Bart Schaneman

Overseeing half a decade of legal cannabis: Q&A with Denver marijuana czar Ashley Kilroy

Ashley Kilroy has overseen Denver’s recreational cannabis industry since Colorado launched adult-use sales in 2014. As director of Denver’s Department of Excise and Licenses and the agency’s Office of Marijuana Policy, Kilroy has seen cannabis business owners experience growing pains as the industry has matured. “Being first wasn’t easy,” she said. “We’re proud of what we […]

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West Virginia AG: Banks risk defying fed law when serving medical cannabis firms

West Virginia’s financial institutions face risks when providing banking services to medical marijuana businesses because cannabis is illegal under federal law, the state’s attorney general, Patrick Morrisey, wrote in a new opinion. Banking has been one sticking point in the rollout of West Virginia’s medical cannabis program, which has been delayed by disagreements over rulemakings. According […]

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Cannabis Trade Federation hires 15 DC lobbyists to push for US marijuana law reform

A relatively new marijuana trade association is aggressively targeting federal cannabis law reform. According to The Hill, the Cannabis Trade Federation (CTF) hired 15 lobbyists to work in Washington DC to boost the States Act. The proposed national legislation would shield state-legal marijuana programs from federal interference as well as resolve banking and taxation issues plaguing the […]

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First cultivator begins growing medical marijuana in Arkansas

An Arkansas cultivation company has planted the first crop of medical cannabis and growing is underway, a sign that the market’s long-delayed launch may be approaching. According to Arkansas TV stations KHBS and KHOG, planting began Jan. 10 at the Bold Team cultivation center in Cotton Plant, 75 miles northeast of Little Rock. The medical marijuana […]

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Missouri receives 200-plus applications for medical marijuana licenses in Week 1

Plenty of entrepreneurs are showing interest in opening medical marijuana businesses in Missouri, a market that experts predict could be favorable to cannabis commerce. The Missouri health department said it has received more than 250 forms and over $2 million in application fees in the first week of accepting applications from those seeking to grow […]

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Arizona Supreme Court to rule on legality of medical marijuana extracts

The Arizona Supreme Court will rule on whether medical marijuana extracts are legal to sell and possess, giving hope to the state’s MMJ businesses that they’ll be allowed to manufacture and peddle infused cannabis products without fear of legal repercussions. The court has agreed to review the legality of the products after a challenge to a June […]

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Washington state cannabis regulators will soon take up mandatory pesticide testing

Washington state regulators are discussing changes to the recreational marijuana program, including implementing mandatory pesticide testing in the near future. The prospect of mandatory pesticide testing has been a cause for concern among smaller cultivation operations. They worry that any added operational costs could eat away at already slim profit margins. On the other hand, […]

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Arkansas gov warns medical cannabis patients not to bring legal purchases over state line

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is cautioning medical marijuana patients there that buying MMJ products from licensed stores elsewhere to take back across state borders is against state and federal laws. That warning could be especially unwelcome news for marijuana businesses in neighboring Oklahoma, which allows out-of-state cardholders to purchase MMJ at its licensed dispensaries. Here’s a rundown […]

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Oregon cannabis harvest floods market again, driving prices even lower

More than a million pounds of marijuana flooded an oversaturated Oregon market last October, keeping prices low and further straining burdened cannabis businesses. Oregon’s marijuana cultivators harvested more than 2.5 million pounds of wet cannabis last October, with 1.3 million pounds of “usable” marijuana entered into the state MJ tracking system by December. That’s down […]

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Louisiana cannabis grower raises questions about state’s MMJ testing blueprint

Louisiana’s only operating medical marijuana grower is uneasy about the state’s plan to test the crop itself instead of using third-party laboratories. The president of licensed grower GB Sciences Louisiana, John Davis, said the Department of Agriculture and Forestry’s new regulatory scheme complicates procedures such as appealing contested test results. “If I disagree … or […]

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