San Diego approves new marijuana business regulations

Omar Sacirbey  | September 12, 2017

San Diego’s City Council approved regulations to allow cultivation, testing, production and distribution of marijuana products by business operators that obtain conditional use permits.

Such activities would be allowed in light and heavy industrial zones of San Diego, City News Service reported.

According to The San Diego Union-Tribune, the council also:

  • Eliminated …

Massachusetts regulatory agency dominated by anti-MJ members

Omar Sacirbey  | September 1, 2017

Massachusetts has finalized its Cannabis Control Commission (CCC), and four of the appointees to the five-member panel voted against recreational marijuana legalization.

Britte McBride, a former assistant state attorney general, and Kay Doyle, deputy general counsel at the Massachusetts Department of Public, were appointed to the CCC on Friday, and both voted against the adult-use …

Vancouver MMJ dispensary to get its day in court – in a year

Matt Lamers  | August 17, 2017

A date finally has been set for a British Columbia courtroom to hear a case involving the first of 53 injunctions Vancouver has filed against unlicensed medical marijuana dispensaries operating within the city.

Karuna Health Foundation will serve as a “test case” for the other 52 injunctions, CBC News reported, although the case won’t …

Congress keeps medical marijuana protections in budget deal

Omar Sacirbey  | May 1, 2017

Congress unveiled a $1.1 trillion spending bill Monday that includes a provision to extend key protections for state-licensed medical marijuana businesses through the end of September.

The MMJ amendment has been closely watched given the new Trump administration’s mixed messages about cannabis. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has spoken critically about marijuana, …

Breaking down borders: The rise of US-Canada cannabis partnerships

Omar Sacirbey  | February 8, 2017

By Omar Sacirbey

The Green Solution, a large retail marijuana chain in Colorado, wanted a foothold in Canada’s expected recreational cannabis market. OrganiGram, among the growing number of federally licensed Canadian growers, needed know-how and a name.

And so was born a partnership indicative of the growing synergy between the U.S. and Canadian cannabis industries.

Week in Review: Key Meetings in Canada, Possible Patient Boom in Nevada & DEA Speculation

John Schroyer  | June 24, 2016

By John Schroyer and Omar Sacirbey

Canada’s legalization point man huddles with industry reps, a new Nevada patient processing office could produce a revenue jump for medical marijuana dispensaries, and speculation swirls that the DEA is poised to reschedule cannabis.

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