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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.


MJ Freeway marijuana tracking software crashes in Pennsylvania

Medical marijuana retailers in Pennsylvania reported that MJ Freeway’s seed-to-sale traceability system went down for more than an hour during a software update earlier this week, resulting in patients being turned away and significant amounts in lost sales. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that dispensaries across the state on Tuesday were unable to conduct sales for […]

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Capitalizing on marijuana markets with limited rivals: Q&A with Tilt Holdings interim CEO Mark Scatterday

Cannabis cultivation companies with a foothold in “constrained” markets – those with relatively few licenses such as Massachusetts – have a natural advantage, thanks to limited competition and marijuana supplies. Massachusetts-based Tilt Holdings is one such company. Tilt has multiple businesses that, among other things, offer cannabis-related technology and operate cultivation centers and retail stores […]

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Nevada regulators investigate marijuana lab testing facilities

Nevada regulators launched an investigation into cannabis testing labs after tainted marijuana batches triggered two health advisories. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported the Department of Taxation started the investigation after discovering potentially doctored THC levels by cannabis laboratories and products with high levels of yeast and mold on store shelves. Department officials say marijuana products […]

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How state cannabis regulatory agencies across the US have responded to the vaping health crisis

State regulators overseeing the legal marijuana industry are adopting a wait-and-see stance as the industry determines what exactly is causing the health problems related to vaping, although California has come down more decisively against vaping of all forms. For the most part, regulators in more than a half dozen states are reacting cautiously while public […]

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Survey: Many Ohio medical cannabis patients ‘very dissatisfied’ with program

A survey of Ohio’s registered medical marijuana cardholders found that the price of MMJ remains prohibitively expensive and it’s difficult to buy. According to the Ohio State University’s Drug Enforcement Policy Center and the nonprofit advocacy group Harm Reduction Ohio, patients said the biggest barriers to purchasing medical cannabis, in order, were: High costs of […]

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Maine marijuana regulators try to end seed-to-sale tracking confusion

Maine’s marijuana policy office is seeking to curb confusion about the state’s new track-and-trace system after cannabis business owners complained about the costs of complying with the program. The Maine Office of Marijuana Policy conducted a demonstration of a cloud-based software product provided by Florida-based BioTrackTHC that will use barcode-based tags and labels to track […]

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New York move to ban flavored e-cigs spurs cannabis vape concerns

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pushing to enact a statewide ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes amid growing health concerns connected to nicotine and marijuana vaping. New York would be the second state after Michigan to take such action. Cuomo announced Sunday that the state health commissioner would be making a recommendation this […]

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Chart: Sales fall for adult-use cannabis vape products on heels of health scare

Recreational marijuana vape product sales are suffering in the wake of a nationwide health scare that caused several deaths and hundreds of illnesses, with consumers shifting their spending into other merchandise such as flower and pre-rolls. The shares of vape sales in California, Colorado, Nevada and Washington state’s recreational markets have declined significantly since the first vape-related […]

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Marijuana labs adding tests targeting vitamin E acetate in response to vaping health scare

Cannabis testing labs around the country are adding more specific tests targeting an additive that’s been linked to the string of recent illnesses and deaths health authorities say are related to marijuana and tobacco vaping devices. Although no definitive cause of the vaping-related issues has been identified, early reports have targeted the additive vitamin E […]

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Federal crackdown on e-cigarette vaping could have broader ramifications for marijuana industry

President Donald Trump and Congress are taking aim at the nation’s vaporizer industry, raising questions over whether a possible crackdown could produce fallout for the legal cannabis space. Marijuana industry officials are concerned that any federal action targeting e-cigarettes ultimately could result in regulations curbing the sale of cannabis vaporizers. Those concerns come as the […]

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