Martha’s Vineyard Dispensary Sues To Allow Delivery of Cannabis From Massachusetts Mainland

May 27, 2024 · High Times

Martha’s Vineyard is an island off the coast of Massachusetts that’s known for its 23 miles of scenic hills and beaches. It’s a popular destination for summer vacationers enjoying the quaint Victorian architecture, as of July 2021, it had one medical cannabis dispensary (Fine Fettle Dispensary) which until recently was also the only cannabis cultivator on the island, in addition to one adult-use only dispensary (Island Time) which opened in August 2021. The cost of living is high in Martha’s Vineyard,… Read more.

Wholesale marijuana shortagesWholesale marijuana shortages on Martha’s Vineyard spark lawsuit

May 22, 2024 · MJ Biz Daily

Cannabis stores on Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket filed a lawsuit against Massachusetts regulators to allow wholesale marijuana delivery to the islands for resale to consumers. According to the lawsuit filed against the Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) in Suffolk County Superior Court, Geoff Rose, owner of Island Time, and Nantucket-based Green Lady Dispensary are seeking an allowance for interisland cannabis transportation via boat, The Martha’s Vineyard Times reported. According to the newspaper, the lawsuit was prompted by wholesale marijuana shortages as Martha’s Vineyard’s only grower,… Read more.

Marijuana Companies Want Court Hearing In Case Challenging Federal Prohibition To Be Streamed Online Next Week

May 17, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Major marijuana companies are asking a federal court to grant remote public access to a hearing next week in a case where they’re seeking to shield in-state cannabis activity from federal enforcement. And the Justice Department says it has “no position” on the request. The hearing before the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts’s Western Division is scheduled to take place on Wednesday. Attorneys for the plaintiffs stressed in a motion filed on Friday that the “dispute involves questions… Read more.

The Illegal Cannabis Market in America is Still 3x Bigger Than the Legal Marijuana Market

May 15, 2024 ·

In 2022, illicit cannabis sales soared to over $74 billion, surpassing the legal market's $28 billion by a remarkable 164%, according to the latest report from New Frontier Data on American cannabis consumers. This significant disparity highlights potential opportunities for legal businesses to attract frequent users who currently depend on unregulated sources, as well as the millions of adults interested in cannabis but hesitant to try it. Canada has a similar problem, as only 20% of the legally grown cannabis get sold to… Read more.

Minnesota home growers file suit seeking to sell their marijuana without a license

May 12, 2024 · MJ Biz Daily

A group of home growers in Minnesota has filed the state’s first cannabis-related lawsuit, contending a century-old provision allows them to sell their marijuana without a license. Four state residents are challenging the state’s new cannabis law that mandates only licensed businesses can sell marijuana, according to the MinnPost. The lawsuit, filed in Ramsey County District Court, names as defendants: The Office of Cannabis Management (OCM), the state’s chief marijuana regulator. OCM Interim Director Charlene Briner. State Attorney General Keith Ellison.… Read more.

New York City Officials Announce Crackdown on Illegal Cannabis Dispensaries

May 8, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

New York City Mayor Eric Adams on Tuesday announced that city officials would begin enforcement actions in the five boroughs to shut down illegally operating cannabis shops. “Operation Padlock to Protect” comes after state officials last month gave municipalities the regulatory authority to shutter unlicensed cannabis dispensaries and other businesses, such as smoke shops, which are selling cannabis without state approval. The operation includes cooperation between the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and New York City Department of Consumer… Read more.

Ho-Chunk Nation Decriminalizes Cannabis

May 8, 2024 · High Times

A federally recognized tribe concentrated largely in the Great Lakes region announced last week that it will decriminalize cannabis. “The Ho-Chunk Nation recognizes that marijuana and its derivatives are natural growth plants with medicinal and industrial applications,” the tribe said in a statement, as quoted by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Indigenous people have used marijuana and hemp for hundreds of years for a variety of purposes and the Ho-Chunk Nation acknowledges its functional purpose.” Rob Pero, founder of the nonprofit Indigenous Cannabis… Read more.

New Mexico cannabis operator reports more seizures by Border Patrol

May 3, 2024 · MJ Biz Daily

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents seized more than $90,000 worth of marijuana products from state-licensed cannabis operators in New Mexico during two separate stops this week. Kai Kirk, managing partner of Las Cruces-based Head Space Distribution, reported the latest encounters between U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and New Mexico marijuana companies to MJBizDaily. Those stops continue a trend that began in February and has resulted in regulated operators losing hundreds of thousands of dollars in product. Andrea Brown, a spokesperson for… Read more.

MedMen Declares Bankruptcy

April 29, 2024 · MG Magazine

Five years after its market valuation peaked at about $3 billion, MedMen Enterprises Inc. is bankrupt. The company filed insolvency proceedings in Canada and was placed in receivership in the United States on April 24. The company intends to liquidate, signaling extinction for the one-time “cannabis unicorn.” Documents filed with the Canadian and American courts list assets of C$1 and liabilities totaling more than C$561.5 million (US$411 million), of which more than C$359 million is secured debt held by Superhero Acquisition… Read more.

Feds Seizing Legal Cannabis Products In New Mexico

April 11, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

Federal Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents have in recent weeks seized more than $300,000 worth of cannabis products from state-licensed cannabis operators in New Mexico, KRQE reports. The seizures have been carried out during routine CBP checkpoints located in the state’s southern region near the U.S.-Mexico border. “Normally they don’t have dogs,” said Top Crop Cannabis Co.’s Operations Manager Nick Spoor in the report. “Usually it’s just a, ‘Are you a U.S. citizen, yes’ and then they wave you through.” But… Read more.

Biden ‘Not Doing Enough’ To Protect State Marijuana Laws, Congressman Says As Feds Seize Products From Licensed Businesses

April 10, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

A Democratic congressman says recent reports of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents seizing marijuana from state-licensed businesses in New Mexico underscores how the Biden administration is “not doing enough to protect states who are not waiting for the federal government to catch up.” Over the past two months, CBP has seized hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of cannabis products from state-legal operators—a recent trend that seemingly conflicts with the administration’s non-intervention position for state marijuana laws. “The Biden-Harris Administration… Read more.

