National Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Marijuana companies could soon face major upheaval at federal level

John Schroyer  | July 26, 2017

By John Schroyer

Life could get a lot harder for the marijuana industry in the next two months, with advocates warning that a pair of cannabis business-protecting federal policies could be in serious jeopardy.

At issue is what action the federal government may take involving the precarious 2013 Cole Memo and expiring Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment.

Coalition sues US government with aim of legalizing cannabis

John Schroyer  | July 25, 2017

A group of five diverse plaintiffs have filed suit against the federal government and two Trump administration officials, claiming that marijuana’s status as a Schedule 1 narcotic is unconstitutional and should be changed.

The 89-page lawsuit, filed in New York District Court, asks that the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 be declared unconstitutional and that …

Week in Review: Vermont’s MMJ expansion, cannabis standards & Sessions’ warning

John Schroyer  | June 16, 2017

By John Schroyer and Bart Schaneman

Vermont adds dispensaries and qualifying conditions to its medical marijuana program, two standards organizations begin work on the cannabis sector, and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions tries to strip MMJ protections.

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

Ex-Mexico president calls for NAFTA-like international MJ trade

John Schroyer  | June 13, 2017

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox called for cannabis to be included in international deals such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Speaking to reporters Tuesday before delivering a keynote address at the National Cannabis Industry Association conference in Oakland, California, Fox predicted the rise of a legal Mexican marijuana market that will lead …