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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.

Nonprofit resource group seeks to set water standards for cannabis growers

Portland, Oregon-based Resource Innovation Institute (RII) is hoping to establish standards for water quality and water use for marijuana cultivators, including both indoor and outdoor growers. Members of the cannabis industry have been calling for standards across sectors for years, though few have been put in place. According to Greenhouse Grower, Derek Smith, executive director […]

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Draft rules call for Missouri medical marijuana stores to warn against vaping

Missouri regulators released draft rules that would require medical cannabis dispensaries to alert customers about the dangers of vaping THC products, even though most of the vaping-related illnesses that began in summer 2019 have been linked back to the illicit market. According to Greenway, the Missouri Cannabis Industry’s publication, each dispensary would have to display […]

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Week in Review: UN to vote on WHO cannabis plan, MA adult-use sales resume, California localities welcome marijuana & more

A document prepared by the chair of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) lays out a course to keep on track for December’s key vote on the World Health Organization’s cannabis scheduling recommendations. MJBizDaily takeaway: This is a welcome development for industry stakeholders worried about a delay arising from the coronavirus crisis. The vote […]

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Minnesota tribe approves medical cannabis with flower sales

Red Lake Nation citizens, an Ojibwe American Indian tribe in Minnesota, voted in favor of developing a medical marijuana program. Red Lake Nation News reported that 80% of the tribe said yes to a medical marijuana program that would allow the sale and use of medical cannabis flower, which the state of Minnesota prohibits. The […]

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Medical cannabis sales in West Virginia delayed another year

Medical marijuana companies in West Virginia, which has one of the slowest-launching programs in the cannabis industry, will have to wait at least another year before beginning sales. Bill Crouch, cabinet secretary of the state’s Department of Health and Human Resources, said the agency is “looking at making the product available in the spring of […]

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Marijuana REIT seeks to raise $100 million in public offering

Innovative Industrial Properties (IIP), a real estate investment trust based in San Diego that specializes in sale-leaseback deals in the marijuana industry, plans to raise $100 million by selling more than 1 million shares. The underwritten public offering of 1,348,389 shares of IIP’s common stock is expected to close May 29. Proceeds from the offering will […]

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Oregon cannabis companies beat racketeering suit

A racketeering lawsuit against more than 200 Oregon marijuana companies is resulting in what looks to be a victory for the group of cannabis companies that refused to settle. The case is one of many in recent years to use the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act against the cannabis industry, a move that […]

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Cresco Labs plans to acquire four medical cannabis dispensaries in Ohio

Cresco Labs, a vertically integrated multistate marijuana company, said it agreed to purchase four Ohio medical marijuana dispensaries, currently operated by Verdant Creations, as the Illinois-based company increased its investment in what’s shaping up to be a lucrative market. Cresco will pay $375,000 in cash for each store as well as $500,000 of the company’s […]

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How US cannabis growers are keeping a tight lid on costs as recession looms

As the coronavirus pandemic plunges the U.S. economy into a sharp downturn, cannabis cultivators are managing finances by rethinking capital improvements and finding any area possible to lower costs. Although demand remains strong for marijuana in many state markets, prudent cannabis cultivation executives are planning for the worst and tightening their belts. Some have become more self-reliant […]

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Nevada marijuana sales up 20% in 2019, but COVID-19 slows progress

Nevada marijuana sales for 2019 reached $692 million, a 20% increase from fiscal year 2018, but lost sales stemming from the market disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic is throwing cold water on future projections. That information comes from a new study by Las Vegas-based RCG Economics. The report, “2020 Marijuana Economic & Fiscal Benefits Analysis: […]

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Cannabis chain Strawberry Fields says no to being acquired in $31 million deal

Colorado Springs, Colorado-based Strawberry Fields terminated a $31 million agreement in which Denver-based Schwazze would have acquired the marijuana retail chain. Strawberry Fields filed paperwork with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to terminate the arrangement, according to Denver alt-weekly Westword. Schwazze, a vertically integrated marijuana company, and Strawberry Fields agreed to the stock and cash deal in […]

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Massachusetts recreational cannabis stores to reopen in a week

After a two-month shutdown in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Massachusetts adult-use marijuana retail stores can once again serve customers starting May 25 – though sales will be limited to curbside pickup and online or telephone orders. The announcement is a major development for cannabis store owners, who: Had worried they might not be allowed […]

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