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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.

Report: Arkansas’ costs to legalize MMJ could outweigh tax revenue

Arkansas state finance officials said in a report released Thursday that legalizing medical marijuana would cost more to administer and enforce than the tax revenue it would generate, which could bolster opposition to two pro-MMJ measures on the ballot. The Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) contacted tax officials in states that have legalized medical […]

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Week in Review: Detroit crackdown, NYSE listing bid & LSU proposes big bucks on MMJ

By Bart Schaneman, Omar Sacirbey and John Schroyer Detroit cracks down on dispensaries, a cannabis real estate investment trust eyes a Big Board listing, and Louisiana State University proposes spending millions on medical marijuana cultivation. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

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Israeli pharmacies to start selling medical cannabis

Israeli pharmacies are gearing up to sell medical marijuana across the nation under the government’s ongoing efforts to liberalize the use and sale of MMJ. Super-Pharm, which has 225 branches across Israel, has been consulting with the nation’s health ministry to allow prescription and provision of medical marijuana by authorized doctors and pharmacists, Israel’s Haaretz […]

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GW Pharma scuttles UK listing to trade on U.S. market

GW Pharmaceuticals, a high-flying biotech firm in the United Kingdom that is seeking U.S. regulatory approval for a CBD-based drug, has abandoned its U.K. stock market listing to instead trade exclusively in the United States. The firm announced it would ditch its Aim market listing this December, according to Britain’s Telegraph newspaper. A company executive […]

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Texas authorities won’t act against pharmacy selling hemp oil products

The Texas Department of Public Safety has opted against pursuing legal action against an Austin pharmacy that sold products crafted from hemp oil, citing “ambiguities” over the status of CBD products under state law. The decision spurred one statewide hemp industry advocacy group to renew calls for Texas legislators to clarify laws around the cultivation, […]

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New Jersey, TN lawmakers tour Colorado cannabis industry

State lawmakers from Tennessee and New Jersey have traveled to Colorado recently to glean insights from the medical and recreational marijuana industries there and investigate the potential economic benefits for their own states. The visits are expected to fuel efforts to pass legislation next year expanding MMJ in Tennessee and establishing adult-use cannabis in New Jersey. According […]

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Another Canadian MMJ cultivator plans to go public

Canadian medical cannabis producer Emblem is set to go public next month on the TSX Venture Exchange, the electronic exchange owned by the parent of the Toronto Stock Exchange. The Ontario company is the latest federally licensed medical marijuana cultivator to list its shares on an exchange, thanks to Canada’s legalized MMJ industry. Emblem President […]

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WA proposes new cannabis regulator, organic MJ program

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has proposed hiring a new cannabis regulator whose job could include administering a program to certify organically grown marijuana. “There seems to be consumer interest in that,” WSDA spokesman Hector Castro said of organic certification, according to the Capital Press. “We have done this for other commodities, obviously.” Since […]

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Poll: Majority of Americans favor rec marijuana legalization

As five states prepare to vote on legalizing recreational marijuana in November, a new Pew Research Center poll shows the majority of Americans favor legalization. According to Pew, 57% of Americans say marijuana should be legal, with 37% opposed. Ten years ago the numbers were flipped, with 60% saying it should be illegal and 32% in favor […]

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Cayman Islands clears way for use of medicinal cannabis oil

Cayman Islands lawmakers have cleared the way for legalization of medicinal cannabis oil, but questions remain about where the country will obtain it. Lawmakers approved a second reading of a bill Monday that would allow cannabis oil to be prescribed by local doctors and sold by pharmacies on the Caribbean island to cancer patients and others, […]

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