Marijuana Legalization and Regulatory News for Cannabis Businesses

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 nothing in the state’s medical marijuana act limits the form in which patients may use cannabis. “The AMMA authorizes qualifying patients to use extracts, including CBD […]

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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 Banking Act of 2013” has been stalled in two House committees since it was introduced last year. According to a Denver Post survey of lawmakers, […]

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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 Oregon Health Authority released draft rules on the state’s MMJ industry that will go into place next week as part of the dispensary program created […]

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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 early summer to draw up final zoning regulations for the businesses, which will then be put to another vote this summer. The number of dispensaries […]

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RI Legalization: Increasing Support, Election-Year Difficulties

Legislative support for Rhode Island’s proposed law to legalize recreational cannabis is growing, according to the bill’s sponsor. However, election-year realities may delay the bill’s passage to 2015. State Rep. Edith Ajello (D-Providence) said that 29 members of Rhode Island’s House of Representatives have signed on to the Marijuana Regulation, Control and Taxation Act – more than […]

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Edibles Companies Fear Local Laws in Arizona

The patchwork of local laws governing edibles in Arizona has created an uneasy business climate for manufacturers. And at least one company is so worried about legal repercussions that it is ending its edibles business line. Phoenix-based Bloom Dispensaries notified its retail partners that it is halting production of edible products. The company distributes edibles […]

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Canadian Growers Face Police Shutdown After April 30

Health Canada is giving independent cannabis growers 30 days to dispose of their plants. In a letter distributed to growers this week, the department threatened to send the police after those who refuse to stop growing after April 30, which is one month after the new Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations take effect. Health Canada […]

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Week in Review: Fixing California’s MMJ Program Will Require Plenty of Compromise

By Chris Walsh California lawmakers will have another chance to fix the state’s broken medical marijuana industry after years of dragging their feet on the issue. Earlier this week, we wrote about a bill introduced recently that would regulate medical marijuana businesses on the state level and tighten restrictions on doctors who recommend MMJ to […]

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Cannabis Execs Seek Change in Washington DC

Several dozen executives from the cannabis industry pressed federal lawmakers in Washington DC this week to relax laws on marijuana businesses, specifically those tied to banking and taxes. The delegation –which included dispensary owners, MMJ accountants, lawyers and other marijuana business professionals from across the county – met with Congressional staffers to voice their concerns […]

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No Tax Breaks for Washington State Growers

Marijuana growers in Washington State will not receive the same tax benefits as farmers. The state House has passed a bill that excludes marijuana growers and infused-product manufacturers from qualifying for the state’s agricultural tax breaks. The bill, which already passed the Senate, now heads to Gov. Jay Inslee’s desk for approval. Officials there estimated […]

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Nevada Lawyers Ask for MMJ Protection

Lawyers in Nevada are asking the state Supreme Court to protect them if they advise medical marijuana clients. The state bar governing board submitted a petition on Tuesday seeking an amendment to rules of professional conduct so lawyers can give legal advice to medical marijuana clients. The request is significant: Currently, lawyers cannot advise marijuana […]

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Colorado Rec Sales Could Trigger Taxpayer Refund

Colorado taxpayers could get extra cash back this year if the state’s marijuana-related tax revenues exceed projections, which would provide some solid PR for the cannabis industry. Under Colorado’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR), if the marijuana industry exceeds the estimated $70 million in annual tax revenue that voters agreed upon in November 2013, the […]

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