Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses:

January 15, 2013

A Look Ahead: 12 States That Could Legalize Medical Marijuana in 2013

Last year was a significant one for the marijuana industry, with two states passing MMJ laws and another two legalizing cannabis for recreational use. It will be hard to top [click to read more...]

January 8, 2013

CA Dispensary Harborside Prevails Again in Court, Eroding Feds’ MMJ Crackdown Strategy

Score another one for Harborside Health Center - and possibly the entire medical marijuana industry. A federal judge in California has ruled that the landlords of Harborside's buildings in San [click to read more...]

January 4, 2013

Illinois Medical Marijuana Measure Going Up in Smoke, Lawmaker Says Vote Unlikely

A bid to legalize medical cannabis in Illinois is sputtering out, with a key lawmaker saying it's unlikely he will put an MMJ measure up for a vote in the [click to read more...]

December 24, 2012

Ringing in the New Year on a High Note + What’s in Store for the Cannabis Industry in 2013

The medical marijuana industry has many reasons to celebrate this holiday season. Dispensaries have opened in Arizona and New Jersey. Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana. The industry won several key [click to read more...]

December 24, 2012

Weekly Wrapup: Delays for Massachusetts MMJ? + Arizona on Track After Court Win

Stop us if you've heard this one before: A state passes medical marijuana laws, sets a time frame for the launch of dispensaries and then misses the initial deadlines as [click to read more...]

December 17, 2012

Weekly Wrapup: Parsing the President’s Comments + More States to Follow CO, WA Lead?

After more than a month of silence on marijuana legalization, President Barack Obama finally addressed the issue last week in an interview with ABC News. Obama said that going after [click to read more...]

December 13, 2012

US Going Green? More Than a Dozen States Could Consider Marijuana Legalization Next Year

The market for legal marijuana could expand well beyond Colorado and Washington very soon. As in next year. Lawmakers in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont have already [click to read more...]

December 10, 2012

Weekly Wrapup: 5 Major MMJ, Marijuana Developments Light Up the Cannabis Industry

Last week was a remarkable one for the medical marijuana industry, with a handful of historic developments fueling optimism after a grueling year. Here are five of these milestones and [click to read more...]

December 3, 2012

Weekly Wrapup: 19th State to Legalize Medical Marijuana? + Michigan Cannabis Developments

The next state to legalize medical cannabis could very well be Illinois, but it's going to take an aggressive last-minute push by MMJ-friendly lawmakers for that to become a reality. [click to read more...]

November 28, 2012

Illinois Medical Marijuana Legalization Vote Rescheduled for Next Week

By Anne Holland Although Illinois State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie) has convinced seven fellow lawmakers to co-sponsor his proposed Compassionate Use of Medical Marijuana Pilot Program Act (IL HB30), he's [click to read more...]

November 20, 2012

73 Current & Former Police Officers, Judges Urge Gov’t to Respect CO & WA Marijuana Legalization

The Obama administration is facing pressure on numerous fronts to respect laws legalizing marijuana in Colorado and Washington. The latest plea came this morning, when the nonprofit group Law Enforcement [click to read more...]

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7 Bid for Delaware Dispensary License

Delaware has received seven applications for the single dispensary license up for grabs. Officials with [click to read more...]

Marijuana Supporters, Opponents Cheer Delay in AK Legalization Vote

Both marijuana advocates and opponents are hailing a delay in Alaska's vote to legalize marijuana [click to read more...]

200+ Cannabis Business Applications Filed in Southern Nevada

Entrepreneurs in southern Nevada are lining up by the hundreds to get in on the [click to read more...]

Health Canada Recalls Medical Marijuana

Health Canada has initiated the country's first medical marijuana recall. Earlier this week, British Columbia-based [click to read more...]

Tommy Chong Signs on With Colorado Cannabis Store

Actor and longtime marijuana advocate Tommy Chong is diving head-first into the business side of [click to read more...]

Cannabis Firm Buys 3 Buildings in Florida

The publicly traded firm Cannabis RX has acquired three commercial buildings in Florida that it [click to read more...]

Lack of Testing Oversight in Oregon Raises Concerns

Dispensary owners in Oregon are concerned that the state's lack of oversight on testing labs [click to read more...]

Lottery for Rec Licenses Underway in Washington

Washington State is holding a lottery this week to determine who can sell recreational cannabis [click to read more...]

Updated Illinois MMJ Rules Could Increase Market Size

Illinois has issued revised draft rules for the medical marijuana industry, easing up on regulations [click to read more...]

Privateer Holdings Expects to Raise $50M

Privateer Holdings, one of the largest private equity firms in the cannabis industry, is reportedly [click to read more...]

WeedMaps Ad Pulled From Times Square

Online dispensary directory WeedMaps recently purchased electronic billboard space in New York City's Times Square, [click to read more...]

Wisconsin Legalizes CBD Oils, But Questions Remain

Wisconsin has become the latest state to legalize cannabidiol extracts, joining Utah and Kentucky in [click to read more...]

More Oversight on Rhode Island MMJ Industry Urged

A marijuana working group in Rhode Island is lobbying for greater oversight of the state's [click to read more...]

Nevada MMJ Businesses Scramble to Meet Application Deadline

Prospective medical marijuana business owners in unincorporated areas of Nevada's largest county are making a [click to read more...]