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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 shutters marijuana business over alleged black-market activity

Massachusetts regulators shut down a licensed cannabis company to investigate the owner for allegedly conspiring to evade state licensing and drug laws. The state’s Cannabis Control Commission halted medical and recreational marijuana commerce at Nova Farms in Sheffield and Attleboro while quarantining the company’s products, according to the State House News Service. The action came […]

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Washington state cannabis trade group proposes capital equity fund

A cannabis industry trade group in Washington state on Monday proposed legislation to fund a social equity program that would help remove barriers to capital for minority business owners and would eliminate a residency requirement for potential investors in the market. The Washington CannaBusiness Association (WACA) put forward the Cannabis Capital Equity Act, which would be supported […]

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Massachusetts mayor charged with extorting cannabis businesses

The mayor of Fall River, Massachusetts, was arrested on charges he conspired to extort $600,000 from at least four business owners in exchange for official letters needed to obtain a license to set up a marijuana business, according to federal authorities

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New proposals could aid small growers in saturated market: Q&A with Washington state’s top regulator, Rick Garza

Washington state regulators are considering several proposals to help cannabis growers – particularly smaller cultivators – compete in a market beset by challenges, including low wholesale prices and overproduction. The state’s Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB), which regulates the marijuana licensees, recently announced draft legislation the agency is considering requesting for the upcoming 2020 legislative […]

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Vireo Health posts cannabis revenue rise, net loss for second quarter

Vireo Health, a Minneapolis-based multistate marijuana operator, on Thursday reported revenue of $7.2 million in the second quarter, up 70% from the same period a year ago. The net loss for the quarter, ending June 30, was approximately $1.9 million, compared with net income of $120,080 for the prior-year period. The company recently announced it […]

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Tilt Holdings reports increased marijuana revenue, second-quarter loss

Tilt Holdings, a Massachusetts-based company specializing in cannabis technology, reported revenue of $39 million in the second quarter, a 13% increase from the first quarter of 2019. Net loss for the second quarter, ending June 30, was $48.9 million, compared with a net loss of $5.3 million for the prior-year period. Tilt Holdings trades on […]

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Green Thumb reports increased cannabis revenue on net quarter loss

Green Thumb Industries (GTI), a vertically integrated, multistate marijuana company based in Chicago, on Wednesday reported revenue of $44.7 million for the second quarter, up 228% from the same period a year ago. Net loss for the quarter, ending June 30, was $22.2 million, compared with a net loss of $9.7 million in the first quarter […]

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Washington state regulators consider revamping marijuana rules

Washington cannabis regulators are proposing a wide-ranging overhaul of the state’s industry rules, which, if approved, could have a big impact on the way MJ business is conducted there. Proposals include: Boosting minority ownership of cannabis businesses. Paving the way for home deliveries of medical cannabis. Allowing the smallest growers to increase the size of […]

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Colorado to require mycotoxin testing for cannabis concentrates

Colorado regulators will require medical and recreational marijuana concentrates to be tested for mycotoxins beginning in September. The state’s Marijuana Enforcement Division sent a notice to the industry that, beginning Sept. 15, any concentrates made from marijuana on or after that date that failed microbial contaminant testing will be tested for mycotoxins. “Mandatory medical and retail […]

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