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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.

More than 50% of Wisconsin vape products linked to illnesses contain cannabis

More than half the vape products the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tested in its investigation into vaping illnesses in Wisconsin contained THC, the agency reported. Wisconsin does not have a full-strength medical marijuana program, but it is the first state to disclose test results of vape products under investigation after the nationwide health […]

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Cannabis advertising firm Weedmaps cuts 100-plus jobs in response to slow adult-use market rollouts

California marijuana advertising giant Weedmaps announced Wednesday it laid off 25% of its workforce, blaming the slow rollout of recreational MJ markets in California and Massachusetts and a dwindling pool of outside funding. The job cuts – disclosed by Weedmaps CEO Chris Beals via Twitter – amount to more than 100 people. They affect the company’s […]

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Colorado’s largest cannabis grower loses millions of dollars in early freeze; supply disruption expected

The largest marijuana grower in Colorado – Pueblo-based Los Sueños Farms – disclosed it lost millions of dollars during an early winter storm after half the company’s plants froze before harvest could be completed. The crop loss in Southern Colorado is expected to send ripples throughout the state’s cannabis supply chain, reducing the supply of […]

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Colorado proposes rules to ban additives in cannabis vape products

Colorado regulators are finalizing rules to ban certain ingredients from marijuana vaping products, following the lead of other states with legal cannabis programs in the wake of a health crisis that has sickened more than a thousand and killed over two dozen people. At a public hearing Tuesday, Colorado’s Marijuana Enforcement Division discussed the proposed rules […]

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New California laws allow some marijuana firms to deduct expenses on state returns, help normalize MJ as ag commodity

Cannabis-related bills signed into law by California Gov. Gavin Newsom are significant steps in both providing marijuana businesses with the ability to write off business costs on state tax returns as well as normalizing cannabis as an agriculture commodity for cultivators. On Oct. 12, Newsom signed Assembly Bill 37, which will allow California’s cannabis businesses to […]

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Washington state temporarily bans flavored marijuana vaping products, targeting a third of top-selling MJ vapes

Washington state health regulators voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to impose a temporary halt on the sale of flavored tobacco and marijuana vaporizer products, making it the second state after Massachusetts to ban cannabis vapes in some form. The Washington Board of Health voted 7-1 in favor of adopting the 120-day emergency ban, which is set […]

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CA vape maker Kushy Punch in spotlight amid allegations of illegal cannabis products; firm says goods not for sale

Questions are swirling around a well-known California marijuana vaporizer manufacturer after its facility was raided by state authorities for allegedly manufacturing illegal cannabis vape cartridges. The case involving licensed manufacturer Kushy Punch – which contends the vape cartridges were set to be destroyed – comes as the industry is scrambling to respond to a health crisis […]

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New Mexico requires cannabis vape products to include health warning

New Mexico regulators are requiring marijuana vape products to be labeled with a warning in the wake of the nationwide vaping health crisis. The health department isn’t banning any products at this time but wants the public to be aware that both marijuana and nicotine vape products are believed to cause health problems. Medical marijuana […]

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MA vaping ban, including cannabis products, expected to survive court challenge

A four-month ban in Massachusetts on the sale of all marijuana and tobacco vaping products is expected to remain in place. On Friday, U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani was “leaning toward” dismissing a temporary restraining order to stop the ban, which is being sought by the Vapor Technology Association, a national industry trade group, according […]

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