California Swindler Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges in Fraudulent Hemp Scheme

April 10, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

A California man on Friday pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud in a hemp business fraud case that cost investors more than $18 million, the Los Angeles Times reports. Mark Roy Anderson, 69, was indicted last year in the scheme by a federal grand jury.  In the federal complaint, prosecutors said Anderson used the money collected from investors for Harvest Farm Group to buy a $1.3 million property in Ojai and another $2.3 million on personal expenses, including more than $650,000 for… Read more.

Federal Officials Are Suddenly Seizing Marijuana From State-Licensed Businesses, Leaving Industry Perplexed

April 9, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Federal officials have been seizing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of marijuana from state-licensed cannabis businesses in New Mexico in recent weeks—detaining industry workers in what appears to be a localized escalation of national prohibition enforcement even as the federal government has largely refrained from interfering with the implementation of state legalization laws in recent years. New Mexico marijuana businesses report that the more than dozen U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seizures, particularly at interior checkpoints around the… Read more.

Cannabis Raid in Oakland Yields $10M in Illicit Products, Authorities Say

April 5, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

Last week, an illegal cannabis operation in East Oakland was dismantled by authorities, resulting in the seizure of plants with an estimated retail value exceeding $10 million. CBS News reported that the operation took place on the 700 block of Kevin Court, where the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and other agencies conducted a joint operation. This intervention followed an investigation into suspected illegal cultivation activities at the site. During the operation, over 12,000 cannabis plants were eradicated. A spokesperson for… Read more.

Judge clarifies New York adult-use marijuana ruling after creating chaos

April 5, 2024 · MJ Biz Daily

New York’s adult-use marijuana industry rode a chaotic roller coaster the past two days, after a state Supreme Court judge on Wednesday struck down nearly all regulations for the market, only to issue a revised, much narrower ruling one day later. Last year, Leafly Holdings sued New York’s Office of Cannabis Management (OCM), challenging the state’s ban on third-party advertising for cannabis retailers on free-speech grounds. But in a scathing ruling dated April 3 that began to circulate Thursday, Albany Supreme Court Judge Kevin… Read more.

California Cops Return Weed From Raid

March 28, 2024 · High Times

The Los Angeles Times reported that “Costa Mesa police and city employees trucked more than 100 pounds of cannabis flower, boxes of oil cartridges and vaporizers along with documents, devices and security equipment held in police storage” to the owners of Se7enleaf, Michael Moussalli and Matteo Tabib, reached a settlement agreement with the city of Costa Mesa, California. According to the Times, Costa Mesa attorneys “had been mounting an offense against what they believed was illegal commerce taking place at the site.” “They didn’t… Read more.

Florida Supreme Court Can Issue Marijuana Ballot Opinion ‘At Any Time’ Before Monday Deadline, But ‘No Provisions’ On What Happens Without Ruling, Official Says

March 28, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Florida’s Supreme Court is fast approaching a deadline—midnight on Monday—to render an opinion in a case that will decide whether a marijuana legalization initiative will appear on the state ballot this November. But while expectations were that it would issue its decision on Thursday, as it traditionally posts opinions on that day of the week, the court declined to do so—raising procedural questions about what to expect next with time running thin, and what might happen if justices miss the… Read more.

Connecticut Lawmakers Approve Psilocybin Decriminalization Bill In Joint Committee Vote

March 26, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Connecticut lawmakers have approved a bill to decriminalize psilocybin in a bicameral committee. About two weeks after the legislature’s Joint Judiciary Committee first discussed the psychedelics proposal, members approved it on Tuesday. The legislation would make possession of up to one-half an ounce of psilocybin punishable by a $150 fine, without the threat of jail time. A second or subsequent violation would carry a fine of at least $200 but not more than $500. A person who pleads guilty or no… Read more.

Michigan company’s marijuana license revoked over illicit extracts

March 21, 2024 · MJ Biz Daily

A Michigan marijuana company is surrendering its processor licenses because it was combining legal and unregulated cannabis in extracts sold in the adult-use and medical markets. Lansing-based TAS Asset Holdings, also known as Noble Road Co., received a consent order and stipulation from CRA, the Lansing State Journal reporting, citing an announcement from Michigan’s Cannabis Regulatory Agency (CRA). TAS Asset Holdings hasn’t operated since February 2023 after the CRA issued formal complaints and suspended the company’s licenses. “TAS has been closed since February 2023… Read more.

Hawaii House Passes Bill to Expunge Some Criminal Records Including Low-Level Cannabis Possession

March 8, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

Hawaii’s House on Tuesday passed a bill to create a free, state-initiated, process for expunging certain criminal records, including arrests and convictions for promoting a detrimental drug in the third degree, Honolulu Civil Beat reports. The measure could expunge charges for more than 36,000 people arrested in the state for possessing less than 3 grams of cannabis, an offense decriminalized in 2019.  There are more than 53,000 arrest records under the promoting a detrimental drug statute in the state’s criminal database but only about 10,000… Read more.

Canada Admits Why the Illicit Cannabis Market is Crushing Their Legal Market -Lower Prices, Better Selection, and Convenience!

February 28, 2024 ·

Despite Canada's legalization of marijuana for adult use more than five years ago, according to a recent analysis from Deloitte Canada, sales of cannabis remain mostly concentrated in the illegal market, accounting for anything between 25% and 50% of the entire market. The paper explores the distinctions between the legal and illegal cannabis marketplaces and poses relevant issues about product offers, pricing, and operational tactics. 624 legitimate adult-use marijuana outlets and 57 illegal ones were the subject of an analysis by Deloitte… Read more.

