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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.

COVID-19 delays mandatory pesticide testing for Washington state recreational cannabis

The coronavirus pandemic has scuttled government efforts in Washington state to require pesticide testing for recreational marijuana, dealing a setback to an idea that has been kicked around for several years by local industry officials and regulators. The pandemic has made it impossible for state lawmakers to conduct public hearings, so the issue has again […]

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Massachusetts preparing to allow recreational marijuana delivery

Applications for Massachusetts cannabis businesses that want to deliver recreational MJ will be available later this month, even though adult-use sales are on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic. The state’s Cannabis Control Commission will release license applications on May 28 for businesses hoping to transport marijuana from retailers to residences, Boston.com reported. Deliveries wouldn’t begin until adult-use […]

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Nevada OKs resumption of in-store sales for some marijuana retailers

Approved recreational cannabis retailers in Nevada will be allowed to conduct in-store sales starting Saturday as part of the governor’s broader plan to open up the state amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevada regulators had softened rules for marijuana stores as the coronavirus outbreak developed, at first only allowing delivery and then permitting curbside sales. Now, effective May […]

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Iowa receives 18 letters of intent for two medical marijuana dispensary permits

Two vacant Iowa medical marijuana dispensary licenses have attracted 18 pre-applications, or letters of intent. The dispensary licenses have been available since Have a Heart Compassionate Care, based in Washington state, closed its dispensaries in Council Bluffs and Davenport in March. Final applications are due June 8, and the identities of applicants and their proposed dispensary locations […]

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How cannabis growers are handling labor and safety challenges during COVID-19

Marijuana cultivators are finding new ways to manage labor to meet the challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic. This is yet another sector in the cannabis industry to adapt its operations in response to COVID-19, similar to retailers, for example, who have been using drive-thru and curbside pickup to keep customers and employees safe. In […]

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Cannabis tech firm MassRoots receives $50,000 federal stimulus check

Financially struggling marijuana technology company MassRoots received a $50,000 loan as part of the U.S. government’s Paycheck Protection Program, securing a cash infusion after earlier indications the money wouldn’t be available to cannabis companies. Denver-based MassRoots, which offers an internet-based forum for cannabis consumers to connect and discuss various marijuana-related topics, secured the loan from Bank […]

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Oklahoma sees robust April medical marijuana sales despite coronavirus

Oklahoma medical marijuana dispensaries rang up record sales in April, despite the coronavirus pandemic’s chilling effect on the national and global economies. According to The Oklahoman, an analysis of state tax collections revealed that medical marijuana patients each spent almost $217 for MMJ last month, for a total of around $61.4 million. The Oklahoma Tax […]

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Marketing lessons cannabis companies learned during 4/20

The coronavirus pandemic forced marijuana companies to be creative in getting the word out during this year’s 4/20 sales event. With limited to no in-store sales capabilities, businesses leaned on web-based solutions, including social media, videoconferencing and email marketing to reach consumers about the unofficial April 20 cannabis holiday. Marijuana Business Daily surveyed several cannabis […]

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How 4/20 played out for marijuana businesses around the US

Cannabis companies across the United States reported a mixed bag for sales this year leading up to the industry’s most celebrated day: 4/20. While the surge of consumer stockpiling based on concerns about the coronavirus pandemic boosted some companies’ bottom lines, others were hurt by restrictive stay-at-home orders that prevented in-person sales. Marijuana Business Daily […]

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Michigan wholesale medical marijuana prices fall on flood of caregiver product

Wholesale prices for medical cannabis plummeted in Michigan after a change in regulations that prevents caregivers from selling into the recreational market caused them to offload large amounts of flower. Several cannabis industry experts say that, before the change in the law, wholesale pounds of medical marijuana flower were selling for around $4,000 a pound. […]

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