Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses:

October 17, 2014

Cole to California: Regulate the MMJ Industry

The author of the 2013 Cole Memo has a clear message for California: “If you don’t want us prosecuting (marijuana users) in your state, then get your regulatory act together.” [click to continue...]

October 15, 2014

CA City Cuts Power, Water to Dispensaries

Can medical marijuana dispensaries continue operating without electricity and water? In Anaheim, California, the answer appears to be no. The city, which banned dispensaries over a year ago, is taking [click to continue...]

October 15, 2014

Worst-Case Scenario: How to Prepare for – and Weather – Financial Hardships

By John Schroyer Contrary to popular belief, not every business is thriving in the Green Rush. Some cannabis companies are teetering on the edge of insolvency - whether it's from [click to continue...]

October 14, 2014

Massachusetts Dispensaries Play Waiting Game

Hurry up and wait. That’s the situation Massachusetts medical marijuana dispensaries find themselves in as they work through the licensing process. State inspectors are still conducting site visits for the [click to continue...]

October 13, 2014

Controversy Over Proposed MMJ Business Fees in Maryland

Will the cost of doing business in Maryland turn away medical marijuana entrepreneurs and disenfranchise 45,000 potential patients? That’s the concern of many MMJ advocates after a state commission suggested [click to continue...]

October 13, 2014

Investing in Canadian MMJ Companies Could Carry Legal Risks

American investors who funnel money into Canadian medical marijuana companies could run into legal issues with the United States government. In a recent report by Reuters, several experts warned that [click to continue...]

October 9, 2014

Businesses Laying Groundwork for New York MMJ Industry

Despite the fact that New York’s medical marijuana program is still in its infancy – and more than a year away from actually beginning to serve patients – marijuana cultivators [click to continue...]

October 9, 2014

Official: ‘Careful’ IL Banks Can Work With Cannabis Companies

Illinois financial institutions interested in working with the state’s upcoming medical marijuana industry have received a tentative green light from a federal official. Zach Fardon, the U.S. Attorney for the [click to continue...]

October 8, 2014

Florida MMJ Measure in Trouble?

The anti-medical marijuana campaign in Florida appears to be taking its toll on legalization efforts. The latest SurveyUSA poll in Florida on the state’s MMJ ballot measure found that just [click to continue...]

October 8, 2014

Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Businesses Crop Up, Despite No Law

A basic medical marijuana business infrastructure is starting to take shape in Pennsylvania, even though lawmakers have not approved any type of MMJ legislation. Activists and entrepreneurs have already begun [click to continue...]

October 6, 2014

Big Business Differences Between Oregon, Washington Rec Laws

If Oregon voters decide to legalize recreational marijuana in November, the state would create a distinctly different business climate from the one that has emerged in its neighbor to the [click to continue...]

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Feds Raid Pair of Dispensaries in LA

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The Drug Enforcement Administration raided a pair of medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles on [click to continue...]

Seattle Church Sues to Close Rec Shop

Remember the church in Seattle that began staging protests outside the city’s second legal recreational [click to continue...]

San Diego Shuts Down 4 More Dispensaries

San Diego is continuing its quest to close down illegal medical marijuana dispensaries. Four more [click to continue...]

Russian Cannabis Firm Buys Ebola.com for $200K

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This may be the strangest marijuana-related story you read all week. A Russian cannabis company [click to continue...]

WA Sheriff: Rec Marijuana is Working

A Washington State sheriff has a message about marijuana for Oregon voters. “The sky hasn’t [click to continue...]

Uruguay Presidential Candidate Would Scale Back Legal Marijuana

The first country in the world to fully legalize the sale and possession of recreational [click to continue...]

Seattle Warns 330 MMJ Businesses to Get Licenses

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Obtain a state permit or shut down. That’s the gist of a letter Seattle’s Department [click to continue...]

Nevada Will Weigh Rec Marijuana

Nevada lawmakers will tackle the recreational marijuana issue early next year, whether they’re ready to [click to continue...]

CO Awards $250K Grant to THC Breathalyzer Developer

A Colorado company attempting to develop THC breathalyzers is getting some help from the state [click to continue...]

Missouri to Start Taking Hemp Cultivation Applications

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Cannabis growers of a different stripe can begin submitting applications to the Missouri government next [click to continue...]

Backlash Sinks Proposed Edibles Ban in Colorado

Colorado edibles manufacturers can let out a sigh of relief. A proposal on Monday to [click to continue...]

3 Chicago Dispensary Hopefuls Get Local Green Light

Several businesses have taken a big step forward in their quest to open medical marijuana [click to continue...]

San Francisco Delays Decision on New Dispensary

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San Francisco, which was at the forefront of the medical marijuana movement a decade ago, [click to continue...]

Oregon Judge: Towns Can Ban Dispensaries

An Oregon judge has decided that towns and counties have the right to ban or [click to continue...]