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Omar Sacirbey

Omar has been a professional journalist since 1998, covering everything from international business and Wall Street to politics and religion. His stories have appeared in Newsweek International, the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today and other major outlets. Omar graduated from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1998, and prior to that he was a Bosnian diplomat. He is based in Boston.

Will cannabis consumers buy sustainable products?

A growing number of cannabis operators are willing to pay extra for equipment and measures to reduce their carbon footprints, such as installing LED lights and using recycled and/or recyclable packaging. But do consumers want sustainable products? And—perhaps more importantly—will they pay extra for them? Adopting sustainable principles in most other industries creates higher operating […]

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Marijuana companies partner with utilities, solar gardens to offset electricity costs

Marijuana businesses looking to reduce their carbon footprints can get help from a growing number of diverse energy companies that range from consultancies to publicly traded utilities. Consider Terrapin Care Station, one of Colorado’s largest vertically integrated cannabis companies. It has struck carbon-cutting partnerships with Jack’s Solar Garden, a community farm that combines solar installations […]

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California cannabis farm utilizes permaculture, regenerative farming techniques to reduce environmental footprint

There’s no better way to cut carbon emissions in the cannabis industry than cultivating outdoors and relying on Mother Nature for essentials such as sunlight and water. But even outdoor growers can do more to cut carbon emissions. In “regenerative farming,” cultivators actually take carbon out of the atmosphere and put it into the soil. […]

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Right location, soil structure make dry farming cannabis possible, cultivator says

Conserving water has become increasingly important for cannabis farmers, particularly those in regions facing drought, water shortages and/or municipal restrictions. Many farmers have succeeded in reducing their water usage with rainwater-catchment programs and water-recapture and recycling systems. But a small number of cannabis farmers are going a step further by not watering their plants at […]

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Rhode Island’s medical cannabis business license lottery delayed again

Rhode Island regulators have again delayed a lottery for medical cannabis business licenses. The lottery, which was expected to take place next week, was postponed because of an ongoing administrative appeal by a rejected lottery applicant, the Providence Journal reported. It is the second delay for the much-anticipated lottery, which was originally supposed to take […]

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Missouri reminds medical marijuana businesses about advertising limits

Missouri’s medical marijuana regulatory agency recently warned MMJ dispensaries that they could be violating state rules by advertising sales events or discounts on products. According to a July 9 email obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) told dispensaries it was aware of promotional events that had to […]

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Georgia awards six medical marijuana cultivation licenses

Georgia’s medical marijuana industry took a major step toward launching when state regulators approved on six cultivation licenses for six MMJ companies. The Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission (GMCC) announced during a public hearing Saturday it is awarding two Class 1 licenses and four Class 2 permits to manufacture low-THC medical cannabis oil. The […]

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Cannabis cultivation giant buys second garden center this week

Barely 48 hours after acquiring a hydroponic and gardening business in Oregon, cannabis cultivation company GrowGeneration Corp. said it is buying Mendocino Greenhouse and Garden Supply, a hydroponic and gardening store in Northern California. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Denver-based GrowGeneration, which owns 58 hydroponic and organic garden centers across the U.S., said in […]

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Virginia chooses marijuana regulatory board, now seeks MJ attorney

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam appointed the five members of the Cannabis Control Authority that will govern the state’s legal marijuana market, while Attorney General Mark Herring said he is seeking to hire a general counsel for the new marijuana agency. The Cannabis Control Authority (CCA) “is statutorily vested with control of the regulated sale, transportation, […]

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Cannabis cultivation company GrowGeneration expands OR footprint

GrowGeneration Corp., one of the largest and fastest-growing cannabis-focused hydroponic and gardening chains in the nation, acquired Aqua Serene, a hydroponic garden center with two stores in southern Oregon. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Aqua Serene’s two stores in Ashland and Eugene generate more than $14 million in revenue annually, GrowGeneration said […]

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