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This Is the Third Company Signed on to Supply New Brunswick Marijuana

This Is the Third Company Signed on to Supply New Brunswick Marijuana

This Is the Third Company Signed on to Supply New Brunswick Marijuana

While New Brunswick marijuana was slated to be supplied by two public companies, the province has added one more licensed producer to the mix.

What We Know About the Oregon Marijuana Processor Bust in Nebraska

What We Know About the Oregon Marijuana Processor Bust in Nebraska

While Nebraska has been known as a prohibition-minded state, one Oregon marijuana processor recently found that out the hard way and now has to face the consequences in both Nebraska and Oregon.

First Look at the Proposed Canadian Cannabis Tax Framework

First Look at the Proposed Canadian Cannabis Tax Framework

While several provinces have announced their plans for recreational cannabis distribution and retail operations, industry stakeholders have been waiting for an announcement on the Canadian cannabis tax framework and that moment has now arrived.

Four Ways the California Treasurer Wants to Improve Cannabis Banking Services

Four Ways the California Treasurer Wants to Improve Cannabis Banking Services

While there have been attempts at the federal level to ensure the availability of cannabis banking services, the Golden State is forging ahead with its own strategies so it can be prepared for the rollout of recreational cannabis in 53 days.

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.

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.

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.

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.

This Is Why California Wants Commercial Carriers to Offer Cannabis Coverage

This Is Why California Wants Commercial Carriers to Offer Cannabis Coverage

With last week’s devastating wildfires in Northern California and the state’s impending rollout of recreational cannabis on Jan. 1, 2018, California wants legal cannabis businesses to have commercial cannabis coverage and California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones is on a mission to make it happen.

West Virginia Medical Marijuana Regulators Want Input From Residents Right Now

West Virginia Medical Marijuana Regulators Want Resident Input Right Now

West Virginia medical marijuana may not be a reality for another two years, but state regulators are ready to start calculating the supply and demand needs of Mountain State patients.

This Is the Second Lab Approved to Test Hawaiian Medical Marijuana

This Is the Second Lab Approved to Test Hawaiian Medical Marijuana

The Hawaii Department of Health announced on Oct. 17, 2017, that it had approved the state’s second Hawaiian medical marijuana laboratory, Pharmlab Hawaii, to start testing medical marijuana from licensed dispensaries, registered caregivers and patients.

First Pennsylvania Medical Cannabis Grower Greenlit to Begin Cultivation

First Pennsylvania Medical Cannabis Grower Greenlit to Begin Cultivation

While the Pennsylvania medical cannabis program has been under the microscope for its application scoring practices, it has now taken a critical step forward in becoming fully operational.

California Releases Cannabis Insurance List as Wildfires Continue to Rage

California Releases Cannabis Insurance List as Wildfires Continue to Rage

Wildfires are continuing to lay waste to Northern California. Beyond the loss of life and land, some of those that have survived are waiting to sift through the ashes of their cannabis businesses knowing they don’t have cannabis insurance to recoup their losses.

DEA Report: 71% of Cannabis Plants Seized in 2016 Came from California

DEA Report: 71% of Cannabis Plants Seized in 2016 Came from California

While California may grow eight times the amount of cannabis state residents can consume, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration is dimming the brilliance of the Golden State’s illegal cannabis plants.

What We Know About the Northern California Marijuana Raids

What We Know About the Northern California Marijuana Raids

A recent round of Northern California marijuana raids has resulted in numerous arrests, including that of Heidi Grossman-Lepp, leader of the Sugarleaf Rastafarian Church that claims marijuana as a religious sacrament.

Washington State Officials Met With Feds to Talk Cannabis Policy

Washington State Officials Met With Feds to Talk Cannabis Policy

Officials with the offices of Inslee, Ferguson, the Washington State Liquor & Cannabis Board and the Department of Financial Institutions went to Washington, D.C., to meet with Department of Justice officials on Sept. 29, 2017, to discuss state and federal cannabis policy.

