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MJIC Marijuana Index Gains 18% in January as Market Continues Rally

MJIC Marijuana Index Gains 18% in January as Market Continues Rally

MJIC Marijuana Index Gains 18% in January as Market Continues Rally

The North American Marijuana Index, a stock index that tracks the top performing cannabis stocks in the U.S. and Canada, increased 18% in January.

Canadian Marijuana Index Jumps 52% in November, Reaching All-Time High

Canadian Marijuana Index Jumps 52% in November, Reaching All-Time High

After gaining 15% in October, the Canadian market continued its rally as the Canadian Marijuana Index increased 52% in November, the largest single month increase since the index’s creation.

Organic Farming Expert: Oregon's New Cannabis Laws and Sustainable Options

Organic Farming Expert: Oregon’s New Cannabis Laws and Sustainable Options

Oregon’s laws regarding cannabis testing for pesticides and insecticides are a double-edged sword. Just like many things in life, there is a trade-off to progress.

This Is Why the North American Marijuana Index Increased 6% in September

This Is Why the North American Marijuana Index Increased 6% in September

The North American Marijuana Index, a stock index that tracks the top performing cannabis stocks in the U.S. and Canada, increased 6% in September on strong Canadian momentum.

Marijuana Index Decreased 11% in August, Cancelling Out July’s Gains

Marijuana Index Decreased 11% in August, Cancelling Out July’s Gains

The North American Marijuana Index, a stock index that tracks the top performing cannabis stocks in the U.S. and Canada, decreased 11% in August.

Marijuana Index Increases 11% in July as US and Canadian Stocks Rebound

Marijuana Index Increases 11% in July as US and Canadian Stocks Rebound

The North American Marijuana Index, a stock index that tracks the top performing cannabis stocks in the U.S. and Canada, increased 11% in July. This marks the first positive month for the North American Index since January.

Marijuana Index Dips 3% in June as Canadian Stocks Continue to Decline

Marijuana Index Dips 3% in June as Canadian Stocks Continue to Decline

The North American Marijuana Index, a stock index that tracks the top performing cannabis stocks in the U.S. and Canada, decreased 3% in June as continued losses in Canada closed out the Index’s second worst performing quarter since its inception in January 2015.

North American Marijuana Index Drops 15% in May, Worst Performing Month in Over a Year

North American Marijuana Index Drops 15% in May, Worst Month in Over a Year

The North American Marijuana Index, a stock index that tracks the top performing cannabis stocks in the U.S. and Canada, decreased 15% in May as stocks sold off in both markets. This marks the worst performing month for the North American Marijuana Index since December 2015.

California’s New Cannabis Rules: The End of the Beginning?

California’s New Cannabis Rules: The End of the Beginning?

All three of the California agencies charged with implementation of the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act released their initial draft of new cannabis rules on April 28, 2017. This long-awaited event puts some meat on the ‘til-now skeletal ideas of what is going to happen in California as the expansion of the state-legal cannabis industry into adult recreational use moves forward.

Marijuana Index Fell 9% in April as US and Canadian Stocks Sell Off

Marijuana Index Fell 9% in April as US and Canadian Stocks Sell Off

The North American Marijuana Index, a stock index that tracks the top performing cannabis stocks in the United States and Canada, decreased 9% in April due primarily to heavy losses in the United States.

4 Pitfalls to Avoid in Your Cannabis Career

4 Pitfalls to Avoid in Your Cannabis Career

When it comes to the cannabis industry, it’s difficult to even find an accurate comparison in business. Every business in this industry is effectively a startup in addition to the fact that we’re in one of the newest and fastest growing industries in the world; that makes it like a startup on steroids. To say it’s unpredictable and risky is an understatement.

Proposed Prop 64 Trailer Bill Reflects Some Interesting Turns

Proposed Prop 64 Trailer Bill Reflects Some Interesting Turns

Some big proposed changes came down on April 4, 2017, in the California Bureau of Cannabis Control’s Proposed Trailer Bill Legislation. As the industry digests and considers the implications of these proposed changes, some of the more notable changes seem to reflect a friendlier approach to cannabis regulation in some key areas.

