Cannabis Women to Watch in 2019

The 22 women selected for Marijuana Business Magazine’s list of Women to Watch in 2019 have crafted companies from the ground up, forged new woman-focused alliances and upended traditional business models as they’ve paved the way in this rapidly evolving cannabis industry.

But these women are alike in another way: In this new year, they are embarking on major undertakings as leaders in a nascent industry that, like the rest of corporate America, is dominated by men in the top jobs.

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Canadian medical cannabis firm Tilray eyes global reach in deal with Novartis subsidiary

British Columbia-based Tilray reached an agreement with a subsidiary of Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis AG in which the Canadian firm’s medical marijuana will eventually be produced and distributed in countries where MMJ is legal. Tilray’s deal with Quebec-based Sandoz AG is an extension of a letter of intent the companies signed in March to produce co-branded, nonsmokable and noncombustible […]

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Ohio now anticipates some medical cannabis sales in December

A starting point might finally be in sight for Ohio’s long-delayed medical marijuana market. A spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Commerce said small amounts of cannabis likely will be available for sale before the end of the year. The agency’s Kerry Francis told The Columbus Dispatch that the state’s first harvested marijuana plants are expected […]

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Community outreach helping cannabis companies gain edge on rivals, attract customers

Marijuana businesses nationwide are finding they can reap generous rewards from giving back to their local communities.

Being a good corporate citizen can make it easier for marijuana businesses to work with regulators and local officials, stand out from competitors and attract new customers and high-quality employees, according to industry executives and experts on corporate giving.

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Awaiting a marijuana business license? It’s possible to defray building rental costs

It can take months for a marijuana business to gain licensing approval from regulators.

The biggest problem facing a company in such a situation is it usually must have the location nailed down before filing an application.

But paying rent on space before having a license in hand can cost a lot of money, unless steps are taken early in the process to minimize costs.

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New York plans to allow medical cannabis as opioid substitute

One of the more restrictive medical marijuana programs in the United States might soon allow the use of MMJ as an alternative to opioids, a move that could provide a much-needed boost to the state’s cannabis businesses. The New York health department plans to develop regulations giving people the choice of enrolling in the state’s […]

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Colorado law will now allow CBD prescriptions

Colorado’s governor has signed into a law a bill to allows physicians to prescribe CBD medicines that have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The FDA’s ruling is expected in a matter of weeks.

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Judge: Florida retailers can sell smokable medical marijuana

A Florida judge on Tuesday lifted a stay on smoking medical marijuana, opening up new revenue potential for the state’s MMJ businesses. Leon County Circuit Court Judge Karen Gievers upheld her May 25 ruling that the Florida Legislature’s provision banning smokable medical marijuana is unconstitutional. The stay will officially be lifted on June 11. The […]

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