You Can Now Choose From Two Hawaiian Medical Cannabis Dispensaries on Maui

You Can Now Choose From Two Hawaiian Medical Cannabis Dispensaries on Maui

While it has been a long road to getting Hawaiian medical cannabis dispensaries open, the Hawaii Department of Health has greenlit the state’s third dispensary to commence sales, making Pono Life Sciences Maui in Kahului the second dispensary to open on the island of Maui.

46% of Canadians Would Try Cannabis Edibles If Available in the Legal Market

Study: Nearly 46% of Canadians Would Buy Cannabis Edibles If Available Legally

While Canada is planning to delay the roll out of recreational cannabis edibles for regulatory reasons, it may give stakeholders the added benefit of having extra time to master their formulations for what may become a booming market segment.

Vendor Team With Former NFL Player to Grow Southern University Medical Marijuana

Vendor Team With Former NFL Player to Grow Southern University Medical Marijuana

The Pelican State is one step closer to having an operational medical marijuana program. On Sept. 22, 2017, Southern University’s Board of Supervisors selected Advanced Biomedics to be the school’s medical marijuana vendor.

Canadian Convenience Store Operator Wants to Sell Cannabis in Quebec

Canadian Convenience Store Operator Wants to Sell Cannabis in Quebec

With Ontario and New Brunswick having already announced plans for selling recreational cannabis in July 2018, prospective stakeholders in Canada’s remaining provinces are eyeing potential entry points.

Hundreds of Entrepreneurs Have Applied for Arkansas Medical Cannabis Licenses

Hundreds of Entrepreneurs Have Applied for Arkansas Medical Cannabis Licenses

On Sept. 18, 2017, at 4:30 p.m. CT, the Natural State closed the application window for cultivators and distributors seeking Arkansas medical cannabis licenses. The Department of Finance and Administration received a total of 322 applications, with roughly 200 coming in on the last day to apply.

Two Public Companies to Supply New Brunswick Recreational Marijuana

Two Public Companies to Supply New Brunswick Recreational Marijuana

On Sept. 15, 2017, the Canadian province of New Brunswick announced during a news conference that Organigram (TSXV:OGI) and Canopy Growth (TSX: WEED), both already licensed producers in Canada’s medical marijuana program, will distribute recreational marijuana to retail stores established by a newly created provincial crown corporation.

This Is Why Uruguay Is Establishing New Cannabis Retail Stores

This Is Why Uruguay Is Establishing New Cannabis Retail Stores

On Sept. 13, 2017, Juan Andrés Roballo, head of Uruguay’s National Drug Board, announced in a press conference that the country is establishing new cannabis retail stores dedicated to cash-only sales of cannabis because most banks are refusing to work with pharmacies involved in the country’s legal cannabis industry.

This Is What Orrin Hatch Told the Senate About Medical Cannabis Research

This Is What Orrin Hatch Told the Senate About Medical Cannabis Research

On Sept. 13, 2017, U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, introduced legislation to cut the bureaucratic red tape thwarting medical cannabis research so health care professionals can harness the medicinal properties of the plant to reduce the suffering of patients in need.

Report: 39% of Canadians Will Become Recreational Cannabis Consumers

Report: 39% of Canadians Will Become Recreational Cannabis Consumers

While Canada’s House of Commons is hashing out the details of legalization, stakeholders have been trying to determine how many recreational cannabis consumers will participate in the legal market and now there’s a new report to help them.

Canadian Cannabis Legalization Hearings Happening in Parliament Right Now

Canadian Cannabis Legalization Hearings Happening in Parliament Right Now

On Sept. 11, 2017, Canada’s House of Commons health committee returned to Parliament Hill in Ottawa to begin the first of five full-day hearings on Canadian cannabis legalization.

LSU Health Shreveport Could Lead Louisiana Medical Marijuana Research

LSU Health Shreveport Could Lead Louisiana Medical Marijuana Research

Louisiana State University has selected its medical marijuana vendor and now LSU Health Shreveport is ready to prepare for Louisiana medical marijuana research.

