Marijuana Legalization and Regulatory News for Cannabis Businesses

Curaleaf, Surterra among big spenders on federal marijuana lobbying

The marijuana industry has spent about $2 million so far this year lobbying for federal cannabis reform in Washington DC, and more than half that money has come from individual MJ-related companies. Businesses and lobbying organizations said the investments are critical in helping lawmakers and federal regulators understand the importance of cannabis-related issues. They are […]

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New Hampshire medical marijuana market plagued by slow patient processing

New Hampshire’s small, highly regulated medical cannabis market is being hampered by delays in registering patients, according to a new report. Virtually all qualified patients don’t receive their cards to purchase MMJ within the mandated five-day period, according to the New Hampshire Union Leader, citing a legislative performance audit. The average registration time in 2018 […]

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Competition heated for Missouri medical cannabis dispensary licenses

The race among medical cannabis business applicants in Missouri for growers and dispensary licenses is fierce, state figures show. The data shows that more than half the 2,100-plus medical cannabis business applicants are seeking dispensary licenses. Here are the applicant counts by category, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services: Dispensaries: 1,163 […]

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Nevada marijuana sales rise to $639 million in fiscal 2019

Cannabis sales in Nevada hit $639 million in its latest fiscal year, a 20% jump over sales of $530 million for the same period a year ago, providing the latest sign of the strength of the state’s MJ market. About 80% of the sales in the fiscal year ended June 30 are in Clark County, […]

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New proposals could aid small growers in saturated market: Q&A with Washington state’s top regulator, Rick Garza

Washington state regulators are considering several proposals to help cannabis growers – particularly smaller cultivators – compete in a market beset by challenges, including low wholesale prices and overproduction. The state’s Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB), which regulates the marijuana licensees, recently announced draft legislation the agency is considering requesting for the upcoming 2020 legislative […]

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Florida governor asks state Supreme Court to decide cannabis licensing issue

The Florida governor’s office, as expected, asked the state Supreme Court to rule on whether the medical cannabis program’s vertical integration requirement for MMJ businesses is unconstitutional and should be opened up to new licensing opportunities. Lawyers for Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, filed the appeal with the Florida Supreme Court on Friday, according to […]

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Local recreational marijuana bans in Michigan could hurt legal sales

Nearly 40% of Michigan communities that approved a recreational cannabis ballot measure last year introduced local bans that prohibit retail sales, putting a possible damper on the adult-use market when it launches next year. Michigan’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency issued emergency rules in July giving local authorities six months to introduce bans before regulators start to […]

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Michigan officials issue marijuana recall for four products

The Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency issued a health bulletin recalling four cannabis products because of an ongoing investigation of an MJ testing lab whose business license was suspended last month. All four products apparently failed testing standards, one for a pesticide and three for heavy-metal contamination. The four products being recalled are: RSO Syringe Monster X […]

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Illinois licenses first five adult-use marijuana retailers

Illinois awarded its first licenses to businesses that can sell recreational cannabis when it becomes legal in the state next year. State regulators announced the five medical marijuana dispensaries where residents will be able to buy small amounts of recreational marijuana products starting Jan. 1. The first group of licensees are all owned by Chicago-based […]

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Nevada judge gives OK for more retail cannabis stores to open

More than a dozen new dispensaries could open in Nevada’s booming retail marijuana market in the coming weeks after a judge gave the go-ahead Thursday to companies that underwent background checks and won licenses. State marijuana regulators said as many as 36 stores could open. But lawyers for the state and companies claiming the licensing […]

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Judge: New Mexico must issue medical marijuana cards to nonresidents

A district judge in New Mexico made a final ruling ordering regulators to issue medical cannabis patient cards to qualifying out-of-state residents, but the governor’s office said it will appeal. The ruling, if it stands, would inject additional sales into the market. Here’s the latest on the case: Judge Bryan Biedscheid issued his permanent ruling […]

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Maine’s largest medical marijuana firm at heart of business dispute

Maine’s biggest medical cannabis operator is trying to end its relationship with a company behind its fast-growing edibles operation. Wellness Connection, based in Portland, Maine, contends CanWell of Rhode Island is to blame for $14 million in losses caused by low yields from its extraction equipment and processes. CanWell, meanwhile, says the charges were trumped […]

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