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This Is Why the Colorado Cannabis Industry Makes the Grade in Education

This Is Why the Colorado Cannabis Industry Makes the Grade in Education

This Is Why the Colorado Cannabis Industry Makes the Grade in Education

When legal cannabis sales commenced in the Centennial State in 2014, some opponents were concerned that negative public health effects would outweigh any positives derived from tax revenue; however, under the state’s helm, the Colorado cannabis industry continues to make the grade in public cannabis education.

First Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Dispensary Holds Grand Opening

First Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Dispensary Holds Grand Opening

The Keystone State’s first cultivator was greenlit this past October and while Gov. Tom Wolf announced that the first Pennsylvania medical marijuana dispensary had been approved to start serving patients on Jan. 4, 2018, the dispensary wasn’t quite ready to open its doors until recently.

Fourth Company Named as New Brunswick Recreational Cannabis Supplier

Fourth Company Named as New Brunswick Recreational Cannabis Supplier

With the Picture Province estimating that recreational legalization will create hundreds of new jobs and generate up to $150 million annually in recreational sales, the province has named the fourth New Brunswick recreational cannabis supplier.

American Mayors Send Letter to Sessions Criticizing Cannabis Policy Change

American Mayors Send Letter to Sessions Criticizing Cannabis Policy Change

The outrage over United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ reversal of federal cannabis policy continues to grow, with a group of American mayors the latest to join the clarion call.

Pelican State Asks Trump to Protect Louisiana Medical Marijuana

Pelican State Asks Trump to Protect Louisiana Medical Marijuana

When United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo on Jan. 4, 2018, announcing the reversal of federal marijuana enforcement policy, politicians across the country were outraged, and now the Pelican State has joined in and asked President Donald Trump to protect Louisiana medical marijuana.

Saskatchewan Cannabis Retail Permits Marked for Private Retailers

Saskatchewan Cannabis Retail Permits Marked for Private Retailers

On Jan. 8, 2018, the Bread Basket of Canada announced that approximately 60 Saskatchewan cannabis retail permits will be awarded to private operators distributed across 40 Saskatchewan municipalities and First Nations that have populations of at least 2,500.

Pew Survey: Majority Still Support American Marijuana Legalization

Pew Survey: Majority Still Support American Marijuana Legalization

While United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions has reversed federal marijuana enforcement policy, it appears his stance on American marijuana legalization isn’t representative of the country’s politicians or its people.

Voters to Decide on Oklahoma Medical Cannabis Legalization This Summer

Voters to Decide on Oklahoma Medical Cannabis Legalization This Summer

This past summer voters in the Sooner State learned that they’d have an opportunity to vote on Oklahoma medical cannabis legalization in 2018, but the exact election date wasn’t clear until now.

Politicians Outraged by Reversal of Federal Marijuana Enforcement Policy

Politicians Outraged by Reversal of Federal Marijuana Enforcement Policy

On Jan. 4, 2018, United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo to announce a reversal of federal marijuana enforcement policy, rescinding five Obama-era memos that guided U.S attorneys to take a hands-off approach in regards to investigating and prosecuting state-legal marijuana businesses complying with state law.

California Recreational Cannabis Sales Commence at 100 Retailers Across State

California Recreational Cannabis Sales Commence at 100 Retailers Across State

While not all Golden State dispensaries had received their temporary licenses to start adult-use sales on New Year’s Day, the state’s legal commercial cannabis market still went live on Jan. 1, 2018, with California recreational cannabis sales commencing at approximately 100 retailers across the state.

This Is What the Edward Jones Marijuana Report Says About Canada’s Market

This Is What the Edward Jones Marijuana Report Says About Canada’s Market

Merrill Lynch may have been one of the first mainstream investment firms to release a report on the burgeoning legal marijuana market back in 2015, but more have followed, including the Edward Jones marijuana report that recently entered the fray.

Central Oregon Cannabis Retailers Pass Sting Operation With Flying Colors

Central Oregon Cannabis Retailers Pass Sting Operation With Flying Colors

United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions has a negative view of Oregon’s legal cannabis market, but a recent sting operation conducted by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission revealed positive news about central Oregon cannabis retailers that Sessions should take into consideration.

Justin Trudeau Says Canadian Cannabis Legalization Arriving 'Next Summer,' Not July 1

Trudeau: Canadian Cannabis Legalization Arriving ‘Next Summer,’ Not July 1

Recreational cannabis stakeholders have been waiting for Canadian legalization with bated breath, expecting that day to be July 1, 2018; however, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has recently cast doubt on the exact date of implementation.

