Arkansas Attorney General Appeals Court Ruling to Halt MMJ Cultivator Licensing

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has appealed the decision by Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Wendell Griffen to declare the state’s medical cannabis cultivation licenses “null and void,” KASU reports. The case will be heard by the state Supreme Court, although it’s unclear when the body will hear the case. In the ruling, Griffen said […]

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Michigan Officials Shut Down 40 MMJ Businesses Who Did Not Apply for Licenses

At least 40 medical cannabis dispensaries throughout Michigan were ordered by state officials and the Michigan State Police to stop operating as the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs begins its crackdown on dispensaries that did not apply for a license by the Feb. 15 deadline, the Detroit Free Press reports. LARA spokesman David Harns […]

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Arkansas Judge Halts MMJ Cultivator Licensing Following Lawsuit

An Arkansas judge has put the state’s licensing of medical cannabis cultivators on hold as one of the unsuccessful applicants vying for a cultivation license is suing the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission over the application evaluation process, ArkansasOnline reports. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen said that the lawsuit by Naturalis Health “asserts facts showing […]

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Tim Fair: Launching Vermont’s First Cannabis Law Firm

Tim Fair is a Vermont-based cannabis consultant and the owner/founder of Vermont Cannabis Solutions, the state’s first cannabis law practice. In this episode of the Ganjapreneur.com podcast, Tim joins our podcast host TG Branfalt in his Vermont studio for a conversation about the landmark cannabis reform law passed earlier this year by Vermont’s legislature, the […]

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Florida Lawsuits Against MMJ Home Grow & Smoking Bans Move Forward

The lawsuit against Florida’s medical cannabis smoking ban will move forward after a judge declined the state’s request to dismiss the case, according to a report from WTSP. The suit was filed by attorney John Morgan – who authored the voter-approved medical cannabis expansion law and was its primary financial backer – on behalf of […]

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Rejected Ohio MMJ Applicant Sues State Over Racial Equity Provisions

A would-be medical cannabis cultivator in Ohio is suing the state over the racial-equity provisions included in the licensing process which forced the firm out of contention, Cleveland.com reports. The complaint, filed on behalf of PharmaCann Ohio, LLC, argues the “racial quota” provisions in the state medical cannabis law run afoul of the state Constitution’s […]

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New Jersey Court Ruling Forces State to Reconsider Cannabis Schedule Classification

A decision by the New Jersey Superior Court of Appeals will force the state administration to reconsider cannabis’ Schedule I designation under state statutes. The case was brought by a convicted cannabis trafficker who sought to have the Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs reschedule cannabis from Schedule I to Schedule IV, arguing that […]

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Benton County, Arkansas Judge Tells Colleagues They Have No Right to ‘Relitigate’ MMJ Law

Benton County Judge Barry Moehring has told county officials that it is not their jobs to “relitigate a matter people voted for,” referring to the 2016 ballot initiative to legalize medical cannabis, rather it is a planning board matter. According to the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Moehring made the statement during a Quorum Court meeting after […]

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Pennsylvania Law Firms Creating Cannabis Divisions

Despite the threat of arrest, imprisonment, and disbarment, attorneys in Pennsylvania are setting up cannabis-centric practices to serve the state’s medical cannabis operators, Philly.com reports. Four of Philadelphia’s largest firms – Duane Morris, Cozen O’Connor, Pepper Hamilton, and Fox Rothschild – have created cannabis divisions as the state prepares to launch its medical cannabis program. […]

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Federal Lawsuit Filed Challenging Constitutionality of Cannabis Prohibition

Former New York Jets defensive end Marvin Washington is one of five plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit against the Department of Justice and Attorney General Jeff Sessions which challenges the constitutionality of cannabis’ Schedule I designation under the 1970 Controlled Substances Act, the New York Post reports. Other plaintiffs listed in the suit alongside Washington […]

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Lawyers in Massachusetts MMJ-Employment Case Explain Significance of Ruling

Earlier this week, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that a medical cannabis patient could sue her former employer for handicap discrimination after they fired her for testing positive for cannabis on a drug screening. According to her lawyers, the decision by the court was “very significant” but acts neither as a de facto protection […]

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Massachusetts Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Fired MMJ Patient

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that a registered medical cannabis patient who tested positive for cannabis could sue her former employer for handicap discrimination, according to a report from Reuters. Her employer had successfully argued in lower courts that they had the right to fire her because cannabis is illegal under federal law. […]

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CBD Laws Are Convoluted Enough Without DEA Interjections

