Marijuana Legalization and Regulatory News for Cannabis Businesses


Week in Review: MA adult-use cannabis stores reopening, High Times deal unravels, Acreage ‘reset’ & more

Massachusetts recreational marijuana retail stores will be allowed to reopen May 25, but sales will be limited to curbside pickup and online or telephone orders. MJBizDaily takeaway: This ends an expensive shutdown and a sore point for rec store operators in Massachusetts, who have seen counterparts across the country generally treated as essential businesses. Gov. Charlie […]

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Maine’s largest city OKs adult-use cannabis, caps store licenses at 20

Portland, Maine, has opted into the state’s recreational marijuana industry with plans that call for 20 retail licenses and a scoring bonus for applicants who have been residents for at least five years. The City Council of Maine’s biggest city voted 8-1 to approve the proposed licensing ordinance after more than a year of deliberations, […]

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Overtime-pay issue leads CO marijuana security firm to US Supreme Court

A cannabis security company based in Colorado has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower-court decision requiring state-legal marijuana businesses to adhere to federal labor laws such as overtime pay. In its petition, Helix TCS argues that a ruling last September by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Denver […]

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Oklahoma’s business-friendly medical cannabis program still has room to grow, experts say

Medical marijuana sales and patient numbers in Oklahoma continue to increase at a staggering rate, indicating the red-hot market has room to grow, although some sectors and parts of the state are saturated with businesses, industry officials say. The state’s free-market approach so far has proved successful, with April sales topping $60 million. Meanwhile, regulators have […]

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Week in Review: US House passes relief bill with cannabis banking, MO permit probe extends, ME lifts residency mandate & more

The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation allowing banks to serve cannabis companies by wrapping the measure into a $3 trillion coronavirus economic relief package. The massive economic stimulus bill, proposed by House Democrats, includes language from the SAFE Banking Act, which was previously approved by the House last September and is aimed at guaranteeing […]

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US House OKs cannabis banking in passing $3 trillion coronavirus bill

The U.S. House of Representatives late Friday passed a $3 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill that includes a provision that would allow banks to serve state-legal marijuana businesses without fear of punishment. The bill passed along partisan lines by a 208-199 margin and now heads to the Senate, where it faces fierce Republican resistance. The Health […]

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Oklahoma issues first medical cannabis product recall

Oklahoma health authorities on Friday issued the first medical marijuana product recall in the program’s short history. A spokesperson for the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) told the Tulsa World that the product batch in question failed to meet state standards, having tested positive for myclobutanil. That pesticide can create toxic gases when heated. The batch […]

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What’s your opinion on marijuana firms being granted ‘essential’ status?

Marijuana Business Daily would like your opinion on how the COVID-19 crisis might affect future cannabis industry regulatory policies. Cannabis companies hope to use their newly granted status as “essential” businesses to secure a range of reforms, including access to traditional banking services and permanent approval of curbside pickup and home delivery. Marijuana industry executives also hope […]

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California governor delays proposed cannabis regulatory changes

The coronavirus has further derailed systemic reforms to the California regulatory agencies that oversee the state’s marijuana industry under a revised state budget plan. In the budget proposal released Thursday, Gov. Gavin Newsom said that his previously announced goals – merging the state’s three regulatory agencies and streamlining marijuana tax collections – would have to be […]

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Cannabis lobbying group announces leadership changes

The National Cannabis Roundtable, one of the industry’s leading advocates for federal marijuana reform, appointed Cresco Labs CEO Charlie Bachtell as its new chair. Bachtell replaces Acreage Holdings CEO Kevin Murphy, who had served as chair since NCR kicked off in early 2019. John Boehner, former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, will continue […]

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