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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.

Marijuana company Cresco Labs adds first person of color to board

Cresco Labs, a Chicago-based marijuana multistate operator, appointed Michele Roberts to its board of directors, making the executive director of the NBA players union the first person of color on the board. The Cresco board currently consists of eight white men. The announcement comes a few days after Cresco’s co-founder and former president, Joe Caltabiano, […]

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Schwazze signs deal to buy Colorado cannabis retailer Star Buds for $118M

Denver-based Schwazze, a vertically integrated cannabis company formerly operating as Medicine Man Technologies, signed definitive acquisition agreements to purchase 14 Star Buds retail locations in Colorado for $118 million in a cash and stock deal. The acquisitions include 13 retail operations – four dispensaries in Denver, two dispensaries in Aurora, one dispensary each in Commerce […]

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Cannabis growers use technology and automation to cut costs and promote safety amid downturn, pandemic

Cannabis cultivators are turning to technology and automation to help achieve efficiencies, cut costs and keep workers safe during the coronavirus pandemic and the current economic downturn. Growers report technology and automation solutions that include: Automated irrigation, fertigation and HVAC systems to limit the amount of labor needed in the operation. Robots to place early […]

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Nonprofit resource group seeks to set water standards for cannabis growers

Portland, Oregon-based Resource Innovation Institute (RII) is hoping to establish standards for water quality and water use for marijuana cultivators, including both indoor and outdoor growers. Members of the cannabis industry have been calling for standards across sectors for years, though few have been put in place. According to Greenhouse Grower, Derek Smith, executive director […]

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Draft rules call for Missouri medical marijuana stores to warn against vaping

Missouri regulators released draft rules that would require medical cannabis dispensaries to alert customers about the dangers of vaping THC products, even though most of the vaping-related illnesses that began in summer 2019 have been linked back to the illicit market. According to Greenway, the Missouri Cannabis Industry’s publication, each dispensary would have to display […]

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Week in Review: UN to vote on WHO cannabis plan, MA adult-use sales resume, California localities welcome marijuana & more

A document prepared by the chair of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) lays out a course to keep on track for December’s key vote on the World Health Organization’s cannabis scheduling recommendations. MJBizDaily takeaway: This is a welcome development for industry stakeholders worried about a delay arising from the coronavirus crisis. The vote […]

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Minnesota tribe approves medical cannabis with flower sales

Red Lake Nation citizens, an Ojibwe American Indian tribe in Minnesota, voted in favor of developing a medical marijuana program. Red Lake Nation News reported that 80% of the tribe said yes to a medical marijuana program that would allow the sale and use of medical cannabis flower, which the state of Minnesota prohibits. The […]

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Medical cannabis sales in West Virginia delayed another year

Medical marijuana companies in West Virginia, which has one of the slowest-launching programs in the cannabis industry, will have to wait at least another year before beginning sales. Bill Crouch, cabinet secretary of the state’s Department of Health and Human Resources, said the agency is “looking at making the product available in the spring of […]

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Marijuana REIT seeks to raise $100 million in public offering

Innovative Industrial Properties (IIP), a real estate investment trust based in San Diego that specializes in sale-leaseback deals in the marijuana industry, plans to raise $100 million by selling more than 1 million shares. The underwritten public offering of 1,348,389 shares of IIP’s common stock is expected to close May 29. Proceeds from the offering will […]

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Oregon cannabis companies beat racketeering suit

A racketeering lawsuit against more than 200 Oregon marijuana companies is resulting in what looks to be a victory for the group of cannabis companies that refused to settle. The case is one of many in recent years to use the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act against the cannabis industry, a move that […]

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