Buy Weed from Women, But Do Your Due Diligence Too So You Don’t Get Scammed – SHE Beverages Was a Complete Fraud

February 26, 2024 ·

After a couple of years, the Securities and Exchange Commission has wrapped up its case against the SHE Beverage company. In 2021, they slapped charges on the bigwigs Sonja F. Shelby, Lupe L. Rose, and Katherine E. Dirden, accusing them of duping investors during the 2017-2019 period. Now, the final judgments are in. SHE Beverages As ace cannabis reporter, Deb Borchardt of Green Market Report first posted, SHE Beverages was a scam from the very beginning of their public fund raising efforts.… Read more.

How Can Cops Tell the Difference Between Hemp and Marijuana? – Feds Unveil Real-Time High-Resolution Mass Spectrometry Update!

February 22, 2024 ·

Researchers funded by the federal government have unveiled novel techniques for distinguishing between marijuana and hemp by precisely measuring the THC levels in both flowers and edibles. The National Institute of Justice (NIJ), a branch of the Justice Department, is championing the findings from two research endeavors it sponsored, focusing on refining cannabis lab testing. These findings are being disseminated to specific law enforcement agencies. The primary goal of these projects was to streamline testing procedures to address the increasing backlog in… Read more.

California Cops, Tax Collectors Auction Off Property Seized in Cannabis Raids

February 19, 2024 · High Times

Glass bongs, money counters, a La-Z-Boy recliner and a snow cone machine were among the goods auctioned off Friday at an auction hosted by the CHP and CDTFA to raise money for unpaid taxes on cannabis businesses. The California Department of Taxes and Fee Administration released a notice last week about the auction, held Friday, February 16 in Los Angeles. The notice said that the property to be sold had been seized from 10 cannabis businesses in the Los Angeles area, nine… Read more.

Minnesota Mayor Charged With Illegal Cannabis Cultivation

February 12, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

The mayor of Winnebago, Minnesota, and his son were arrested on Thursday after being linked to multiple commercial-grade greenhouses being used to grow illegal quantities of cannabis, the Fairmont Sentinel reports. According to court documents, multiple law enforcement agencies launched a cooperative investigation into the grow sites in January 2023 after the South Central Drug Investigative Unit received an anonymous tip in that greenhouses in Winnebago were being used to grow cannabis plants. Adult-use cannabis is legal in Minnesota and residents aged 21+ are allowed to grow… Read more.

Biden Falsely Suggests Marijuana Pardons ‘Expunged’ Records And Released Prisoners While Campaigning On ‘Promises Kept’

January 30, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

President Joe Biden is again inflating the impact of his pardons for marijuana offenses, falsely suggesting that his act of clemency “expunged” records and that people were released from prison. “A promise made and a promise kept,” he said during a campaign speech in South Carolina on Saturday. “I keep my promises when I said no one—no one—should be in prison for merely possessing marijuana or using it, and their records should be expunged,” Biden said. The president has routinely framed… Read more.

Oregon Lawmakers Consider Reversing Drug Decriminalization

January 20, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

Oregon Republican lawmakers in the House last week unveiled a proposal that would re-criminalize drug possession in the state by reassigning misdemeanor penalties for drug possession and mandating addiction treatment to avoid jail, the Oregon Capital Chronicle reports. The bill seeks to override the state’s 2020 voter-approved drug decriminalization initiative, Measure 110, by making persona possession of fentanyl, heroin, and meth a class A misdemeanor with jail time penalties of up to one year, a fine of up to $6,250, or both,… Read more.

Oregon House Republicans Release Proposal To Recriminalize Drug Possession, Reversing Voter-Approved Measure 110

January 17, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Oregon House Republican lawmakers on Thursday released details of a proposal that would end Measure 110 by mandating misdemeanor penalties for drug possession and treatment to avoid jail. House Republicans want to make possession of small amounts of fentanyl, heroin and meth a Class A misdemeanor, which carries up to a year in jail, a fine of up to $6,250, or both. Under the bill, users could avoid jail time with mandatory addiction treatment. The bill also would impose a… Read more.

Cannabis Activist Dana Beal Busted for Marijuana Trafficking in Idaho

January 17, 2024 · CelebStoner

Irwin Dana Beal is behind bars tonight in Gooding County Jail in Southern Idaho, charged with felony marijuana trafficking. Bail was set at $250,000. The legendary activist who founded Cures Not Wars and the Global Marijuana March and a YIPPIE organizer was arrested on January 15 by Idaho State Police in Gooding, ID. A vehicle malfunction led to the police apprehension. CelebStoner has requested a copy of the police report. Beal is known to traffick in large quantities. When asked… Read more.

Connecticut attorney general takes action against illicit marijuana operators

January 12, 2024 · MJ Biz Daily

Connecticut’s attorney general filed civil lawsuits against seven businesses accused of selling “potent, illicit” marijuana products without proper state licenses. The Tuesday announcement by AG William Tong comes on the heels of a record month of legal cannabis sales in the state. According to the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection, the state’s cannabis industry reported $27.5 million in combined recreational and medical marijuana sales in December. It’s the highest monthly total since the state launched adult-use sales in January 2023. Combined sales for all of 2023 topped… Read more.

Minnesota Regulators and Police Discuss Closing THCA Hemp Loophole

January 10, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

A perceived loophole in Minnesota’s new adult use cannabis law is set to be addressed in a summit later this week, according to a report from news outlet MinnPost. The meeting, convened by the state Office of Cannabis Management and the Department of Health, will bring together law enforcement and local government associations to discuss the unregulated sale of products portrayed as hemp that may contain high THC levels. The ambiguity arises from the law’s description of regulated products, which includes… Read more.

Judge Nixes Montana’s Cumulative Cannabis Dispensary Fees

January 10, 2024 · Green Market Report

A Montana judge struck down a state law imposing higher fees on cannabis dispensaries, ruling in favor of a group of dispensary owners who argued that the increased costs threatened their businesses. Lewis and Clark County District Court Judge Mike Menahan issued the order last week, effectively halting the enforcement and collection of the new fee structure passed by the state legislature, according to the Daily Montanan. The ruling is a significant blow to the state’s efforts to raise regulatory revenue… Read more.

