New York Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Pennsylvania medical cannabis grower drops suit but not the battle

A medical marijuana company that failed to win a Pennsylvania cultivation license has dropped a lawsuit against the state’s health department demanding the agency revoke a license awarded to another grower. Scranton-based BrightStar Biomedics charged in a lawsuit filed last month that Pennsylvania Medical Solutions didn’t disclose on its application that it was under criminal […]

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Many New York medical marijuana patients still buy from black market

New York’s medical cannabis program has been hard-pressed to prove it’s a viable setup, and those issues apparently are continuing with prospective patients still relying on black-market MMJ. A combination of high product costs, bureaucratic red tape and the easy availability of cannabis flower on the street has added up to an ongoing system where […]

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Truth in advertising: Marijuana sector still struggling to gain foothold in mainstream

By Omar Sacirbey

The marijuana industry has scored several advertising coups in recent weeks, with cannabis-related businesses landing ads on major television networks and in mainstream magazines.

Cannabis industry insiders welcomed the breakthroughs and accompanying hope, but they also cautioned that the MJ sector has far to go to win over mainstream media platforms.

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New York reinvigorating hemp program with $10M in grants

New York state is opening its ramped-up hemp program with a call for new growers and an offer of up to $10 million in grant funding. The grants come in two categories: $5 million will fund industrial hemp research, including nearly $1 million in partnerships with Cornell University and Morrisville State College to support industrial hemp […]

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MPP opens New York office, hires ex-US senator as senior adviser

A national marijuana industry advocacy group is opening a New York office in hopes of strengthening the state’s medical marijuana program and, possibly, increasing business opportunities. Marijuana Policy Project has hired former Republican U.S. Senator Alfonse D’Amato to serve as a senior adviser for New York and added community organizer Landon Dais to serve as political director […]

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Marijuana executives making push into mainstream politics

By John Schroyer Cannabis entrepreneur Todd Mitchem announced in a late-August email blast that he’s running for Congress, and the subject line even referred to the Coloradan as a “marijuana industry leader.” He’s one of at least five current candidates for public office around the United States who have direct professional connections to marijuana.

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New York medical marijuana group changes law firms in suit vs. state

New York’s Medical Cannabis Industry Association (MCIA) has changed law firms in its lawsuit to stop the state’s health department from issuing new medical marijuana business licenses. The trade group – which represents the five vertically integrated marijuana businesses that won licenses in 2015 – switched from Harris Beach to Couch White in its action against […]

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Recent New York medical marijuana licensee agrees to sale

A company that just this month won a license to grow and sell medical marijuana in New York is about to change ownership. Citiva Medical – one of five companies to receive MMJ licenses in early August – is in the process of being acquired by iAnthus Capital Holdings, the Albany Times-Union reported. The acquisition must […]

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New York expands available medical cannabis products

New York’s medical marijuana dispensaries will soon be allowed to sell ointments, lozenges and chewable tablets. The proposed regulations are intended to expand a program that’s been limited by its restrictions on allowable forms of cannabis – no smokable flower, for example – and small patient pool. The Department of Health is also hoping to increase […]

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Judge allows case with ex-execs at marijuana firm Vireo to proceed

A Minnesota judge has given the green light for an interstate marijuana smuggling case to move forward. Judge Kathleen Mottl denied legal motions filed on behalf of two former employees of Vireo Health – a multistate medical marijuana producer – seeking the dismissal of criminal charges in the illegal cannabis transportation case, The Journal News of New […]

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New York’s next medical marijuana licensees leap into embattled market

By Bart Schaneman

Despite a pending lawsuit aimed at preventing such a move, the New York Department of Health announced Tuesday it had doubled its medical marijuana businesses from five to 10.

But that makes the question at the heart of the suit even more pertinent: Can the state support its MMJ industry?

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New York OKs five new medical cannabis businesses

New York authorized five more companies to manufacture and dispense medical marijuana in the state, which has the potential to significantly expand an MMJ industry that has struggled. The five companies approved Tuesday by the Department of Health and the counties they’ll serve: Citiva Medical, Orange Fiorello Pharmaceuticals, Schenectady New York Canna, Onondaga PalliaTech NY, […]

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