National Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Possible repeal of 280E for marijuana businesses: Q&A with Rep. Carlos Curbelo

By John Schroyer

The 280E section of the federal tax code has been the bane of law-abiding cannabis businesses for years because it typically results in plant-touching companies paying enormous tax bills to the IRS.

But that could change, perhaps even this year, if Congress were to pass the Small Business Tax Equity Act.

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New acting Drug Enforcement Administration chief appointed

The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday announced that the new acting administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration will be Robert W. Patterson, a career DEA official who started with the agency in 1988. Patterson – the principal deputy administrator of the DEA since November 2016 – replaces outgoing DEA head Chuck Rosenberg, who tendered […]

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Week in Review: CBD trademark suit, Vermont’s fifth MMJ licensee & DEA chief quitting

By Kristen Nichols, Bart Schaneman and John Schroyer  Actress Jessica Alba files a trademark infringement lawsuit against a CBD supplements company, Vermont awards its fifth medical marijuana business license, and DEA chief Chuck Rosenberg is leaving his post. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

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Acting DEA chief Rosenberg is stepping down

Chuck Rosenberg, who has been the acting administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration since 2015, said Tuesday he’ll be leaving the job. That means President Donald Trump will get to appoint a successor. It also means the DEA could reverse course on a cannabis-related policy announced in August 2016 to grant more research permits to […]

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California congressman calls for action from cannabis industry

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 […]

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

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 Medicine in St. Louis surveyed […]

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

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.

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Conservative US senator introduces pro-medical marijuana research bill

Medical cannabis just found an unlikely ally in Utah Republican Orrin Hatch. Hatch, who has served in the U.S. Senate since 1977, has introduced the Marijuana Effective Drug Study Act of 2017 (MEDS Act), according to Fortune. If approved by Congress, the bipartisan measure would ease barriers to research into the potential medical benefits of cannabis. […]

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Adult marijuana use increasing in US, two studies show

Some fundamentally good news for the American cannabis industry: Adult marijuana use is steadily increasing. That’s according to findings from two different studies – the National Survey on Drug Use and Health and a report from the Public Health Institute. The National Survey found that, in 2016: Nearly 21% of U.S. residents between the ages […]

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US Senate committee calls for national marijuana testing program

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,” according to the […]

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House committee blocks votes on medical marijuana protections

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. The amendments – […]

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Oregon governor latest to push back against AG Sessions

Oregon’s governor and the head of the state police defended the state’s legal marijuana industry in letters to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has been hinting at a crackdown on states such as Oregon that have legalized cannabis. Gov. Kate Brown noted in her letter that Sessions’ earlier communication to her referenced a draft report from Oregon State Police that […]

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