Briefs

Report: Canada’s legal rec MJ program to start by July 2018

Omar Sacirbey  | March 27, 2017

Recreational marijuana will become legal in Canada by July 1, 2018, CBC News reported Monday.

The disclosure of the launch date for Canada’s rec sales is expected to piggyback on the liberal government’s announcement next month about the nation’s cannabis legislation, according to the national broadcaster.

Under the proposed legislation, which could be unveiled …

Arkansas rules on smoking medical cannabis, staffing go to governor

Bart Schaneman  | March 27, 2017

The Arkansas Senate has approved regulations on where medical marijuana can be smoked as well as requirements for staffing dispensaries.

According to the Arkansas News, the next stop for House Bill 1400 is the desk of Gov. Asa Hutchinson. If he signs the measure into law, it will ban patients from smoking medical cannabis:

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Testing rule worries Ohio medical marijuana advocates

Omar Sacirbey  | March 24, 2017

Medical marijuana advocates in Ohio are concerned a little-known rule that stipulates who can test cannabis products could delay the launch of the program.

Under the state’s MMJ law, private laboratories will not be allowed to test medical cannabis for the first year of the program, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported. Instead, the state’s public universities …

Steep Hill Labs partners with Israeli marijuana firm

John Schroyer  | March 23, 2017

California-based Steep Hill Labs entered into a partnership with iCAN, an Israeli medical marijuana company, to establish a testing lab in the Middle Eastern country.

The deal is perhaps the first of its kind for a U.S.-based marijuana testing company to expand internationally. An Israeli testing firm announced last month it planned to set …

DC to authorize sixth medical cannabis dispensary

John Schroyer  | March 22, 2017

The Washington DC Department of Health plans to add a medical marijuana dispensary to the five already in operation.

The license application period began March 6 and will end April 7, according to a public notice from the DC Department of Health.

The new dispensary must be located in either DC City Council Ward 7 or …

LSU extends deadline for medical marijuana cultivation applications

Omar Sacirbey  | March 22, 2017

Marijuana cultivation businesses hoping to grow cannabis for Louisiana State University under a new medical marijuana law have more time to make their case.

LSU extended the deadline for growers to submit plans on how they would run the university’s MMJ cultivation operation to March 31, The Advocate of Baton Rouge reported. The original …

Another Canadian medical cannabis producer goes public

John Schroyer  | March 22, 2017

Adding to a growing trend among licensed Canadian medical marijuana producers, Hydropothecary Corp. went public Tuesday.

The Quebec-based company started trading on the TSX Venture Exchange after completing a reverse takeover with BFK Capital Corp. last week, the Financial Post reported.

Hydropothecary shares opened at 1.82 Canadian dollars ($1.36) and closed at CA$1.55 …

More legal issues for marijuana firm Pineapple Express

Omar Sacirbey  | March 21, 2017

Pineapple Express, which provides consulting, financial and real estate services to marijuana businesses, has been named in a lawsuit filed by three companies that allege the Los Angeles firm owes them nearly $685,000.

Pineapple Express CEO Matthew Feinstein stressed in an email to Marijuana Business Daily that a subsidiary the company has since sold is the …

New cannabis advocacy group aims to sway federal government

John Schroyer  | March 21, 2017

A group of cannabis companies has banded together to form a nonprofit political advocacy group designed to protect the legal marijuana trade – and it includes the unit of a major mainstream company that is a relative newcomer to the MJ industry.

The organization, called the New Federalism Fund (NFF), is made up …