Kevin Huhn

North Dakota lawmakers OK medical marijuana rules, still eye sales in 2018

North Dakota lawmakers on Monday signed off on rules for the state’s developing medical marijuana program, a necessary move if MMJ sales are to begin later this year. The legislature’s Administrative Rules Committee reviewed the dozens of pages of proposed rules that the advisory State Health Council approved in January to cover such areas as […]

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Florida paves way for black farmer to land medical marijuana grow license

Legislation that could enable a black farmer to receive a Florida license to grow medical marijuana is headed to the governor’s desk. The Senate on Thursday passed HB 6049, which removes the provision that a black farmer must be a member of the Florida chapter of the Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association to be eligible […]

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Five companies picked to grow medical cannabis in Arkansas

Arkansas cannabis regulators on Tuesday announced the five companies the state intends to license to grow medical marijuana under a voter-approved amendment that legalized MMJ for certain patients. The growers approved by the Medical Marijuana Commission will provide cannabis for the 32 MMJ dispensaries the state eventually will license. The cultivation licenses are contingent on […]

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Report: California marijuana growers lagging in licensing process

Nearly two months after California launched recreational marijuana sales, less than 1% of the state’s known growers have been licensed, according to a report released by a cannabis industry group. According to a 38-page report from the California Growers Association, 0.78%, or 534, of an estimated 68,150 marijuana growers were licensed by the state as […]

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Latin America Update: Marijuana business developments in Chile and Argentina

(As Marijuana Business Daily ramps up its coverage of the global cannabis market, it’s launching a series examining recent marijuana legalization and business developments worldwide. The first few installments will focus on Latin America, starting with Chile and Argentina.) While Canada and the United States dominated marijuana headlines over the past year, their neighbors in […]

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Cannabis businesses finding success in pet CBD market

An increasing number of cannabis companies are directing their efforts at four-legged users.

And there’s more than a billion reasons for that trend.

U.S. pet owners spent more than $30 billion in 2016 on pet supplies, treatments and veterinary care, according to the American Pet Products Association, an industry group representing pet product manufacturers and importers.

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Nevada’s top recreational marijuana regulator stepping down

The director of the Nevada Department of Taxation, who also serves as the chief regulator of the state’s fledgling adult-use marijuana industry, has announced her resignation. Deonne Contine will leave Feb. 9 to pursue an opportunity in the private sector. Gov. Brian Sandoval said he will appoint Contine’s successor in the near future. The governor […]

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20 people to watch in 2018

The cannabis industry is poised for huge growth in 2018 thanks in part to the expected launch of several massive new marijuana markets such as California and Canada, which will generate billions of dollars in sales and create tens of thousands of business opportunities.

The changing business climate will lead to new challenges, struggles and, potentially, failures for companies and the individuals behind them.

As we hurtle into 2018, the editorial staff at Marijuana Business Magazine – which is published by Marijuana Business Daily – singled out 20 executives in the cannabis space who bear watching in the year ahead.

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Move afoot to test Arizona’s medical cannabis for mold, pesticides

A Republican lawmaker has persuaded nearly the entire Arizona legislature to sign on in support of his proposal to require medical marijuana to be tested for mold and agricultural chemicals. The proposal from Sen. Sonny Borrelli would appropriate $2 million from the state’s huge medical marijuana fund to do the testing. Borrelli has 78 co-sponsors […]

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Alaska scrutinizing two cannabis testing labs

Two marijuana testing facilities in Alaska are being audited by a state agency amid concerns about discrepancies in potency-testing results between the sites. The state Department of Environmental Conservation’s Environmental Health Laboratory is conducting the audits of Canntest and Steep Hill Alaska. Erika McConnell, director of the Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office, recommended the audit in […]

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New Jersey governor seeks improvements in medical marijuana program

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy promised during his campaign that he would legalize recreational marijuana in the state.

But first, the Democrat hopes to revive New Jersey’s medical cannabis program.

Murphy signed an executive order Tuesday to study a program he says has existed “in name only.

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