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Legalize Maine Opposes Legislative Rewrite of Marijuana Law

Legalize Maine Opposes Legislative Rewrite of Marijuana Law

Legalize Maine Opposes Legislative Rewrite of Marijuana Law

Legalize Maine, the organization behind the Pine Tree State’s successful legalization initiative, has announced its opposition to a measure aimed at rewriting the state’s recreational marijuana laws.

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.

Canadian Researchers Identify Optimal Rate for Organic Cannabis Fertilizer

Canadian Researchers Identify Optimal Rate of Organic Cannabis Fertilizer

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.

What We Know About the Ousting of MassRoots CEO Isaac Dietrich

What We Know About the Ousting of MassRoots CEO Isaac Dietrich

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.

Florida Health Officials Request Judge's Removal from Medical Marijuana Case

Florida Health Officials Request Judge’s Removal from Medical Marijuana Case

On Oct. 10, 2017, Christian Bax, Executive Director of the Florida Office of Medical Marijuana Use, issued a request to Robert Cohen, Director of the Division of Administrative Hearings, asking for Administrative Law Judge John Van Laningham to be removed from a medical marijuana case involving cultivation licenses.

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.

Medical Marijuana in Montana Ready to Give Slight Boost to State Coffers

Medical Marijuana in Montana Ready to Give Slight Boost to State Coffers

It looks like the enhanced legalization of medical marijuana in Montana will boost the Treasure State’s coffers this year, with sales increasing the amount of money in Montana’s general fund.

Things to Know About Washington Cannabis Consumers

Things to Know About Washington Cannabis Consumers

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?

Wisconsin Lawmakers Lobby for Bill That Would Allow Farmers to Grow Hemp

Wisconsin Lawmakers Lobby for Bill That Would Allow Farmers to Grow Hemp

On Oct. 10, 2017, Wisconsin lawmakers lobbied for a bill that would permit farmers to cultivate hemp in The Badger State.

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.

Nevada Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in Marijuana Distribution Dispute

Nevada Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in Marijuana Distribution Dispute

On Oct. 3, 2017, the Nevada Supreme Court heard oral arguments regarding a dispute over the distribution rights of recreational marijuana in the state of Nevada. The case is the culmination of months of back and forth between the state’s Department of Taxation and the Independent Alcohol Distributors of Nevada.

This Is Why the North American Marijuana Index Increased 6% in September

This Is Why the North American Marijuana Index Increased 6% in September

The North American Marijuana Index, a stock index that tracks the top performing cannabis stocks in the U.S. and Canada, increased 6% in September on strong Canadian momentum.

What We Know About the Northern California Marijuana Raids

What We Know About the Northern California Marijuana Raids

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.

Washington State Officials Met With Feds to Talk Cannabis Policy

Washington State Officials Met With Feds to Talk Cannabis Policy

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.

This Is Why Atlanta Marijuana Decriminalization Passed City Council Unanimously

This Is Why Atlanta Marijuana Decriminalization Passed City Council Unanimously

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.

You Can Now Choose From Two Hawaiian Medical Cannabis Dispensaries on Maui

You Can Now Choose From Two Hawaiian Medical Cannabis Dispensaries on Maui

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.

Wiz Khalifa Endorsed Cannabis at Pirates Game and MLB Regrets It

Wiz Khalifa Endorsed Cannabis at Pirates Game and MLB Regrets It

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.

Nevada’s Pot Gamble Brings in Cannabis Tax Revenue Payout

Nevada’s Pot Gamble Brings in Cannabis Tax Revenue Payout

Nevada took a chance on recreational cannabis this summer, and it looks like the payout is huge. In its first month of adult-use sales, Nevada raked in nearly $3.68 million in cannabis tax revenue

46% of Canadians Would Try Cannabis Edibles If Available in the Legal Market

Study: Nearly 46% of Canadians Would Buy Cannabis Edibles If Available Legally

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.

Los Angeles City Council Committee Approves Revised Cannabis Regulations

Los Angeles City Council Committee Approves Revised Cannabis Regulations

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.

Report: California Cannabis Taxes to Keep Black Market Cannabis Alive

Report: California Cannabis Taxes to Keep Black Market Cannabis Alive

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.

Vendor Team With Former NFL Player to Grow Southern University Medical Marijuana

Vendor Team With Former NFL Player to Grow Southern University Medical Marijuana

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.

Survey: Canadian Cannabis Salaries on Par With Other Industries in Country

Survey: Canadian Cannabis Salaries on Par With Other Industries in Country

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?

Tennessee Medical Cannabis Task Force Tackles First Official Meeting

Tennessee Medical Cannabis Task Force Tackles First Official Meeting

On Sept. 21, 2017, the Tennessee medical cannabis task force, created by Lt. Gov. Randy McNally and State House Speaker Beth Harwell, met for the first time to discuss legalization.

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging Ban of Medical Cannabis in Kentucky

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging Ban of Medical Cannabis in Kentucky

Residents of the Bluegrass State won’t be smoking grass anytime soon. On Sept. 20, 2017, a judge dismissed a lawsuit fighting for the legalization of medical cannabis in Kentucky.

Canadian Convenience Store Operator Wants to Sell Cannabis in Quebec

Canadian Convenience Store Operator Wants to Sell Cannabis in Quebec

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.

Hundreds of Entrepreneurs Have Applied for Arkansas Medical Cannabis Licenses

Hundreds of Entrepreneurs Have Applied for Arkansas Medical Cannabis Licenses

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.

Two Public Companies to Supply New Brunswick Recreational Marijuana

Two Public Companies to Supply New Brunswick Recreational Marijuana

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.

Florida Medical Cannabis Supply Safe in Wake of Hurricane Irma

Florida Medical Cannabis Supply Safe in Wake of Hurricane Irma

On the night of Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, Hurricane Irma hit the state of Florida, bringing 140-mile-per-hour winds with it. After forcing residents in certain areas to evacuate, it seems as though Hurricane Irma let one thing off the hook —
Florida medical cannabis supply.

This Is Why Uruguay Is Establishing New Cannabis Retail Stores

This Is Why Uruguay Is Establishing New Cannabis Retail Stores

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.

This Is What Orrin Hatch Told the Senate About Medical Cannabis Research

This Is What Orrin Hatch Told the Senate About Medical Cannabis Research

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.

This is How Hawaii Dispensaries Are Going Cash Free

This Is How Hawaii Dispensaries Are Going Cashless

Hawaii dispensaries are saying goodbye to cash and aloha to debit payments. On Sept. 12, 2017, Hawaii’s Financial Institutions Commissioner Iris Ikeda announced that the state would be the first in the country to require that cannabis sales be cashless.

Report: 39% of Canadians Will Become Recreational Cannabis Consumers

Report: 39% of Canadians Will Become Recreational Cannabis Consumers

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.


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