Maine authorities charge 5 in illicit marijuana grow crackdowns

January 3, 2024 · MJ Biz Daily

Maine is cracking down on unlicensed marijuana operators, charging five individuals in two separate investigations in the past week. In the most recent instance, Maine State Police on Tuesday responded to a community complaint about two homes in Belgrade, according to the Bangor Daily News. Police said they executed search warrants at both residences and found 2,300 marijuana plants, which they seized. Yuequan Chen, 44, and Li Min Chan, 66, were charged with illegal cultivation of marijuana and unlawful trafficking in scheduled… Read more.

Police Officer Killed While Responding to Burglary at Cannabis Business

January 2, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

Tragedy struck the Oakland Police Department early Friday morning as Officer Tuan Le, 36, lost his life in the line of duty while responding to reports of a burglary at a cannabis business, as reported by CBS. This marked the second burglary incident at the same location within just four hours. Officer Le, originally from Vietnam, moved to Oakland and became a naturalized citizen on September 11, 2001. He graduated from the 183rd police academy in 2020 and had been serving… Read more.

California’s High Stakes Holiday Heists

January 2, 2024 · Cannabis Now

A wave of crime targeting cannabis companies has been rising steadily in recent years. Unable to use traditional banking systems, many cannabis companies often have large amounts of cash on site, along with highly valuable cannabis products that can be easily flipped on the illicit market. This makes them tempting targets for gangs and criminal organizations. Nowhere are these attacks more prolific than in California, where cannabis robberies continue to ravage legal facilities. Preferred Gardens‘ founder and CEO, David Polley, has been cultivating… Read more.

Nevada Doubles Weed Possession Limit

January 1, 2024 · High Times

A new law went into effect in Nevada on January 1 making several changes to the state’s cannabis laws, including a provision that doubles the state’s limit on weed possession. The measure, Senate Bill 277, was passed by Nevada lawmakers this spring before being signed into law by Republican Governor Joe Lombardo on June 14. Senate Bill 277 makes several significant changes to Nevada’s cannabis regulations. In 2001, the state legalized medical marijuana, followed by the legalization of adult-use cannabis with… Read more.

Federal Lawsuit Challenges Mississippi’s Ban On Marijuana Advertising, Citing Free-Speech Rights

December 31, 2023 · Marijuana Moment

Mississippi’s medical cannabis advertising ban is preventing a small dispensary from attracting customers, Tru Source owner Clarence Cocroft is arguing in a federal lawsuit that casts the law as a violation of his free-speech rights. Though medical marijuana is now legal for Mississippians with qualifying conditions and a medical cannabis card, state law prohibits dispensary owners and cultivators from advertising cannabis products. “It’s a daunting task to stay in the industry when you can’t advertise,” Cocroft told the Mississippi Free Press on December 8.… Read more.

Biden Pardons 11 People with Non-Violent Cannabis Convictions

December 26, 2023 · High Times

On Dec. 22, President Joe Biden announced that he will be expanding his pardon initiative to include offenses that occurred on federal properties. “America was founded on the principle of equal justice under law. Elected officials on both sides of the aisle, faith leaders, civil rights advocates, and law enforcement leaders agree that our criminal justice system can and should reflect this core value that makes our communities safer and stronger,” Biden said in his statement. “That is why today I am announcing additional steps… Read more.

Teens Do Not Smoke More Weed Despite Almost 40 States Having Some Form of a Legal Marijuana Program Says US Government

December 20, 2023 ·

A recent editorial on titled  "The Kids Will All Be Getting High Turns Out to Be 100% Wrong" went viral as it pointed out that the long held Reefer Madness myth of kids getting stoned all day with the legalization of cannabis across America is not accurate based on government studies and data. In a landscape marked by the dynamic evolution of cannabis policies across the United States, the 2022 Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey emerges as a critical lens through which… Read more.

Company At Center Of Missouri’s Massive Marijuana Recall Threatens Lawsuit That Could Upend Regulations

December 19, 2023 ·

Missouri’s crackdown on a cannabis company accused of illegally importing THC concentrate could lead to a showdown over the state’s authority to regulate the industry. Delta Extraction had its license to manufacture cannabis products revoked in November, months after a massive recall pulled more than 60,000 products off the shelves—which the state says were illegally made with a hemp-derived THC concentrate imported from out of state. As the legal battle continues to drag out, the company has upped the ante: If the state… Read more.

Feds And Marijuana Businesses Jointly Agree On Deadline Extension For Lawsuit Challenging Prohibition

December 18, 2023 ·

The U.S. attorney general and a coalition of marijuana businesses represented by an influential law firm have jointly agreed to request a deadline extension for the filing of initial briefs in a much-anticipated lawsuit against the federal government that seeks to block the enforcement of cannabis prohibition against state-legal activity. In the lawsuit, the businesses have claimed that perpetuating prohibition in state markets is unconstitutional, creating undue public safety risks while precluding licensed marijuana businesses from accessing critical financial services and tax… Read more.

29 Former Federal Prosecutors Urge Biden Administration To Leave Marijuana In Schedule I

December 15, 2023 ·

In a letter sent to the heads of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) this week, 29 former U.S. attorneys are urging the Biden administration to leave cannabis in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), arguing that “marijuana has only become more dangerous, potent, and addictive” since the government last reviewed its scheduling in 2016. The correspondence comes as DEA continues its review of marijuana’s scheduling after the U.S. Department of Health and Human… Read more.

Michigan resident files another lawsuit over marijuana social equity licensing

December 14, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

A Michigan resident who has won marijuana business licenses through litigation has now filed a lawsuit against Washington state regulators. Kenneth Gay, of Peridot Tree WA, is challenging the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Control Board for rejecting his application for a retail license under the state’s social equity program, according to Green Market Report. The lawsuit argues that the state’s six-month residency requirement is unconstitutional under the dormant commerce clause, which generally prohibits states from passing legislation that discriminates against or excessively… Read more.

