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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.

LA Council Looks to Crack Down on Illegal Dispensaries

The Los Angeles City Council voted this week to bar officials from giving business tax certificates to new medical marijuana dispensaries, all of which are technically illegal under an ordinance voters passed two years ago. Council members also want to force existing dispensaries renewing their registrations to attest under penalty of perjury that they meet the requirements of that […]

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Mexican Supreme Court Delays Cannabis Hearing

Mexico’s Supreme Court has postponed a landmark hearing on marijuana that could eventually help pave the way for cannabis legalization in the country. The court was scheduled to begin discussions this week on a recommendation from a judge to allow members of a particular group – the Mexican Society for Tolerant and Responsible Personal Use – to grow and use cannabis […]

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Ohio Legends Hit Airwaves to Promote Cannabis Measure

Well-known prosecutor Joe Deters, basketball legend Oscar Robertson and singer Nick Lachey feature in three recent television commercials urging Ohioans to vote in favor of a marijuana legalization measure when they go to the polls on Nov. 3. The ads have become an important part of the legalization push in what would be a major […]

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Prominent Scientific Group to Promote Development of Cannabis Testing Standards

By Omar Sacirbey The world’s largest scientific society will help facilitate cannabis research and the development of testing standards, moving the marijuana industry a step closer to legitimacy. The 139-year-old American Chemical Society (ACS) – which boasts 150,000 members worldwide from the chemistry and science fields – recently voted to create an official cannabis subdivision.

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Trademark Battle Over Edibles Brand Name

A legal battle is escalating in Colorado over trademark issues tied to a marijuana edibles brand – something the industry could see more of as it grows and matures. Businessman Scott Bergin is counter-suing his former employer, Green Cross Colorado, saying that the company agreed to give him ownership of the EdiPure name, according to BusinessDen. […]

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Cannabis Startup Joins Prominent Chicago Tech Incubator

In another sign that marijuana is becoming a mainstream business, the Chicago-based technology incubator 1871 has brought cannabis startup Kannatopia into its fold. Kannatopia aims to create a social network dedicated to marijuana aficionados who are seeking a space to talk about cannabis, but are reluctant about doing it on popular platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. […]

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Wildfires Wreak Havoc on California Cannabis Farms

Wildfires that raged through parts of northern California over the last few weeks have destroyed hundreds of marijuana farms and caused millions of dollars in damages, according to estimates by industry insiders. Marijuana businesses can’t get federal protections enjoyed by other businesses, so growers whose farms were lost or damaged cannot take advantage of wildfire safety […]

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Maine marijuana legalization groups unite behind one measure

Chances for the legalization of recreational marijuana in Maine improved Monday after advocates rallied around a single measure aiming for the 2016 ballot. The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol announced in a press release that it has abandoned its legalization bid and will instead back an initiative spearheaded by Legalize Maine. Legalize Maine has reportedly collected […]

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MMJ efforts advance in Australia; New Zealand next?

Marijuana entrepreneurs interested in tapping the newly announced Australian market may want to start their reconnaissance in the state of New South Wales – and keep New Zealand on their radars as well. The New South Wales government has been ahead of Australia’s legalization curve, establishing the Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research and Innovation at […]

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Colorado City’s Marijuana Ad Laws Under Scrutiny

A pair of Colorado marijuana stores, The Farm and Terrapin Care Station, are accused of violating the city’s ban on cannabis advertising because of booths they displayed at an event last month. The stores in Boulder, Colorado, didn’t distribute marijuana at the festival, which was held for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. But the […]

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Federal Reserve Says it Won’t Allow Cannabis Banking

The U.S. Federal Reserve said in a court filing this week that it will not accept money made from the sale of cannabis because the plant is still considered an illegal drug under federal law. The filing also asks a judge to dismiss a lawsuit against the agency brought on by a startup credit union […]

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