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San Diego County Outlaws New Marijuana Operations

San Diego County Outlaws New Marijuana Operations

San Diego County Outlaws New Marijuana Operations

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors has voted to prohibit new marijuana operations in unincorporated areas and to set a closing date for existing operations. The 3-2 vote by the Board of Supervisors will allow three existing dispensaries to operate until 2022. Two dispensaries in the process of getting permits can open, but they also must close within five years.

Jeff Sessions: Marijuana 'Only Slightly Less Awful' Than Heroin

Jeff Sessions: Marijuana ‘Only Slightly Less Awful’ Than Heroin

On March 15, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions gave a speech to law enforcement officers in Richmond, Virginia, on his mission to fight violent crime and bolster public safety. It was during his discussion of drugs that Sessions brought marijuana into the conversation, reinforcing a stance that he has previously communicated.

Colorado Marijuana Business Ordered to Stop Soliciting Investments

Colorado Marijuana Business Ordered to Stop Soliciting Investments

On March 9, 2017, the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies announced that Colorado Securities Commissioner Gerald Rome has ordered John W. Long, Jr., of Nederland, as well as his marijuana businesses, Green Farms Consulting and Green Farms Holdings, to cease and desist offering and selling unregistered securities.

Cannabis Prohibition and the Evolution of Extraction Technologies

Cannabis Prohibition and the Evolution of Extraction Technologies

Cannabis prohibition is remarkably similar to the prohibition of alcohol in the 1920s. On March 7, 2017, at the California Cannabis Business Expo in San Diego, Dr. Joshua Hartsel discussed the tremendous opportunity unfolding in California’s market in regards to extracts and other concentrate products.

Marijuana Markets on Both Sides of Niagara Falls

Marijuana Markets on Both Sides of Niagara Falls

The California Cannabis Business Expo wound down on March 8, closing with two panels at the Marijuana Investor Summit: one featuring the CEOs of three U.S. based firms active in the cannabis space; the other featuring four business and financial executives from Canada, who could speak to the state of the same industry in a very different legal and cultural context.

Sean Murphy Weighs in on the Future of Medical Cannabis

Sean Murphy Weighs in on the Future of Medical Cannabis

At the California Cannabis Business Expo on March 8, 2017, entrepreneurs and investors interested in the science and technology of medical cannabis were given a crash course in the future of cannabis, and cannabidiol, as an alternative to pharmaceuticals by Hemp Business Journal founder Sean Murphy.

After January 2018: Learn to Jump Through California's Hoops

After January 2018: Learn to Jump Through California’s Hoops

in January 2018 two distinct California state laws will come into effect, the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act and the Adult Use Marijuana Act, the mandating act for a new adult-recreational industry. So the question is: what hoops is an entrepreneur going to have to jump through to avail himself of this double opportunity?

Cannabis Companies Bloom at the CCBExpo's Emerging Brand Showcase

Cannabis Companies Bloom at CCBExpo’s Emerging Brand Showcase

On March 7, 2017, at the California Cannabis Business Expo, the Emerging Brand Showcase gave fledgling cannabis companies the opportunity to pitch their brands to a panel of industry experts, including AJ Gentile, CEO and co-founder of SpeedWeed; Mara Gordon, founder of Aunt Zelda’s; Jen Gentile, Chief Marketing Officer at SpeedWeed; and Gino Gentile, SpeedWeed’s Vice President of Business Development.

ResponsibleOhio Founders Want to Start a Medical Marijuana Facility

ResponsibleOhio Founders Want to Start a Medical Marijuana Facility

The founders of ResponsibleOhio, the group that sought to legalize recreational marijuana through a 2015 ballot measure, want to start growing and processing medical marijuana, according to a March 8, 2017, article at Cleveland.com. Jimmy Gould and Ian James are seeking one of 12 licenses available under the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program.

Horwitz and a Hopeful View of the Trump Effect

Horwitz and a Hopeful View of the Trump Effect

The second day at the California Cannabis Business Expo, Monday, March 6, kicked off with a discussion of the “Trump effect,” by Lawrence W. Horwitz, of Horwitz + Armstrong, a law firm and professional corporation headquartered in Lake Forest, California.

The Devil in the Details: Silvia San Nicolas on Cannabis Compliance

The Devil in the Details: Silvia San Nicolas on Cannabis Compliance

When it comes to the legal marijuana industry, the devil is in the details; and nothing is more devilish, or more onerous, than complying with the intricate rules and regulations imposed upon the industry.

Two Special Guests Kicked Off CannaPitch at the CCBExpo

Two Special Guests Kicked Off CannaPitch at the CCBExpo

CannaPitch, a cannabis industry live pitch session featuring five industry experts as pitch appraisers on the one hand and a unique set of entrepreneurs on the other, proved the highlight of the first day of the California Cannabis Business Expo, in San Diego, on March 5, 2017.

