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Kristen Nichols

Kristen is a Denver-based reporter for Marijuana Business Daily specializing in the hemp and CBD industries. Previously, she worked at the Associated Press for nearly 20 years. She started covering the marijuana legalization movement in 2009 – when medical stores started popping up around Denver – and wrote about the state’s first legal hemp harvest. Kristen also covered agriculture and politics in Maryland and her home state of Georgia


Texas mulls a broadened limited medical marijuana program

Texas is looking at dramatically expanding its limited medical cannabis program to allow patients with a range of new medical conditions, from post-traumatic stress disorder to cancer, to qualify for marijuana-derived oils high in CBD. A bill was approved 7-1 by the House Committee on Public Health and is awaiting a vote in the Texas […]

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Georgia lifts ban on commercial medical marijuana production

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has opened the state to commercial medical cannabis cultivation, signing a bill to create new business opportunities in the Peach State’s limited MMJ program. The measure outlines the first opportunities for private businesses to grow and sell cannabis. Georgia launched its limited MMJ program in 2015, though the cultivation, manufacture or sale of THC […]

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Georgia poised to lift cultivation ban for limited medical cannabis program

Georgia lawmakers want to open the state to commercial medical marijuana cultivation, passing a bill that would offer fresh business opportunities in the Peach State’s limited MMJ program. The measure awaits the signature of Gov. Brian Kemp, who has indicated he supports offering in-state medical marijuana cultivation, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Georgia launched a limited MMJ program […]

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Marijuana or hemp? Manufacturers snagged by Farm Bill confusion

Cannabis entrepreneurs say they’re facing jail time and hefty legal fees because of the plant’s complicated biology, with the vaunted 2018 Farm Bill only muddling the picture for interstate commerce. A pair of cases in Idaho and Oklahoma raised questions about how state and local law enforcement are supposed to tell the difference between hemp and marijuana. Since the […]

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What is ‘marijuana’? Name game limits cannabis entrepreneurs

The old debate about what to call the plant cannabis sativa L. is giving businesses real-world headaches in both new and established marijuana markets. Consider: Iowa allows medical marijuana but calls it something else. Texas restricts medical marijuana so severely that doctors must break the law to use the state’s program. California officials are struggling […]

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Week in Review: Marijuana RICO case victory, MedMen eyes ‘cannabis’ trademark & CA issues first full annual permits

A Colorado marijuana grower wins a milestone racketeering case, MedMen seeks a trademark for the word “cannabis,” and California issues its first full annual MJ business licenses. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry this week. Big legal victory Legal experts said marijuana growers can rest a little easier after a […]

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Cashing in on the CBD craze: What you should know

If it seems you’re seeing CBD everywhere these days, you are.

CBD products are in grocery stores, convenience stores and chiropractic offices. The letters are splashed across storefronts even in the most cannabis-averse jurisdictions – such as Kansas and South Carolina.

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DEA moves some CBD medicines off Schedule 1, a limited expansion of cannabis access

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has taken some cannabidiol off the most restrictive class of controlled substances, a move that allows the sale of the first nonsynthetic, cannabis-derived medicine to win federal approval.

It’s a decision that immediately affects CBD producers but also signals the agency’s first admission that the plant has medical value.

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Week in Review: Ohio’s odd ban on CBD sales, California acts on illicit firms & Nevada MJ market sizzles

Ohio bans CBD sales outside of marijuana stores – which aren’t even open yet – California regulators take legal action against two unlicensed MJ businesses, and the Nevada cannabis market tops half a billion dollars in sales during its first year.

Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the cannabis industry this week.

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