Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses:

May 16, 2014

SEC Warns Investors About Marijuana Stocks After Suspensions

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is warning investors about potential fraud committed by public companies that claim to operate in the marijuana industry. The investor alert, which was issued [click to continue...]

May 16, 2014

Minnesota to Legalize MMJ, Creating $10M-$20M Market

A compromise between lawmakers in Minnesota has paved the way for the state to legalize medical marijuana and set up a dispensary system. But there’s a big caveat: The measure [click to continue...]

May 16, 2014

Lawsuits Challenging Canada’s Cannabis Law Pile Up

Hundreds of Canadians have filed lawsuits in recent months challenging the country’s new medical marijuana system, which restricts production to licensed commercial growers. The lawsuits could derail the MMJ program [click to continue...]

May 15, 2014

Kentucky Sues Federal Government Over Hemp Seeds

Kentucky will battle the federal government over imported industrial hemp seeds. The state’s agriculture department has filed a lawsuit against the federal government, seeking the release of Italian hemp seeds [click to continue...]

May 14, 2014

WA Cannabis Investors, Companies Hurt by Local Bans

Local bans on cannabis businesses across Washington state are hitting some investors and entrepreneurs squarely in the pocketbook. Nearly 50 municipalities in Washington have enacted outright bans or zoning ordinances [click to continue...]

May 12, 2014

Food Regulators Inspect Edibles Companies, Force Product Recalls

Health inspectors in Denver are holding edibles companies to the same safety standards as restaurants and other food manufacturers. The Denver Department of Environmental Health recently began sending food inspectors [click to continue...]

May 12, 2014

New Jersey Dispensaries Grapple With Low Patient Counts

New Jersey’s medical marijuana industry is struggling to gain traction, with dispensary owners saying the state’s process for registering patients is severely limiting the market. Just six months after opening, [click to continue...]

May 9, 2014

Week in Review: 2nd Rec Cannabis State Poised for Liftoff + Power Players Behind MMJ Applications

By Chris Walsh The nation’s second recreational cannabis market takes a big step forward, notable names apply for Nevada business licenses and medical marijuana laws gain traction in several states. [click to continue...]

May 9, 2014

MedBox Plans for Growth, But Some See Red Flags

Cannabis dispensing technology provider MedBox Inc. has impressive plans for immediate growth, which could help the company’s stock hit new heights. But the checkered past of its founder, coupled with [click to continue...]

May 9, 2014

Delaware Dispensary Program Lagging

Marijuana advocates in Delaware believe the state continues to drag its feet in implementing a 2011 law that legalized medical marijuana dispensaries. The state’s governor approved a plan last year [click to continue...]

May 7, 2014

Oregon’s Final Moratorium Count: 142 Cities, 26 Counties

In Oregon, selling medical marijuana may be harder than you think. Although the state passed a law last year allowing dispensaries, local jurisdictions spent the last two months enacting temporary [click to continue...]

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Panel Differs on Impact of Rec Industry on Colorado’s Economy

Is the legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado making the state less attractive to businesses [click to continue...]

IL Municipalities Seeking Contributions From MMJ Firms

With Monday looming as the deadline in Illinois for medical marijuana business applications, a number [click to continue...]

Warren Buffett’s Subsidiary Company Testing Cannabusiness Waters


A subsidiary company of Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate is is reportedly exploring the waters [click to continue...]

New Poll Good News for D.C. Marijuana Legalization

A ballot measure to legalize possession of marijuana in Wasington D.C. got a boost on [click to continue...]

WA Rec Shop Lottery Winners At Risk of Losing Licenses

Washington State is warning dozens of applicants for recreational marijuana business licenses that their chance [click to continue...]

Lawsuit Over ‘Pot Pavilion’ Highlights New Cannabis Business Risks


A Colorado marijuana edibles company is under increasing heat as a lawsuit filed against its [click to continue...]

Lobbying Group Turns Tables on Overconsumption Story

The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) is using a now-infamous first person account of excessive cannabis [click to continue...]

Consultant Company Pursues IPO-Friendly Restructure


Mjardin Management isn’t exactly an original idea, given that it’s a consulting and management company [click to continue...]

IL Gubernatorial Candidate: Auction Off MMJ Licenses

If Republican Bruce Rauner had his way, Illinois’s 60 medical marijuana dispensary permits and 21 [click to continue...]

Black Market Marijuana Dealer Targets Rec Store’s Customers

Although recreational marijuana proponents often argue that legalizing and taxing cannabis will help undercut illegal [click to continue...]

Colorado Banking Co-Op Program Stalls


An attempt to ease the lack of banking services for Colorado’s cannabis industry may prove [click to continue...]

Lawsuit Filed Over Florida MMJ Lottery Plan

Should states rely on chance to decide who gets to produce medical cannabis? A Florida [click to continue...]

Legalization Bill on Tap in New York

A Democratic state senator in New York is planning to introduce a bill next year [click to continue...]

IL Lawmaker Defends Secrecy-Shrouded Application Process


Illinois is keeping information about applicants for medical marijuana business permits completely confidential, ostensibly to [click to continue...]