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Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

18 Aug Canadian stock exchange operator tries to clear air on cannabis stance

Canada’s cannabis industry and investors looking for clarity from TMX Group over its stance on MJ companies with U.S. assets will have to keep waiting.

TMX said in a news release Thursday it’s holding talks with Canada’s provincial and territorial securities regulators over the clearing of securities...

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18 Aug Week in Review: Maine rec cannabis launch delayed, Maryland MMJ grow licensees & DOJ vs. DEA

By John Schroyer and Bart Schaneman

The launch of Maine’s recreational marijuana industry is delayed, a deadline passes for Maryland’s licensed medical cannabis growers, and the Department of Justice nixes a DEA decision on MJ research.

Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana...

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17 Aug New Hampshire medical marijuana dispensaries prep for sales increase

New Hampshire’s four medical marijuana dispensaries are ramping up for an expected boost in both patient registrations and the resulting uptick in sales, thanks to new qualifying MMJ conditions that go into effect this month.

The state updated its MMJ...

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17 Aug Judge says Nevada can expand pool for rec cannabis distribution

A judge cleared the way for Nevada to allow more businesses to transport cannabis from growers to stores in an effort to keep up with overwhelming demand since recreational marijuana sales began last month.

Carson City District Judge James Russell on Thursday lifted an order blocking...

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17 Aug Two states rebut AG Sessions’ critiques of their cannabis laws

Governors in at least two states that have legalized recreational marijuana are pushing back against the Trump administration and defending their efforts to regulate the industry.

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, a former Republican, sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week asking the...

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16 Aug Maine will miss deadline to launch recreational cannabis market

Maine officials say the state won’t be able to meet its February deadline to allow recreational marijuana sales.

Republican State Sen. Roger Katz said the agencies responsible for the recreational market rollout don’t have sufficient time before the deadline to perform such tasks as licensing growers, writing departmental...

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16 Aug Report: Justice Department blocking cannabis research permits

The Department of Justice under Attorney General Jeff Sessions is forcing the Drug Enforcement Administration to backtrack on a new policy in which the DEA promised to issue more federal permits for scientific research into marijuana.

The DEA’s move a year...

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15 Aug Judge invokes Rohrabacher-Farr in federal marijuana case

At a time when the Department of Justice is trying to get Congress to pull the plug on the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment, a U.S. District Court recently used the marijuana safeguard in a federal cannabis case.

U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg in San Francisco...

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14 Aug Utah medical marijuana campaign to start gathering signatures

A statewide campaign to legalize medical marijuana in Utah took another step toward making the 2018 ballot after backers got the green light to begin circulating petitions.

The Utah Patients Coalition – the organization that launched the campaign earlier this summer – will need...

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11 Aug Ohio medical marijuana growers face licensing delay

Ohio regulators don’t expect to issue the state’s first medical marijuana cultivator licenses until around November, at least a month later than growers expected.

The new timeline could delay the startup of the state’s MMJ program beyond the planned September 2018 launch date,...

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