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Shoppers Drug Mart Now Has Four Canadian Cannabis Suppliers

Shoppers Drug Mart Now Has Four Canadian Cannabis Suppliers

Shoppers Drug Mart Now Has Four Canadian Cannabis Suppliers

Shoppers Drug Mart may have yet to receive its medical cannabis license from Health Canada, but it is moving full steam ahead to make sure it has secured multiple Canadian cannabis suppliers to provide its customers with products.

Pennsylvania Medical Cannabis Program Off to Rough Start

Pennsylvania Medical Cannabis Program Off to Rough Start

The Pennsylvania medical cannabis program had a rough start as retail sales began on Feb. 15, 2018. The opening weekend was marked by long lines and short supply as Cresco Yeltrah was the only medical cannabis supplier able to provide products to dispensaries during the state’s first week of sales.

Study Finds MMJ Laws Do Not Increase Adolescent Cannabis Use

Study Finds MMJ Laws Do Not Increase Adolescent Cannabis Use

Although a majority of Americans support medical cannabis, a small segment of the population still opposes its legalization for fear that it will lead to an increase in adolescent cannabis use; however, according to a new study published in the journal Addiction, that fear may be unfounded.

California Cannabis Surety Bond Program Approved by Insurance Commissioner

California Cannabis Surety Bond Program Approved by Insurance Commissioner

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has been on a mission to ensure state-legal cannabis businesses have commercial insurance coverage and with his announcement of the first California cannabis surety bond program on Feb. 21, 2018, he continues to make progress.

Failed Applicants Sue Ohio Over Medical Cannabis Licensing Process

Failed Applicants Sue Ohio Over Medical Cannabis Licensing Process

More strife is on the horizon for Ohio’s troubled medical cannabis program. On Feb. 20, 2018, a group of unsuccessful medical cannabis applicants, led by Jimmy Gould of CannAscend Ohio LLC, filed a lawsuit challenging the state’s medical cannabis licensing process.

Province of Newfoundland and Labrador Issues RFP for Cannabis Retailers

Province of Newfoundland and Labrador Issues RFP for Cannabis Retailers

While the province of Newfoundland and Labrador has its key policies in place for recreational legalization and has secured a supply agreement with Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX:WEED) to provide cannabis for the province, it is now ready to hear from prospective cannabis retailers.

Judge Overturns Detroit Medical Cannabis Initiative

Judge Overturns Detroit Medical Cannabis Initiative

In the city of Detroit, the group Citizens for Sensible Cannabis Reform is weighing its legal options after Wayne County Circuit Judge Robert Colombo, Jr., overturned Measure B, a Detroit medical cannabis initiative aimed at relaxing local control on the city’s medical cannabis industry, on Feb. 16, 2018.

New Brunswick Cannabis Stores to Have Refined Design Elements

New Brunswick Cannabis Stores to Have Refined Design Elements

While the locations for New Brunswick cannabis stores were only recently announced, the province is moving full steam ahead, completing design plans for the retail cannabis properties expected to open this summer.

Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Ready to Serve Patients This Week

Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Ready to Serve Patients This Week

While the Keystone State’s first dispensary held its grand opening on Jan. 27, 2018, it didn’t have medical marijuana available for patients to purchase, but now the wait to buy products from Pennsylvania medical marijuana dispensaries is almost over. Starting on Feb. 15, and progressing through the week, a handful of dispensaries will open with products available for patients to purchase.

Study: Medical Cannabis Treatment Significantly Reduces Chronic Pain in Elderly

Study: Medical Cannabis Treatment Significantly Reduces Chronic Pain in Elderly

Baby boomers have become a growing market segment in the legal cannabis industry as the acceptance of medical cannabis treatment continues to spread across the world, and now it appears that medical cannabis treatment may offer senior citizens a safer alternative to opioids in the treatment of chronic pain.