Standards Could Get Professional Treatment with ASTM's Cannabis Committee

Standards Could Get Professional Treatment with ASTM’s Cannabis Committee

You’ve found a strain that you love and it’s available at your local dispensary, but do you know under what conditions it was grown or how it was handled when infused into your favorite edible? Maybe the budtender guarantees you’ve selected a quality product, but you may soon be empowered beyond blind trust as the next level of universal standards are on the horizon.

Oregon Lawmakers Move to Protect Marijuana Consumer Information

Oregon Lawmakers Move to Protect Marijuana Consumer Information

In response to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s recent comments on federal marijuana policy, Oregon lawmakers are making moves to protect the the private information of recreational marijuana consumers.

Senators Ask Sessions to Uphold DOJ's Policy on State Marijuana Laws

Senators Ask Sessions to Uphold DOJ’s Policy on State Marijuana Laws

When White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer commented on the potential of “greater enforcement” of federal marijuana law under the Trump Administration, the industry reacted immediately. Now, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators has penned a letter in an effort to protect the recreational marijuana industry.

Licensed Marijuana Cultivators in California Now Eligible for Agricultural Energy Rates

Licensed Marijuana Cultivators in California Now Eligible for Agricultural Energy Rates

On March 1, 2017, Pacific Gas and Electric Company announced that licensed medical marijuana cultivators are now eligible for PG&E’s agricultural energy rate and recreational cultivators will be eligible once they’ve been licensed under the Adult Use of Marijuana Act.

Marijuana Stocks Trend Down in Light of Trump Administration's Recent Comments

Marijuana Stocks Trend Down in Light of Trump Administration’s Remarks

While President Donald Trump vowed on his campaign trail to let states decide the fate of marijuana legalization, recent comments by the Trump Administration seem to negate his campaign promise and have created a ripple effect in the public cannabis markets.

Legislation Introduced to Federally Decriminalize Marijuana

Legislation Introduced to Decriminalize Marijuana Federally

On Feb. 27, 2017, Congressman Tom Garrett, R-Va., introduced the “Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017,” to the House of Representatives. If passed, the bill, H.R. 1227, would decriminalize marijuana federally by removing it from the federal controlled substances list.

Sessions Articulates His Stance on Marijuana And Federal Law

Sessions Articulates His Stance on Marijuana And Federal Law

During a Feb. 27, 2017, meeting with reporters at the U.S. Justice Department, Attorney General Jeff Sessions gave a new explanation of his views on marijuana and federal law. “Most of you probably know I don’t think America is going to be a better place when more people of all ages and particularly young people start smoking pot,” Sessions said.

Study: Canadian Patients Substituting Marijuana for Prescription Drugs

Study: Canadian Patients Substituting Marijuana for Prescription Drugs

According to a study recently published by the International Journal of Drug Policy, patients in Canada are substituting marijuana for opioids, benzodiazepines and antidepressants for symptom relief from pain and mental health conditions.

Cannabis Industry Responses to Trump Administration's Stance on Marijuana

Industry Responses to Trump Administration’s Stance on Cannabis

On Feb. 23, 2017, during a daily briefing, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer answered a reporter’s question regarding marijuana enforcement, prompting immediate reactions from members of the legal cannabis industry.

Southern University in Search of Cultivator for Louisiana's Medical Marijuana Program

Southern University in Search of Cultivator for Louisiana’s MMJ Program

On Feb. 23, 2017, Louisiana’s Southern University Land-Grant Campus held a town hall meeting on medical marijuana, providing attendees information on the university’s plans to move forward with the state’s medical marijuana program.

The Reality of Marijuana for Minorities Scores a Seat at the Oscars

The Reality of Marijuana for Minorities Scores a Seat at the Oscars

Award season is coming to an end this month with the 89th Academy Awards airing on Feb. 26, 2017, at Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre. Two of this year’s nominated films depict the consequences of drug use in minority communities — a completely different experience than that of some of this year’s nominated actors.

Trump Administration May Order 'Greater Enforcement' of Marijuana Law

Trump Administration May Order ‘Greater Enforcement’ of Marijuana Law

During a White House Daily Briefing on Feb. 23, 2017, press secretary Sean Spicer gave insight into how the Trump Administration may proceed in regards to the enforcement of federal marijuana law.

Poll: Support Growing for Legalization in Texas

Poll: Support Growing for Legalization in Texas

On Feb. 21, 2017, the University of Texas, in conjunction with the Texas Tribune, released the results of its February 2017 poll, with the outcomes demonstrating that opposition to legalization is on the decline while support for private use marijuana is on the rise.

Study: 23% of Colorado's Cannabis Workers Lack Health and Safety Training

Study: 23% of Colorado’s Cannabis Workers Lack Health and Safety Training

In mid-February, researchers at Colorado State University and the Center for Health, Work & Environment at the Colorado School of Public Health, published “Work and Well-Being in the Colorado Cannabis Industry.”

