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Cannabis rule changes afoot in Portland and rest of Oregon

Omar Sacirbey  | December 16, 2016

Marijuana businesses in Portland as well as other Oregon cities soon could see some relief with new and pending rules from city and state regulators.

The Oregon Health Authority issued revised testing regulations this week that essentially require marijuana growers to go through the same tests, but with less frequency, for potency, solvents and …

Week in Review: Canada’s cannabis guidelines, Ohio’s dispensary rules & MJ’s big week in DC

Bart Schaneman and Omar Sacirbey  | December 16, 2016

By Bart Schaneman and Omar Sacirbey

A task force makes recommendations for how the Canadian government should legalize recreational marijuana, Ohio writes draft rules for MMJ dispensaries, and cannabis has a big week in Washington DC.

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

TN, KY lawmakers introduce medical marijuana bills

Bart Schaneman  | December 15, 2016

Neighboring southern states Tennessee and Kentucky have pending bills for their 2017 legislative sessions that would legalize medical marijuana.

Tennessee’s bill, introduced Wednesday by Rep. Jeremy Faison and Sen. Steve Dickerson, both Republicans, would allow medical cannabis to be recommended to patients with various conditions and would provide for up to 50 grow operations, …

New Market: Montana’s MMJ industry rising from the ashes, awaiting major changes

Bart Schaneman  | December 15, 2016

By Bart Schaneman

The campaign to revive Montana's medical marijuana industry has succeeded, but state lawmakers still need to write the many rules that will govern a market that must be rebuilt.

Last month, some 58% of Montanans approved a ballot initiative to set up commercial MMJ cultivation operations and dispensaries.

Mexican Senate passes medical cannabis bill

Omar Sacirbey  | December 14, 2016

The Mexican Senate overwhelmingly passed a medical marijuana bill, but to become law the measure must still win approval from the country’s lower house.

The bill, which was passed 98-7 on Tuesday, would allow the use of products containing THC and would also permit marijuana to be produced for scientific and medical purposes, Reuters …

Report: City’s slow license process could add to Oregon MJ woes

Omar Sacirbey  | December 14, 2016

A new report asserts that regulators in Portland, Oregon, have been slow to approve hundreds of cannabis retail applications for licenses, a situation that could further disrupt the state’s already troubled marijuana industry.

“Based on data from the Office of Neighborhood Involvement on the city of Portland’s website, it appears that only 5.4% …

MD dispensary license winners move forward amid turmoil

Omar Sacirbey  | December 14, 2016

By Omar Sacirbey

Maryland dispensary license winners celebrated briefly after learning about their victories last week, then turned their attention to getting their businesses up and running in what could become one of the most lucrative medical marijuana markets on the East Coast.

San Diego MMJ dispensaries could sell rec cannabis under proposal

Bart Schaneman  | December 13, 2016

Following last month’s passage of Proposition 64, San Diego has proposed allowing the city’s 15 medical marijuana dispensaries to sell recreational cannabis once it becomes legal in California in January 2018.

The city is the only one in San Diego County that has signaled it intends to permit adult-use sales, the San Diego Union Tribune …