In a recent interview with the Cannabist, the DEA took aim at CBD production, specifically naming Charlotte’s Web – a low-THC cannabis strain produced and trademarked by CW Hemp oft used to treat children with epilepsy. In the statement, the federal law enforcement agency contends that the product, along with all other CBD products, is […]

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Florida Attorney Sues Over No-Smoking Provisions in Legislature-Approved MMJ Bill

As promised, Orlando, Florida-based attorney John Morgan has sued the state over the no-smoking provisions included in the medical cannabis law approved by lawmakers, the Miami Herald reports. Morgan is the author of the voter-approved law, and was a key financial backer throughout the successful campaign last November. In the lawsuit, Morgan, and his lead […]

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District Court Ruling Jeopardizes Nevada ‘Early Start’ Cannabis Plans

Carson City, Nevada District Judge James Wilson has issued a temporary injunction barring the state from issuing recreational cannabis licenses to existing medical dispensaries, ruling that the ballot measure approved by voters dictates that licensed alcohol distributors have the exclusive rights to distribute cannabis for 18 months, the Associated Press reports. Wilson said in his […]

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Lawsuit Filed in Florida Over Lack of MMJ Home-Grows

The first lawsuit has been filed against Florida’s new medical cannabis laws, as Count Joe Redner, a strip club entrepreneur and lung cancer patient, has sued the state due to the rules barring cardholders from growing their own cannabis plants, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Redner’s suit claims that the regime put forth by lawmakers […]

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Lawsuit Filed Challenging Kentucky MMJ Ban

A lawsuit has been filed in Kentucky challenging the state’s criminal ban on medical cannabis, claiming that it violates privacy protections set forth by the state constitution and that the government cannot arbitrarily restrict the ability of patients to use effective medicines, the Associated Press reports. Three plaintiffs are named in the suit including Dan Seum […]

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Court of Appeals Revives ‘Horse Rancher Lawsuit’ Against Cannabis Cultivator

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has revived a lawsuit by a Colorado horse farm which claims that a cannabis cultivation site near their farm diminishes their property values, the Associated Press reports. The case was first filed in 2015, but was dismissed by a federal district court, and the grow, operated by Rocky […]

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DEA Seeks to Have Lawsuit Against ‘Marijuana Extract’ Rule Tossed

The DEA is moving to have a lawsuit dismissed that challenges their December rule change which applies a Controlled Substances Number for “marijuana extract,” according to a report from the Cannabist. The lawsuit contends that the change moves hemp-derived products into the definition, running afoul of the 2014 federal Farm Bill. The lawsuit was filed on […]

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Maryland High Court Temporarily Halts Decision to Prevent MMJ Licensing

Maryland’s Court of Appeals has blocked a Baltimore judge from holding a hearing which could have put the entire medical cannabis industry rollout in the state on hold, the Baltimore Sun reports. The lawsuit stems from the licensing process, which minority-led medical cannabis businesses contend didn’t follow the racial diversity provisions included in the law. […]

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Patent Protection for Cannabis Inventions

The industry’s opinion on patenting cannabis inventions is varied. On one hand, people worry that patent trolls will monopolize existing knowledge; on the other hand, the lack of patent protection disincentivises R&D outlays. Regardless of one’s view on the monopolization of innovations in the cannabis industry, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is […]

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City Councilman in Norman, Oklahoma Cleared of Paraphernalia Charges Following Canna-Expert’s Testimony

Ending a court case that may seem laughably unnecessary in this age of growing drug reform, jurors in Norman, Oklahoma last week declared City Councilman Stephen Tyler Holman and local store owner Robert Cox not guilty of selling glass pipes for illicit drug purposes. Prosecutors had charged the defendants with knowingly profiting from drug activity, which […]

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Court Rules Against Cannabis Company in Bid to Prevent IRS Audit

The bid by an Aurora, Colorado licensed cannabis company to prevent the IRS from investigating whether it violated federal drug trafficking law was defeated by the U.S. Court of Appeals Tenth Circuit who ruled that the company could not enjoin the agency from auditing the business due to previous case law, specifically Lowrie v United […]

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Longtime Cannabis Activist Now Fighting for Livelihood in Ongoing Hostile Takeover

Since 2016, longtime cannabis activist Paul Stanford has been embroiled in a lawsuit that encompasses companies in at least two countries and five states threatening his livelihood (more so than it already has), his Internet domain holdings, and even his public access cable show “Cannabis Common Sense.” The lawsuit stems from Stanford’s desire to do […]

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