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Cannabis in Australia: The Case Against Enthusiasm

Cannabis in Australia: The Case Against Enthusiasm

Cannabis in Australia: The Case Against Enthusiasm

Gaelan Bloomfield and Ram Venkay, partners in a new investment fund that will be managed from Australia and will focus on Calif.-based cannabis investment opportunities, are notably wary about the prospects at home, Down Under.

Eaze Delivery Platform Data Reveals Trends in California Marijuana Consumption

Eaze Data Reveals Trends in California Marijuana Consumption

In 2016, Californians ordered marijuana on the Eaze platform once every 30 seconds, according to the “Eaze Insights: 2016 State of Cannabis Data Report.” That doubled 2015’s rate of an order once every minute. Eaze, an online platform for marijuana deliveries, drew its report from 250,000 platform users and a supplemental survey of 5,000 state residents.

PTSD Marijuana Study Dispenses MMJ to First Military Veteran

PTSD Marijuana Study Dispenses MMJ to First Military Veteran

On Feb. 6, 2017, the first clinical trial to study the effects of medical marijuana in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder in military veterans dispensed medical marijuana to its first veteran at the Scottsdale Research Institute in Phoenix.

Love Purple, Grow Gold: LSU Searching for Medical Cannabis Cultivator

Love Purple, Grow Gold: LSU Searching for Medical Cannabis Cultivator

Next week, the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, one of the state’s two state-sanctioned medical cannabis cultivators, will start accepting applications from contractors interested in cultivating cannabis on behalf of the LSU AgCenter for the state’s medical cannabis program.

Higher Ed in Cali: Two Universities Offering Medical Cannabis Education

Higher Ed in Cali: Two Universities Offering Medical Cannabis Education

With its Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research, Humboldt State University in California has been at the academic forefront of marijuana since 2012, but other institutions of higher education in the state are starting to follow suit.

Aloha Growth: Dispensaries in Hawaii Approved to Start Cultivating

Aloha Growth: Dispensaries in Hawaii Approved to Start Cultivating

On Feb. 1, 2017, the Hawaii State Department of Health announced that Aloha Green Holdings and Maui Grown Therapies have been approved to commence their cannabis cultivation operations, making them the first two dispensaries in the state to receive such approval.

Progress in Cali: San Diego Approves Recreational Marijuana Sales

Progress in Cali: San Diego Approves Recreational Marijuana Sales

While several municipalities in California have enacted temporary bans on recreational marijuana and others have yet to decide the fate of the state’s newly legalized industry, America’s Finest City has just become the first city in San Diego County to approve recreational marijuana sales.

Ohio Proposes Rules for MMJ Processors, Patients and Caregivers

Ohio Proposes Rules for MMJ Processors, Patients and Caregivers

On Jan. 27, 2017, the Ohio Board of Pharmacy and the Ohio Department of Commerce announced another round of proposed rules for the state’s medical marijuana program. In this round, regulators tackled rules for medical marijuana processors, patients and caregivers.

Canada's First Authorized Licensee of 2017 Starts Cultivating

Canada’s First Authorized Licensee of 2017 Starts Cultivating

On Jan. 10, 2017, Health Canada authorized James E. Wagner Cultivation in Ontario to start cultivating medical cannabis, making it the 38th licensed producer in Canada and the first producer of 2017 licensed under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations.

North Americans Spent $53.3 Billion on Marijuana in 2016

North Americans Spent $53.3 Billion on Marijuana in 2016

North Americans spent $53.3 billion on legal, illegal, and medical marijuana in 2016, according to a Jan. 17, 2017, release from Arcview Research Group. That’s more than people in the United States spent on McDonald’s and Starbucks combined.

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.

Kyle Kushman's Ventures in Vegas with GrowBLOX Sciences

Kyle Kushman’s Ventures in Vegas with GrowBLOX Sciences

With 13 Medical Cannabis Cups to his name, Kyle Kushman is a prolific cultivator. Strains and genetics are his passion and the host of The Grow Show podcast and High Times columnist loves to share his knowledge.

Company Launching Medical Marijuana Delivery in New York

Company Launching Medical Marijuana Delivery in New York

On Jan. 11, 2017, Vireo Health of New York, one of five medical marijuana companies licensed by the state of New York, announced that the New York State Department of Health has approved its medical marijuana delivery program, making it the first company in the state to receive such approval.

South Carolina Lawmakers Introduce Medical Marijuana Bill

South Carolina Lawmakers Introduce Medical Marijuana Bill

On Jan. 10, 2017, a bipartisan group of South Carolina lawmakers, led by Sen. Tom Davis, introduced a bill to the state Senate to legalize the cultivation, sale and consumption of medical marijuana for patients suffering from certain debilitating medical conditions.

MedMen Acquires One of New York's Struggling Marijuana Providers

MedMen Acquires One of New York’s Struggling Marijuana Providers

On Jan. 9, 2017, MedMen, a turnkey marijuana management company based in California, acquired Bloomfield Industries, one of New York’s five organizations licensed to grow and distribute medical marijuana

Report: Marijuana Funding in 2016 Down Slightly from 2015

Report: Marijuana Funding in 2016 Down Slightly from 2015

On Jan. 6, 2017, CB Insights released a report on annual funding activity for private marijuana companies in 2016, as well as activity for the fourth quarter of the year. According to the report, deals made and dollars invested leveled off in 2016.

