New York Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

MPP opens New York office, hires ex-US senator as senior adviser

Bart Schaneman  | September 14, 2017

A national marijuana industry advocacy group is opening a New York office in hopes of strengthening the state’s medical marijuana program and, possibly, increasing business opportunities.

Marijuana Policy Project has hired former Republican U.S. Senator Alfonse D’Amato to serve as a senior adviser for New York and added community organizer Landon Dais to serve …

Marijuana executives making push into mainstream politics

John Schroyer  | September 7, 2017

By John Schroyer

Cannabis entrepreneur Todd Mitchem announced in a late-August email blast that he’s running for Congress, and the subject line even referred to the Coloradan as a “marijuana industry leader.”

He’s one of at least five current candidates for public office around the United States who have direct professional connections to marijuana.

New York medical marijuana group changes law firms in suit vs. state

Omar Sacirbey  | August 29, 2017

New York’s Medical Cannabis Industry Association (MCIA) has changed law firms in its lawsuit to stop the state’s health department from issuing new medical marijuana business licenses.

The trade group – which represents the five vertically integrated marijuana businesses that won licenses in 2015 – switched from Harris Beach to Couch White in …

Judge allows case with ex-execs at marijuana firm Vireo to proceed

John Schroyer  | August 3, 2017

A Minnesota judge has given the green light for an interstate marijuana smuggling case to move forward.

Judge Kathleen Mottl denied legal motions filed on behalf of two former employees of Vireo Health – a multistate medical marijuana producer – seeking the dismissal of criminal charges in the illegal cannabis transportation case, The Journal …

New York’s next medical marijuana licensees leap into embattled market

Bart Schaneman  | August 2, 2017

By Bart Schaneman

Despite a pending lawsuit aimed at preventing such a move, the New York Department of Health announced Tuesday it had doubled its medical marijuana businesses from five to 10.

But that makes the question at the heart of the suit even more pertinent: Can the state support its MMJ industry?

New York OKs five new medical cannabis businesses

Kevin Huhn  | August 1, 2017

New York authorized five more companies to manufacture and dispense medical marijuana in the state, which has the potential to significantly expand an MMJ industry that has struggled.

The five companies approved Tuesday by the Department of Health and the counties they’ll serve:

  • Citiva Medical, Orange
  • Fiorello Pharmaceuticals, Schenectady
  • New York …

Week in Review: Lawsuit to legalize cannabis, judge sidesteps Nevada dispute & High Times + Nasdaq

John Schroyer  | July 28, 2017

By John Schroyer, Bart Schaneman and Omar Sacirbey

A lawsuit against the U.S. government could lead to national legalization of cannabis, a judge refuses to intervene in Nevada’s recreational marijuana conflict, and High Times magazine hopes to be publicly traded.

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

Could medical marijuana company’s past haunt its future?

Omar Sacirbey  | July 27, 2017

By Omar Sacirbey

Vireo Health, a multistate medical marijuana business, has aggressive expansion plans. But the Minnesota company's goals could be undermined by two former executives whom prosecutors allege moved cannabis across state lines, a violation of federal law.

There has already been fallout, and industry observers say there's potential for more.

New York aims to ramp up hemp industry with new law, funding

Kevin Huhn  | July 13, 2017

New York is bullish on hemp.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday signed legislation aimed at boosting production of hemp and committed $10 million in state funds to ramp up the industry.

In signing the bill into law, the governor said hemp holds great potential for New York’s agricultural and biotech industries.

According to the Albany Times …

Etain relocating medical marijuana dispensary to Manhattan

Omar Sacirbey  | June 29, 2017

In a move that could generate more revenue, Etain is planning to close its medical marijuana dispensary in Albany, New York, and open a new location in Manhattan.

The New York Health Department has already approved Etain’s move, the Albany Times-Union reported.

Etain, one of five licensed medical marijuana companies in the …