Joey Pena

CA busts on illegal marijuana operations continue: Thousands more plants seized

More enforcement actions indicate that state and local authorities in California continue to step up efforts to crack down on black-market cannabis operations, a development that could help licensed businesses that have long complained that illicit operators undercut their sales. Here’s a roundup of some of the latest enforcement news from California: Detectives with the […]

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In reversal, WA state permits production of cannabis gummies, hard candies

Washington state regulators Friday abruptly reversed a recent decision halting the production of certain marijuana edibles and will now allow infused product makers to manufacture state-approved gummies and hard candies, a spokesman for the state’s Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) told Marijuana Business Daily. The reversal – which came after fierce industry opposition – will no doubt […]

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Alaska plans changes to how it taxes marijuana in response to industry concerns

Alaska is revising how it taxes cannabis to address concerns raised by local MJ industry executives, a move that will make distinctions between different types of bud. The current excise tax per wholesale ounce of cannabis bud or flower is $50 in Alaska, according to the Marijuana Business Factbook 2018. That rate – equivalent to […]

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California marijuana PAC seeking ‘sensible regulation’ launches despite banking hurdles

A new cannabis political action committee, Californians for Sensible Regulation of Adult Use, hopes to raise $300,000 by 2020 to support industry-friendly candidates for public office in the state’s key locales. The PAC planned to be operational months ago and hoped to have more time to support candidates in 2018. But six banks declined to offer accounts […]

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Arkansas medical cannabis cultivator plans to start growing in February

The medical marijuana program in Arkansas – stymied by legal challenges and licensing delays – could have a cultivation facility growing and supplying marijuana in early 2019. State regulators said they plan to launch the program then, but retail licenses haven’t been awarded yet. The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission outsourced the review of dispensary license applications to […]

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San Francisco plans to create cannabis industry oversight committee

San Francisco officials plan to form a committee to monitor the city’s marijuana industry and assess its regulations and government oversight. According to the San Francisco Examiner, the new Cannabis Oversight Committee will: Examine the work done by the city’s Office of Cannabis. Measure the impact of existing regulations on businesses and communities. Make recommendations to […]

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More CA enforcement: 250 grows targeted, 614,000 marijuana plants seized

In California, a 39-county sting operation at 250 illegal cannabis cultivation sites resulted in the arrest of 52 people and the seizure of more than 614,000 plants, authorities said Thursday. The raids signal yet more acceleration by state and local authorities to rein in black-market operators, which licensed operators argue cause distinct harm to their […]

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Oklahoma names health official to oversee state’s medical marijuana program

Oklahoma health officials appointed an internal candidate to head up the state’s new Medical Marijuana Authority. Oklahoma State Department of Health Interim Commissioner Tom Bates announced Thursday that Adrienne Rollins will lead the division overseeing MMJ. Rollins has been with the agency since 2012 and has been working since April on implementing the program in […]

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WA tells marijuana edibles makers to end output of gummies, hard candies

Washington state regulators ordered local edibles makers to cease production of cannabis-infused gummies and hard candies, warning they might appeal to children. The unexpected decision dealt a major blow to the state’s infused-product businesses. Companies were “completely blindsided,” said Oliver Stannard, director of business development for Washington’s Green Labs, the maker of Swifts Edibles, a […]

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MedMen expands into Arizona medical marijuana market via acquisition

Los Angeles-based MedMen Enterprises is expanding  into Arizona’s large medical marijuana market after striking a deal with WhiteStar Solutions to acquire Monarch, a vertically integrated MMJ business with operations in Scottsdale and Mesa. The deal – inked for an undisclosed sum – will pay 80% in stock and 20% in cash and underlines the fact investors […]

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