Denver Cops Bust 23 Suspects Accused of Dispensary Burglaries

December 12, 2023 ·

Law enforcement officials in Colorado last week announced the arrest of 23 individuals for their alleged involvement in more than 40 cannabis dispensary burglaries in the Denver metropolitan area. Denver District Attorney Beth McCann said in a statement on Friday that the 23 defendants are members of two separate organized crime groups. The arrests came following a lengthy investigation by several law enforcement agencies including the Denver District Attorney’s Office, Denver Police Department, Aurora Police Department, the FBI, ATF, the… Read more.

Missouri Expunges 100,000 Cannabis Offenses In First Year Of Legalization, Even As Some Courts Miss Deadline

December 12, 2023 ·

Missouri officials have expunged more than 100,000 marijuana cases from court records during the first year of legalization, according the latest state numbers. But some courts missed Friday’s deadline for felony expungements as clerks work to review decades of old cases. “The courts are going to need more time to finish the job, and in fact, it might be years before all the cases from the past century are expunged,” lawyer Dan Viets, a Missouri NORML coordinator and co-author of… Read more.

Detroit marijuana operators sue city after late license revocation

December 7, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

A group of Detroit marijuana operators are suing the city for revoking a business license years after it was granted and only after they’d invested $15 million in a cultivation operation. According to a complaint initially filed Nov. 9 in Wayne County, Michigan, but then moved to federal court, Detroit officials granted the would-be business operators a series of permits to run a marijuana cultivation and processing facility beginning in 2020. The operators – identified in court documents as Cannabis Professional Design,… Read more.

Tennessee Authorities Find Weed Cultivation Site Inside Church

December 6, 2023 · High Times

Law enforcement officials in Tennessee have shut down a cannabis cultivation site that was operating in a converted church, seizing about 2,000 weed plants in the process. The raid on the church, which was conducted last week by the Stewart County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO), was the result of a weeks-long investigation, according to law enforcement officials. Although the plant count was not especially high for commercial marijuana growing operations, Sheriff Frankie Gray noted that the bust shut down Stewart County’s… Read more.

Ahead Of Oral Arguments, Safe Drug Consumption Site Lawyers Call Out DOJ’s ‘Irreconcilable’ Legal Positions

December 3, 2023 · marijuanamoment-net

With oral arguments set for Monday in a federal court case over a proposed Philadelphia safe drug consumption site, counsel for the would-be facility sent a letter to the judge in the case on Thursday calling out the Department of Justice (DOJ) for taking apparently contradictory legal positions. In the Philadelphia safe consumption site case itself, the letter says, DOJ has argued that the harm reduction aims of Safehouse, the nonprofit attempting to open facility where people can use illicit… Read more.

Supreme Court Weighs Whether Hemp Legalization Affects Gun Possession Mandatory Minimums For Man With Marijuana Convictions

November 30, 2023 · marijuanamoment-net

The Supreme Court on Monday heard the case of a defendant seeking to reduce his criminal penalty for firearm possession as the result of the federal government’s legalization of hemp in 2018. At issue are the boundaries of the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA), a 1984 law that imposes penalties on gun possession for people with past violent felonies or serious drug offenses. Initially the law imposes a 10-year maximum penalty for having a firearm, but after three offenses, a… Read more.

Cartel’s Primary Pot Distributor ‘El Mago’ Shot Dead in Los Angeles

November 29, 2023 · High Times

A top member of the Sinaloa cartel responsible for allegedly distributing thousands of pounds of illegal cannabis was shot and killed in Southern California. Eduardo Escobedo, 39, was found dead Thursday close to the intersection of Rosecrans and Towne avenues in Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Escobedo and another man were both killed following a shooting incident. The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s office identified the second man who was shot dead as Guillermo De… Read more.

Maryland Supreme Court Declines to Review Injunction Against State’s Anti-Intoxicating Hemp Products Law

November 29, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

The Maryland Supreme Court last week declined to review a lower court’s injunction against the enforcement of a state law to ban intoxicating hemp products, the Daily Record reports. The decision allows the injunction to remain in place and will allow the sale of the products, such as delta-8 THC and delta-10 THC, to continue.   The lawsuit against the rules was filed in July by the Maryland Hemp Coalition and several hemp farmers and businesses and in October Washington County Circuit Court Judge Brett R. Wilson… Read more.

U.S. Virgin Islands Calls for People with Cannabis Convictions To Reach Out for Expungements

November 27, 2023 · High Times

U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. recently called out to residents with cannabis convictions to contact the government to determine if those convictions are eligible for expungement. The territory’s cannabis law, Act No. 8679, dictates that any cannabis convictions be automatically expunged if it involves an individual in possession of two ounces of cannabis or less. “This initiative reflects the Governor’s commitment to justice and fairness in applying the law, especially in light of recent changes that have made the… Read more.

Democrats Seek Updated Federal Financial Rules for Cannabis Business Owners With Weed Convictions

November 20, 2023 · High Times

A group of Democratic lawmakers has written a letter to federal financial regulators calling on them to update rules that hinder cannabis business owners with past convictions for marijuana-related crimes. In the letter to the Treasury Department, 20 Democratic Senators and members of the House of Representatives wrote that the proposed change “would be an important step to promote fairness in the provision of financial services to marijuana businesses that participate in state-sanctioned marijuana activity.” Under current guidance from the… Read more.

Amnesty Program for Cannabis Licenses? – Should States Offer a Window for Illegal Cannabis Operators to Get Licenesed?

November 20, 2023 ·

In a highly anticipated development, the third round of licensing for D.C.'s expanded medical cannabis program officially commenced last week, as reported by LJ Dawson for The Outlaw Report. On the initial day of the application period, the Alcohol Beverage and Cannabis Board received a total of 20 applications for retail licenses and one application for an internet retailer license. This licensing round seeks to tackle the persistent issue of unlicensed operators, including various "weed-gifting" shops that have operated throughout the city. These… Read more.

Florida Supreme Court Poised to Allow Cannabis Legalization Ballot Question in 2024

November 16, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

The Florida Supreme Court seems poised to allow an adult-use cannabis legalization proposal to be put to voters next year, seemingly rejecting the arguments by state Attorney General Ashley Moody that the initiative’s wording is misleading and that it violates the state’s single-subject rule on ballot questions, the Miami New Times reports.   During a hearing last week, Justice Charles T. Canady said he was “baffled” by the argument laid out by Chief Deputy Solicitor General Jeffrey Paul DeSousa of the Florida Attorney General’s Office,… Read more.

