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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 …

Court-appointed receivers an option for troubled marijuana companies

John Schroyer  | March 22, 2017

By John Schroyer

Business partnerships in the cannabis industry have become increasingly common. But what happens when such a partnership goes down the tubes and the parties wind up in court?

In that situation, who’s left to run day-to-day operations?

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 …

Pacific Northwest marijuana investment network set to launch

John Schroyer  | March 21, 2017

Cannabis-related companies in Alaska, Oregon and Washington seeking capital may find some investors through the Cannabis Investment Network, an organization launching this week that aims to connect marijuana firms with financial backers.

Cannabis Investment Network (CIN) is hoping to serve smaller-scale firms that are looking to raise from $500,000 to $3 million, according to a …

What’s in a strain name? Q&A with Canndescent CEO Adrian Sedlin

Bart Schaneman  | March 21, 2017

By Bart Schaneman

Walk into any marijuana outlet and you'll find jars of flower strains with names like Golden Goat, Ghost Train Haze or Robert Plant.

Such names convey minimal information to novice consumers, forcing them to do further research before they can purchase any cannabis. California-based cultivator Canndescent is trying to simplify that experience.

RI medical marijuana panel sets first meeting in eight years

Omar Sacirbey  | March 20, 2017

Eight years after its formation, a legislative committee tasked with overseeing Rhode Island’s medical marijuana program will meet for the first time on March 28.

It’s unclear why the “Legislative Oversight Commission of the Edward O. Hawkins and Thomas C. Slater Medical Marijuana Act” wasn’t formed until now. But the Providence Journal reported that …

Chart: Licensing bottlenecks hamper growth of Massachusetts MMJ program

Eli McVey  | March 20, 2017

By Eli McVey

Still reeling from a sluggish start statewide, Massachusetts’ medical marijuana program also is hindered by local-level licensing bottlenecks that have allowed just a handful of dispensaries to open to serve nearly 35,000 MMJ patients throughout the state.

Arizona court backs limits on cannabis PTSD recommendations

Omar Sacirbey  | March 17, 2017

Arizona’s Court of Appeals ruled that the former director of the state’s Department of Health Services did not violate the law when he decreed that doctors may recommend medical marijuana to treat only the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, not the illness itself.

Voters approved the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act in 2010. The health services …

New York’s medical marijuana reforms could expand patient pool

John Schroyer  | March 17, 2017

Two changes to New York’s medical marijuana program – one this week and the other coming next week – could bolster the state’s lagging MMJ patient pool.

A new rule allowing physician assistants to certify patients for MMJ took effect Wednesday, the Albany Times Union reported, following an earlier regulation that permitted nurse …