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Bart Schaneman

Bart has worked as a reporter and editor since 2003 for newspapers in California, Nebraska and South Korea. He has won several awards for his writing and photography, including a Nebraska Press Association award for in-depth coverage of an environmental fight over fracking wastewater.His work has appeared in The Week, the Washington Post, Salon and the Omaha World-Herald, among other publications.

How US cannabis growers are keeping a tight lid on costs as recession looms

As the coronavirus pandemic plunges the U.S. economy into a sharp downturn, cannabis cultivators are managing finances by rethinking capital improvements and finding any area possible to lower costs. Although demand remains strong for marijuana in many state markets, prudent cannabis cultivation executives are planning for the worst and tightening their belts. Some have become more self-reliant […]

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Nevada marijuana sales up 20% in 2019, but COVID-19 slows progress

Nevada marijuana sales for 2019 reached $692 million, a 20% increase from fiscal year 2018, but lost sales stemming from the market disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic is throwing cold water on future projections. That information comes from a new study by Las Vegas-based RCG Economics. The report, “2020 Marijuana Economic & Fiscal Benefits Analysis: […]

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Cannabis chain Strawberry Fields says no to being acquired in $31 million deal

Colorado Springs, Colorado-based Strawberry Fields terminated a $31 million agreement in which Denver-based Schwazze would have acquired the marijuana retail chain. Strawberry Fields filed paperwork with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to terminate the arrangement, according to Denver alt-weekly Westword. Schwazze, a vertically integrated marijuana company, and Strawberry Fields agreed to the stock and cash deal in […]

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Massachusetts recreational cannabis stores to reopen in a week

After a two-month shutdown in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Massachusetts adult-use marijuana retail stores can once again serve customers starting May 25 – though sales will be limited to curbside pickup and online or telephone orders. The announcement is a major development for cannabis store owners, who: Had worried they might not be allowed […]

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COVID-19 delays mandatory pesticide testing for Washington state recreational cannabis

The coronavirus pandemic has scuttled government efforts in Washington state to require pesticide testing for recreational marijuana, dealing a setback to an idea that has been kicked around for several years by local industry officials and regulators. The pandemic has made it impossible for state lawmakers to conduct public hearings, so the issue has again […]

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Massachusetts preparing to allow recreational marijuana delivery

Applications for Massachusetts cannabis businesses that want to deliver recreational MJ will be available later this month, even though adult-use sales are on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic. The state’s Cannabis Control Commission will release license applications on May 28 for businesses hoping to transport marijuana from retailers to residences, Boston.com reported. Deliveries wouldn’t begin until adult-use […]

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Nevada OKs resumption of in-store sales for some marijuana retailers

Approved recreational cannabis retailers in Nevada will be allowed to conduct in-store sales starting Saturday as part of the governor’s broader plan to open up the state amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevada regulators had softened rules for marijuana stores as the coronavirus outbreak developed, at first only allowing delivery and then permitting curbside sales. Now, effective May […]

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Iowa receives 18 letters of intent for two medical marijuana dispensary permits

Two vacant Iowa medical marijuana dispensary licenses have attracted 18 pre-applications, or letters of intent. The dispensary licenses have been available since Have a Heart Compassionate Care, based in Washington state, closed its dispensaries in Council Bluffs and Davenport in March. Final applications are due June 8, and the identities of applicants and their proposed dispensary locations […]

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How cannabis growers are handling labor and safety challenges during COVID-19

Marijuana cultivators are finding new ways to manage labor to meet the challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic. This is yet another sector in the cannabis industry to adapt its operations in response to COVID-19, similar to retailers, for example, who have been using drive-thru and curbside pickup to keep customers and employees safe. In […]

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Cannabis tech firm MassRoots receives $50,000 federal stimulus check

Financially struggling marijuana technology company MassRoots received a $50,000 loan as part of the U.S. government’s Paycheck Protection Program, securing a cash infusion after earlier indications the money wouldn’t be available to cannabis companies. Denver-based MassRoots, which offers an internet-based forum for cannabis consumers to connect and discuss various marijuana-related topics, secured the loan from Bank […]

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