Legal and retail gurus explain how Schedule 3 could impact marijuana sales

November 15, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

If marijuana is moved from Schedule 1 to Schedule 3 of the Controlled Substances Act, that would expand both access and product selection for medical marijuana patients. But rescheduling likely wouldn’t impact how state-regulated MMJ dispensaries operate. “Schedule 3 allows essentially a new pathway for cannabis to be in the marketplace, which is through an FDA-approved drug channel,” said Amy Rubenstein, a partner with the international law firm Dentons. Pharma pipeline Rubenstein explained that moving marijuana to Schedule 3 would make it… Read more.

Cannabis and Criminal Justice Advocates Urge Biden to Fully Deschedule Cannabis

November 8, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

In a letter to President Joe Biden (D), the Marijuana Justice Coalition and Cannabis Freedom Alliance said that the administration’s plans to move cannabis from Schedule I to Schedule III under the Controlled Substances Act “would simply maintain federal criminalization” of state-approved medical and adult-use cannabis programs, calling instead for full descheduling under federal law.   The letter notes that, according to Federal Bureau of Investigation data, nearly 250,000 individuals were arrested nationwide for cannabis-related crimes in 2021 and that Black people were arrested at… Read more.

DEA likely to OK marijuana rescheduling, but election and lawsuits could get in the way

November 7, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

From zealous drug warrior to out-of-touch elder statesman to the regulated marijuana industry’s savior apparent. President Joe Biden’s long arc in public life might have more twists ahead. One year after setting into motion the most significant transformation in federal marijuana policy since 1970, the same politician whose views as a U.S. senator escalated the drug war to its apex has now, as president, laid the cornerstone for a stable and lasting legal marijuana industry. “Love him or hate him,” said Andrew… Read more.

Hemp-derived cannabinoids aren’t controlled substances, GA court says

November 3, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

Hemp-derived cannabinoids such as delta-8 and delta-10 THC could be legal to sell in Georgia after the state’s Court of Appeals ruled such products aren’t controlled substances. The decision follows a Georgia crackdown on hemp-derived THC products that included a 2022 raid on retailer Elements Distribution, the plaintiff in the case, according to Atlanta TV station WXIA. The Gwinnett County district attorney’s office, which worked with local authorities in the raids, could still appeal the decision to the Georgia Supreme Court. After passage… Read more.

Federal Sentencing Commission’s New Marijuana Guidelines Directing Judges To Treat Past Convictions More Leniently Officially Take Effect

November 2, 2023 ·

New federal guidelines from the U.S. Sentencing Commission (USSC) advising judges to treat prior marijuana possession offenses more leniently have officially taken effect. About seven months after members of the commission voted to promulgate a series of amendments—including a multi-part criminal history revision that adds cannabis possession as an example of an offense that generally warrants sentencing discretion—the new guidelines became effective on Wednesday. Federal judges have historically been directed to take into account prior convictions as aggravating factors when making… Read more.

Report: Texas Law Enforcement Won’t Stop Raiding Hemp Shops

November 1, 2023 · High Times

When Congress legalized industrial hemp in 2018, it prompted a tidal wave of CBD-based products while also eliminating a front in the war on drugs.  But in Texas, some local law enforcement officials continue to fight the old battle, as a report this week in the Dallas Observer highlights. The story details a recent raid at the store Venom Vapors in Killeen, Texas, where cops, building inspectors and even the local fire marshal showed up one morning earlier this month saying they had received… Read more.

Federal Judge Denies Attempt to Block Virginia Hemp Restrictions

November 1, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

A federal judge in Northern Virginia on Monday denied an attempt to block a recently enacted state law that imposed stricter limits on intoxicating hemp products, the Virgnia Mercury reports. In the opinion, U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema said the state “demonstrated that delta-8 THC is a credible threat to the Virginia population.”   The plaintiffs, which include Virginia hemp businesses, argued in the lawsuit that Virginia had overstepped its authority to regulate hemp in a way that conflicted with federal law and interfered with interstate commerce.… Read more.

Cannabis Companies Sue U.S. Attorney General Over Federal Cannabis Laws

October 28, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

A group of Massachusetts-based cannabis companies are suing U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland over federal cannabis laws, arguing the laws infringe on state powers, harms their business, and threatens the businesses’ safety because the laws force them to operate entirely in cash.   The plaintiffs include Canna Provisions, Inc., Wiseacre Farm, Inc., Verano Holdings Corp., and Gyasi Sellers, an individual who operates a cannabis courier business. The lawsuit points to a 2005 Supreme Court decision (Gonzales v. Raich) that found because Congress intended to “eradicate”… Read more.

Federal Appeals Court Rules Against DEA In Psilocybin Rescheduling Lawsuit Brought By Doctor Who Wants To Give Psychedelic To Cancer Patients

October 28, 2023 ·

A federal appeals court has ruled against the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in a lawsuit over a Washington State doctor’s petition to reschedule psilocybin. The court said DEA failed to explain its reasoning when it denied the petition, and it ordered the agency to provide a more complete justification. The court did not, however, send the petition to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for review, as lawyers for the doctor had requested. The opinion, handed down Friday by… Read more.

Marijuana Companies Sue Attorney General To Block Enforcement Of ‘Unconstitutional’ Federal Prohibition

October 26, 2023 ·

A coalition of marijuana businesses represented by an influential law firm has filed a much-anticipated lawsuit against the U.S. attorney general, seeking to block the federal government from enforcing cannabis prohibition against their state-legal activity. They claim perpetuating prohibition in state markets is unconstitutional, creating undue public safety risks while precluding licensed marijuana businesses from accessing critical financial services and tax deductions that are available to other industries. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts,… Read more.

