Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses:

June 11, 2014

Florida Medical Marijuana Push Faces Stiff Opposition

Medical marijuana advocates in Florida face growing opposition to Amendment 2, the bill to legalize medical cannabis. On Tuesday, the Florida Sheriffs Association entered the fight with a campaign called Don’t [click to continue...]

June 11, 2014

San Jose Approves ‘De Facto Ban’ on Dispensaries

The San Jose City Council has passed a restrictive set of zoning rules for medical marijuana businesses, a crushing blow that will force many dispensaries to close. James Anthony, a [click to continue...]

June 11, 2014

Battling Back: Advice for Challenging Cannabis Licensing Lotteries, Application Processes

By Fred Dreier A growing number of states are implementing strict cannabis laws that limit the number of marijuana businesses, using lotteries or complex scoring systems to determine who gets [click to continue...]

June 10, 2014

Dozens of Denver MMJ Businesses Could Be Forced to Close

More than 40 medical marijuana businesses in Denver might have to close on July 1 if they can’t obtain required licenses from the city. Many of the businesses trace their [click to continue...]

June 10, 2014

Washington MMJ Company Tests Advertising Limits

A Port Angeles, Washington-based medical marijuana company’s new advertising strategy is turning heads – and raising questions about cannabis marketing. The business, called Chronically On Time, deploys an individual dressed [click to continue...]

June 9, 2014

Arizona Proposes New Rules for Edibles

Arizona’s top health official has proposed new rules for edible marijuana products and the dispensaries that sell them. Will Humble, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, wants dispensaries to [click to continue...]

June 9, 2014

New York Medical Marijuana Bill in Jeopardy

Efforts to legalize medical marijuana in New York via the legislature could be dead in the water. A key lawmaker in the Senate said on Monday that he doesn’t intend [click to continue...]

June 9, 2014

Hershey Sues Colorado Company Over Packaging

The Hershey Co. has sued a Colorado edibles manufacturer, saying its labels and packaging purposely mimic the chocolate giant’s iconic candy brands. The lawsuit, which was filed in Denver last [click to continue...]

June 9, 2014

Clark County Awards 18 Dispensary Licenses

Clark County, Nevada, has awarded 18 licenses to dispensary operators, becoming the first jurisdiction in the state to green-light medical marijuana businesses. County commissioners chose the 18 from a final pool [click to continue...]

June 6, 2014

DEA Threatens MMJ Doctors in Massachusetts

Agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration have been threatening Massachusetts doctors affiliated with marijuana dispensaries, representing the latest wrinkle in the state’s emerging MMJ program. According to the Boston [click to continue...]

June 6, 2014

WA Recreational Store Hopes to Open July 1

The first retail marijuana store in Washington State could open on July 1. A manager at Kouchlock Productions in Spokane said recently that he expects to receive a retail marijuana [click to continue...]

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WA Sheriff: Rec Marijuana is Working

A Washington State sheriff has a message about marijuana for Oregon voters. “The sky hasn’t [click to continue...]

Uruguay Presidential Candidate Would Scale Back Legal Marijuana

The first country in the world to fully legalize the sale and possession of recreational [click to continue...]

Seattle Warns 330 MMJ Businesses to Get Licenses

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Obtain a state permit or shut down. That’s the gist of a letter Seattle’s Department [click to continue...]

Nevada Will Weigh Rec Marijuana

Nevada lawmakers will tackle the recreational marijuana issue early next year, whether they’re ready to [click to continue...]

CO Awards $250K Grant to THC Breathalyzer Developer

A Colorado company attempting to develop THC breathalyzers is getting some help from the state [click to continue...]

Missouri to Start Taking Hemp Cultivation Applications

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Cannabis growers of a different stripe can begin submitting applications to the Missouri government next [click to continue...]

Backlash Sinks Proposed Edibles Ban in Colorado

Colorado edibles manufacturers can let out a sigh of relief. A proposal on Monday to [click to continue...]

3 Chicago Dispensary Hopefuls Get Local Green Light

Several businesses have taken a big step forward in their quest to open medical marijuana [click to continue...]

San Francisco Delays Decision on New Dispensary

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San Francisco, which was at the forefront of the medical marijuana movement a decade ago, [click to continue...]

Oregon Judge: Towns Can Ban Dispensaries

An Oregon judge has decided that towns and counties have the right to ban or [click to continue...]

Medical Marijuana Inc. Files $100M Lawsuit Over ‘False’ Claims

Medical Marijuana Inc. has filed a lawsuit in California against several businesses – including a [click to continue...]

WA Puts Sales Data for Rec Businesses Online

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Want to track sales of individual marijuana stores, cultivators and processors in Washington State? Easy [click to continue...]

Cole to California: Regulate the MMJ Industry

The author of the 2013 Cole Memo has a clear message for California: “If you [click to continue...]

Former Israel MMJ Exec Tapped by Cannabis Consultancy

A national cannabis consulting firm has brought on a key architect of Israel’s medical marijuana [click to continue...]