California seeks to avoid recreational marijuana shortage

Omar Sacirbey  | July 20, 2017

California is taking steps to prevent a product shortfall when the state’s recreational marijuana program launches Jan. 2.

The state plans to provide temporary, four-month licenses to some marijuana growers, testing labs and distributors to ensure there will be enough product to keep retailers supplied, the Los Angeles Times reported.

California’s decision …

Canadian provinces may seek delay in recreational cannabis rollout

Chris Walsh  | July 20, 2017

Canada’s premiers said they will request more time to launch their recreational marijuana industries if the federal government doesn’t address several outstanding issues this year – including concerns over supply and the black market.

The move threatens to derail the timing of Canada’s plans to launch a recreational cannabis industry next summer, which could create challenges …

Raid on Los Angeles marijuana grow has Teamsters up in arms

John Schroyer  | July 20, 2017

A raid by local police on a marijuana cultivation facility in Los Angeles has a chapter of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters crying foul.

A spokeswoman for Teamsters Joint Council 42 called the raid on THC Design “ridiculous,” according to a news release.

THC Design runs three cultivation operations in the L.A. …

Seven firms apply to run Louisiana university’s medical cannabis grow

John Schroyer  | July 19, 2017

Southern University in Louisiana has received seven applications from private companies bidding to run the school’s medical marijuana cultivation operation, including three that failed to win a similar contract with Louisiana State University.

According to The Advocate of Baton Rouge, the university received applications from:

  • Advanced Bio Medical
  • AquaPharm
  • Citiva Louisiana
  •  …

Uruguay kicks off recreational marijuana sales

John Schroyer  | July 19, 2017

Marijuana aficionados lined up at pharmacies across Uruguay on Wednesday to be among the first in the South American nation to legally buy cannabis as a law regulating its sale took full effect.

Customers showed off blue-and-white envelopes containing the substance, which is now available as part a 2013 measure that made …

Manitoba premier urges recreational cannabis delay

Omar Sacirbey  | July 19, 2017

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister has been lobbying fellow provincial and territorial leaders to support a delayed launch of Canada’s recreational marijuana program by a year, from July 1, 2018, to July 1, 2019.

Pallister said he wants to put the program on hold for a year to give the nation more time …

Health department delaying Hawaii’s medical cannabis market

Bart Schaneman  | July 18, 2017

Most of Hawaii’s medical marijuana dispensaries are ready to do business, but they’re awaiting action by the state’s Department of Health.

A year after Hawaii’s licensed dispensaries were allowed to open by law, at least three of the eight have product ready for market and six have been approved to cultivate marijuana, …

Marijuana advocacy group Drug Policy Alliance hires director

John Schroyer  | July 18, 2017

One of the nation’s top marijuana reform organizations, Drug Policy Alliance, has a new leader.

DPA’s board of directors on Tuesday unanimously selected Maria McFarland Sanchez-Moreno to serve as executive director, according to a news release.

McFarland Sanchez-Moreno – currently a co-director of Human Rights Watch’s U.S. program – replaces Ethan Nadelmann.


Massachusetts lawmakers strike recreational cannabis deal

Omar Sacirbey  | July 17, 2017

Massachusetts lawmakers finalized changes to the state’s recreational marijuana law on Monday, essentially splitting the difference on their conflicting proposals on tax rates and whether voters or politicians can OK cannabis businesses.

Highlights of the deal were released by a six-member conference committee that spent several weeks trying to resolve differences between …