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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.

Canadian tribe could become first of its kind to grow MMJ

The Siksika First Nation in Canada wants to build a 25,000-square-foot medical marijuana grow operation outside of Calgary on tribal land, which would make it the first tribe to produce medical cannabis in that country. The Siksika Nation has joined with LDI Group and submitted an application to Health Canada for a license to grow […]

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OR issues health alert for 3 cannabis strains with pesticides

Oregon has issued its second health alert for cannabis contaminated with pesticides, flagging marijuana flower being sold at three dispensaries around the state. Oregon has maintained a strict policy about pesticide use on marijuana. And, according to the Oregonian, the Oregon Health Authority has now found three strains of flower were contaminated.  Some 30 customers bought “Dutch […]

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Zacks Investment: 4 best stocks to cash in on cannabis ‘green rush’

The decades-old Zacks Investment Research is recommending four “cannabis-related” companies – including some household names – for stock investors wanting to cash in on the so-called marijuana “green rush.” The stock research firm, founded in 1977, projects that Tuesday’s election will yield yes votes in several states where marijuana legalization initiatives are on the ballot. “This is reminiscent […]

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Marijuana firms across nation fund pro-MMJ bid in Florida

Out-of-state-donors, including some prominent marijuana businesses, have pumped money into the campaign to legalize medical marijuana in Florida, underscoring the high-stakes fight in that state. Of the three states – Florida, Arkansas and North Dakota – that could legalize medical marijuana on Tuesday, Florida is by far the largest market and offers out-of-state cannabis businesses potentially […]

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Denver’s marijuana policy office merges with licensing agency

Denver’s Office of Marijuana Policy will be folded into the Department of Excise and Licenses and both will operate under the direction of a newly promoted boss starting Monday. Marijuana business license holders will not be affected by this change, according to a communications adviser with the City of Denver. Any changes to the city’s […]

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Australia’s MMJ market likely to develop slowly, with big players dominating

By Bart Schaneman Cannabis entrepreneurs hoping to enter Australia’s new medical marijuana market will confront obstacles at the federal and state level, with industry observers predicting a limited number of big companies will come to dominate the business. Australia’s MMJ market also is expected to develop slowly, given complex licensing procedures and strict, costly regulations.

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CA cities pass temporary bans, controls on rec cannabis

California cities across the Bay Area and the state are scrambling to impose temporary bans and controls on recreational cannabis ahead of Tuesday’s statewide vote on legalizing adult-use marijuana. Polls show the state favors legalization. Cities, in response, are taking pre-emptive moves. San Jose is considering adopting an emergency ordinance to ban the use of non-medical marijuana, a […]

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Draft Ohio cultivation rules: 18 licenses, huge fees

As many as 18 licenses would be available for medical marijuana growers in Ohio under proposed rules released by the state. The draft regulations suggest two types of cultivation licenses: one for grows up to 15,000 square feet, and another for those totaling no more than 1,600 square feet. The state would award a dozen licenses for […]

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Australian entrepreneurs can now apply to grow medical cannabis

Australian cannabis business owners can now apply for licenses to grow medical marijuana under the country’s new MMJ law. The Australian government’s Narcotics Drug Amendment Act 2016 took effect on Oct. 30, according to Australia Network News. It allows businesses to grow marijuana for medicine, conduct research on the plant and create marijuana products for medicinal purposes. […]

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Profiting From Perseverance

Maine dispensary chain’s focus on persistence, flexibility and reinvention pays off by Bart Schaneman Patricia Rosi-Santucci’s guiding principle for the last five years has been perseverance. “Never give up,” said Rosi-Santucci, the chief executive officer of Wellness Connection of Maine, a vertically integrated medical marijuana company. “Never surrender.” Since 2011, Wellness Connection has operated four […]

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Denver ballot measure aims to curb possible loss of marijuana tourists

By Bart Schaneman Supporters of a ballot measure to allow cannabis consumption in restaurants, bars and other public venues in Denver hope to pre-empt a potential loss of marijuana tourists. Nevada and California, both major tourist draws, have adult-use legalization initiatives on their Nov. 8 ballots. 

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Judge rules against NORML in Florida county MMJ ballot snafu

A judge shot down a lawsuit brought by the Florida chapter of NORML against the Broward County elections office after it was discovered an initiative to expand the state’s medical marijuana program was absent from some ballots. Broward Circuit Judge Carol-Lisa Phillips ruled Friday that the Broward Supervisor of Elections Office was adequately informing voters to make […]

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