Omar Sacirbey

Four takeaways as Big Alcohol makes another foray into Canada’s cannabis market

Industry observers have predicted more moves by Big Alcohol into the Canadian marijuana market. And that business forecast continues to prove on point with the groundbreaking announcement that North America’s largest wine and spirits distribution company signed an agreement to become the exclusive product distributor for one of Canada’s largest licensed cannabis producers. Under the agreement, […]

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North Dakota to license two medical marijuana manufacturers, testing lab

North Dakota health officials selected two medical marijuana growers/manufacturers to advance in the state’s cannabis business licensing process, although they must still meet several other requirements before becoming fully licensed. State regulators also settled on a testing lab company. According to a news release from the Medical Marijuana Division of the North Dakota Department of […]

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Nevada regulators OK a marijuana-gaming relationship

Marijuana stores with slot machines? Casinos with gamblers drawing on vape-pens? Not yet. But early inroads are perhaps being made. The Nevada Gaming Commission ruled unanimously that a gaming license holder can lease a building from a businessman who also rents to someone in the marijuana industry, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. It’s the first time […]

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MA entrepreneurs fear local resistance, fees will hinder recreational cannabis rollout

Massachusetts’ recreational marijuana program is set to launch July 1, but cannabis business executives in the state predict that fewer than a dozen retail marijuana stores will be ready to open. “It’s going to take 18 to 24 months until there’s a robust retail marketplace,” David Torrisi, president of the Commonwealth Dispensary Association, told The […]

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Marijuana industry trade group to launch in Massachusetts

When it launches this month, the Massachusetts Cannabis Business Association aims to focus on issues that marijuana industry stakeholders can unite around, rather than issues that divide them. The trade group, scheduled to launch May 15, was conceived by Boston law firm Smith, Costello and Crawford, according to The Boston Globe. The Massachusetts Cannabis Business Association […]

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Utah foundation donates $4.7 million for university study of CBD’s effects on autism

A Utah foundation has donated a record $4.7 million to a California university to explore whether CBD can be used to treat severe autism in children. The study, backed by a mainstream philanthropic foundation, could provide doctors with additional scientific evidence that might encourage them to recommend medical marijuana – a development that could boost […]

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Liquid-soluble THC comes to New York as regulators move to further boost MMJ market

In a sign that New York’s medical marijuana market continues to open up, regulators have given approval to an MMJ business to start selling a liquid soluble cannabis powder, a first for the state. Etain, based in Chestertown, currently is the only MMJ company in the state selling the liquid-soluble THC product, the company said in […]

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Bogus cease-and-desist letters target Michigan medical cannabis dispensaries

Several Michigan medical marijuana dispensaries have received sham cease-and-desist letters even though they have been operating legitimately under temporary state rules while awaiting a business license. The bogus letters resemble genuine cease-and-desist notifications that authorities recently delivered to 213 MMJ businesses that failed to apply for a state license and were operating without local approval, according to […]

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Court dismisses suit that challenged Pennsylvania medical marijuana program

A state appeals court threw out a lawsuit that could have undone Pennsylvania’s nascent medical marijuana program. The suit was filed in September 2017 by Keystone ReLeaf of Bethlehem, whose bid for a dispensing license failed. The lawsuit, had it succeeded, could have delayed patient access and the state’s MMJ industry for years, the Philadelphia Inquirer […]

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Marijuana companies face new regulations, oversight tied to water use

With summer looming, marijuana growers from California to Massachusetts will confront untried regulations and potentially greater enforcement of water-related rules. The development is likely to spread as more states legalize cannabis, presenting MJ growers with additional regulatory oversight and costs. State and local water officials in California – where regulators and growers are trying a […]

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Canadian coffee giant partners with marijuana company to create recreational stores

The second biggest coffee retail chain in Canada is partnering with a Canadian health care clinic to develop a network of cannabis stores. Second Cup Ltd., based in Mississauga, Ontario, announced it will partner with Ottawa-based National Access Cannabis Corp., which specializes in prescribing medical cannabis, to build a network of “NAC-branded recreational cannabis dispensaries” […]

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Week in Review: Maine’s rec cannabis progress, John Boehner’s reversal & tech giant’s MJ interest

Maine moves a step closer to rolling out recreational marijuana, former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner does an about-face on MJ legalization, and Hewlett-Packard becomes the latest big corporation to enter the cannabis industry. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week. All but done, finally Nearly […]

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