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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.

MD’s failed marijuana diversity bill spurs call for special session

Black lawmakers in Maryland are calling for a special session of the legislature after the failure of a bill designed to mandate racial diversity in the ownership of the businesses that will participate in the state’s new medical marijuana industry. The legislation would have added seven more licenses to cultivate cannabis, on top of the 15 […]

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Medical marijuana delivery begins in San Jose, CA, after ban lifted

Seeking to capitalize on a change in local law, a cannabis delivery company launched an on-demand service to legally bring medical marijuana to patients’ homes in San Jose, California. San Francisco-based Eaze said that MMJ patients with valid physicians recommendations can use the company’s EazeMD smartphone app to order medical cannabis, The Mercury News reported. The […]

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Pennsylvania proposes medical marijuana rules for doctors

Pennsylvania regulators issued draft rules governing how doctors can qualify to recommend medical marijuana and certify patients to receive the drug under the state’s new MMJ program. Medical cannabis advocates, however, warned the proposed regulations could limit patient access to MMJ, the Allentown Morning Call reported. Fewer patients would curb MMJ sales. The state health department’s […]

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Washington state’s marijuana tracking contract up for bid

By Bart Schaneman Washington state regulators have begun accepting bids for a new seed-to-sale tracking system to keep tabs on marijuana commerce, a deal with an initial value of about $3 million. The competition likely will be fierce, given that the contract involves one of the nation’s largest cannabis markets.

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Ohio to accept medical cannabis grower applications in June

Ohio regulators will begin taking applications for the state’s 24 available cultivation licenses in June and review them in July. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, winning applicants will have nine months to meet the program’s requirements. It’s not clear when regulators will choose the winning companies. The Ohio Department of Commerce is expected to release […]

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Pharmacies to begin selling adult-use cannabis in Uruguay

Uruguay has finally authorized pharmacies to begin selling recreational marijuana in July, more than three years after the Latin American nation became the first in the world to legalize the cultivation, distribution and consumption of rec MJ. The market’s launch has been delayed multiple times. Sales initially were expected to begin in late 2014, Reuters reported. According […]

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Israeli university launches medical cannabis research center

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a leading Israeli academic institution, is launching a Multidisciplinary Center on Cannabinoid Research. Additional research providing evidence of marijuana’s medicinal benefits could persuade more doctors to recommend medical cannabis. Israel already has a reputation as a cannabis research powerhouse. According to The Jerusalem Post, the new center’s studies will highlight […]

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Cannabis-centric ETF begins trading on Toronto Stock Exchange

A marijuana exchange-traded fund – billed as the world’s first – began trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Wednesday, the latest sign the cannabis industry is becoming more of a mainstream sector. The newly launched Horizons Medical Marijuana Life Sciences ETF packages the stocks of 14 marijuana-related businesses into one security, CBC News reported. The Canadian […]

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Nevada to accept rec distribution bids from MMJ license holders

Nevada’s Department of Taxation hasn’t received enough interest for the state’s new adult-use marijuana market from liquor wholesalers, so it’s opening the distribution business to existing medical cannabis license holders. The department will soon begin accepting distribution applications from medical cannabis businesses, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, a move that will give MMJ businesses another […]

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Johns Hopkins backs out of cannabis PTSD study

Johns Hopkins University has pulled out of a federally sanctioned study on using medical marijuana to treat post-traumatic stress disorder over a disagreement with a research group involved in the study. Losing Hopkins is a major setback for the research program, which has been approved by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Any findings that show cannabis […]

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Chain Reaction

Sweet Leaf is helping pioneer the concept of retail chains in the cannabis industry by expanding aggressively through acquisitions by Bart Schaneman The many signs posted at Sweet Leaf’s recreational marijuana store on 26th and Walnut streets in Denver deliver a simple message to employees: “Dominate Today.” The signs are hung behind the scenes, out […]

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