Marijuana Index Drops 2% as Canadian Stocks Dip With Federal Uncertainty

Marijuana Index Drops 2% as Canadian Stocks Dip With Federal Uncertainty

The North American Marijuana Index, a stock index that tracks the top performing cannabis stocks in the United States and Canada, decreased 2% in March as losses in Canada overtook modest gains in the U.S.

Edibles Entrepreneurs in Oregon: Is the Surface Smooth and Easily Cleanable?

Edibles Entrepreneurs in Oregon: Smooth and Easily Cleanable Surfaces

While non-food-contact surfaces are critical to the form and function of a facility for edibles, food-contact surfaces are at the frontline of food safety. Equipment purchases have to ensure hygienic design and permit efficient disassembly for cleaning, scrubbing, inspecting and sanitizing.

The Real Reason Craft Cannabis is Here to Stay

The Real Reason Craft Cannabis is Here to Stay

Nothing evokes passionate debate in the cannabis community like the threat of big business taking over. The arguments against big marijuana fill the internet. The heartfelt plea to preserve small farms is echoed throughout the US, Canada, and Jamaica. At the Marijuana Business Conference in Las Vegas last November there was even a debate dedicated to arguing which was better: Craft Cannabis vs Big Marijuana.

Don’t Let the Devil Disrupt the Landlord/Tenant Relationship

Don’t Let the Devil Disrupt the Landlord/Tenant Relationship

The marijuana industry is proving to be profitable for landlords, with businesses willing to pay premium rents. Conversely, it is also complex and has many details from a risk management standpoint.

Edibles Entrepreneurs in Oregon: Invest in Food Safety Details

Edibles Entrepreneurs in Oregon: Invest in Food Safety Details

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission announced via email on Nov. 17 that it’s anticipating an influx of applications from prospective recreational marijuana businesses. If you hope to become a licensed recreational processor and want to avoid delays in having your application processed, compliance is critical.

Shelter from the Storm: Ninth Circuit Provides Shield for MMJ Businesses

Shelter from the Storm: Ninth Circuit Provides Shield for MMJ Businesses

Last month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco issued an opinion in United States v. McIntosh that essentially eviscerates the power of the federal government to prosecute cannabis businesses that strictly comply with state medical marijuana laws.

How to Manage Risk in Cannabis: Make Sure Good Things Happen to Good People

How to Manage Risk in Cannabis: Make Sure Good Things Happen to Good People

As business owners, managing risk is something we are all aware of, but it’s often pushed to the side, especially with new businesses, in the battle for cash flow and stability. We tell ourselves that we will work on risk once we are making money.

How to Write an Effective Executive Summary to Secure Financing for a Cannabis Business

How to Write an Effective Executive Summary to Secure Financing for a Cannabis Business

An effective executive summary gives a brief, high-level overview of your business, the financing that you are seeking, and it should pique the interest of decision makers.

Progressive Edibles Executives: Keep Up with the Feds

Progressive Edibles Executives: Keep Up with the Feds

While the demand for edibles continues to rise, so too do the expectations for producers to follow good manufacturing practices and food safety plans consistent with federal requirements.

So many events. So little time. Where’s the value?

So many events. So little time. Where’s the value?

The cannabis industry is growing in every respect and events are no exception. From small regional meetings to full-scale 3-day expos across the United States, an industry enthusiast could spend 85% of the year going to events. But which ones are worth it?

Athletics

Cannabis: The Worst Kept Secret in Athletics

For years, cannabis use has been the worst kept secret in athletics. It’s widespread in just about every amateur and professional arena from universities to the Olympics to the major leagues.

Owners and Insurance

Owners Can’t Be Too Careful When Insuring Marijuana Businesses

Business owners were hit with a surprise in 2015 when Lloyd’s of London—one of the largest insurers in the cannabis industry—announced it was backing away from the business. It cited regulatory uncertainty and the high risk nature of the business.

Supreme Court

Legal Analysis: Marijuana at the Supreme Court

In what has been seen, depending on one’s perspective, as an obvious legal stance or an administration taking an overdue stand on federal intent, the Obama administration has again spoken publicly about its stance on marijuana reform.

Vermont Rec Vote

Ready, Steady, Rec Vote: Vermont Legislature Prepares to Set Legalization Tone for 2016

Vermont’s state legislature is set to become the first in the country to legalize a recreational industry without being pushed, prodded or forced to do the same by state voters in a special voter initiative.


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