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UK to legalize CBD-based products as medicine

Omar Sacirbey  | October 12, 2016

The United Kingdom’s top medical products regulatory authority has ruled that CBD and products containing the cannabis compound will now be treated as medicine.

The announcement, however, doesn’t mean consumers will suddenly be able to buy CBD-infused products. Medicine makers will have to prove their CBD products meet safety, quality and effectiveness standards, …

Potential rec marijuana ban in Colorado county could create havoc for state’s MJ industry

Bart Schaneman  | October 12, 2016

By Bart Schaneman

A vote next month on whether to ban recreational marijuana businesses in Pueblo County, Colorado, could have huge ramifications for the entire state’s cannabis industry.

If Ballot Question 200 passes, a major marijuana supply source would dry up, dozens of businesses would have to close and scores of workers could lose their jobs.

Delays, diversity and potential: Q&A with Maryland marijuana consultant Ivan Lanier

Omar Sacirbey  | October 11, 2016

By Omar Sacirbey

Maryland business consultant Ivan Lanier is selective about his clients, which bodes well for two entrepreneurs he agreed to help enter the state’s medical cannabis industry.

“I won’t jump into anything if I don’t think I’m going to win,” said Lanier, who founded Greenwill Consulting Group in 2002.

Legalization foes appointed to Ohio medical marijuana board

Omar Sacirbey  | October 11, 2016

Two opponents of medical marijuana legalization have been appointed to a new Ohio medical marijuana advisory committee, raising concerns among MMJ advocates that the panel may be biased.

Both new members are top officials with the Drug Free Action Alliance, executive director Marcie Seidel, and assistant director Tony Coder. Their job will be …

MassRoots receives $1.1 million in new funding

Bart Schaneman  | October 10, 2016

Cannabis-centric social media site MassRoots received $1.1 million in funding on Friday, mostly from new investors, and disclosed it slashed the salaries of its top executives to cut costs.

MassRoots’ founder and CEO, Isaac Dietrich, led the latest funding round, with former CEO Steve Markowitz also among the contributors. The announcement came as the …

MD appoints new medical marijuana regulator

Bart Schaneman  | October 10, 2016

Maryland’s governor has appointed a new patient advocate to the state’s 16-member medical cannabis board.

The move comes amid criticism that Maryland’s Medical Cannabis Commission failed to consider racial diversity when it awarded its first batch of grower licenses in August, the Washington Post reported.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan appointed Saundra Washington, an …

San Diego cracking down on illegal marijuana dispensaries

Omar Sacirbey  | October 7, 2016

The city of San Diego has launched a campaign to crack down on illegal medical marijuana dispensaries and is asking residents to purchase MMJ only from licensed shops, a sign that authorities are trying to rein in the local black market.

The “Buy Safe, Buy Legal” campaign was launched Thursday through a partnership of the 

MassRoots pays off March debt of nearly $1M

John Schroyer  | October 7, 2016

MassRoots, the publicly traded cannabis-centric social media site, said Friday it has repaid its creditors after disclosing last month it had missed nearly $1 million in payments that were due to holders of its convertible notes.

“We’re excited to have this debt fully repaid and behind us. We expect MassRoots will be cash-flow …