Ontario Selects Shopify to Run Mobile and Online Cannabis Sales

Ontario Selects Shopify to Run Mobile and Online Cannabis Sales

With Canadian cannabis legalization slated to commence this summer, Ontario has been proactive in its preparations, being the first province to issue its market regulations and now announcing a partnership with a popular ecommerce platform based in Ottawa to run mobile and online cannabis sales in the province.

Enrollment Gaining in New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program

Enrollment Gaining in New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program

The New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program started 2018 on a high note, with the most enrolled patients it has ever had. As the month of January came to an end, the program had 47,840 registered patients, a nearly 50% increase from January 2017.

Leafly Cutting Unlicensed Cannabis Companies From Dispensary Finder Tool

Leafly Cutting Unlicensed Cannabis Companies From Dispensary Finder Tool

Prior to recreational cannabis legalization in California, unlicensed cannabis companies proliferated under a system that didn’t require state licenses to operate medical cannabis businesses; however, the opportunity for those operating under the guise of legality is over in California and a popular cannabis dispensary and strain review website is erring on the side of caution.

Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission Seeking Input From Counties

Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission Seeking Input From Counties

In an effort to hear what the public thinks about the proposed recreational cannabis regulations, the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission is traveling from county to county to gather feedback.

Medical Cannabis Exports Suspended in Israel

Medical Cannabis Exports Suspended in Israel

Israel has temporarily suspended medical cannabis exports. According to Haaretz, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was responsible for the suspension and has ordered a review from both the Health Ministry and the chairman of the National Economic Council.

Fourth Corner Credit Union Gains Conditional Approval From the Federal Reserve

Fourth Corner Credit Union Conditionally Approved by Federal Reserve

A Colorado credit union dedicated to serving the cannabis industry is one step closer to becoming fully operational. On Feb. 5, 2018, the Fourth Corner Credit Union was given conditional approval by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City for a master account.

British Columbia Marijuana Market Details Revealed

British Columbia Marijuana Market Details Revealed

Canada is nearing its rollout of recreational marijuana this summer and while there have been challenges in keeping up with the federal deadline, the British Columbia marijuana market is taking shape.

New Mexico Senate Rules Committee Approves Legalization Bill

New Mexico Senate Rules Committee Approves Legalization Bill

Recreational cannabis might be heading for the New Mexico ballot in 2018. On Feb. 2, 2018, the New Mexico Senate Rules Committee voted 4-3 to approve Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino’s Senate Joint Resolution 4, a measure which would allow state residents to vote on cannabis legalization in the next general election.

Bright Side of the Bay: 8 Winners Selected for Oakland Dispensary Licenses

Bright Side of the Bay: 8 Winners Selected for Oakland Dispensary Licenses

In California, officials with the city of Oakland have been working for more than a year to create and implement the city’s Dispensary Equity Permit Program, and with the winners of Oakland dispensary licenses having been announced, the fruits of their labor are being realized.

Here's How U.S. Marijuana Prices Range From Coast to Coast

Here’s How U.S. Marijuana Prices Range From Coast to Coast

Not only do the rules for marijuana consumption vary from state to state, but so do the prices. From coast to coast, marijuana prices in the United States range from just over $7 in the west to nearly $18 in the east.

California Treasurer Studying Possibility of Creating a Public Cannabis Bank

California Treasurer Studying Possibility of Creating a Public Cannabis Bank

United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions may have reversed federal marijuana enforcement policy, but that isn’t stopping the Golden State from studying how to move forward with creating a public cannabis bank to serve the state’s legal cannabis industry.

Here Are the 9 Nova Scotia Cannabis Retail Locations

Here Are the 9 Nova Scotia Cannabis Retail Locations

Canadian cannabis legalization is rolling out this summer and the country’s provinces are under a tight deadline to be up and running, but it looks like the legal Nova Scotia cannabis market may be ahead of the game as far as distribution goes.

