Laura Hamilton

Coca-Cola eyes CBD ‘functional wellness beverages’ as soda market cools

The Coca-Cola Co., the world’s largest beverage maker, is looking at a line of CBD beverages, the company confirmed Monday. “Along with many others in the beverage industry, we are closely watching the growth of nonpsychoactive CBD as an ingredient in functional wellness beverages around the world,” Coca-Cola spokesman Kent Landers said in a statement. “The space is […]

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Maine seeks cannabis consultant to advise on recreational, medical rules

Maine put out feelers this week for a marijuana consultant to write regulations to launch the state’s recreational marijuana market and implement a new law governing medical cannabis. The state Department of Administrative and Financial Services issued a request for proposals for a cannabis consultant to draft regulations to license and regulate rec MJ businesses, the […]

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Arkansas picks Boston firm to rank medical marijuana applicants

Arkansas picked a Boston-based consultant to grade the 200-plus applications submitted for the state’s first medical marijuana dispensary licenses. The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission decided to outsource dispensary license scoring to a third-party group after a controversial cultivation licensing process earlier this year. Public Consulting Group was one of just two companies to respond to […]

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Despite medical legalization, Hawaii’s Big Island lacks marijuana dispensaries

It’s been a year since Hawaii’s first legal sale of marijuana and nearly two decades since the state approved it for medical use, but no retail dispensaries have begun selling on the Big Island. Six out of eight dispensaries have opened on all the major islands except Hawaii island, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Sunday. It’s […]

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Nevada’s first year of recreational marijuana sales surpasses expectations

Nevada regulators and industry insiders say the state’s first year of broad cannabis legalization exceeded even their highest estimations, with sales and tax collections already surpassing year-end projections by 25%. Numbers from June are still outstanding, but they are expected to push taxable sales past $500 million, netting total tax revenue in the neighborhood of […]

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Arkansas lawmakers approve new marijuana consultant, application rules

Arkansas lawmakers approved a rule to allow the state’s Medical Marijuana Commission to hire a consultant who will review hundreds of applications for licenses it has received from cannabis dispensaries. The approval comes after the state awarded licenses to five marijuana cultivation companies last week after a court injunction suspending the licensing process was lifted. The move to […]

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California cannabis retailers lower prices ahead of new testing rules

Regulations being phased in six months after California broadly legalized marijuana require that cannabis sold after Saturday meets strict quality standards, so retailers unloading untested inventory are offering blowout prices. The change in testing rules was part of the state’s decision to allow the industry in its legal infancy to get a running start at […]

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Rhode Island budget to boost medical marijuana dispensary fee from $5K to $250K

The Rhode Island General Assembly has approved a state budget that includes a proposal to increase the fee medical marijuana dispensaries pay for licenses from $5,000 to $250,000. Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo says she will sign the budget Friday. Previously, the governor had proposed a plan to open 12 more medical cannabis dispensaries in the […]

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