis testing protocols, and Maine releases draft rules for its recreational MJ industry.

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

US Senate committee calls for national marijuana testing program

John Schroyer  | September 12, 2017

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee wants to establish national marijuana testing protocols, according to a new report.

However, it’s not exactly a pro-cannabis industry move.

The committee members are interested in data on cannabis to help inform “substance abuse prevention efforts, public health policy and law enforcement tactics across the federal government,” …

House committee blocks votes on medical marijuana protections

Omar Sacirbey  | September 7, 2017

The House of Representatives’ Rules Committee has blocked floor votes on several key amendments that protect medical marijuana from federal interference.

The late Wednesday night maneuver doesn’t kill the protections, but it does show that marijuana opponents have not given up efforts to reverse legalization and kill the industry, The Cannabist reported.


What happened to Women Grow? Rapid growth, strategic changes contributed to contraction

John Schroyer  | August 23, 2017

By John Schroyer

In February 2016, Grammy winner Melissa Etheridge delivered a keynote to 1,200 attendees of a leadership summit hosted by Women Grow. The buzz and excitement underscored the organization’s speedy rise to prominence in the marijuana industry, and the future seemed bright.

But less than a year after the summit, Women Grow started to stumble.

Week in Review: Maine rec cannabis launch delayed, Maryland MMJ grow licensees & DOJ vs. DEA

John Schroyer  | August 18, 2017

By John Schroyer and Bart Schaneman

The launch of Maine’s recreational marijuana industry is delayed, a deadline passes for Maryland’s licensed medical cannabis growers, and the Department of Justice nixes a DEA decision on MJ research.

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

Task force tells AG Sessions to keep status quo for legal cannabis

John Schroyer  | August 4, 2017

A task force assembled by Attorney General Jeff Sessions is giving him no ammunition to go after the legal marijuana industry, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.

The Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety has offered no new policy recommendations to advance the attorney general’s aggressively