Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses:

September 17, 2014

IL Gubernatorial Candidate: Auction Off MMJ Licenses

If Republican Bruce Rauner had his way, Illinois’s 60 medical marijuana dispensary permits and 21 cultivation center licenses would be sold by the state via auction. The GOP gubernatorial candidate [click to continue...]

September 16, 2014

Lawsuit Filed Over Florida MMJ Lottery Plan

Should states rely on chance to decide who gets to produce medical cannabis? A Florida company thinks not. Costa Farms, one of the largest farming operations in the state, has [click to continue...]

September 15, 2014

Legalization Bill on Tap in New York

A Democratic state senator in New York is planning to introduce a bill next year to legalize recreational marijuana, a la Colorado and Washington State, according to a report in [click to continue...]

September 15, 2014

Florida MMJ Opponents Buy $1.6M in TV Ads

Opponents of the push to legalize medical marijuana in Florida recently announced a $1.6 million TV ad buy in the hopes of sinking MMJ at the polls. The move is [click to continue...]

September 12, 2014

Politicians Openly Discuss Marijuana Issues

As the 2014 election approaches, politicians are increasingly comfortable addressing marijuana issues as part of their campaigns. It’s a positive indicator that the 2016 election cycle, including the race for [click to continue...]

September 12, 2014

Week in Review: Rec Marijuana Markets Humming Along + Hawaii MMJ Report & Lesson in Illinois

By Chris Walsh The nation's first two recreational marijuana markets post impressive growth, a report bolsters the case for dispensaries in Hawaii and an incident in Illinois provides a valuable [click to continue...]

September 11, 2014

Oregon Cities Levy Taxes in Hopes of Rec Law Passage

For many voters, a key selling point of recreational cannabis legalization is the possible tax windfall from the sale of cannabis and related products. At least two cities in Oregon [click to continue...]

September 11, 2014

Illinois MMJ Applicants Scramble for Local Support

As the deadline approaches to submit applications for dispensary and cultivation permits in Illinois, many entrepreneurs are scrambling to secure local approval to help boost their chances of winning a [click to continue...]

September 10, 2014

Chile Latest Country to Make Cannabis Progress

Chile has joined a growing list of countries moving toward legalization of medical or recreational marijuana. The South American country has issued a license for a cultivation site in the [click to continue...]

September 9, 2014

Illinois Cultivation Group Misses Opportunity

Several cannabis entrepreneurs who teamed up to secure approval for a marijuana cultivation center in Illinois have abandoned the effort because they didn’t start the process soon enough. The group, [click to continue...]

September 8, 2014

Closures, Fines Follow Oregon Dispensary Inspections

The Oregon Health Authority has levied significant fines on non-compliant dispensaries and has proposed revoking the license of one establishment. At least nine other non-licensed dispensaries have also been ordered [click to continue...]

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Patient Decries High Cannabis Prices in Connecticut

At least one outspoken cancer patient in Connecticut has been brought to tears by what [click to continue...]

Dueling MMJ Ad Campaigns Hit Florida Airwaves

Absentee ballots have just started to hit Florida mailboxes, and it’s no coincidence that a [click to continue...]

4 More Retail Marijuana Stores to Open in Seattle

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The Emerald City is finally about to get its second recreational marijuana shop, while three [click to continue...]

3-D Printing Creates New Cannabusiness Opportunity

The marijuana industry has spawned a seemingly endless number of ancillary business ideas, and one [click to continue...]

Montana City’s MMJ Industry Thriving

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Montana’s once-burgeoning medical marijuana sector unraveled quickly several years ago due to legal issues, but [click to continue...]

Dozens of New Regulations on Colorado Cannabis Businesses

If you work in the marijuana industry in Colorado, brace yourself. The state’s Marijuana Enforcement [click to continue...]

Legal Hemp Harvest Underway in Kentucky

Remember that 250-pound bag of imported hemp seeds customs officials detained in Kentucky earlier this [click to continue...]

Casino Giant Files Trademark Lawsuit Against Nevada MMJ Company

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The company that runs some of the most well-known casinos in Las Vegas has filed [click to continue...]

No Bankruptcy Protection for Cannabis Companies, Judges Rule

Marijuana businesses across the country, take heed: If your venture doesn’t pan out, don’t count [click to continue...]

Attorney General Holder Questions Marijuana’s Classification

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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who is resigning from his post later this year, suggested [click to continue...]

Marijuana Conference Accepting Applications for Investor Pitch Event

Cannabis entrepreneurs can now submit applications to take part in an investor pitch session at [click to continue...]

Pennsylvania MMJ Bill Clears Senate, but Challenges Remain

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Though a bill to legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania won overwhelming support in the state [click to continue...]

369 MMJ Business Applications Submitted in Illinois

Illinois received 369 applications from entrepreneurs seeking licenses to open medical marijuana businesses, according to [click to continue...]

Bogus Texas Marijuana Legalization Story Dupes Thousands

A fake news site duped thousands of online readers into believing – at least for [click to continue...]