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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.

Denver’s public-use MJ initiative poised to pass by narrow margin

Denver’s vote to allow cannabis consumption in public businesses, including bars and restaurants, appears poised for passage, overcoming initial predictions that the initiative faced an uphill battle. As of 9:30 p.m. Eastern Time Friday, Initiative 300 had received 53% of the approximately 273,000 votes that had been counted. A representative of the Denver County Clerk’s office said […]

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Arkansas health department to oversee new MMJ industry

The day after Arkansas voters approved legalized medical marijuana, the state’s Department of Health unveiled plans for how it will set up the necessary infrastructure to launch the new MMJ industry and regulate it once businesses are up and running. The Department of Health said it will take several months to establish a regulatory system that […]

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15 Oregon towns vote to reverse rec cannabis bans; new taxes set

Fifteen Oregon localities have voted to opt back in to allowing recreational marijuana, overturning bans on cannabis sales or MJ businesses, election results show. According to the Oregonian, voters in 60 communities considered ballot initiatives that basically asked residents to determine whether recreational or medical cannabis should be permitted. The newspaper said most cities and counties […]

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Colorado’s Pueblo County rejects measure to ban rec marijuana

Pueblo County, Colorado, voters rejected a ballot initiative that would have shut and banned all recreational marijuana operations in the county, a decision that allows the MJ industry to dodge a development that could have had statewide ramifications. If Ballot Question 200 had passed, a major marijuana supply source would have dried up, dozens of […]

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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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