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Detroit sets plans for recreational cannabis sales

Officials in Detroit, Michigan’s largest city, finally announced the rules for allowing licensed adult-use marijuana sales with an effort toward giving social equity applicants a leg up in the market. The Detroit Metro Times reported that the Cit…

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L.A. marijuana delivery lawsuit could be flashpoint among industry stakeholders

The most recent legal fight facing Los Angeles’ marijuana licensing process is a lawsuit seeking to overturn a new requirement that all delivery permits go only to qualified social equity applicants. The legal action has divided the social equity…

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L.A. opens licensing round amid waning interest among cannabis entrepreneurs

Los Angeles might be losing its luster – for marijuana entrepreneurs, that is. Long considered the largest cannabis market in the world, and with a customer base that would be the envy of any business owner, L.A. on Tuesday opened its latest mari…

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Harborside acquires San Francisco social equity marijuana retailer

Oakland, California-based Harborside said it acquired a majority stake in FGW Haight, a company that in June was awarded a conditional-use permit for a retail marijuana shop in San Francisco. Under the terms of the deal, Harborside will receive 50.1% e…

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Cannabis delivery operator, trade groups sue L.A. over social equity rules

A marijuana businessman and two trade associations filed suit against Los Angeles, asking a judge to throw out a new city ordinance that devotes all MJ delivery business permits to social equity applicants until 2025. At issue are 20 delivery licenses …

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Advice for cannabis executives who want to address social justice

The International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC)’s new report about the responsible regulation of cannabis shines a light on why companies should address broader issues such as social justice and sustainability. The IDPC document lists 20 principl…

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Study highlights lack of diversity in Canada’s legal cannabis industry

Leadership positions in Canada’s regulated marijuana sector continue to be held predominantly by white males, according to a  statistical analysis released this week. The new analysis from the University of Toronto’s Centre on Drug Policy E…

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Sacramento, California, opens 10 retail cannabis permits for social equity

The capital city of California is adding 10 more retail marijuana storefronts to its existing 30, yet another sign that the state’s legal market is continuing to grow over time. The change stems from a unanimous vote by the City Council this week…

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Vermont becomes 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana market

The adult-use marijuana club of the United States just grew to 11 with the addition of Vermont on Wednesday. Gov. Phil Scott, a Republican, announced that he would permit legislation to regulate and tax cannabis sales to become law without his signatur…

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Illinois marijuana retail applicants sue over state’s do-over plan

Illinois is continuing to run into major legal problems in its bid to award 75 additional marijuana retail licenses and prove the merits of its social equity plan. Three applicants who qualified for the final lottery sued the state, challenging Gov. J….