Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses:

April 14, 2014

Kentucky Approves CBD Extracts Law

Kentucky has joined Utah on the short list of U.S. states to legalize cannabidiol (CBD) for medical purposes. Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear recently signed into law Senate Bill 124, which [click to continue...]

April 14, 2014

Maryland Revives Medical Cannabis Program, Passes Decriminalization

Maryland lawmakers have revamped the state's medical marijuana program by establishing a framework of rules that is similar to those found in other medical marijuana states. The new program dissolves [click to continue...]

April 10, 2014

Boston Mayor Aims to Block Dispensaries

Boston mayor Martin Walsh will try to block the city's two planned medical marijuana dispensaries, pending the results of a review by the Department of Public Health. This week, Walsh [click to continue...]

April 10, 2014

NJ Voters Split on Decriminalization, Oppose Rec

New Jersey voters are split down the middle when it comes to legalizing marijuana possession, however they do not support creating a recreational industry. A recent poll conducted by Monmouth [click to continue...]

April 9, 2014

Oregon Registered Dispensaries Now Total 32

The Oregon Health Authority approved the registration of 10 additional dispensaries late last week, bringing the total number of approved and registered facilities to 32. Applications for registration were accepted [click to continue...]

April 7, 2014

Holder ‘Glad’ to Work With Congress on Reclassifying Marijuana

United States Attorney General Eric Holder didn't mention cannabis in his officially planned remarks Friday before the House Appropriations Subcommittee. He focused instead on everything from national security to prison [click to continue...]

April 2, 2014

Guest Column: Vertical Integration Benefits Outweigh Drawbacks

By Becky DeKeuster Vertical integration is terrible for our industry. It leads to enormous burdens during the startup phase, creates mistrust between small farmers and the retail outlets that cannot [click to continue...]

April 1, 2014

April Fools: Canadian Recreational Legalization

By Anne Holland According to a Canadian newspaper's April Fools Day headline this morning, government officials in the province of Manitoba are considering legalizing recreational sales as soon as Easter [click to continue...]

March 31, 2014

San Francisco Votes to Shrink ‘Buffer Zone’ Around Schools

San Francisco's "green zone" of medical marijuana dispensaries could be about to grow. The city's Planning Commission recently voted to shrink the buffer zone between marijuana businesses and schools from [click to continue...]

March 28, 2014

Week in Review: Extremely Limited MMJ Laws Gain Ground in Several States

By Chris Walsh Behold the rise of pseudo-medical marijuana states. Earlier this week, Utah legalized the possession and use of certain cannabis-based extracts for locals (primarily children) with severe epilepsy [click to continue...]

March 27, 2014

CA Supreme Court Clears Way For Local Bans

Local governments in California can now ban medical marijuana businesses and private growers with the backing of the state's Supreme Court. On Wednesday, the California Supreme Court denied a petition [click to continue...]

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Seattle Dispensaries, MMJ Growers Could Get Reprieve

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Medical marijuana businesses in Seattle could get until 2016 to obtain licenses with the state. [click to continue...]

63 License Applications in Las Vegas

Las Vegas received 63 applications for medical cannabis business licenses by Wednesday's deadline, according to [click to continue...]

PTSD Study Could Move Forward, With Lead Researcher

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A federally approved project to research the use of marijuana for treating post-traumatic stress disorder [click to continue...]

Minnesota Names Medical Cannabis Czar

Minnesota's medical marijuana program now has a leader. Michelle Larson, who held various executive roles [click to continue...]

Moody’s: WA Rec Sales Could Fall Short of Projections

Initial recreational cannabis sales in Washington State could fall "well short" of expectations due to [click to continue...]

Oregon Recreational Marijuana Bill Approved for Ballot

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Oregon voters will get another shot at legalizing recreational marijuana. The state announced Tuesday that [click to continue...]

Infused Products, Extracts Guidelines Released

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) released business guidelines today tied to the manufacturing, packaging, [click to continue...]

IL Hospital Voices Interest in Dispensing Marijuana

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A hospital in Chicago has gone public with its desire to dispense medical cannabis. Executives [click to continue...]

Bid to Overturn San Jose MMJ Regs Falls Short

A last-ditch effort to block restrictive regulations on medical cannabis businesses in San Jose, California, [click to continue...]

Poll Shows Views on CO’s Rec Program Evolving

Colorado residents still favor the state's recreational marijuana law, however their support has dropped slightly [click to continue...]

VT Moves Forward With Marijuana Legalization Study

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Rand Corp. is set to begin a study on the possible impacts of marijuana legislation [click to continue...]

Illinois Expands MMJ Program

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation expanding the list of qualifying conditions for the [click to continue...]

Cheeba Chews Returns to Colorado Market

Cheeba Chews is back in business. The Colorado-based company - which makes a popular line [click to continue...]

WA Product Shortages Could Last Months

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When will Washington State's recreational marijuana industry have enough product to satisfy demand? One cultivator [click to continue...]