Oregon received nearly 2K rec marijuana applications last year

John Schroyer  | January 10, 2017

The agency that governs Oregon’s recreational marijuana industry was swamped with nearly 2,000 adult-use business license applications in 2016, far above the 800-1,200 it expected.

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) received 1,907 total applications last year, the Portland Business Journal reported Monday. Of those applications from retailers, growers and other types of …

Week in Review: Poorly trained MMJ workers, AR’s medical fees & Puerto Rico in business

Bart Schaneman  | January 6, 2017

By Omar Sacirbey and Bart Schaneman

A study shows that many dispensary employees are improperly trained, Arkansas announces fees to set up MMJ cultivation facilities, and Puerto Rico’s medical cannabis industry is open for business.

Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

Which is best for cannabis – a Dutch or North American greenhouse?

Omar Sacirbey  | December 22, 2016

By Omar Sacirbey

High energy costs and declining cannabis prices have many cultivators thinking about moving their indoor grows into greenhouses.

But once that decision is made, those cultivators must determine whether to buy a North American-made greenhouse or import one from the Netherlands, which has dominated the industry since the 1800s.

Canadian medical cannabis grower partners with First Nations leader

Omar Sacirbey  | December 7, 2016

Cronos Group, which owns two federally licensed medical marijuana growers in Canada, is partnering with the former national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Phil Fontaine, with the aim of bringing MMJ products and jobs to indigenous communities across the country.

The former First Nations leader and Cronos, formerly known as PharmaCan …

Colorado hemp industry moves ahead after seed certification

Omar Sacirbey  | November 30, 2016

Colorado’s hemp industry took a major step forward this week when the state’s Department of Agriculture announced that three industrial hemp seed varieties passed a statewide trial that confirmed the resulting plants contain THC levels under 0.3%.

Being under the 0.3% threshold is important because plants with higher THC levels cannot be certified …

Colorado gov calls for increased enforcement on MJ ‘gray market’

John Schroyer  | November 15, 2016

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper called for increased state-level enforcement to battle the cannabis “gray market” and said those who refuse to abide by the law represent a “clear and present danger.”

Hickenlooper’s statement Monday, coming after last week’s huge electoral victories across the nation for the marijuana industry, underscores the still-tentative …