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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.


Marijuana industry veteran Ean Seeb tapped to lead Colorado’s MJ policy

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis selected cannabis industry veteran Ean Seeb to lead the state’s cannabis policy. Seeb was co-owner of one of Denver’s original cannabis retailers, Denver Relief, before it was sold. He also was co-founder of Denver Relief Consulting and twice served as chair of the National Cannabis Industry Association. Seeb doesn’t have an […]

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Louisiana House advances medical cannabis inhaler bill

Louisiana’s medical marijuana patients could administer cannabis via inhaler if senators agree to a proposal that won overwhelming support from lawmakers in the state House, a development that could provide more sales opportunities for MMJ businesses. Rep. Ted James, a Baton Rouge Democrat who is sponsoring the bill, said it shouldn’t be seen as an […]

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Cannabis firm Indus acquires multistate concentrate, vaporizer brand for $20M

California marijuana supplier Indus Holdings expanded its operations to Nevada and Oregon by signing an agreement to acquire the assets of W The Brand, a manufacturer and distributor of marijuana concentrates, cartridges and disposable pens, for $20 million in stock and cash. Here’s what you need to know: Salinas-based Indus will gain a 24,000-square-foot cultivation […]

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Deadline looms for public comment on MO medical cannabis program rules

Missouri regulators put out a call for public feedback on rules and regulations for the state’s medical marijuana program, and the deadline is rapidly approaching. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services posted draft rules online with a May 15 cutoff for public comment. The rules are expected to be finalized by June 4, and would-be […]

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California marijuana sales a far cry from state’s projections

California is paying a price for the shaky rollout of its legal recreational marijuana market. State budget documents show Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration is sharply scaling back what it expects to collect in cannabis tax revenue through June 2020 – in all, a $223 million cut from projections only four months ago. The state projects […]

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Michigan AG forms group to ease implementation of recreational cannabis law

Michigan’s attorney general has created a marijuana work group to study and reevaluate adult-use marijuana rules and regulations, with the aim of avoiding “the years of uncertainty” that followed the 2008 passage of the state’s medical cannabis law. According to The Oakland Press, the group, chaired by AG Dana Nessel, will be tasked with making […]

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Texas House OKs second bill to expand medical marijuana qualifying conditions

The Texas House advanced a second bill to expand the list of medical conditions that can be treated with medical marijuana under the state’s limited MMJ program. The measure would allow patients with multiple sclerosis, persistent muscle spasms and all forms of epilepsy to use MMJ, a move that would give dispensary operators a wider pool […]

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Nevada marijuana companies push for state to redo license selection process

Some cannabis businesses that lost out when Nevada awarded 61 new dispensary licenses last December are ratcheting up pressure in court for the state to redo the selection process. A filing this week in a lawsuit brought by Las Vegas cannabis retailers Planet 13 and The Dispensary accuses state tax officials of improperly having temporary […]

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Colorado lawmakers give final OK to bill allowing social use of marijuana

Colorado lawmakers have signed off on a bill to allow retail cannabis stores, hotels, restaurants and other businesses to apply for marijuana social consumption areas. House Bill 1230 moved through the Colorado Legislature after the House approved changes made in the state Senate. It now heads to Gov. Jared Polis, who is expected to sign the legislation, Denver […]

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Rhode Island rejects medical marijuana as treatment for opioid addiction

The Rhode Island Department of Health declined to make opioid dependency a qualifying condition for the state’s medical marijuana program – a setback to MMJ companies that might have enjoyed a boost in sales if it had seen approval. The state’s health director wrote in a decision that any debilitating disease, medical condition or treatment […]

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Oregon marijuana company reaches agreement in suit with former partner

Oregrown, a vertically integrated cannabis company in Bend, Oregon, settled a dispute with former grower and business partner Justin Crawn. The company agreed to dismiss its lawsuit against Crawn, including all court fees and outstanding claims. The Bend Bulletin reports that the original suit filed by Oregrown in August sought $2.7 million in damages. Crawn […]

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