Report: Colorado MMJ Shrinks as Licenses, Plants and Edibles Rise

Report: Colorado MMJ Shrinks as Licenses, Plants and Edibles Rise

The Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division recently issued its 2016 mid-year report, documenting supply chain data from Jan. 1 to June 30, 2016.

Michigan's Higher Ed: MSU Extension Workshops on Marijuana Laws

Michigan’s Higher Ed: MSU Extension Workshops on Marijuana Laws

On Jan. 5, 2017, Michigan State University Extension announced that it will be give workshops on Michigan’s new medical marijuana laws to local governments as a means of helping municipalities navigate the updated regulatory landscape.

California's Pot Crop Value Greater Than Other Top Farm Commodities Combined

California’s Pot Crop Value Greater Than Other Top Farm Commodities Combined

California’s marijuana crop is its biggest agricultural commodity, outpacing the next five top commodities combined, according to a Dec. 29, 2016, article in the Orange County Register. Marijuana’s estimated value to California was $23.3 billion in 2015, the Register reported, basing its estimate on the number of seized plants.

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Marijuana Advocates Hitting Trump’s Inauguration With 4,200 Joints

On Jan. 20, 2017, attendees of Donald Trump’s inauguration in Washington, D.C., may get free joints, or at least a contact high, at the presidential ceremony.

Olympic Athlete Challenging US Travel Ban for Past Marijuana Use

Olympic Athlete Challenging US Travel Ban for Past Marijuana Use

Olympic snowboarder Ross Rebagliati wants to visit the United States to promote Ross’ Gold, his Canadian cannabis brand; however, with Rebagliati having admitted past marijuana use, U.S. Border Agents have used a border policy to prevent him from entering the country.

Rhode Island Governor Estimates Recreational Legalization Could Generate $15M

Rhode Island Governor Estimates Legalization Could Generate $15M

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo recently estimated that if The Ocean State legalizes recreational marijuana, it could generate between $10 to $15 million in revenue during its first year.

New York Hospitals Stuck Between State And Federal Laws on Medical Marijuana

New York Hospitals Stuck Between State And Federal Laws on Medical Marijuana

The state of New York allows five companies to dispense medical marijuana to qualified patients, but most hospitals receive federal funds, so they cannot allow patients to use pot medicinally, according to an article in the Times Herald-Record of Middletown, N.Y. While several states have approved marijuana for medical or adult use, it remains illegal under federal law.

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.

DEA Issues New Rule to Ban Cannabidiol

DEA Issues New Rule to Ban Cannabidiol

On Dec. 14, 2016, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration announced a new rule that makes hemp-based cannabidiol a federally illegal substance. Under the new rules, liquid extracts derived from plants of the cannabis genus that contain one or more cannabinoids are now considered a schedule I substance.

Mexican Senate Approves Medical Marijuana Bill

Mexican Senate Approves Medical Marijuana Bill

On Dec. 13, 2016, the Mexican Senate voted overwhelmingly to pass a bill that would legalize medical marijuana in the country. Approved by a margin of 98-7, the bill is part of a larger proposal submitted by President Enrique Peña Nieto to Congress.

Colorado Announces $2.35 Million in Grants to Study Marijuana Impacts

Colorado Announces $2.35 Million in Grants to Study Marijuana Impacts

On Dec. 13, 2016, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced $2.35 million in grants to researchers who can help the state better understand the impacts of marijuana. Most of the grant money—$1.68 million—will go to two studies on marijuana use and driving.

Retail Marijuana Sales in Colorado Exceed $1 Billion

Retail Marijuana Sales in Colorado Exceed $1 Billion

Colorado’s retail sales of marijuana have so far exceeded $1 billion this year. According to a new report from The Cannabist, the state sold approximately $1.1 billion worth of marijuana within the first 10 months of 2016, surpassing the yearly total of $996,184,788 in 2015.

U.S. Congressmen Establish Bipartisan Cannabis Caucus

U.S. Congressmen Establish Bipartisan Cannabis Caucus

Two U.S. congressmen have established a bipartisan Cannabis Caucus, set to meet next year, according to KIVI-TV’s website. U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., and U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., founded the caucus in hopes of reforming federal marijuana laws. Rohrabacher said he wants to make states’ rights central to his efforts.

Report: Nearly 3,000 Active Marijuana Licenses in Colorado

Report: Nearly 3,000 Active Marijuana Licenses in Colorado

On Dec. 8, 2016, Assistant Professor Paul Seaborn of University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business released the Colorado Marijuana Market Report, an analysis of the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division’s raw license data that found Colorado had a record-high of 2,913 active marijuana business licenses as of Dec. 1.

Toronto Board of Health Wants Canada's Pharmacies to Sell MMJ

Toronto Board of Health Wants Canada’s Pharmacies to Sell MMJ

On Dec. 5, 2016, the Toronto Board of Health passed a motion to recommend that Canada’s federal government approve pharmacies to dispense medical marijuana.

In California, Proposition 64 Could Bring Less Tax Revenue Than Once Expected

In California, Proposition 64 Could Bring Less Tax Revenue Than Once Expected

Medical marijuana patients in California are getting a tax break, and that could mean less money for the state’s coffers. The Board of Equalization recently notified users they do not have to pay sales tax on medical pot if they have both a recommendation from a doctor and the appropriate identification card.


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