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Costly employment-related lawsuits on the rise in cannabis industry as MJ workforce grows

Bart Schaneman  | October 18, 2017

By Bart Schaneman

Marijuana companies are seeing an uptick in lawsuits tied to employment issues, reflecting the cannabis industry's growing pains as it transforms into a more mainstream business.

The latest involves a suit targeting Electrum Partners, a well-known cannabis investment advisory firm in Las Vegas.

First business approved to grow medical marijuana in Pennsylvania

Bart Schaneman  | October 17, 2017

Pennsylvania has given its first green light to a medical marijuana company to start growing cannabis under the state’s new MJ program

The Morning Call newspaper reported the state health department approved Cresco Yeltrah – based in Jefferson County in western Pennsylvania – as fully operational, making it the first of 12 …

Ancillary marijuana business inks $2 million equity deal

Bart Schaneman  | October 16, 2017

Indoor Harvest Corp. (OTCQB:INQD), a Houston-based manufacturer of commercial aeroponic systems that can be used to grow cannabis, signed an investment deal with Tangiers Global for an equity investment of up to $2 million.

Tangiers Global is located in San Diego and provides funding to small and microcap public companies.

In addition to the investment agreement, Tangiers …

Michigan university offers full-range cannabis degree

Bart Schaneman  | October 16, 2017

A university in Michigan is offering a degree in marijuana that goes beyond simply classes related to cannabis, more evidence that MJ is being recognized as a mainstream industry.

Northern Michigan University in Marquette began its medical plant chemistry program this semester, with about a dozen students in the first class, the Detroit Free Press reported. …

Wisconsin lawmakers to vote on hemp farming bill this week

Bart Schaneman  | October 16, 2017

A Wisconsin legislative committee is set to vote on a bill this week that would allow farmers in the state to grow hemp and join surrounding states with hemp laws.

The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Small Business and Tourism is scheduled to vote on the measure Wednesday morning.

The bill calls for the state Department …

California city approves massive marijuana facility

Bart Schaneman  | October 11, 2017

A Southern California town has approved a 489,000-square-foot medical marijuana cultivation and production facility that would make it one of the largest in the U.S. marijuana industry.

The facility is to be built in Cathedral City, near Palm Springs, by Canada-based Sunniva Inc., which provides medical cannabis products and services.

The first …

‘We lost it all’: Puerto Rico medical marijuana businesses assess hurricane damage

Bart Schaneman  | October 11, 2017

By Bart Schaneman

Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico’s medical marijuana industry, setting back its development at least six months – if not much longer – and causing millions of dollars in damage to MMJ businesses.

No outdoor marijuana cultivation facilities survived, but some dispensaries are operating and patients who can access them are still buying.

Dutch government eyes regulated cannabis production

Bart Schaneman  | October 10, 2017

The Netherlands’ new cabinet plans to sanction experiments that would change the country’s model of where and how legal cannabis is sold.

According to RTL News, up to 10 municipalities may be chosen for the test program, which could lead to state-licensed growers producing marijuana for sale in their own region.

Proponents of …

Maine proposal shifts responsibility for rec MJ implementation

Bart Schaneman  | October 9, 2017

Maine lawmakers seem to be going in circles.

After residents voted to legalize adult-use marijuana last year, the legislature was tasked with passing a bill to implement a new recreational cannabis industry.

But a rewrite to the implementing legislation recently would forbid recreational marijuana businesses unless municipalities expressly approve them, basically returning the state …