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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.

FDA warns against vaping cannabis products containing THC

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday issued an updated consumer alert warning people not use vaping products containing THC, though it makes no mention of recommendations for cannabis businesses. The statement from FDA Commissioner Norman Sharpless notes that “the FDA does not have enough data to identify the cause, or causes, of the […]

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WA extends marijuana traceability system contract with Leaf Data Systems

Washington state cannabis regulators approved a two-month contract extension for Leaf Data Systems, the seed-to-sale tracking product offered by Denver-based software company Akerna. The contract lasts until Nov. 30, “to focus solely on providing a stable system to our users,” said Megan Duffy, deputy director and executive sponsor of the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis […]

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Group sues Massachusetts over marijuana vaping, e-cigarette ban

A national vaping industry trade organization is asking a federal court to end the vaping ban in Massachusetts, which is intended to halt sales of cannabis vape products as well as e-cigarettes for at least four months. The Vapor Technology Association, which focuses on nicotine-containing vapor products, filed the lawsuit asking a judge to put a […]

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Defying early expectations, wholesale cannabis flower market remains unaffected as vaping health crisis continues

The outbreak of the vaping health crisis fanned speculation that marijuana consumers would forego vape products and shift to other merchandise such as flower and pre-rolls. But wholesale cannabis flower producers aren’t reporting a dramatic impact on pricing in the wake of the vaping crisis. And marijuana retailers are reporting a mixed bag regarding the impact […]

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New Mexico medical cannabis growers sue over plant limits

Three New Mexico medical cannabis cultivation companies are challenging a plant-count limit the state’s regulators put in place, saying the cap puts constraints on the supply of medical marijuana to patients. G&G Genetics, Sacred Garden and Ultra Health joined together in filing a lawsuit against the state’s health department in response to the new rules […]

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CDC reports majority of patients sickened in vape epidemic used marijuana vaporizer devices – many from illicit market

Health officials reported on Friday that the majority of those sickened in the vaping health crisis used cannabis vape products containing THC, and many of those in the first two states to report illnesses – Illinois and Wisconsin – said they used counterfeit marijuana products from the illicit market, not licensed MJ companies. The revelations, […]

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NY governor wants Northeast region to work together on recreational marijuana, vaping

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is urging neighboring states to work together on future recreational cannabis policies – a move that could potentially create a more level playing field for marijuana businesses in adjoining states if adult use is approved. The Democratic governor also wants states near New York to work together on vaping regulations. […]

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Massachusetts regulators say yes to marijuana cafes, home delivery

Massachusetts regulators approved two new types of licenses that could be a boon to marijuana businesses in the state – cannabis cafes and home delivery. The Springfield Republican reported that the Cannabis Control Commission voted 4-1 to allow social consumption of recreational marijuana at cafes as well as delivery of adult-use cannabis to residences. Both licenses […]

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Marijuana industry veteran Vo leaves CEO job at BioTrackTHC

Patrick Vo exited his job as CEO of BiotrackTHC after resigning from the board of is parent company, Helix TCS. For more than seven years, Vo was an executive at Florida-based BioTrackTHC, a seed-to-sale software provider, most recently serving as CEO and president. Colorado-based Helix TCS acquired BioTrackTHC in June 2018. Helix is involved in […]

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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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