California Now Accepting Cannabis Cultivation and Processing Applications

California Now Accepting Cannabis Cultivation and Processing Applications

While California has already started awarding temporary commercial cannabis licenses to distributors, microbusinesses, labs and retailers, it has only recently launched its system for accepting cannabis cultivation and processing applications.

Study: Canadian Cannabis Consumption Was Worth Billions in 2015

Study: Canadian Cannabis Consumption Was Worth Billions in 2015

As a means of understanding the pre-legalization landscape of Canada, Statistics Canada has released an Economic Insights study on Canadian cannabis consumption, estimating the number of consumers and the volume of their consumption by examining data from 1960-2015.

West Virginia Medical Cannabis Interests 82 Percent of Doctors in State

West Virginia Medical Cannabis Interests 82 Percent of Doctors in State

Medical cannabis cards in the Mountain State won’t see the light of day until July 1, 2019, but it appears prospective patients might have an easier time finding a West Virginia medical cannabis doctor.

Golden State Awards First Round of California Commercial Cannabis Licenses

Golden State Awards First Round of California Commercial Cannabis Licenses

The Golden State may have just launched its online licensing system for California commercial cannabis licenses, but the Bureau of Cannabis Control is moving quickly to meet the legalization rollout date of Jan. 1, 2018, and has already chosen its first round of licensee recipients.

This Is Why Arkansas Medical Marijuana Banking Will Become a Reality

This Is Why Arkansas Medical Marijuana Banking Will Become a Reality

The Natural State is still reviewing the hundreds of medical marijuana business applications it received back in September 2017 and even though waiting is the hardest part, those that receive licenses can look to forward to the reality of Arkansas medical marijuana banking.

Finance Ministers Revise Canadian Cannabis Tax Plan

Finance Ministers Revise Canadian Cannabis Tax Plan

While the initial Canadian cannabis tax framework was revealed on Nov. 10, 2017, provincial leaders and industry stakeholders renounced the proposed 50-50 split of cannabis taxes and so federal, provincial and territorial finance ministers went back to the drawing board, announcing the revised Canadian cannabis tax plan on Dec. 11.

You Can Now Apply for California Cannabis Licenses Online

You Can Now Apply for California Cannabis Licenses Online

With the Golden State poised to become the largest cannabis market in the world, California cannabis licenses are going to be a hot commodity and the rush to obtain them is already underway.

Massachusetts Marijuana Tax Revenue

Massachusetts Marijuana Tax Revenue Projection Swings Wide for First Year

Massachusetts marijuana tax revenue in the Bay State has been given a wide-ranging projection for recreational marijuana’s first year of sales. According to a Massachusetts Department of Revenue analysis, tax revenue will range between $44-82 million in fiscal year 2019.

Aphria Stock Soars Following Announcement of Medical Cannabis Deal With Shoppers Drug Mart

Aphria Stock Soars After Announcement of Cannabis Deal With Shoppers Drug Mart

Following market close on Dec. 4, 2017, Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH), an Ontario-based licensed producer of medical cannabis, made headlines when it announced that it had entered into an agreement to be the medical cannabis supplier for Shoppers Drug Mart, a Canadian pharmacy chain.

New Video Series Aims to Convince Black Market in Oregon to Go Legal

New Video Series Aims to Convince Black Market in Oregon to Go Legal

With U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions criticizing Oregon’s cannabis policies and an Oregon marijuana processor busted in Nebraska recently, the black market in Oregon has been giving the state some bad press; however, the OLCC is trying to change that with the launch of a new video series that aims to convince participants in the black market to go legal.

Members of Congress Urge Extended Protection of State Medical Cannabis Laws

Members of Congress Urge Extended Protection of State Medical Cannabis Laws

On Nov. 28, 2017, a bipartisan group of federal lawmakers sent a letter to congressional leaders, urging them to extend protection of state medical cannabis laws in the 2018 appropriations bill.

The Hawkeye State to Welcome First Iowa Medical Cannabidiol Company

Hawkeye State to Welcome First Iowa Medical Cannabidiol Company

The Hawkeye State is preparing to welcome the first Iowa medical cannabidiol company into the state’s medical cannabidiol program.. On Nov. 28, 2017, the Iowa Department of Public Health announced its intent to award a medical cannabidiol manufacturer license to MedPharm Iowa, a company based in Des Moines.

Northwest Territories Cannabis

First Look at the Northwest Territories Cannabis Legalization Proposal

While Canada has launched a public consultation on its proposed federal cannabis regulations, the Northwest Territories cannabis legalization proposal was unveiled recently by the territorial government.

Most Canadian Cannabis Producers Expect Consolidation of Competition

Most Canadian Cannabis Producers Expect Consolidation of Competition

While Canadian cannabis producers are preparing for the country’s roll out of recreational cannabis, they are also preparing for a potential shift in the market’s landscape.

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.


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