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Major infused products co. Bhang loses arbitration battle

Omar Sacirbey  | July 19, 2016

A California arbitration panel has awarded an investment firm $1.875 million from a major infused-products and concentrates company, Bhang Chocolate.

The panel said Oakland-based Bhang breached an agreement it had with Mentor Capital in Ramona, California, “by failing to deliver” shares of stock to the investment firm, Mentor Capital said in a news …

Medical cannabis research growing, but hurdles remain

Omar Sacirbey  | July 19, 2016

By Omar Sacirbey

Scientific researchers are increasingly interested in studying the medicinal properties of cannabis, and breakthroughs have been achieved that could lead to additional uses for medical marijuana.

The moves could bolster the MMJ industry and boost sales. But marijuana’s status as a federally prohibited Schedule 1 drug remains a serious obstacle to research.

Week in Review: California is official, GW’s epilepsy drug & Illinois resignation

John Schroyer  | July 1, 2016

By Omar Sacirbey and John Schroyer

California’s recreational marijuana campaign makes the November ballot, GW Pharmaceuticals’ MJ-based epilepsy drug could play a role in DEA rescheduling, and a possible new dawn in Illinois’ medical cannabis program.

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

LA County Extends Medical Cannabis Growing Ban

Omar Sacirbey  | June 29, 2016

Los Angeles County supervisors voted to extend a temporary ban on medical marijuana cultivation and distribution in unincorporated areas by one year, dealing yet another blow to MMJ cultivators.

The new moratorium also bars growing and testing of medical marijuana as well as mobile delivery services, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The issue dates …

Firm’s Findings Show Promising Results Among Testing Labs

Omar Sacirbey  | June 27, 2016

Emerald Scientific, a California supplier of equipment and testing products to the cannabis testing sector, has released the results of its latest Emerald Test – which measures the accuracy of dozens of testing labs – and the results are promising.

Nearly 50 labs entered the company’s semi-annual Inter-lab Comparison and Proficiency Test, which measures a …

Newsom: California Marijuana Measure Has Anti-Monopoly Safeguards

Roger Fillion  | June 22, 2016

By Chris Walsh

OAKLAND, CA. – Smaller farmers, mom-and-pop businesses and existing medical marijuana companies will have a place in California’s recreational cannabis industry if voters pass a legalization measure this fall.

That’s the message California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a big supporter of the legalization measure, gave marijuana business professionals on Tuesday.

More Big Rec Endorsements in California, Arizona

John Schroyer  | June 20, 2016

Recreational marijuana legalization initiatives in two states netted some notable endorsements on Monday.

In California, the state’s Democratic Party chapter announced its support of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), the rec initiative backed by billionaire Sean Parker. That makes it the first legalization measure to receive the formal support of a …

Cannabis Company Plans Huge Grow Site in CA

Omar Sacirbey  | June 17, 2016

A California marijuana company plans to build massive medical cannabis cultivation site in Desert Hot Springs, in the southern part of the state.

G FarmaLabs, based in Anaheim, said it received a conditional use permit from the city’s planning commission earlier this month that allows it to conduct an 18-month grow.

The company plans to …

Medical Marijuana Oil Producers Raided in California

John Schroyer  | June 16, 2016

Local law enforcement agents raided five properties in Sonoma County, California, connected to a pair of well-known medical marijuana oil producing companies, indicating the industry continues to face a legal risk even while the state is crafting rules for MMJ businesses.

The two brands, Absolute Xtracts and Care by Design, had to halt production after county …