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Michigan approves 24 more medical marijuana licenses

Michigan regulators approved 24 more medical cannabis operating licenses under a new regulatory framework, according to an email sent by state regulators to the media. That now brings the statewide total of licenses issued to 91. In late November, regulators said they wouldn’t force existing, unlicensed medical marijuana businesses to close before Dec. 31. Here’s the […]

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AR medical cannabis commish resigns; April market launch still expected

A member of the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission is resigning, reducing the five-person panel to two to start the year. The market launch of MMJ in the state has been delayed before by legal challenges and licensing snags. But Scott Hardin, communications director for the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, wrote in an email to […]

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In surprise move, Pennsylvania rejects medical cannabis research cultivators

Pennsylvania officials rejected all eight growers that planned to partner with medical schools to research medical marijuana. Those cultivators also would have been allowed to compete in the commercial market with a lower barrier of entry than other licensed MMJ operators. The state will open a second round of applications in early 2019. The surprise […]

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Adult-use cannabis legal in MI as of today; commercial market not likely until 2020

Michigan on Thursday became the latest state to officially legalize the recreational use of marijuana, but it’s initially only for adult possession and use – not commercial sales. The start of what is expected to be billion-dollar-plus commercial industry is still more than a year away, but businesses are positioning themselves in anticipation. Matt Miner, […]

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Pennsylvania medical cannabis operators renew legal challenge

A group of licensed medical marijuana companies resumed efforts to challenge Pennsylvania’s MMJ clinical research program in court, saying the effort needs to pause until it has a transparent vetting process for selecting cultivators. At the heart of the lawsuit, filed last week against the state in the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania: The companies selected […]

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Nevada high court dismisses liquor firms’ adult-use marijuana distribution suit

The Nevada Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit that would have required the state to license only alcohol wholesalers as distributors of recreational marijuana. The decision doesn’t have an immediate effect, but “when we decide to open up more (distributor) applications, it will allow us to select from a broader range of applicants,” said Stephanie Klapstein, […]

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Minnesota adds Alzheimer’s as medical marijuana condition

Minnesota is adding Alzheimer’s disease as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana, a move that could provide a boost to MMJ sales. More than 94,000 Minnesota residents are afflicted with Alzheimer’s, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, but it’s unclear how many of those will enroll in the program. Those who do will be eligible to […]

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Utah gov signs medical cannabis compromise bill passed by lawmakers

Utah lawmakers voted overwhelmingly on Monday to pass a medical marijuana compromise bill with more restrictive business provisions than the ballot initiative approved by voters Nov. 6.

Gov. Gary Herbert, a Republican, signed the measure into law Monday night and said his administration would implement the law “as quickly as feasible.”

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Ex-officials at marijuana retail chain Sweet Leaf in jail on felony drug charges

Two former executives of the once high-flying Colorado cannabis company Sweet Leaf have pleaded guilty to felony drug charges and are serving 30-day jail sentences, the alt-weekly Westword newspaper reported. The plea agreements by Nichole West, a former Sweet Leaf vice president, and Ashley Goldstein, an ex-retail operations manager, are contingent on their continued cooperation with […]

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Week in Review: NJ adult-use cannabis bills advance, OH credit union plans MMJ banking & MA recreational sales boom

New Jersey legislative committees advance potentially groundbreaking adult-use cannabis legislation, an Ohio credit union offers limited banking services to medical marijuana companies, and sales are booming at Massachusetts’ first two recreational MJ stores. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry this week. Garden State marijuana legislation moves Cannabis businesses are […]

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Michigan wants to help medical cannabis dispensaries through licensing transition

Michigan is trying to ease newly licensed medical marijuana dispensaries’ concerns that they’ll run out of supply and lose business during the transition to a new, stricter regulatory regime. The state’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs is recommending that licensed dispensaries and processors be allowed to temporarily supplement their supplies by buying product from […]

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