Laura Hamilton

Ohio judge: Medical marijuana ownership ‘racial quota’ is unconstitutional

An Ohio judge struck down a provision in the state’s medical cannabis program stipulating that 15% of licenses go to minority-owned groups, saying it’s unconstitutional. Franklin County Judge Charles Schneider said the provision denied Greenleaf Gardens, one of the cultivation license applicants, of its rights because two lower-rated, minority-owned firms were picked ahead of it. […]

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MA says first recreational cannabis stores in eastern US can open Tuesday

Two marijuana stores in Massachusetts were given the green light to begin selling to recreational customers on Tuesday, making them the first commercial cannabis stores in the eastern United States. The Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) announced Friday that New England Treatment Access, in Northampton, and Cultivate Holdings, of Leicester, were authorized to open in three […]

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Michigan medical cannabis shortage might result in dispensary shutdowns

A lack of medical marijuana in Michigan could potentially result in the state’s approximately 40 licensed dispensaries shuttering their businesses until spring. Cannabis cultivators in the state didn’t start getting permits to grow until August, and that means a larger supply of licensed MMJ won’t be available in the state until next year when more […]

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Gubernatorial win could mean Kansas push toward medical marijuana legalization

The election in Kansas of Democrat Laura Kelly earlier this month puts a medical marijuana supporter in the state’s governor’s seat, and she recently said she senses “some momentum” among legislators to legalize MMJ with strict regulations, The Wichita Eagle reported. MMJ bills have been considered without success for years in Kansas, even though some […]

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North Dakota taps two more firms to open medical marijuana dispensaries

North Dakota’s Health Department selected companies to open medical cannabis dispensaries in Grand Forks and Williston, and those companies now are invited to move forward with the registration process. It’s the latest development in the state’s ongoing efforts to set up a system for medical marijuana, which voters approved two years ago. Here’s what you […]

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Cannabis tech firm Eaze introduces CBD marketplace to reach over 40 states

San Francisco-based tech company Eaze launched an online marketplace, Eaze Wellness, to ship CBD products to 41 states across the U.S. and the District of Columbia. The driving force behind the move was seeing CBD sales more than double among the company’s customers last year, Sheena Shiravi, Eaze’s director of consumer communications, told Fortune. This marks the […]

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Cannabis business predictions take center stage at MJBizCon 2018

Three more states could prove likely candidates to legalize recreational cannabis in 2019. Uncle Sam may be poised to reform the nation’s marijuana laws. And annual medical marijuana sales in the United States are projected to drop for the first time in 2018 – but the decline is expected to prove short-lived. Those were just three […]

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Election updates, analysis & highlights

Marijuana Business Daily reporters were on the ground across the United States on Election Day 2018, providing live coverage of the midterms and their significance to the cannabis market. Scroll down for updates our staff filed from the states voting on cannabis-related proposals, as well as potentially pivotal U.S. congressional and gubernatorial races. For analysis of […]

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Cannabis’ global growth: Q&A with Acreage CEO Kevin Murphy and ex-Canadian PM Brian Mulroney

So great is the lure of the cannabis industry that it is attracting heavyweights from mainstream industries, congressmen, presidents and prime ministers. The latest to join the green rush is former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, who soon will sit on the board of Acreage Holdings, a multistate marijuana company in the United States. Mulroney, […]

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New Jersey lawmakers say adult-use cannabis vote likely won’t happen Oct. 29

New Jersey’s legislative leaders reported that a vote to legalize recreational marijuana they penciled in for next week now appears unlikely. Democratic Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin said Monday at an unrelated news conference in the statehouse that he does not anticipate a vote on Oct. 29. State Senate President Steve Sweeney said he believes the […]

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Southern California recreational cannabis firms struggle with product shortages, licensing and black market

“Growing pains” is an understatement to describe Southern California’s tumultuous recreational marijuana marketplace. New regulations that took effect July 1 are rattling what was already a turbulent part of the California MJ industry. The industry there also is suffering from product shortages, slow license approvals and a thriving black market. Moreover, Southern California adult-use cannabis businesses […]

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