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Omar Sacirbey

Omar has been a professional journalist since 1998, covering everything from international business and Wall Street to politics and religion. His stories have appeared in Newsweek International, the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today and other major outlets. Omar graduated from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1998, and prior to that he was a Bosnian diplomat. He is based in Boston.

Ex-Chicago Tribune publisher joins Illinois cannabis firm

A former publisher of the Chicago Tribune joined Illinois-based cannabis company Revolution Enterprises, part of a growing parade of C-suite officers from major companies plunging into the marijuana industry. Revolution, a multistate cannabis company based in suburban Chicago, announced Wednesday it had tapped Tony Hunter, who spent 20 years with the Chicago Tribune, to help […]

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Who’s who at the top of Nevada’s marijuana companies

Nevada’s top cannabis companies are led by an eclectic mix that includes people with political ties, real estate developers and out-of-state companies, among others. Those are some of the findings of a Reno Gazette Journal analysis of a list of marijuana company executives released by the state. Other big-name cannabis executives in Nevada include: Lori Rogrich, […]

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Michigan issues emergency marijuana business regulations

Cannabis business opportunities could expand in Michigan after regulators released new wide-ranging emergency regulations Wednesday. For example, recreational marijuana businesses won’t face the capital requirements that medical cannabis businesses do. An MMJ business needs at least $200,000-$500,000 in assets. Other highlights of the measure signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, according to MLive.com, include: Medical and recreational […]

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Missouri cannabis application charge led by multistate operators

Large multistate marijuana operators and wealthy locals represent a major portion of the roughly 500 applicants seeking medical cannabis business licenses in Missouri. That’s according to a list sent by the state’s Department of Health and Senior Services to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch after the newspaper won a lawsuit asking for applicant records. The newspaper […]

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Maine recreational cannabis sales expected next spring

Maine is expected to launch recreational marijuana sales in March now that Gov. Janet Mills has signed a bill containing regulations recently approved by the state’s lawmakers. The law, signed by Mills on Thursday, goes into effect 90 days after the Legislature’s session ended June 20, the Portland Press Herald reported. Under the law, cities and towns […]

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Massachusetts gives initial OK to marijuana cafes, delivery firms

Massachusetts regulators gave preliminary approval to rules that would permit marijuana cafes and delivery services in the state, paving the way for the creation of two new types of cannabis businesses. The state’s Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) approved draft regulations – along with some restrictions – for the two new types of business licenses. The agency will […]

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Pennsylvania approves three cannabis businesses for research program

Three medical marijuana companies in Pennsylvania received approval from the state’s department of health to grow medical marijuana for research in partnership with three universities. New evidence-based research that provides physicians better insight into MMJ could encourage additional doctors to recommend the medicine, which would boost sales. The three approved research growers, according to The […]

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Report: Minnesota’s two medical cannabis firms post $2.4 million in red ink in 2018

Minnesota’s two medical marijuana companies, Leafline Labs and Minnesota Medical Solutions, lost a combined $2.4 million in 2018, continuing the losses that have marked the state’s program since it began in 2015. But top executives from the two companies told the St. Paul Pioneer Press they are optimistic because of recent legislative changes that will make […]

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Connecticut adds five medical cannabis conditions, will consider chronic pain

Medical marijuana companies in Connecticut likely will see a boost in business after the state expands its MMJ program with five new qualifying conditions. A board of physicians recommended the new conditions at the Department of Consumer Protection’s regular meeting Monday, and the agency’s commissioner promptly accepted them, according to the Hartford Business Journal. The new […]

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Federal appeals court to DEA: Reconsider marijuana’s Schedule 1 status

A federal appeals court in New York told the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to “promptly” reconsider its classification of cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug. While it’s unclear whether the DEA will act, such a move could have a wide-ranging impact on medical cannabis businesses and research. “I think you would see an increase in […]

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