Briefs

California decides against state-chartered banking for marijuana industry

California lawmakers deferred a plan that would have allowed private banks to handle the money being generated by the legal cannabis industry. The proposal was put on ice after a legislative analysis determined it would face significant obstacles, including a lack of protection for state banks from federal law enforcement, the Los Angeles Times reported. The […]

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Ohio licenses two processors, two testing labs in medical cannabis buildup

In a move to ramp up Ohio’s medical marijuana program, state regulators have issued provisional licenses to two additional cannabis processors and two more testing labs. The licenses bring the total number of processors to nine, with four more applications in progress, according to state officials. There are now four authorized testing labs. Ohio legalized […]

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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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Louisiana expected to begin growing medical cannabis Aug. 17

Louisiana’s first legal crop of medical marijuana can be planted this week. Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain, whose agency regulates the state’s burgeoning industry, loosened a regulatory logjam that created a monthslong delay. Strain’s team met with Louisiana State University AgCenter Chancellor Bill Richardson and the head of the school’s marijuana contractor, GB Sciences Louisiana, to […]

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Ohio growers plant the seeds for medical cannabis launch

Newly licensed cultivators in Ohio just started putting seeds in the ground, providing additional proof that a launch to the state’s medical marijuana program is still months away. Buckeye Relief, one of three cultivators that have been given the green light to start growing, told The Enquirer of Cincinnati that it planted its first seeds on […]

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Dispensary on Hawaii’s Big Island approved to cultivate medical marijuana

The Hawaii Department of Health signaled a green light for a medical cannabis dispensary to start growing on the Big Island. Hawaiian Ethos is the seventh dispensary to open a production center in the state and the first on the Big Island. The Big Island, which has the second-highest patient count behind Oahu, was the […]

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US ancillary cannabis company Kush Bottles expands into Canada

Another U.S. marijuana company is expanding into the Great White North. California-based Kush Bottles, a major provider of packaging, supplies, vaporizers and other accessories for the cannabis industry, announced it is launching Kush Supply, a subsidiary based in Toronto. This follows several other business forays by U.S. cannabis companies into Canada, including Oregon-based Cura Cannabis Solutions, […]

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Missouri medical cannabis backer sues to quash rival initiatives

A Missouri organizer for a medical cannabis initiative is suing to remove two related measures from the November ballot. Springfield doctor and attorney Brad Bradshaw filed two separate lawsuits seeking to invalidate the medical marijuana initiatives submitted by New Approach Missouri and Jefferson City attorney Lowell Pearson. State law requires petitions to receive a certain […]

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Regulatory delay holds up Louisiana’s medical marijuana program

Louisiana’s first medical marijuana crop will take longer than expected to reach patients, and that has some dispensing pharmacies in the state anxious. GB Sciences, the grower for the LSU AgCenter, hoped to provide product to Louisiana’s nine licensed medical marijuana pharmacies by September. But the company told The News-Star the earliest harvest likely will be in […]

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