Think Your Prescription Drugs are Safe? – Pharmaceutical Companies Have Racked Up $82 Billion in Fines in Just the Past 10 Years

October 26, 2023 ·

It's high time for pharmaceutical companies that have been exposed for misleading the public to face the consequences. According to a recent report from ConsumerShield, the past decade has witnessed a surge in settlements and fines within the pharmaceutical sector, surpassing a staggering $80 billion. Published on October 17, ConsumerShield's report titled "Balancing Profits, Penalties, and Public Safety in the Pharmaceutical Industry" sheds light on the fact that a significant portion of these infractions is related to synthetic opioids, notorious… Read more.

Nevada Commission Seeks Comment On Plan To Let People With Marijuana Convictions Become Police Officers

October 25, 2023 ·

A Nevada commission will hear public comment this week on a proposal that would amend hiring standards for police officers to allow job candidates who were previously disqualified for certain marijuana-related offenses to be eligible for law enforcement positions. The change being considered by the state Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) at Thursday meeting would amend regulations around hiring that currently prevent a person from becoming a peace officer if they have been convicted of an offense involving the… Read more.

Captain Cannabis Creator Wins Trademark Battle

October 23, 2023 · Green Market Report

In the epic battle between Cosmic Crusaders and LaVerne John Andrusiek over the character Captain Cannabis, a court decided that the trademark belonged to Andrusiak. Cosmic Crusaders registered and received the trademark claiming it had started using the character in 2014. According to the lawsuit, when Andrusiek learned about the registration he filed a petition to cancel the registration for Cosmic Crusaders saying he had been using the name since the 1970’s. Since both parties used the name for the same purposes, i.e.,… Read more.

Alaska Airlines Seeks To Reverse Order Reinstating Worker Fired For Positive Marijuana Test With New Federal Lawsuit

October 23, 2023 ·

Alaska Airlines is suing a mechanics union in federal court over a recent arbitration decision that reversed the 2022 firing of a technician who tested positive for THC. The company alleges the arbitration board that rendered the decision earlier this month “acted in excess of its authority by dispensing its own brand of industrial justice.” The five-page complaint, filed on Thursday in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, says the board reinstated the worker, Gregory Chappell, “based on… Read more.

Police Group Says Jersey City’s Lawsuit Over Off-Duty Marijuana Use By Officers Is A ‘Waste Of Taxpayer Dollars’

October 22, 2023 ·

The New Jersey Fraternal Order of Police is lashing out against a newly filed lawsuit by Jersey City officials that seeks to undo a state policy that generally allows police officers to use marijuana while off duty, calling the legal challenge “an unfortunate waste of taxpayer dollars.” Jersey City and its public safety director, James Shea, sued the state in federal court on Monday, arguing that the policy, released by the state attorney general’s office in February, is preempted by federal law.… Read more.

Two Michigan Lobbyists Sentenced to Federal Prison for Bribing Former Cannabis Licensing Board Chair

October 20, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

Two Michigan lobbyists on Wednesday were sentenced to federal prison terms for their role in paying bribes to Rick Johnson, the former chair of the Michigan Marijuana Licensing Board. Brian Pierce was sentenced to 24 months in prison, along with two years of supervised release and a $25,000 fine, while Vincent Brown was sentenced to 20 months in prison, with two years of supervised release and a $25,000 fine.   In a statement, U.S. Attorney Mark Totten said the duo “deliberately… Read more.

Cannabis Companies Sue Towns Over Past HCA Fees – No Extra Cops, Trash Pickups, or Rehab Workers Needed When Dispensaries Open

October 19, 2023 ·

The Massachusetts cannabis industry has been grappling with considerable uncertainty regarding the legal and enforceable nature of the "Community Impact Fees" in the wake of the enactment of "An Act Relative to Equity in the Cannabis Industry" in November 2022. This uncertainty has raised significant concerns within the industry and has even prompted multiple legal disputes between operators and their host communities. One of the most recent lawsuits in this regard has been initiated by Berkshire Roots, a Pittsfield-based cannabis company. On… Read more.

FBI’s Latest Data Shows an Uptick in Cannabis Arrests

October 19, 2023 · MG Magazine

Law enforcement agencies arrested 227,108 people for cannabis-related violations last year and 92 percent of the arrests were for possession, according to the latest data published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation this week. The figures likely fall short of reality with only 83 percent of agencies, representing 75 percent of the U.S. population, reporting data to the federal government. If all law enforcement agencies reported their data, the total number of cannabis-related arrests last year likely would be closer… Read more.

We Have Some Odd Cannabis Laws Across the United States

October 18, 2023 · MG Magazine

The lack of federal guidance has led to a patchwork of state laws and outright oddities around cannabis. While some of these regulations have presented lucrative loopholes for entrepreneurs with a high risk tolerance, the intended and often unintended consequences of others can be difficult to comprehend. “Marijuana laws in America, beyond being almost universally draconic and overly punitive for most of our history, are also extraordinarily odd even to this day,” said Erik Altieri, former executive director of NORML… Read more.

McCormick Sues Cannabis Company Over Parody Sticker

October 17, 2023 · High Times

Annapolis, Maryland-based cannabis company Crabcakes & Cannabis®, pulled a popular parody sticker after receiving a cease-and-desist letter from McCormick & Company, Incorporated, the makers of Old Bay® seasoning, who said their sticker was too similar to their Old Bay logo.  Crabcakes & Cannabis took the opportunity to challenge the implications of a Supreme Court decision last June that is impacting all types of small businesses. The issue brings up the question that if parodies aren’t allowed, are we taking trademark… Read more.

Court Order Allows Maryland Shops To Resume Sales of Intoxicating Hemp Products

October 17, 2023 · High Times

A Maryland judge has temporarily suspended portions of the state’s marijuana legalization statute prohibiting the sale of hemp-derived products with intoxicating cannabinoids. The judge’s order allows hemp and CBD shops to resume selling the products while a lawsuit challenging the state’s cannabis legalization law continues. The legal action was filed in July by a group of business owners and the Maryland Hemp Coalition challenging provisions of the state’s marijuana legalization law that only allow businesses approved by state cannabis regulators to… Read more.

