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Legal & Regulatory News for Marijuana Businesses

20 Oct Peru’s Congress approves medical cannabis law

Peru’s Congress overwhelmingly approved a medical marijuana bill that also has the support of President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, putting the country in line to become the latest in Latin America to legalize some form of cannabis.
The bill, approved Thurs...

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20 Oct Maine gov proposes stalling rec marijuana sales until 2019

Maine’s Republican governor is proposing that state lawmakers consider simply delaying recreational marijuana sales, instead of passing a legislative rewrite of the voter-approved marijuana law.
The Maine Legislature is set to return Monday to co...

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19 Oct Michigan medical marijuana firms could need $500K to open

Michigan’s proposed medical marijuana regulations could very well force some existing companies out of business if they lack the financial cushion needed to secure a new license.
The proposed rules would require companies to have up to $500,000 t...

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19 Oct Another trademark marijuana lawsuit – this involving a hot sauce

(Correction: An earlier version of this report mistakenly called the lawsuit a copyright case, instead of a trademark case.)
The maker of Tapatio hot sauce is the latest to sue a marijuana company for alleged trademark infringement.
Tapatio Foods LLC h...

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19 Oct New stock rules good news for Canada’s marijuana companies, industry executives say

Matt Lamers
A fog of uncertainty hanging over Canada’s cannabis sector was lifted this week after a securities regulator and the operator of the country’s largest stock exchange clarified the listing rules for marijuana companies doing busi...

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18 Oct Aphria digs in over TMX dispute; inks deal for CA$92M in funding

On the same day Aphria shares slid more than 13% over delisting fears, the Leamington, Ontario-based company announced a deal to raise up to 92 million Canadian dollars ($73 million) in capital.
The new financing, announced Tuesday, came a day after th...

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18 Oct Sessions backs marijuana research, but balks at expanding it

During testimony before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he supports “more competition” in cannabis research but that he isn’t inclined to grant permits to everyone who applied for per...

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18 Oct Costly employment-related lawsuits on the rise in cannabis industry as MJ workforce grows

By Bart Schaneman
Marijuana companies are seeing an uptick in lawsuits tied to employment issues, reflecting the cannabis industry's growing pains as it transforms into a more mainstream business.
The latest involves a suit targeting Electrum Partners,...

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18 Oct Hemp State Highlight: Vermont’s hemp industry could see big changes from MJ, larger neighbors

By Kristen Nichols
Vermont’s small hemp industry has cause for great optimism: The state has the nation’s loosest hemp regulations and a latitude that makes it an easy fit for hemp cultivars developed in Canada and northern Europe.
But Vermont’s hemp g...

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17 Oct First business approved to grow medical marijuana in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania has given its first green light to a medical marijuana company to start growing cannabis under the state’s new MJ program
The Morning Call newspaper reported the state health department approved Cresco Yeltrah – based in Jeffer...

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