This Is Why PTSD Cannabis Research Needs the VA Secretary's Help Right Now

This Is Why PTSD Cannabis Research Needs the VA Secretary’s Help Right Now

On Aug. 6, 2017, Sue Sisley, M.D., sent a letter to Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin to request that he stop a Phoenix hospital’s obstruction of the first clinical trial to study the effects of medical cannabis in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder in military veterans.

First Look at the Los Angeles Cannabis Commission Approved by City Council

First Look at the Los Angeles Cannabis Commission Approved by City Council

While Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti named Cat Packer, a former policy coordinator at the Drug Policy Alliance, as the Department of Cannabis Regulation’s executive director on Aug. 9, 2017, the Los Angeles City Council approved Garcetti’s selection of Packer at its meeting on Aug. 16, as well as approving five members for the Los Angeles Cannabis Commission.

West Virginia Medical Cannabis Delegation Travels to Colorado

West Virginia Medical Cannabis Delegation Travels to Colorado

While the West Virginia medical cannabis industry has another two years until its program is implemented, a delegation of legislators and business leaders traveled to Colorado to get a head start and study the Centennial State’s medical cannabis system.

This Is Why State Legislators Are Urging the Feds to Deschedule Cannabis

This Is Why State Legislators Are Urging the Feds to Deschedule Cannabis

On the heels of U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-NJ, introducing legislation to Congress to deschedule cannabis, the National Conference of State Legislatures adopted a resolution at its summit in Boston on Aug. 7, 2017, urging the federal government to deschedule cannabis by removing it from the Controlled Substances Act.

Casino Lobby Wants Clarification on Marijuana Banking Guidance

Casino Lobby Wants Clarification on Marijuana Banking Guidance

With recreational marijuana now legal in Nevada, home of America’s gambling capital, the casino lobby wants federal marijuana banking guidance on how to deal with money connected to state-legal marijuana markets.

Senator Demands Release of Federal Marijuana Policy Recommendations

Senator Demands Release of Federal Marijuana Policy Recommendations

On Aug. 1, 2017, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, demanding the Department of Justice’s Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety release the recommendations Sessions had assigned it to develop, including its federal marijuana policy recommendations.

You Can Scream for Cannabis Ice Cream in Colorado on National Ice Cream Day

You Can Scream for Cannabis Ice Cream in Colorado on National Ice Cream Day

Summer is hot and ice cream is cool, but cannabis ice cream is even cooler. With National Ice Cream Day on July 16, 2017, cannabis consumers in Colorado have three options: get high and eat ice cream; make cannabis-infused ice cream or go to a dispensary and buy cannabis ice cream.

#JusticeForJawara: Peter Tosh's Son Beaten into Coma While Imprisoned for Cannabis

#JusticeForJawara: Peter Tosh’s Son Beaten into Coma While Imprisoned for Cannabis

On June 21, 2017, attorney Jasmine Rand announced that her client, Jawara McIntosh, son of iconic reggae artist Peter Tosh, was beaten into a coma on Feb. 21, 2017, at New Jersey’s Bergen County Jail while serving six months for cannabis-related charges.

LSU Medical Marijuana Program Wants Contract Awarded to Public Company

LSU Medical Marijuana Program Wants Contract Awarded to Public Company

Louisiana State University has reviewed all seven applications submitted by prospective marijuana contractors and has determined that production contract for the LSU medical marijuana program should be awarded to a public company.

California Roll Out: Oakland Medical Cannabis Permit Application Now Available

California Roll Out: Oakland Medical Cannabis Permit Application Now Available

On May 23, 2017, in California, the Oakland medical cannabis permit application was released for those interested in cultivating, manufacturing, distributing, delivering, transporting and testing medical cannabis.

Oregon Assesses Marijuana Employment Growth

Marijuana Employment Seeing Rapid Growth in Oregon

On May 23, 2017, the Oregon Employment Department’s Workforce and Economic Research Division released the most recent results of its marijuana employment tracking, identifying rapid growth in the recreational sector.


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