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California Approves Commercial Insurer's Offering of Cannabis Business Insurance

California Approves Commercial Insurer’s Offering of Cannabis Business Insurance

California Approves Commercial Insurer’s Offering of Cannabis Business Insurance

It looks like the California Insurance Commissioner has taken a pivotal step for the state’s cannabis industry. On Nov. 2, 2017, Dave Jones approved a commercial insurer’s offering of cannabis business insurance for the first time.

Cannabis in Casinos? Not Until Law Changes, Vegas Congresswoman Says

Cannabis in Casinos? Not Until Law Changes, Vegas Congresswoman Says

Congresswoman Dina Titus voted for the marijuana legalization measure on Nevada’s ballot a year ago. Since then, she has been fighting on Capitol Hill to get the federal government to respect the decision she and a majority of her constituents made to end prohibition.

Angels Hold Cannabis in High Regard

Angels Hold Cannabis in High Regard

Founded in 2010, angel investment network The Arcview Group offers a window to gauge investor interest in legalized marijuana. Arcview’s network has invested $125 million in 157 cannabis-sector companies since 2013; membership in the network starts at $2,500. It plans to launch its own venture fund by the end of 2017.

5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Canadian Marijuana Economy

5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Canadian Marijuana Economy

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introduced legislation to legalize recreational marijuana throughout the country, which plans to be in effect on Canada Day (July 1) 2018. Now, many experts have predictions for the Canadian marijuana economy as a result of the cannabis industry becoming legal.

Colorado Leads Country in Hemp Production, a Growing Field

Colorado Leads Country in Hemp Production, a Growing Field

Dispensaries might get all the attention, but hemp farmers are getting the acreage – 23,343 acres, to be exact, according to a new study by Vote Hemp, an organization dedicated to advancing the industrial hemp industry. And which state is leading the pack? Colorado, by far.

Delaware's Adult Use Cannabis Task Force Will Likely Delay Release of Report

Delaware’s Adult Use Cannabis Task Force Will Likely Delay Release of Report

The Delaware legislature’s Adult Use Cannabis Task Force, which is charged with examining the potential effects of legalizing recreational marijuana in the state, will most likely delay the release of its report until the end of February 2018.

Florida's Orange County Debating Whether to Ban Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Florida’s Orange County Debating Whether to Ban Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

In the state of Florida, Orange County Commissioners heard emotional testimony from patients and parents as they held the first of two public hearings aimed at deciding whether to ban medical marijuana dispensaries within unincorporated Orange County on Oct. 31, 2017.

Pennsylvania Governor Approves Luzerne County Marijuana Facility

Pennsylvania Governor Approves Luzerne County Marijuana Facility

The Keystone State has given the green light to a Luzerne County marijuana facility. On Oct. 31, 2017, Gov. Tom Wolf announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Health approved Standard Farms, LLC, to cultivate and process medical marijuana for the state’s medical marijuana program.

Organization in Ohio Is the New Holder of a DEA Marijuana Research License

Organization in Ohio Is the New Holder of a DEA Marijuana Research License

While the United States Drug Enforcement Agency’s marijuana research license isn’t awarded lightly, an Ohio-based organization was recently awarded a Schedule I Researcher license by the DEA to study the effects of marijuana.

Virginia Lawmaker Preparing Bill for Marijuana Decriminalization

Virginia Lawmaker Preparing Bill for Marijuana Decriminalization

A Virginia lawmaker says he’s working on a bill to decriminalize marijuana. The Virginian-Pilot reported Monday that Senate majority leader Tommy Norment does not support full legalization of the drug. But the Republican said possessing it would be a civil offense subject to a ticket or a fine.

German Parties Consider Sale of Marijuana in Pharmacies or Dispensaries

German Parties Consider Sale of Marijuana in Pharmacies or Dispensaries

Cannabis reform may be coming to the European Union’s most populous country as German conservatives, the Green Party and the Free Democratic Party continue their talks on forming a coalition government. Part of their discussions include an agreement on fully legalizing marijuana and selling the drug through pharmacies or licensed dispensaries.

Beer Distributor’s Play for Cannabis Beverages Amps Canadian Company’s Stock

Beer Distributor’s Play for Cannabis Beverages Amps Canadian Company’s Stock

Drinkable cannabis has been on the rise since the advent of states in America with recreational marijuana legalization and now that Canada is on the brink of implementing recreational legalization, a recently announced strategic relationship has the future of Canadian cannabis beverages looking bright.

Lebanon's Illicit Cannabis Trade Goes Up in Smoke Amid Syria War

Lebanon’s Illicit Cannabis Trade Goes Up in Smoke Amid Syria War

Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley is notorious for its highly lucrative cannabis industry. However, in recent years the illicit cannabis trade has suffered due to the war in neighbouring Syria. As a result, some are now turning to another crop for better income.