Congressional Cannabis Caucus Aims to Shape the Future of Cannabis Policy

Congressional Cannabis Caucus Aims to Shape Future of Cannabis Policy

On Feb. 16, 2017, the Congressional Cannabis Caucus held a press conference in Washington, D.C., to address the future of cannabis policy reform in the United States.

Entrepreneurs, CannaPitch and Careers on First Day of #CalCanBizExpo

Entrepreneurs, CannaPitch and Careers on First Day of #CalCanBizExpo

Entrepreneurs, investors and career seekers are eager to navigate California’s newly legalized recreational cannabis market and the California Cannabis Business Expo is ready to show current and future stakeholders the way on its opening day at the Sheraton Marina Hotel in San Diego on March 5, 2017.

Cannabis in Australia: The Case Against Enthusiasm

Cannabis in Australia: The Case Against Enthusiasm

Gaelan Bloomfield and Ram Venkay, partners in a new investment fund that will be managed from Australia and will focus on Calif.-based cannabis investment opportunities, are notably wary about the prospects at home, Down Under.

Eaze Delivery Platform Data Reveals Trends in California Marijuana Consumption

Eaze Data Reveals Trends in California Marijuana Consumption

In 2016, Californians ordered marijuana on the Eaze platform once every 30 seconds, according to the “Eaze Insights: 2016 State of Cannabis Data Report.” That doubled 2015’s rate of an order once every minute. Eaze, an online platform for marijuana deliveries, drew its report from 250,000 platform users and a supplemental survey of 5,000 state residents.

PTSD Marijuana Study Dispenses MMJ to First Military Veteran

PTSD Marijuana Study Dispenses MMJ to First Military Veteran

On Feb. 6, 2017, the first clinical trial to study the effects of medical marijuana in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder in military veterans dispensed medical marijuana to its first veteran at the Scottsdale Research Institute in Phoenix.

Love Purple, Grow Gold: LSU Searching for Medical Cannabis Cultivator

Love Purple, Grow Gold: LSU Searching for Medical Cannabis Cultivator

Next week, the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, one of the state’s two state-sanctioned medical cannabis cultivators, will start accepting applications from contractors interested in cultivating cannabis on behalf of the LSU AgCenter for the state’s medical cannabis program.

Higher Ed in Cali: Two Universities Offering Medical Cannabis Education

Higher Ed in Cali: Two Universities Offering Medical Cannabis Education

With its Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research, Humboldt State University in California has been at the academic forefront of marijuana since 2012, but other institutions of higher education in the state are starting to follow suit.

Aloha Growth: Dispensaries in Hawaii Approved to Start Cultivating

Aloha Growth: Dispensaries in Hawaii Approved to Start Cultivating

On Feb. 1, 2017, the Hawaii State Department of Health announced that Aloha Green Holdings and Maui Grown Therapies have been approved to commence their cannabis cultivation operations, making them the first two dispensaries in the state to receive such approval.

Progress in Cali: San Diego Approves Recreational Marijuana Sales

Progress in Cali: San Diego Approves Recreational Marijuana Sales

While several municipalities in California have enacted temporary bans on recreational marijuana and others have yet to decide the fate of the state’s newly legalized industry, America’s Finest City has just become the first city in San Diego County to approve recreational marijuana sales.

Ohio Proposes Rules for MMJ Processors, Patients and Caregivers

Ohio Proposes Rules for MMJ Processors, Patients and Caregivers

On Jan. 27, 2017, the Ohio Board of Pharmacy and the Ohio Department of Commerce announced another round of proposed rules for the state’s medical marijuana program. In this round, regulators tackled rules for medical marijuana processors, patients and caregivers.

Canada's First Authorized Licensee of 2017 Starts Cultivating

Canada’s First Authorized Licensee of 2017 Starts Cultivating

On Jan. 10, 2017, Health Canada authorized James E. Wagner Cultivation in Ontario to start cultivating medical cannabis, making it the 38th licensed producer in Canada and the first producer of 2017 licensed under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations.

North Americans Spent $53.3 Billion on Marijuana in 2016

North Americans Spent $53.3 Billion on Marijuana in 2016

North Americans spent $53.3 billion on legal, illegal, and medical marijuana in 2016, according to a Jan. 17, 2017, release from Arcview Research Group. That’s more than people in the United States spent on McDonald’s and Starbucks combined.

The Real Reason Craft Cannabis is Here to Stay

The Real Reason Craft Cannabis is Here to Stay

Nothing evokes passionate debate in the cannabis community like the threat of big business taking over. The arguments against big marijuana fill the internet. The heartfelt plea to preserve small farms is echoed throughout the US, Canada, and Jamaica. At the Marijuana Business Conference in Las Vegas last November there was even a debate dedicated to arguing which was better: Craft Cannabis vs Big Marijuana.


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