Cultivation

Jamaica grants conditional OK for three MMJ businesses

Bart Schaneman  | February 16, 2017

Jamaica’s Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) has given initial approval to three medical marijuana business applicants, two for cultivation and one for processing.

But the actual launch of the island’s medical marijuana industry – ranging from growers to retailers – could still be months off.

A total of 160 applicants competed for the latest batch …

New Market: Ohio medical cannabis program set to be big, but license rules could curb growth

Bart Schaneman  | February 16, 2017

By Bart Schaneman

Ohio’s medical cannabis program is expected to be large, generating upwards of $400 million in annual dispensary sales.

But possibly stringent regulations governing the number of dispensary licenses could limit patient access and curb the industry's growth potential, industry officials said.

Another California town may allow huge marijuana grow

John Schroyer  | February 10, 2017

The central California hamlet of Hanford, just south of Fresno, may become the state’s latest cash-strapped municipality to find refuge in the immense tax benefits from the cannabis industry.

Town leaders are reportedly “inching toward” permitting one of the largest indoor cannabis cultivation operations in the state, according to the Fresno Bee, signaling …

Contaminated MMJ blamed for California man’s death

John Schroyer  | February 8, 2017

A cancer patient in California is dead, and doctors suspect contaminated medical marijuana may have been the cause in what could serve as a wake-up call for the state’s MMJ industry.

According to CBS Los Angeles, the man was using medical cannabis to ward off the side effects of traditional cancer treatments. The cancer treatment …

Breaking down borders: The rise of U.S.-Canada cannabis partnerships

Omar Sacirbey  | February 8, 2017

By Omar Sacirbey

The Green Solution, a large retail marijuana chain in Colorado, wanted a foothold in Canada’s expected recreational cannabis market. OrganiGram, among the growing number of federally licensed Canadian growers, needed know-how and a name.

And so was born a partnership indicative of the growing synergy between the U.S. and Canadian cannabis industries.

LSU seeking contract growers for medical cannabis

Omar Sacirbey  | February 6, 2017

Louisiana State University, one of two institutions granted approval to grow medical marijuana under the Bayou State’s MMJ law, will soon start taking applications from cultivation contractors interested in doing the work.

The Baton Rouge-based school said it expects to choose a cultivator by June and that the first medical marijuana crops could be …

Cannabis oil maker files trademark suit against WA grow

Omar Sacirbey  | January 27, 2017

Headspace, a multimillion-dollar marijuana oil company in Southern California that sells a product called The Clear, filed a trademark infringement suit against a Washington state MJ cultivator, Podworks, for using the name Top Shelf Clear for one of its products.

The trademark suit is believed to be the first in Washington involving cannabis, according …

Hawaii’s MMJ businesses get green light to start growing Feb. 1

Bart Schaneman  | January 26, 2017

The Hawaii Department of Health’s seed-to-sale tracking software is ready to go online Feb. 1, which means licensed medical marijuana dispensaries finally can begin growing MMJ that day.

The state’s medical marijuana program has been delayed while the DOH attempted to link its tracking system with the software used by the eight companies approved to …

New Market: Maine’s tourism industry a potential boon for rec MJ businesses

Bart Schaneman  | January 26, 2017

By Bart Schaneman

Buoyed by the state's reputation as an East Coast tourist mecca with a dramatic coastline, the recreational marijuana market in Maine should generate plenty of opportunities for cannabis businesses - provided delays don't hamper the industry's rollout.