Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses:

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 read more...]

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 read more...]

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 read more...]

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 read more...]

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 read more...]

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 read more...]

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 read more...]

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 read more...]

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 read more...]

March 21, 2014

Oregon’s Proposed MMJ Rules Prohibit Sweet Edibles

Oregon's medical marijuana dispensary owners could lose out on millions of dollars in revenue under a new rule that prohibits the sale of sweet and sugary edibles. On Wednesday, the [click to read more...]

March 20, 2014

Las Vegas, Clark County Clear Way for Dispensaries

On Wednesday, the Las Vegas city council voted 5-2 to establish regulations for marijuana dispensaries, which effectively ends the six-month moratorium on the businesses there. City staff will have until [click to read more...]

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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...]

Boston Dispensary Told to ‘Go Away’

A medical marijuana dispensary looking to set up shop in Boston can't seem to win [click to read more...]

CO Seeks to Shut Down Raided Dispensaries

Colorado regulators recently moved to shut down four dispensaries that were targeted during a high-profile [click to read more...]

DOJ Chief ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ About Rec Cannabis Programs

The nation's top law enforcement official said he is encouraged by Colorado and Washington State's [click to read more...]

70+ Oregon Cities Temporarily Ban Dispensaries

More than 70 municipalities in Oregon have implemented moratoriums on medical cannabis dispensaries, limiting businesses [click to read more...]

CA Marijuana Cultivators Urged to Cut Water Use

Legal and illegal marijuana cultivators in Northern California could be draining valuable water from the [click to read more...]

Kentucky Approves CBD Extracts Law

Kentucky has joined Utah on the short list of U.S. states to legalize cannabidiol (CBD) [click to read more...]

Maryland Revives Medical Cannabis Program, Passes Decriminalization

Maryland lawmakers have revamped the state's medical marijuana program by establishing a framework of rules [click to read more...]

Denver Rec Shop Projects $10M-$12M in 2014 Sales

The owner of one of Colorado's largest recreational marijuana stores projects his 2014 revenues will [click to read more...]

GrowLife Trading Halted by SEC, Cannabis Stocks Drop

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has temporarily halted stock trading for GrowLife Inc. (PHOT), [click to read more...]

Boston Mayor Aims to Block Dispensaries

Boston mayor Martin Walsh will try to block the city's two planned medical marijuana dispensaries, [click to read more...]

NJ Voters Split on Decriminalization, Oppose Rec

New Jersey voters are split down the middle when it comes to legalizing marijuana possession, [click to read more...]