Cannabis is Big Business for Michigan Law Firms

October 16, 2023 · Green Market Report

Myles Baker is only six years out of law school. In a couple of months, it’s likely the associate attorney for Detroit firm Dickinson Wright PLLC will make partner — an often-elusive reward for a young lawyer. Baker is only 31 years old. He has marijuana to thank. Most associates aren’t even eligible for partnership, which means higher compensation and revenue sharing in law firms until they are eight to 10 years into their careers. But the legalization of cannabis… Read more.

Maryland Judge Sides With Hemp, Blocks New Law

October 16, 2023 · Green Market Report

A Maryland judge denied a temporary restraining order against hemp producers saying that the hemp products were legal according to the 2018 Farm Bill. The Maryland Hemp Coalition filed the case against the state’s 2023 Cannabis Reform Act. The Cannabis Reform Act (CRA) lumped in all cannabis products including those derived from hemp with no regard towards the amount of THC in the product or how it was derived. The 2018 Farm Bill specifically stated that hemp products containing less… Read more.

Cannabis Company Files Lawsuit Against ‘Stacking’ of Adult-Use Sales Taxes

October 13, 2023 ·

A Missouri cannabis company is suing the state claiming the sales tax stack on adult-use cannabis sales is unconstitutional, KSHB 41 reports. St. Louis County-based Robust Missouri Dispensary 3 argues that the 3% tax passed by voters in Jackson and Cass counties violates state law and that in February the Missouri Department of Revenue issued a statement that clarified “based on constitutional language, a city and a county cannot ‘stack’ the additional up to 3% local tax on recreational marijuana sales.” That… Read more.

New Mexico Cannabis Industry Rife With Rulebreaking

October 13, 2023 · Green Market Report

New Mexico’s cannabis industry has been a bit too freewheeling, insiders and regulators told state lawmakers in the Land of Enchantment this week during a legislative hearing. That’s led to literally thousands of citations for business rule violations in recent months. This year alone, the Cannabis Control Division has conducted 572 business site inspections and found 2,700 violations, agency director Todd Stevens told state lawmakers. Issues ranged from “minor” problems such as not having proper documentation to more serious violations, such as… Read more.

Drug Dealer Connected to Michael K. Williams Death Sentenced to Five Years in Prison

October 12, 2023 · High Times

A convicted fentanyl dealer and member of a New York City drug ring blamed for the overdose death of actor Michael K Williams has been sentenced to five years in federal prison.  According to an article by the Associated Press, Luis Cruz was one member of a four-man team convicted of selling fentanyl-laced heroin to Williams, who played Omar Little on HBO’s The Wire as well as other roles throughout his career. Williams overdosed in his Brooklyn apartment in September of 2021 after… Read more.

Massachusetts Cannabis Company Suing Over Host Community Agreement Fees

October 12, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

A Pittsfield, Massachusetts cannabis company is suing the city over its Community Impact Fees, alleging officials have not identified any “impacts” the company has had on the community, JD Supra reports. Under the state’s legalization law, the Community Impact Fees imposed on cannabis businesses must be “reasonably related” to the costs incurred by a municipality as a result of cannabis business operations and municipalities must furnish annually documentary proof of such costs to operators.  Berkshire Roots is seeking to recoup $440,000 in Community Impact… Read more.

Last Prisoner Project’s State of Cannabis Justice Report Highlights Sobering Realities

October 12, 2023 · High Times

Last Prisoner Project highlighted some startling realities despite recent promises and movement at the federal level to loosen laws around the prohibition of cannabis.  One year after President Joe Biden pledged to expunge certain low-level cannabis convictions, Last Prisoner Project released its State of Cannabis Cannabis Justice Report last week. While promises have been made, has anyone actually been released from prison? On Oct. 6, 2022, Biden announced historic steps to advance the end of cannabis prohibition in the country by pardoning… Read more.

California Task Force Seizes Nearly 100K Weed Plants in Three Months

October 9, 2023 · High Times

California’s Unified Cannabis Enforcement Taskforce (UCETF) seized nearly 100,000 cannabis plants over the last three months, according to an announcement from the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife. State officials lauded the seizures on Friday, saying that illegal weed grow sites pose a threat to consumer safety and are often associated with organized crime. Bill Jones, chief of the Law Enforcement Division for the California Department of Cannabis Control (DCC), noted that the task force had focused on some of… Read more.

If Weed Is Rescheduled, Does That Mean It Is Now Federally Legal? (And Other Questions You Were Afraid to Ask)

October 8, 2023 ·

The discussion surrounding the legalization of marijuana has been prevalent in recent years, with numerous states choosing to take matters into their own hands rather than relying on federal action. Now, there is a glimmer of hope for nationwide legalization as federal health authorities have proposed reclassifying marijuana. However, this does not necessarily translate to full legalization. Currently categorized as a Schedule I controlled substance, marijuana is considered by the Drug Enforcement Administration to have "no currently accepted medical use and… Read more.

Suspended Massachusetts cannabis chair drops suit after hearing granted

October 7, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

Shannon O’Brien, the suspended chair of the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission, dropped her lawsuit seeking to block the suspension after being granted a hearing over the matter. The hearing is scheduled for Nov. 7, according to The Boston Globe. State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, who suspended O’Brien with pay on Sept. 14, granted the hearing. An Oct. 6 court date for the injunction was canceled after the lawsuit was dropped. Beyond Goldberg saying “several serious allegations” were made about O’Brien, the reason for the suspension remains a… Read more.

Justice Department Defends Gun Ban For Medical Marijuana Patients In Oral Arguments Before Federal Appeals Court

October 7, 2023 ·

A federal appeals court heard oral arguments on Thursday in a case concerning the constitutionality of the federal ban keeping medical marijuana patients from purchasing or possessing firearms. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit listened and asked questions as attorneys for Florida medical cannabis patients and the Justice Department argued their sides of the case, which have been fleshed out in multiple briefings over the course of more than a year. Will Hall,… Read more.