Massachusetts Testing Facility Fined $225,000 For Improper Marijuana Disposal

A Massachusetts marijuana testing facility is in hot water after being accused of throwing usable marijuana into an unlocked dumpster. And on top of that, local police found hundreds of vials with extracted cannabis from the lab — one that provides services for almost the entire state’s medical cannabis retailers. The facility, MCR Labs, agreed […]

Cannabis Industry Calls On Congress To Legalize And Regulate Vapes

Because cannabis is still a federally illegal substance that drives the sale and distribution of illicit products, the head of the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) called out Congress to act, and to do it quickly: Legalize cannabis and regulate the industry in order to deal with vaping-related industries. The group said the end result […]

$30 Million Of Black Market Cannabis Seized From California’s Illegal Pot Shops

The first half of 2019 was a busy one for California’s illegal cannabis industry. In a state that has struggled with the enforcement of the illicit side of cannabis, the state Bureau of Cannabis Control served 19 search warrants on unlicensed sellers of marijuana. Through their efforts, the bureau confiscated over $200,000 in cash from […]

FDA Issues Warning About CBD Marketing Health Claims

Companies from every industry, from farms to food to cosmetic manufacturers, are joining the CBD rush. The result is that everyone, from regulators to customers, is trying to wrap their arms around this popular product, where, beyond a few cannabis-legal states (where the CBD market is strictly regulated and tested), the regulatory rules are minimal to […]

Square Launches Program Providing Payment Processing For CBD Companies

After the company observed a change in public policy related to the cannabis industry, credit card processing company Square is positioning itself to create new opportunities for clients. The company has quietly, by invite-only, started beta-testing payment processing for companies that sell products containing hemp-derived CBD. Door Open, Door Closed Although hemp-derived CBD is now […]

MMJ Patients Push DEA Chief to Quit

A growing group of medical marijuana patients is calling for the resignation of DEA chief Chuck Rosenberg after he called MMJ a “joke.” The Marijuana Majority, a national pro-reform group, launched a petition seeking Rosenberg’s firing or resignation. As of Nov. 12, the petition had gathered roughly 30,000 signatures. Rosenberg’s comments came earlier in […]

Obama Commutes Pot Sentences

Last year ended on a very positive note for several drug offenders in federal prison. Late in 2014, President Obama commuted the sentences of eight inmates serving the equivalent of life behind bars for relatively minor drug crimes. In all, the president granted clemency to 20 federal prisoners Dec. 17, cutting their sentences short. Twelve […]