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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.

Arizona lawsuit seeks to bar recreational cannabis legalization

A group opposed to legalized recreational marijuana in Arizona filed a lawsuit to halt an initiative that would allow adults in the state to possess up to 1 ounce of adult-use cannabis. The lawsuit challenges the 100-word summary of the Smart and Safe Arizona Act, saying it misleads voters about key provisions of the initiative. […]

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Rhode Island approves first medical cannabis lab

Rhode Island licensed its first lab to test medical marijuana, a move that likely will prove beneficial to the dispensary and cultivation operators who had been contracting private labs or conducting testing themselves. Green Peaks Analytical of Warwick will be the first state-licensed cannabis lab in the state to test for contaminants, including pesticides, metals […]

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Arkansas medical marijuana growers sue to keep others from entering market

Five Arkansas companies with permits to grow medical cannabis are suing to stop three more cultivation licenses from being issued. The lawsuit claims the three licenses that were issued in June violate language in the law that stipulated new licenses would be granted only if the existing growers couldn’t meet dispensary demand, according to the […]

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Ultra sues New Mexico health department over new cannabis rules

New Mexico’s largest medical marijuana company is suing the state over new MMJ regulations it calls “arbitrary and capricious.” According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, Ultra Health, based in Bernalillo, is challenging the state health department over several new rules, including: Strict testing requirements for pesticides, heavy metals and microbials. Regulations concerning hemp cultivation […]

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NACB drawing up marijuana social equity advice for state regulators

One of the cannabis industry’s only self-regulatory standards organizations is creating social equity recommendations for state rulemakers. The goal of the National Association of Cannabis Businesses, based in Washington DC, is to get state marijuana regulators to change their ways. Regulators have shown a tendency to want to start from scratch when developing rules for […]

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Week in Review: L.A. doubles cannabis retail licenses, another Schwazze deal dead, Biden talks MJ rescheduling & more

The Los Angeles City Council doubled the number of social equity retail marijuana licenses from 100 to 200 in response to a courtroom settlement. MJBizDaily takeaway: The greater Los Angeles area boasts more than 13 million people, but there are only 188 licensed cannabis storefronts. The original plan last fall for the social equity licensing round […]

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Massachusetts cannabis businesses fined for pesticide, ownership infractions

Three marijuana cultivation companies in Massachusetts will pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines for pesticide use and other violations. The state’s Cannabis Control Commission approved penalties against Garden Remedies, Healthy Pharms and The Botanist, MassLive.com reported. Each company agreed to settlements, complied with the commission’s inquiries and admitted to the wrongdoing. The fines […]

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Marijuana tissue-culture technology company raises more than $15 million

Conception Nurseries, a Sacramento, California-based cannabis genetics firm, raised $15 million with the addition of approximately $12 million in a Series A funding round to help add scale and automation to its operation. According to Green Market Report, the funding round was led by New York-based cannabis data group Viridian Capital Advisors with facilitation by […]

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Nebraska medical cannabis legalization well on its way to voters in November

Nebraska medical marijuana advocates gathered more than 182,000 signatures for an initiative petition campaign, despite challenges stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. Organizers needed only 122,000 signatures to place medical marijuana legalization on the November ballot, more than 10% of the eligible voters in the state, according to the Lincoln Journal Star. Signature-collection efforts were put […]

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