Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses:

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...]

March 27, 2014

As Industry Grows, So Does Colorado’s Marijuana Enforcement Division

As Colorado's recreational marijuana industry grows, so must the regulatory bureau overseeing it. The Marijuana Enforcement Division hopes to expand to 55 employees from its current number of 30. It [click to continue...]

March 26, 2014

Utah Legalizes Purchase of MMJ Extracts

Utah residents who suffer from severe epilepsy can now purchase CBD-rich medical marijuana extracts from other states and use it when they return home without fear of prosecution. However, laws [click to continue...]

March 25, 2014

Legalization Bill Proposed in New Jersey

A New Jersey lawmaker wants recreational marijuana to pay for the state's crumbling bridges and roadways. On Monday, Sen. Nick Scutari introduced a bill to the New Jersey Senate that [click to continue...]

March 25, 2014

Colorado Lawyers Cleared to Work With Cannabis Clients

Lawyers in Colorado can now help cannabis clients to the fullest extent of their professional abilities, without fearing ethics sanctions or discipline. On Monday, the Colorado Supreme Court approved a [click to continue...]

March 24, 2014

Oregon Approves First Dispensaries

Officials in Oregon have granted the first crop of operating licenses to medical marijuana dispensaries. The Oregon Health Authority recently approved eight licenses for medical marijuana shops, though it also [click to continue...]

March 24, 2014

Arizona Judge Upholds MMJ Extracts

Medical marijuana patients in Arizona are celebrating a victory after a judge upheld patients' rights to consume marijuana extracts, edibles and CBD oil. On Friday, judge Katherine Cooper ruled that [click to continue...]

March 21, 2014

Banking Bill Largely Ignored by Congress

A federal bill that would alleviate the marijuana industry's banking headaches is gaining little to no interest in the House of Representatives. The bill, called the "Marijuana Businesses Access to [click to continue...]

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Oregon Bank Looking to Work With Marijuana Industry

An Oregon-based financial institution has confirmed it is in talks with federal and state regulators [click to continue...]

NY Urged to Accelerate MMJ Program

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Cannabis advocates and lawmakers in New York are urging the state to accelerate implementation of [click to continue...]

Senators Ask Feds for Cannabis Guidance, Consistency

Senators from Colorado and Washington have jointly appealed to the White House and the U.S. [click to continue...]

Study: WA Rec Industry Not Creating Tourism Boom

Interest in traveling to Seattle has dipped slightly despite the start of recreational cannabis sales [click to continue...]

Rand Paul Pressuring Lawmakers to Declare Marijuana Stance

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U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has filed a series of marijuana-related amendments in recent days, [click to continue...]

CBD, Hemp Bill Introduced in House

A Republican lawmaker has introduced a bill in the U.S. House that would effectively legalize [click to continue...]

90% Support MMJ in Florida

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Opponents of medical marijuana legalization in Florida have ramped up publicity for their campaign in [click to continue...]

Stiff Competition for LV Dispensary Licenses

Applicants for medical marijuana dispensary licenses in Las Vegas face some hefty competition. Roughly 47 [click to continue...]

New York Times Urges Marijuana Legalization

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The New York Times editorial board is calling for an end to the federal ban [click to continue...]

Debt Fund Launched for Illinois MMJ Startups

Entrepreneurs looking to enter Illinois' medical marijuana industry could get help with one of the [click to continue...]

FL Company Nabs $500K Funding Commitment

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A Florida company has secured up to $500,000 in investments to fuel its business interests [click to continue...]

$38.5M Potential Tax Haul From Legalized Cannabis in Oregon

Cannabis legalization in Oregon could generate $38.5 million in taxes for the state during the [click to continue...]

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...]