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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.

License revoked for California cannabis vape maker Kushy Punch after state seizes $21M worth of products

California cannabis regulators have revoked the business license of well-known vaporizer brand Kushy Punch after the company was raided last month and found to be operating from an unlicensed facility. After receiving a complaint about illegal cannabis activity at a location in Canoga Park, California regulators searched the unlicensed facility and seized nearly $21 million […]

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Major cannabis firm MedMen slashes more than 190 jobs, unloads assets to bolster bottom line

MedMen, a Los Angeles-based multistate marijuana operator, announced it is laying off more than 190 employees to shore up its bottom line, joining a growing list of cannabis companies shedding workers amid falling MJ stock prices and a dearth of outside funding. The cash-strapped, vertically integrated company also disclosed plans to scale back its store […]

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Massachusetts keeps cannabis vape ban, orders quarantine of products as regulators focus on suspect additive

Massachusetts regulators maintained a ban on the sale of cannabis oil vaporizers and devices after ordering marijuana retailers to quarantine the products on Tuesday, dealing a financial blow to MJ companies hoping for a speedy resumption of vape sales. In making its decision, the state Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) also focused on the need to test for vitamin […]

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Health officials identify additive in patients with cannabis-related vaping illnesses, a move that could boost legal vape products

U.S. health officials on Friday singled out vitamin E acetate as a likely culprit in the vaping health crisis, reiterating that many of the suspect THC vape products were obtained from illicit sources rather than licensed cannabis businesses. While the exact cause remains unknown, marijuana industry officials said that identifying a possible culprit behind the […]

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Massachusetts marijuana firm settles Boise Cascade logo dispute

New England Treatment Access (NETA), a Massachusetts medical and recreational marijuana company, settled a lawsuit with Boise Cascade, an Idaho lumber business, over a logo trademark dispute. A spokesman for NETA, which owns two cannabis retail stores, said in a statement that the dispute with Boise Cascade “has been resolved amicably,” reported. The terms of the […]

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Massachusetts keeps ban on marijuana vape products but allows use of crushed flower

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday maintained the statewide retail ban on the sale of all vaping products after securing approval from the Public Health Council for an emergency regulation, but at the same time a local judge allowed medical cannabis patients to purchase crushed flower for use in vaporizers. The emergency regulation, to be […]

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Cannabis farmers in Western states report large crop yields, only minor challenges

Cannabis growers in California, Oregon and Washington state say they are enjoying a robust outdoor harvest, with strong crop yields, high-quality flower and market prices well above last year’s depressed levels. Growers in the Western United States have been reporting higher overall prices, so this turnaround in the market coupled with higher yields likely will make […]

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Montana judge blocks temporary ban of flavored marijuana vapes, e-cigarettes

A judge in Montana halted a temporary ban on flavored vaping products, including medical cannabis, which was scheduled to go into effect Oct. 22. Ravalli County District Judge Jennifer Lint signed a temporary restraining order Friday that prohibits Gov. Steve Bullock and state health officials from enforcing emergency rules on flavored vaping products. Lint was […]

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