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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

Prominent marijuana firm Hoban Law Group merges with national practice

Hoban Law Group, a prominent marijuana law practice based in Denver, merged with Clark Hill, a Michigan-based firm with more than 650 lawyers spanning the United States, Ireland and Mexico. Bob Hoban becomes co-leader of Clark Hill’s Cannabis Industry Group and heads the firm’s Denver office. Also leading Clark Hill’s cannabis group is Sander Zagzebski […]

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Mexico ruling opens new opportunities in looming marijuana giant

Mexico’s watershed court decision to authorize recreational marijuana even before regulations for the market have been settled gives cannabis entrepreneurs even more reason to make business plans to enter what could soon be the world’s biggest adult-use market.

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6 rapid tests approved to detect yeast and mold in cannabis

Validated rapid testing for total yeast and mold in cannabis is now a reality, thanks to six new approvals of tests applying technology from the food and environmental sectors. Traditional methods for establishing total yeast and mold in a cannabis sample generally require five to seven days. Rapid kits can reduce this time by 50% […]

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Green job crunch: Rising hourly wages squeeze marijuana businesses

Marijuana businesses that remained open during the COVID-19 pandemic now face a brand-new challenge: tight labor markets and intense competition for entry-level employees as the economy springs back to life. The labor crunch has marijuana cultivators, manufacturers and retailers all scrambling to attract hourly workers against other industries offering wage hikes, increased benefits and even […]

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