Kristen Nichols

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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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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Two cannabis industry groups join forces, citing need to marshal resources

Two cannabis industry trade groups are teaming up to launch a “federation of organizations” aimed at promoting pro-marijuana policies and laws at the federal level. The New Federalism Fund (NFF), which is focused on banking and tax issues, and the American Trade Association of Cannabis and Hemp (ATACH) together are creating the Cannabis Trade Federation. […]

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Organa Brands co-founder Ralph Morgan departs for new CBD venture

The co-founder of marijuana vape manufacturer Organa Brands is leaving to start a new company focused on hemp-derived wellness products. Ralph Morgan said he is still exploring a name and headquarters location for his new company, which will produce cannabidiol concentrates marketed to a medical audience, not recreational marijuana consumers. Morgan told Marijuana Business Daily […]

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Week in Review: California-Canada union, New Jersey’s MMJ expansion & a GOP thumbs-up for hemp

A Canadian cannabis business buys three California MJ companies, New Jersey expands its medical marijuana program, and a key Republican goes to bat for industrial hemp. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week. Northern invasion The announcement that yet another Canadian company – Ontario-based CannaRoyalty Corp. […]

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Vermont hemp processor wins partial victory in crop dispute

A Vermont hemp processor accused of stealing a contract farmer’s hemp crop won’t be held personally liable for any missing profits. A civil judge dismissed the personal liability case against Vermont Hemp Co. CEO Joel Bedard, according to Heady Vermont, a website that covers the state’s cannabis industry. The lawsuit against the company will continue, […]

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Iowa licenses three retailers for upcoming low-THC marijuana sales

Iowa announced three medical marijuana retailers that will be allowed to sell low-THC cannabis, including the only company currently allowed to cultivate the plant. Two of the three companies plan to open a pair of dispensary locations, according to the Des Moines Register. The winning retailers and their dispensary locations: MedPharm Iowa, with locations in […]

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McConnell calls for removal of industrial hemp from controlled substances list

The Senate’s top Republican says hemp shouldn’t be a controlled substance, and he plans to introduce a new bill to make the change. Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell made the announcement about the proposed change to federal hemp law Monday in his home state of Kentucky. “It’s now time to take the final step and make […]

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CBD raids spread to Alabama as officials seize gummies over THC concerns

Police seized boxes of CBD-infused gummy bears from an Alabama company that distributes products to convenience stores after receiving complaints the candies may contain THC. Authorities are testing several boxes of gummies taken Friday from American Wholesale Distributors, according to Birmingham TV station WBMA. A representative from the distribution company told WBMA the products contain only […]

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New Zealand hemp industry taking off with new uses, more acres

A hemp education hub opening Saturday in New Zealand comes as the nation prepares for a big uptick in hemp growing because of new rules expanding how the plant can be used. According to the New Zealand Herald, the hemp innovation hub will offer consulting and education for interested hemp farmers. The owner of the […]

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Indiana approves CBD for all, ending months of retailer confusion

Indiana’s long-simmering CBD confusion ended with the state’s governor signing a law clarifying that all CBD products are legal as long as they come from hemp and contain low amounts of THC. The new law specifies that anyone can sell or possess CBD products containing less than 0.3% THC and derived from hemp. Gov. Eric Holcomb’s […]

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