Bart Schaneman

Louisiana medical cannabis grower OK’d to up production; no start date for sales

Louisiana’s agriculture department and a state-sanctioned medical marijuana grower broke through one of the key regulatory logjams keeping MMJ off pharmaceutical shelves. However, it remains uncertain when sales might begin. Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain said Friday that regulatory paperwork and background checks were completed that will allow Louisiana State University’s medical marijuana grower to move […]

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Florida dispensary conducts first smokable medical marijuana sale

Only days after Florida’s governor signed a bill allowing medical cannabis dispensaries to sell smokable products, Trulieve, the largest cannabis retailer in the state, began selling them. Trulieve sold the first smokable flower to a medical marijuana patient in Tallahassee on Thursday, the Tallahassee Democrat reported, and the company plans to have smokable products in […]

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Rhode Island lawmakers raise questions about plan to legalize recreational cannabis

Rhode Island lawmakers held their first joint hearing on a proposal to legalize recreational marijuana, but the measure received considerable pushback and prospects look dimmer without some reworking or compromises. The Providence Journal reported the state’s Senate Finance and Judiciary committees lawmakers had several criticisms about the plan unveiled this week, including that it provides too […]

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NV audit spurs marijuana dispensary owners to call for traceability software training

Nevada cannabis dispensary owners are calling for more training on the state’s mandatory seed-to-sale cannabis tracking software after a state-led audit of marijuana businesses found discrepancies between sales reports and tax returns. According to The Nevada Independent, the Nevada Dispensary Association pointed out the inaccurate entries and “confusion over batching and tagging during program’s rollout” […]

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Missouri regulators vow to meet medical marijuana demand

Missouri regulators will license more medical cannabis businesses if the first wave of more than 300 doesn’t satisfy demand. Lyndall Fraker, medical marijuana program director for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, said the state is willing to take any necessary steps to provide adequate supply to patients. For more details about Missouri’s […]

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Ancillary marijuana companies hit by declining economies pivot to emerging MJ markets

Tumbling wholesale cannabis prices in some markets are devastating plant-touching operators and generating negative fallout for ancillary companies that provide services and products to those businesses. In order for supplementary companies such as accountants, consultants and security firms to continue to grow and maintain healthy revenue streams, some owners are looking to emerging cannabis markets […]

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Cannabis data firm Headset to partner with global analytics company Nielsen

Global measurement and data analytics company Nielsen has formed an alliance with Seattle-based cannabis analytics firm Headset to provide insights about the U.S. marijuana market to consumer packaged goods (CPG) businesses. According to a news release, the two firms are joining forces as New York-based Nielsen develops “a full suite” of cannabis measurement capabilities to […]

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Pennsylvania bans medical marijuana dispensaries, growers from 4/20 festival

A cannabis festival set for April 20 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, expects to draw a crowd of 10,000, but the state bars medical marijuana dispensaries and growers from sponsoring the event, even though marijuana sales won’t be allowed. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that several dispensaries had committed up to $8,000 apiece in sponsorship money and to […]

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MA blames cannabis retailer, not traceability system, for product shortage

Massachusetts’ marijuana czar disputes a claim by a Salem cannabis retailer this week that flaws in the state’s traceability system caused the store to run out of flower. Steven Hoffman, chair of the state’s Cannabis Control Commission, said the problem stemmed from an error made by Alternative Therapies Group (ATG), which incorrectly logged its inventory, The Boston […]

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Seed-to-sale problem halts recreational sales at Boston-area marijuana store

A Boston-area marijuana store had to temporarily stop selling adult-use cannabis flower because of an issue with Massachusetts’ seed-to-sale traceability system, Metrc. Alternative Therapies Group (ATG) in Salem halted recreational cannabis sales because the store’s inventory data had become corrupted in Metrc, The Boston Globe reported. It’s unclear when ATG will resume recreational sales. The company announced […]

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