While New Brunswick marijuana was slated to be supplied by two public companies, the province has added one more licensed producer to the mix.
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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.
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.
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.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been keeping an eye of the growing popularity of hemp-derived cannabidiol, especially those CBD companies that have been making medical claims.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With more than half of the United States having medical marijuana laws on the books, the Hoosier State is seeing renewed efforts for Indiana medical marijuana legalization.
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.
When the province of Alberta announced that it was surveying the public on Alberta cannabis regulations, it didn’t know that more than 45,000 residents would submit their opinions on the matter.
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.
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.
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.
It’s no secret that the advent of Colorado cannabis legalization increased demand for industrial real estate, but how has it affected housing prices?
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.
On Sept. 19, 2017, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval signed an Executive Order requiring the Gaming Policy Committee to reconvene to talk cannabis policy by Dec. 15.
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.
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.
The small town of Cheney, Wash., is mourning the death of a murdered dispensary employee who was the victim of a carjacking in the dispensary’s parking lot.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The “gateway theory,” the theory that cannabis use leads to the use of harder drugs, has been debunked once again by academia.
Louisiana State University has selected its medical marijuana vendor and now LSU Health Shreveport is ready to prepare for Louisiana medical marijuana research.
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.
The possibility of Tennessee medical marijuana legalization has been given new hope with a recent announcement from state lawmakers.
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.
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.
The first Hawaiian medical cannabis dispensary has already hit a roadblock after its first few days in business. On Aug. 13, 2017, Maui Grown Therapies announced that it would have to close temporarily because of lab certification delays.
On Aug. 8, 2017, the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors approved a motion for the San Joaquin County Counsel to draft an ordinance to regulate commercial cannabis businesses in the county.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Oklahoma medical marijuana legalization may become a reality in 2018 as a legalization initiative has qualified for the state’s 2018 ballot.
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.
On June 2, 2017, Alberta, one of Canada’s western provinces, announced that it is seeking input from Albertans on the province’s recreational marijuana rollout.
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.
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.