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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.

Employees at Massachusetts marijuana firm vote to unionize

Employees at New England Treatment Access, a cannabis company based in Massachusetts, voted to form a union under the United Food and Commercial Workers – becoming the latest marijuana industry workers to affiliate with the UFCW. Sixty workers at NETA’s grow facility in Franklin cast the votes to unionize, the Boston Business Journal reported. If […]

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Cannabis firms should use data, backups to strengthen supply chain

Cannabis companies that rely on the international supply chain need to keep a watchful eye on their suppliers and avoid spreading their businesses too thin, industry experts said Wednesday on the third, and final, day of Marijuana Business Daily‘s virtual conference, MJBizConNEXT Direct. The marijuana industry has seen a disruption to the global supply chain […]

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NJ is key to East Coast adult-use cannabis legalization, stakeholders say

New Jersey is the “linchpin” for coming recreational marijuana legalization on the East Coast, a panel of industry experts said Tuesday on the second day of MJBizConNEXT Direct, Marijuana Business Daily‘s three-day virtual cannabis business conference. Panelist Rob DiPisa, partner and co-chair of cannabis law group Cole Schotz, called New Jersey a “hot market” that […]

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MJBizConNEXT keynoter Simms urges marijuana industry to ‘be audacious’

MJBizConNEXT Direct and Hemp Industry Daily Direct kicked off Monday with a virtual keynote speech from Dia Simms, an award-winning entrepreneur and member of The BRN Group, a New York-based cannabis tech company. Simms called on the cannabis industry to move in unison to overcome over a century of stigma, to think bigger and to […]

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California’s new organic certification plan could help cannabis growers’ bottom line

A plan to roll out a novel organic marijuana certification in California could generate more business opportunities for brands looking to differentiate themselves by charging health-conscious consumers a premium for their products. With cannabis illegal under federal law, marijuana businesses cannot call products organic under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s certification program. So California has […]

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MJBizConNEXT goes virtual for marijuana, hemp business conference

The cannabis industry is gathering digitally next week for Marijuana Business Daily‘s first virtual conference – MJBizConNEXT Direct and Hemp Industry Daily Conference Direct – as businesses adapt to the challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic. Previously scheduled to take place in New Orleans, the three-day, immersive and interactive event begins June 29 with keynote […]

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How cannabis growers can strategize to fight off costly RICO lawsuits

The recent racketeering lawsuit targeting more than 200 Oregon marijuana businesses and their executives resulted in a key victory for the cannabis industry in what could be a long-running fight. That victory also offers lessons for cannabis industry growers, processors and other business who also could be forced to confront future Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt […]

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Initial closing of $61.5 Harvest-High Times cannabis retail deal completed

Multistate operator and vertically integrated marijuana company Harvest Health & Recreation finalized a deal to sell eight California retail stores to Los Angeles-based High Times Holding. Under terms of the recently updated agreement, Harvest has sold a portfolio of equity and assets of eight operational and planned dispensaries in California for a total of $61.5 […]

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Oregon mulls banning additives in marijuana vaping products

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which regulates marijuana in the state, took its first step toward adopting rules that would ban non-cannabis additives from inhalable products containing THC, though MJ-derived terpenes will be allowed. Although much of the evidence for the vaping illness outbreak that began in the summer of 2019 points to illicit-market products, […]

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Marijuana MSO Jushi buys Vireo grow facility in Pennsylvania for $37 million

Florida-based Jushi Holdings, a multistate marijuana and hemp company, agreed to purchase Vireo Health International’s grower-processor operations in Pennsylvania for $37 million. To fund the purchase, Jushi secured $15.25 million in debt financing that was led by insiders and existing shareholders. The acquisition involves the purchase of Pennsylvania Medical Solutions (PAMS), a licensed medical marijuana grower-processor […]

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