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Howard Burns

Howard has been in the publishing business for 35 years, with 31 of those in the business-to-business space. The bulk of his career –-18 years – was spent at the entertainment trade paper The Hollywood Reporter, including five years as editor and one as editorial director. Howard has also served as editor in chief of the Pittsburgh Business Times, NJBIZ and Moving Pictures magazine. Prior to becoming an editor, he spent five years as a reporter for publications including The Miami News and the cable TV trade paper Multichannel News. Howard is a graduate of the University of Miami.


Marijuana Business This Week: Honing IL legalization language, taking reservations in Massachusetts, hempseeds enter space & more

Here are some notable stories and events to watch for in the coming days: LEARNING THE LANGUAGE: Substantial language to incorporate into a bill legalizing adult-use marijuana in Illinois could come as early as Tuesday, according to one of its key proponents. In early April, an Illinois Senate panel advanced a placeholder legalization bill that […]

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Marijuana Business This Week: AG’s on the clock, bevy of legislation, medical MJ lottery, Harvest Health earnings & more

Here are some notable stories and events to watch for in the coming days: BARR DEADLINE: Wednesday is the deadline set by a group of senators for U.S. Attorney General William Barr to give them answers about increasing the number of federally authorized growers of marijuana for research purposes. In a letter sent to Barr earlier this […]

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Marijuana Business This Week: German medical cannabis contracts, CBD self-regulation, MMJ group’s bank account closed & more

Here are some notable stories and events to watch for in the coming days: MAKING IT OFFICIAL: Contracts between Germany’s Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices and the three companies it tentatively selected to cultivate and distribute its medical cannabis could be formalized as early as Wednesday after a mandatory 10-day appeals process expires. […]

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Marijuana Business This Week: Nevada license hearing, hemp lending guidance, SC mulls medical cannabis & more

Here are some notable stories and events to watch for in the coming days: ASCENT LICENSE HEARING: Representatives of Canadian cannabis company Ascent Industries Corp. are scheduled to appear Wednesday before the Clark County Department of Business License to argue why its permits in Nevada should not be permanently suspended, revoked or non-renewed. Sweet Cannabis, […]

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Illinois Senate OKs bill to shield banks serving marijuana businesses

The Illinois Senate on Thursday passed legislation that would bar state regulators from penalizing or discouraging banks and credit unions from serving cannabis businesses. Senate Bill 2023, however, would have limitations if it becomes law. Financial institutions that do business with marijuana companies would still face possible prosecution by federal authorities. More information about the […]

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Aurora Cannabis targets European expansion with acquisition in Portugal

Edmonton, Alberta-based Aurora Cannabis advanced its strategy to attain “early mover advantage” in countries with nascent medical marijuana markets with an agreement to acquire a majority interest in a Portuguese license applicant. Under the terms of the agreement, Aurora will acquire a 51% ownership stake in Gaia Pharm – based in Funchal – to establish […]

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