California plans to issue temporary marijuana business licenses

John Schroyer  | September 21, 2017

As part of the transition to a newly regulated market, California marijuana regulators will hand out temporary business licenses to existing companies starting Jan. 1.

Lori Ajax, chief of the state’s Bureau of Cannabis Control, made the announcement Thursday at the California Cannabis Business Conference in Anaheim.

To qualify for a temporary …

Michigan OKs vertically integrated medical cannabis companies

Kristen Nichols  | September 21, 2017

Details are starting to emerge about Michigan’s new medical marijuana licensing rules.

Michigan’s medical cannabis businesses will be allowed to grow, process and sell MMJ at the same location once a new statewide MMJ regulatory system is up and running, the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs said Thursday.

Potential medical cannabis …

Nevada to explore recreational marijuana, gambling convergence

Omar Sacirbey  | September 21, 2017

Gov. Brian Sandoval has ordered Nevada’s gambling policy committee to recommend guidelines on issues where the state’s long-established gaming industry and nascent recreational marijuana industry intersect, including whether casino-resorts can host events that promote or cater to the cannabis industry.

The Nevada Gaming Policy Committee – which includes gambling regulators, casino representatives and other industry …

Sheriffs step up patrols of hemp farms after N.C. robberies

Kristen Nichols  | September 21, 2017

Hemp fields are getting extra protection from law enforcement in one eastern North Carolina county where the new crop has been targeted by thieves, a sign that growers of the plant face more threats than the usual pests and poor weather.

The extra sheriffs’ patrols in rural Edgecombe County, N.C., come after five men were …

Florida institutes new rules for medical cannabis licenses

Bart Schaneman  | September 21, 2017

Florida has already licensed 12 medical marijuana businesses, but the state health department has decided to adjust the regulations for additional businesses, seemingly a nod to the agency's previous missteps.

Five additional MMJ licenses are scheduled to be issued by Oct. 3, but those applicants will have faced a much different process than their predecessors, according …

Las Vegas marijuana lounges on hold until Denver clubs open

Kevin Huhn  | September 20, 2017

Las Vegas tourists won’t be able to visit marijuana consumption clubs any time soon.

Commissioners in Nevada’s Clark County – home to Las Vegas – have decided to wait until Denver allows the nation’s first cannabis consumption club to open before they further discuss licensing and regulating marijuana lounges in Sin City.

“I don’t see …

Marijuana consumption bus firm trying to roll into new markets

Omar Sacirbey  | September 20, 2017

A Denver-based company that operates buses on which marijuana consumption is allowed wants to expand its services to states such as California, Massachusetts and Nevada in 2018.

Loopr, which operates the so-called “Puff Buses,” is in talks with officials in Los Angeles and Las Vegas to bring the service to those cities, according …

MA holding company helps Israeli MMJ firm expand US reach

Omar Sacirbey  | September 20, 2017

Medical marijuana research firm Tikun Olam has expanded its partnership with a canna-centric Massachusetts holding company that will eventually increase the Israeli business’ U.S. footprint to seven states.

Under its new agreement with Newton, Massachusetts-based holding company MariMed, Tikun Olam’s MMJ products will be grown, manufactured and sold in four states where MariMed has …

Aurora starts ‘regular’ shipments of medical marijuana to Germany

Matt Lamers  | September 19, 2017

Aurora Cannabis sent its first shipment of medical marijuana to Germany, a market with so much growth potential that Canadian licensed producers have been racing to gain a toehold there.

Monday’s shipment of 50 kilograms (110 pounds) of dried cannabis to Berlin-based Pedanios represents “a critical step” in Aurora’s international expansion strategy and provides a gateway …

Study: Doctors-in-training not prepared to recommend MMJ

Bart Schaneman  | September 19, 2017

The vast majority of medical students aren’t learning about the medicinal applications of marijuana, according to a new study.

Without doctors who are properly educated on how to recommend medical cannabis, business owners in states with MMJ programs could face bottlenecks in getting product to customers.

Washington University School of …