On Dec. 4, 2017, California’s Sonoma County announced that it had awarded its first cannabis business permit to Fiddlers Green, a Sonoma County medical cannabis cultivator.
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Patients in the Old Line State have been waiting for more than four years for the ability to purchase medical cannabis legally and now the wait is finally over. On Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, the first batch of Maryland medical cannabis dispensaries opened their doors to serve the state’s patients.
With several Maryland medical marijuana dispensary licensees preparing to open their doors within the next week and certified patients ready to buy their products, the state has awarded three more dispensary licenses, giving Maryland a total of nine licensed dispensaries.
On Nov. 21, 2017, California’s Santa Barbara City Council approved an ordinance to amend the city municipal code to allow five recreational cannabis shops within city limits, as well as voting to ease requirements for onsite security officers, permit an unlimited number of wholesale cannabis operations and allow residents to cultivate one cannabis plant outdoors and five indoors.
The number of Pennsylvania medical cannabis patients has been growing steadily since the patient registry launched on Nov. 1, 2017.
While prospective California cannabis businesses were notified recently by the Department of Tax and Fee Administration that they need to go ahead and register with the CDTFA for a seller’s permit, there are seven additional things California cannabis businesses need to know about tax rates and registration.
Training began this past summer in Jamaica for medical professionals to become certified in prescribing medical ganja; however, it appears that such training isn’t actually required by law.
On Nov. 6, 2017, the Bureau of Cannabis Control released details on the first California Cannabis Advisory Committee meeting, taking place in Sacramento on Nov. 16.
The Pennsylvania medical marijuana registry is now live, bringing patients in the Keystone State closer to medical marijuana access.
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.
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.
On Oct. 19, 2017, the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program and the Department of Commerce announced that the application for prospective cannabis processors is now available, with the application period running from Dec. 4 to Dec. 15.
While Jamaican cannabis has a rich history, the country of Jamaica hasn’t been at the forefront of the legal industry; however, that may soon change as the country has issued its first two Jamaican cannabis licenses.
With the recent publication of North America’s first scientific paper on advancing medical cannabis production, researchers at the University of Guelph in Ontario are investigating the brave new science of organic cannabis production.
On Oct. 16, 2017, the Board of Directors for MassRoots (OTCQB:MSRT), a marijuana social media platform, ousted Isaac Dietrich as the company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
Singer-Songwriter Melissa Etheridge has long been an advocate of medical marijuana and on Aug. 17, 2017, her advocacy met a prohibition reality when she was charged with simple possession in North Dakota, but Etheridge kept it all smiles for her mug shot.
While wildfires are wreaking havoc in Northern California, one California cannabis company is stepping up to help patients displaced by the devastation, as well as evacuees and first responders.
While it has been established that Washington cannabis consumers still love flower the most, who’s buying all of this flower, how much are they spending and what brands do they prefer?
While Hawaiian cannabis sales on Oahu started with Aloha Green in Honolulu on Aug. 9, 2017, the island of Oahu is now ready to welcome the opening of its second dispensary.
While Bluegrass State hemp has been growing since 2014, Kentucky legalization has yet to take root; however, one state senator is hoping to change that.
After months of local and committee debate, Atlanta marijuana decriminalization is now a reality in Georgia’s capital. The Atlanta City Council approved the decriminalization ordinance on Oct. 2, 2017, reducing the penalty of simple marijuana possession from a $1,000 fine and up to six months in prison to a $75 fine and no imprisonment.
On Sept. 27, 2017, recording artist Wiz Khalifa threw out the first pitch for the Pittsburgh Pirates’ last home game of the season against the Baltimore Orioles and he took the opportunity to let the fans know that he supports the legalization of cannabis.
On Sept. 25, 2017, a Los Angeles City Council committee approved revised draft regulations for the city’s cannabis industry. While the original draft regulations were released on June 8, the revised version wasn’t released until Sept. 22, giving industry members little time to prepare for the meeting on Sept. 25.
As the Golden State readies for the rollout of recreational cannabis on Jan. 1, 2018, some are preparing for a windfall of revenue from California cannabis taxes and others are preparing to continue competing with the black market.
While cannabis regulations have already been proposed for Ontario and New Brunswick, British Columbia cannabis regulations have yet to take shape; however, on Sept. 25, 2017, the provincial government announced that it is now collecting public input on how it should sell and regulate the substance.
The legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada has the country preparing for unprecedented expansion and with that will undoubtedly come career opportunities, but what can job seekers expect in regards to Canadian cannabis salaries?
On Sept. 19, 2017, the Buckeye State took a critical step forward for its Medical Marijuana Control Program by releasing the application for Ohio medical marijuana dispensary licenses.
On Sept. 18, 2017, the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center announced that it had finalized its LSU medical marijuana contract with GB Sciences Louisiana, a subsidiary of GB Sciences (OTCQB:GBLX).
From gluts to labeling updates and the combination of medical and recreational sectors, the Washington cannabis market has been on a rollercoaster ride, but flower has managed to remain king of the hill.
On Sept. 10, 2017, at approximately 12:45 p.m., a man shot and carjacked an employee of Lucid Cannabis, a dispensary in Cheney, Wash.
On Sept. 8, 2017, Ontario became the first province to reveal its plans to regulate Canadian cannabis, proposing to handle it in a fashion similar to that of tobacco and alcohol.
On Sept. 6, 2017, the House Rules Committee decided to block the House of Representatives from voting on an amendment to protect medical marijuana in states that have legalized it.
Washington has one more statistic to support the legalization of recreational cannabis in the Evergreen State: Washington youth cannabis use hasn’t increased since the enactment of Initiative 502, the measure that legalized recreational cannabis in the state.
With the Centennial State enjoying one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, workers in Colorado have a lot to celebrate, but so do the state’s dispensaries.
While Prince Edward Island legalization will happen in conjunction with Canada in July 2018, the province is taking a proactive measure in the development of its jurisdiction-specific regulations.
Oregon cannabis pesticide testing has undergone a rollercoaster of changes in response to the market, stakeholders and regulators, but permanent pesticide rules are now finally in place.
On Aug. 24, 2017, San Mateo County Narcotics Task Force announced that a series of San Mateo County cannabis raids eradicated 11,400 cannabis plants with a value of approximately $22.8 million.
The road to regulate Denver cannabis clubs has been a long one and while doors aren’t open quite yet, the city of Denver started accepting applications for cannabis consumption establishment licenses on Aug. 24, 2017.
With approximately 1,000 homes having been converted for illegal residential cultivation, illegal Sacramento marijuana grows have become a public safety concern for California’s capital city.
On Aug. 22, 2017, the Michigan Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation announced that it has created five workgroups for the Michigan medical cannabis program and is in need of stakeholders to participate in them to provide input on the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act.
On Aug. 21, 2017, the Denver Department of Environmental Health announced that Dixie Elixirs had six cannabis products recalled because they had not been made with food grade essential oils.
On Aug. 21, 2017, the Jamaican Ministry of Health announced that it has been making progress with its dispensary training workshops, teaching medical, scientific and health professionals how to properly dispense medical cannabis.
On Aug. 17, 2017, the San Diego Police Department narcotics unit raided two illegal cannabis dispensaries, bringing the number of raids on illegal dispensaries to more than 60 since March 2016.
A federal marijuana impairment report has cast a shadow of doubt over the THC testing methods and regulations used by law enforcement officers in America, citing the inability to detect THC impairment from biological test samples and the worthlessness of establishing a “per se” limit to designate THC impairment.
On Aug. 14, 2017, the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission greenlit eight final cultivation licenses, meaning the newly licensed can finally start cultivating medical cannabis.
On Aug. 11, 2017, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission announced that it had issued a clarification on prohibited cannabis strain names in the state. The rules are intended to prevent strain names from appealing to minors and from misleading consumers.
On Aug. 9, 2017, the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators announced that it had adopted a resolution that advises the Trump Administration to federally decriminalize cannabis.
With cultivation and dispensary applicants navigating the application process for the Natural State’s medical marijuana program, a new association has formed to act as the voice for the Arkansas medical marijuana industry.
On Aug. 8, 2017, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System announced that they had received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to conduct a long-term study on how medical cannabis affects opioid use in adults with chronic pain.
On Aug. 6, 2017, the National Conference of State Legislatures carved out 90 minutes during its summit in Boston for a panel on financial services for legal marijuana businesses, addressing efforts to move marijuana money from a cash-only model to a mainstream banking model.