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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.


Another Canadian MMJ cultivator plans to go public

Canadian medical cannabis producer Emblem is set to go public next month on the TSX Venture Exchange, the electronic exchange owned by the parent of the Toronto Stock Exchange. The Ontario company is the latest federally licensed medical marijuana cultivator to list its shares on an exchange, thanks to Canada’s legalized MMJ industry. Emblem President […]

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WA proposes new cannabis regulator, organic MJ program

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has proposed hiring a new cannabis regulator whose job could include administering a program to certify organically grown marijuana. “There seems to be consumer interest in that,” WSDA spokesman Hector Castro said of organic certification, according to the Capital Press. “We have done this for other commodities, obviously.” Since […]

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Poll: Majority of Americans favor rec marijuana legalization

As five states prepare to vote on legalizing recreational marijuana in November, a new Pew Research Center poll shows the majority of Americans favor legalization. According to Pew, 57% of Americans say marijuana should be legal, with 37% opposed. Ten years ago the numbers were flipped, with 60% saying it should be illegal and 32% in favor […]

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Cayman Islands clears way for use of medicinal cannabis oil

Cayman Islands lawmakers have cleared the way for legalization of medicinal cannabis oil, but questions remain about where the country will obtain it. Lawmakers approved a second reading of a bill Monday that would allow cannabis oil to be prescribed by local doctors and sold by pharmacies on the Caribbean island to cancer patients and others, […]

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South Australia government backs medical marijuana industry

A South Australian medical marijuana cultivation company has been created and the State Government there is showing strong support for the industry ahead of the nation’s plans to legalize MMJ this fall. The co-founder of Australia Cannabis Corporation told InDaily he met with South Australia representatives and they gave him the approval he needs to apply for […]

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MassRoots receives $1.1 million in new funding

Cannabis-centric social media site MassRoots received $1.1 million in funding on Friday, mostly from new investors, and disclosed it slashed the salaries of its top executives to cut costs. MassRoots’ founder and CEO, Isaac Dietrich, led the latest funding round, with former MyPoints.com CEO Steve Markowitz also among the contributors. The announcement came as the company […]

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MD appoints new medical marijuana regulator

Maryland’s governor has appointed a new patient advocate to the state’s 16-member medical cannabis board. The move comes amid criticism that Maryland’s Medical Cannabis Commission failed to consider racial diversity when it awarded its first batch of grower licenses in August, the Washington Post reported. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan appointed Saundra Washington, an African-American cancer […]

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Maine rec cannabis legalization backers outspend opponents 26-1

Supporters of the campaign to legalize recreational marijuana in Maine have overwhelmed their opponents in fundraising. Backers of Question 1, as the legalization initiative is called, have raised $1.3 million this year, more than 26 times the opposition, according to the Portland Press Herald. The legalization effort has attracted contributions from some heavy hitters. The Campaign […]

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Damian Marley partners to convert former CA prison to grow operation

The youngest son of late reggae star Bob Marley has joined with Ocean Grown Extracts to convert a former California state prison into a multimillion-dollar marijuana growing operation, a project that could spur other municipalities in the state to lure MJ businesses for their economic impact. According to Billboard, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, also a […]

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Several ‘Shark Tank’ investors would consider MJ deals

Three of five “Shark Tank” investors – all huge success stories in the business world – say they would consider pumping money into the marijuana industry. A reporter from Entrepreneur Magazine spoke with the stars of the business-focused reality TV show and asked them if they would put their money into a cannabis company. Dallas […]

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CA medical cannabis extract makers shielded under new law

Medical marijuana extract manufacturers in California will receive legal protections under a new law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. Assembly Bill 2679, signed on Sept. 29, spans a gap between existing unregulated medical marijuana extracts and the soon-to-be regulated market, which starts the first day of 2018. Butane hash blasters, carbon dioxide extraction technicians and other […]

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