Canadian Cannabis Consumers Spent Almost C$6 Billion on Product in 2017

Canadian Cannabis Consumers Spent Almost C$6 Billion on Product in 2017

Recreational cannabis legalization is on Canada’s horizon and as a means of understanding pre- and post-legalization markets, Statistics Canada has been analyzing historical data to get a sense of what the future of legal cannabis may hold for the country and if its most recent report is any indication, Canadian cannabis consumers are ready to open their wallets when it comes to cannabis.

Keystone State Auditor General Advocating for Pennsylvania Legalization

Keystone State Auditor General Advocating for Pennsylvania Legalization

While the Keystone State’s medical marijuana program has only just begun, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is ready for Pennsylvania legalization to tap into the recreational market to benefit the state budget, reduce the costs associated with simple possession arrests, curb the opioid epidemic and create jobs.

Canadian Cannabis Research Banks $1.4M in Funding From Government

Canadian Cannabis Research Banks $1.4M in Funding From Government

With the Great White North preparing to become the first G7 nation to launch recreational legalization, the federal government wants to inform its journey into uncharted territory by providing $1.4 million in funding to Canadian cannabis research projects.

AG Ferguson Wants to Know Sessions’ Effects on Washington Cannabis Industry

AG Ferguson Wants to Know Sessions’ Effects on Washington Cannabis Industry

Since United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions first criticized the Washington cannabis industry in July 2017, Gov. Jay Inslee and Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson have defended the industry; however, Sessions’ memo on Jan. 4, 2018, announcing a reversal of federal cannabis enforcement policy, may have prompted the state to bolster its position.

Vermont Recreational Marijuana Now a Reality

Vermont Recreational Marijuana Now a Reality

The Green Mountain State just got a little bit greener as Vermont recreational marijuana is now a reality. On Jan. 22, 2018, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott signed H. 511, legalizing recreational marijuana in the state. This makes Vermont the ninth state to legalize recreational marijuana and the first state to do so via the state legislature instead of a ballot initiative.

Arizona Dispensaries Sold Over 43 Tons of Medical Marijuana in 2017

Arizona Dispensaries Sold Over 43 Tons of Medical Marijuana in 2017

While the Grand Canyon State may have failed to legalize recreational marijuana in 2016, Arizona dispensaries ran full steam ahead with medical marijuana sales in 2017, selling more than 43 tons by the end of the year, according to an end-of-year report from the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Maine Medical Marijuana Caregivers File Lawsuit Against DHHS

Maine Medical Marijuana Caregivers File Lawsuit Against DHHS

In an effort to halt implementation of new regulations governing Maine medical marijuana caregivers, two medical marijuana shop owners, along with two unnamed patients in their care, have filed a lawsuit against the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the state medical marijuana program.

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.

Maryland Report Suggests State Consider Race in Cannabis Licensing Process

Maryland Report Suggests State Consider Race in Cannabis Licensing Process

Minorities in the state of Maryland are at a disadvantage in the state’s medical cannabis licensing process, according to the report of a state consultant hired to review a 2017 disparity study after controversy arose over the fact that no minority-owned businesses were awarded a medical cannabis license.

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.

Senator Nicholas Scutari Introduces New Jersey Marijuana Legislation

Senator Nicholas Scutari Introduces New Jersey Marijuana Legislation

During his campaign, governor-elect Phil Murphy voiced his support for marijuana legalization in his state of New Jersey. Though Murphy is not officially in office until next week, Sen. Nicholas Scutari has already made moves to fulfill Murphy’s campaign promise.

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.

Vermont Senate Votes to Legalize Recreational Marijuana

Vermont Senate Votes to Legalize Recreational Marijuana

Recreational marijuana is coming to the state of Vermont. On Jan. 10, 2017, the Vermont Senate voted to approve H. 511, a bill that will legalize recreational marijuana possession for adults 21 and older, as well as home growing of two mature plants and four immature plants.

Payment Provider Pulls Out Of Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Payment Provider Pulls Out of Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Only a week into the New Year and it’s already been a rollercoaster ride for medical marijuana in the United States. Though some states have overcome regulatory hurdles, it seems like Massachusetts medical marijuana dispensaries are running into new banking issues.


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