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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.

Maine cannabis testing labs receive temporary licenses

Two marijuana testing labs in Portland, Maine, were granted temporary permits to begin operations, clearing a major hurdle in the state’s rollout of a recreational cannabis market. Nova Analytic Labs and ProVerde Laboratories were approved by the Portland City Council to receive six-month licenses to test cannabis, according to the Portland Press Herald. Maine’s adult-use […]

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Marijuana tech firm Omura raises $5 million, adds Linton as adviser

California-based Omura, a marijuana and hemp flower vaporizer company, raised $5 million, with a portion of the funding coming from Bruce Linton, former CEO and founder of Canada’s Canopy Growth Corp. The raise, while not major by cannabis industry standards, is significant during the global coronavirus pandemic when investments are more difficult to secure. Linton, […]

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Ohio allowing phone orders, curbside pickup at medical cannabis stores

Ohio regulators are temporarily changing the state’s medical marijuana rules to give MMJ patients easier access to products during the coronavirus pandemic – a move that could increase sales at dispensaries. According to Cleveland TV station WEWS, the temporary rules include: Dispensaries may take phone orders. Curbside pickup. Patients are permitted to purchase MMJ in two 45-day […]

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Oregon cannabis retailer Oregrown in court fight over leadership

Oregrown, a vertically integrated cannabis operator based in Bend, Oregon, filed a lawsuit to remove the firm’s CEO and chief brand officer for “allegedly jeopardizing the interest of the company.” The lawsuit, filed in a local circuit court, notes that Oregrown already removed CEO Aviv Hadar and his wife, Christina Hadar, chief brand officer, as shareholders and […]

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How lack of tourism during COVID-19 is affecting cannabis retailers in certain markets

Marijuana retail businesses in markets that depend on travelers and tourism for at least a portion of their sales are being forced to pivot in response to the coronavirus pandemic in part by appealing more to local customers. Stay-at-home orders in U.S. states have pushed marijuana company executives to rethink business strategies that appeal to tourists, […]

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How the coronavirus crisis is reshaping the cannabis industry for the long term

Cannabis companies are entering a new normal as the coronavirus pandemic puts stress on every sector of business, fundamentally altering the industry in possibly permanent ways. The COVID-19 outbreak has exacerbated fault lines in the rapidly evolving market and led to number of new outcomes, including: Retailers adapting to changing consumer behavior by offering delivery, curbside […]

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Vaping illnesses less common in states with adult-use marijuana, study shows

An academic study found that the cannabis vaping health crisis of 2019 was more pronounced in states that lacked legal recreational marijuana stores, pointing to the illicit market as the culprit and helping to further bolster consumer confidence in products from the licensed market. The findings strengthen the perception that state-legal marijuana industry products are safe […]

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Big cannabis companies scale back amid coronavirus, raising questions about industry’s overall health

The COVID-19 outbreak is causing serious jitters among large cannabis companies, with a growing list of multistate marijuana operators scaling back by laying off workers and shuttering operations in a bid to slash costs. The widespread cutbacks this week by Acreage Holdings, MedMen Enterprises and 4Front Ventures also call into question the overall health of the marijuana industry […]

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Cannabis labs watchful of supply disruptions during coronavirus crisis as testing demand remains strong

Marijuana testing labs report steady business as the COVID-19 outbreak rolls on, though concerns loom over the availability of protective equipment such as gloves and masks and other cleaning supplies. It’s a topic the cannabis industry will keep a careful eye on because, if the coronavirus pandemic eventually causes hiccups in testing, that could slow […]

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