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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.

Massachusetts to limit number of cannabis delivery licenses

Marijuana regulators in Massachusetts decided Tuesday to restrict the number of recreational cannabis delivery licenses and rejected a plan to delay delivery until 2023. According to the State House News Service, the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission agreed to allow one business to own up to two delivery licenses – either two marijuana delivery courier licenses, […]

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Oregon streamlines license application process for adult-use cannabis firms

Marijuana regulators in Oregon adopted temporary rules for recreational cannabis business applicants to speed up the process and help ease a licensing backlog. According to a release from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC), which regulates licensed marijuana in the state, the rule changes are “intended to provide relief to the industry” and allow the […]

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Schwazze scraps deal to purchase Colorado marijuana edibles maker

Schwazze added to its growing list of scuttled deals by terminating its planned acquisition of a fellow Denver-based cannabis company, infused edibles manufacturer Canyon. According to the company’s 8-K filing on Oct. 9, the term sheet that detailed Schwazze’s purchase of all of Canyon’s assets expired Sept. 7. The original agreement, one of 11 acquisitions […]

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Retail marijuana sales take a slight downturn in Colorado

Retail cannabis sales had been on a steady upward trend month-on-month in Colorado despite the coronavirus pandemic, but that momentum backslid in August. According to CPR News, the Colorado Department of Revenue’s numbers show consumers spent $218,601,341 on marijuana in August. That’s down 3.43% from the previous month, when the state set a record with more […]

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How the new California cannabis appellations law borrows from the wine industry

California’s marijuana industry has no further to look than the Napa Valley when establishing regional identities for its cannabis products. The Napa Valley Vintners Association, in fact, offers a blueprint for California cannabis producers to follow. “Wine is really the ultimate product of place,” said Rex Stults, vice president of the association. “The microclimate, soils, […]

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California outdoor marijuana cultivators to designate products by growing region

California’s marijuana market is borrowing a page from the state’s world-famous wine industry thanks to a new law intended to help outdoor cannabis growers brand and market their products by highlighting where and how they’re produced. When Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 67 on Sept. 30, the law established that any cannabis product claiming […]

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Slang moves toward vertical integration by acquiring Colorado marijuana grower

Toronto-based Slang Worldwide, a cannabis consumer packaged goods company, said it entered an agreement to acquire Pleasant Valley Ranch, an outdoor and greenhouse marijuana production facility in Carbondale, Colorado. The move gives Slang two outposts in Colorado and comes on the heels of the company’s move into Washington state last year. Slang purchased Denver-based edibles maker […]

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WA grower loses permit after allegedly sending marijuana to Texas

Washington state regulators shut down El Rey de La Kush, a Riverside-based cannabis grower, for allegedly sending marijuana across state borders. The state’s Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) suspended the Okanogan County Tier 1 producer on Monday, effective immediately. According to a release from the LCB, marijuana products from El Rey De la Kush were […]

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