These Are the First 6 Colombian Medical Marijuana Manufacturers

These Are the First 6 Colombian Medical Marijuana Manufacturers

While Colombia legalized medical marijuana on Dec. 22, 2015, the country has yet to harvest and process any legal Colombian medical marijuana; however, recent government actions are about to change that.

Gallup Poll: Support for Legalization Reaches All-Time High

Gallup Poll: Support for Legalization Reaches All-Time High

Support for legalizing recreational marijuana in the United States has reached an all time high. According to a new a Gallup poll, 64% of Americans support legalizing recreational marijuana, compared to 60% last year and 58% in 2015.

Lawmakers: Feds Should Research Medical Marijuana for Military Vets

Lawmakers: Feds Should Research Medical Marijuana for Military Vets

A group of 10 U.S. House members is pushing the Trump administration to begin researching medical marijuana’s potential benefits for military veterans struggling to cope with war wounds.

Provincial Crown Corporation to Sell New Brunswick Cannabis

Provincial Crown Corporation to Sell New Brunswick Cannabis

With New Brunswick cannabis set to be cultivated by Organigram (TSXV: OGI) and Canopy Growth (TSX: WEED), the provincial government has now determined that a Crown corporation, not the private sector, will handle retail cannabis sales.

Sessions 'Can't Comment' On Rumors Of Marijuana Crackdown Plans

Jeff Sessions ‘Can’t Comment’ on Rumors of Marijuana Crackdown Plans

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is a longtime opponent of marijuana legalization. But in a radio interview on Thursday he was guarded about the Trump administration’s plans to push back against the growing number of states that are ending cannabis prohibition.

Al Harrington and David Stern Talk Medical Marijuana

Al Harrington and David Stern Talk Medical Marijuana

Retired NBA player Al Harrington takes us behind the doors of his cannabis extract company, then sits down with former NBA commissioner David Stern to discuss marijuana reformation for medical purposes within the league.

GOP Congressman Wants Trump to Help Legalize Medical Marijuana

GOP Congressman Wants Trump to Help Legalize Medical Marijuana

Rep. Matt Gaetz has been in Congress for less than a year, but the Florida Congressman has already become one of the House’s foremost leaders working to reform federal marijuana policies. Just one problem: GOP leadership doesn’t seem especially interested in giving the issue a fair shake.

This Will Be the Largest Study on How Marijuana Affects HIV Symptoms

This Will Be the Largest Study on How Marijuana Affects HIV Symptoms

While some data has been collected on how marijuana affects HIV symptoms, there has yet to be a large-scale study on the topic; however, researchers at the University of Florida are getting ready to change that.

Investing in Legal Cannabis: Navigating the Newest Frontier Market

Investing in Legal Cannabis: Navigating the Newest Frontier Market

Knowledge Keiretsu caught up with professional investors Sturges Karban and Urban Smedeby, MJIC, Inc., a Los Angeles-based full-service cannabis company, to get their thoughts on navigating the opportunities and challenges of investing in the legal cannabis market.

Maine Governor May Veto Marijuana Law Rewrite Approved by Legislature

Maine Governor May Veto Marijuana Law Rewrite Approved by Legislature

On Oct. 23, 2017, the Maine House of Representatives and Senate voted in a special session to approve LR 2395, a bill that would rewrite the Marijuana Legalization Act and pave the way for recreational marijuana sales. The measure will now go to the desk of Gov. Paul LePage, where it faces an uncertain future.

Making the Case for Cannabis as an Ethical Investment

Making the Case for Cannabis as an Ethical Investment

The high-growth industry certainly offers terrific prospects that would be envied by many tech stocks. However, a big hurdle for some investors is investing in “sin stocks,” or what could be perceived as unethical industries and businesses.

Nevada Recreational Marijuana Sales Topped $33 Million in August

Nevada Recreational Marijuana Sales Topped $33 Million in August

While supply shortages may have hampered Nevada recreational marijuana sales when the second month of sales commenced on Aug. 1, 2017, the industry was able to rebound and close out the month of August with more than $33 million in sales.

Unlikely Allies Eye Vote to Legalize Cannabis in New Zealand

Unlikely Allies Eye Vote to Legalize Cannabis in New Zealand

New Zealand could become the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to legalize cannabis for personal use after an unlikely alliance of populist, centrist and leftist parties put drug policy immediately on the agenda of the incoming government.

Eventbrite Is Pulling Some Cannabis Events From Its Site

Eventbrite Is Pulling Some Cannabis Events From Its Site

For the past two years, Michael Zaytsev has sold tickets to the New York Cannabis Film Festival on Eventbrite. But this year, Eventbrite abruptly pulled the event from its platform and suspended Zaytsev’s account.


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