Category Archives: Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

Michigan approves 24 more medical marijuana licenses

Michigan regulators approved 24 more medical cannabis operating licenses under a new regulatory framework, according to an email sent by state regulators to the media. That now brings the statewide total of licenses issued to 91. In late November, regulators said they wouldn’t force existing, unlicensed medical marijuana businesses to close before Dec. 31. Here’s the […]

California regulators OK statewide marijuana delivery in draft of final rules

In the final drafts of California’s cannabis business regulations, regulators approved statewide cannabis deliveries, even in areas that ban cannabis. The rules will not be completely finalized until approved by the Office of Administrative Law (OAL), which may not be until sometime in January. Many believe statewide delivery – one of the most debated issues involving […]

Nevada high court dismisses liquor firms’ adult-use marijuana distribution suit

The Nevada Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit that would have required the state to license only alcohol wholesalers as distributors of recreational marijuana. The decision doesn’t have an immediate effect, but “when we decide to open up more (distributor) applications, it will allow us to select from a broader range of applicants,” said Stephanie Klapstein, […]

Pennsylvania may expand medical cannabis qualifying conditions list

It may soon become easier for more patients to purchase medical cannabis in Pennsylvania, a development that could boost dispensary sales. The state’s Medical Marijuana Advisory Board approved a new process for adding medical ailments to the list of treatable conditions, the Tribune-Review reported. In coming weeks regulators will start accepting petitions for new conditions […]

Adult-use cannabis legal in MI as of today; commercial market not likely until 2020

Michigan on Thursday became the latest state to officially legalize the recreational use of marijuana, but it’s initially only for adult possession and use – not commercial sales. The start of what is expected to be billion-dollar-plus commercial industry is still more than a year away, but businesses are positioning themselves in anticipation. Matt Miner, […]

280E still applies to marijuana companies, US Tax Court rules

The U.S. Tax Court ruled on a 2½-year-old case in which California-based Harborside had hoped to end 280E’s hold over the marijuana industry’s profit margins. But the Oakland company’s hopes were dashed Friday when the court upheld the tax code. “280E continues to negatively impact the growth of the legal cannabis industry, the jobs that […]

Falsified California testing lab data may result in major marijuana product recall

Sacramento-based Sequoia Analytical Labs surrendered its business license after a state inspection discovered that the company’s lab director had been falsifying cannabis product testing results for almost four months, and hundreds of marijuana products may now have to be recalled and retested. The loss of a lab could pose a significant problem for the California […]

Final California marijuana industry rules may not be made public until January

Although California’s final cannabis industry regulations will reportedly be completed Monday, many industry insiders likely won’t be able to read them until January. That may be a disappointment to marijuana businesses that were anticipating being able to see the final rules sooner than later. “We expect to send our final version of permanent regulations to […]

Cannabis applications in Malta await guidelines from government

While the cannabis industry is getting broad support from the government of Malta, the business application process still awaits guidelines from a key government agency. Several companies have obtained letters of intent (LOI) from Malta Enterprise – the first step in applying for permits – but no company has yet been fully licensed to cultivate […]

Smooth ride expected for Mexico’s cannabis legislation, experts say

Mexico’s move to legalize medical and recreational marijuana could create a market “at least three times larger” than Colombia’s, according to industry executives and analysts, who do not expect the proposed law to see significant resistance from lawmakers. Olga Sanchez Cordero, who will serve as interior minister in the incoming president’s cabinet, last week filed […]