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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.

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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Alaska rec marijuana sales set to start as soon as Saturday

Alaska’s recreational marijuana market is expected to launch as soon as this weekend, with a retail shop in Valdez – Herbal Outfitters – preparing to open its doors at “high noon” on Saturday. That would mean Alaska will join three other states – Colorado, Oregon, and Washington State – with active adult-use cannabis markets. In […]

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Rhode Island issues emergency measures to meet MMJ demand

Rhode Island regulators have issued emergency rules that create a new class of private medical marijuana cultivators to help meet a potential supply shortfall. The growers will replace patient caregivers as a key MMJ supply source for the state’s three dispensaries, which aren’t producing all the different strains needed to supply Rhode Island’s more than 15,000 patients, the […]

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Licensing fees for CBD oil dispensaries could soar in Texas

Licensing fees would surge – to $1.3 million from $6,000 – for Texas CBD oil dispensaries under a proposal being considered by the state’s Department of Public Safety, sparking industry concerns that such a move would deliver a crippling blow to businesses. Regulators also have proposed other changes that would drive up the industry’s costs and perhaps limit the […]

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Report: Colorado MJ sales expected to slow after torrid growth

Colorado’s legal marijuana sales are skyrocketing but growth is expected to come back to earth in the next five years, reflecting falling prices, a shrinking black market, and fewer “sole-purpose” visitors buying cannabis as other state legalize adult-use sales, a new report predicts. Legal marijuana sales surged 42.2% between 2014 and 2015, fueled by the […]

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