Briefs

San Francisco cannabis report: Consumption to spike, prices to plummet

The amount of legal marijuana consumed in San Francisco could triple – to 30 million grams per year – after California’s recreational market launches in January, but cannabis prices will fall “dramatically,” according to a new report. A draft tax report compiled by the City Controller’s office showed that once recreational sales begin, total regulated […]

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Ohio recreational marijuana campaign unveiled for 2018

A new statewide ballot measure campaign will take a second stab at legalizing recreational marijuana in Ohio. According to a news release from Ian James – a key player in the ill-fated 2015 ResponsibleOhio legalization campaign – a statewide ballot issue push is underway. The drive will be spearheaded by Jimmy Gould, founder and chairman of […]

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Senator raises specter of recreational cannabis legalization delay in Canada

Canada’s recreational marijuana industry might not be up and running until the end of 2018, an opposition senator has indicated, raising the specter of a months-long delay that would have major ramifications for businesses up and down the cannabis supply chain. “The costs of missing that deadline would be severe,” according to The Globe and […]

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Move afoot to review Ohio’s medical marijuana business licensing process

One of Ohio’s medical cannabis companies and some state lawmakers are calling for an investigation into how MMJ cultivation license applications were scored after it was revealed one of the judges had a felony drug conviction. As the owner of one-man firm iCann Consulting, Trevor Bozeman won part of a $150,000 state contract in June to score MMJ […]

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Utah Republican starts CBD research company

A former GOP congressman from Utah has started a CBD company, where the Republican plans to conduct studies on the possible medical benefits of cannabidiol. Former U.S. Rep. Chris Cannon told the Standard-Examiner he created the company after his state passed a 2017 law expanding cannabis research under the direction of a physician. “We realized a long […]

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First Nations in Canada want more control over legalized marijuana

Canada’s First Nations are demanding the right to regulate the sale and distribution of recreational marijuana in their communities, and some near urban areas want to adopt more business-friendly rules to create jobs and earn revenue. Chiefs representing some 630 reserves at the Assembly of First Nations last week were in general agreement that they, […]

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Michigan releases medical cannabis licensing applications

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs on Friday revealed its full medical marijuana licensing applications. The applications had previously been a missing cog in the permitting process that is set to begin Dec. 15. The state’s Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation earlier this week released emergency rules that will govern the MMJ industry. […]

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California opens online system for temporary marijuana business licenses

California is taking applications to license its emerging legal marijuana industry. The state on Friday kicked off the process of considering temporary licenses for what is expected to be thousands of retailers, distributors and testing labs in the new marketplace. Top state cannabis regulator Lori Ajax says the opening of the online system moves the […]

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Prince Edward Island turns to government-run stores to sell recreational marijuana

Prince Edward Island plans to corner the market for recreational marijuana by limiting sales to government-owned retail locations, making it the latest province to bar entrepreneurs from investing in storefront opportunities. PEI will restrict recreational cannabis use to private residences, the provincial government announced Thursday, with potential for designated public spaces “at a later date,” […]

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Tax court ruling on 280E case could come this month

A ruling from the U.S. Tax Court on whether the 280E provision should not apply to state-licensed marijuana businesses could come before the end of the year. The case – which was tried in mid-2016 by San Francisco attorney Henry Wykowski – has the potential to reshape the U.S. cannabis industry by making law-abiding MJ companies […]

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Another Canadian medical marijuana producer inks pharmacy deal

CanniMed Therapeutics has entered into a definitive agreement with PharmaChoice to supply medical cannabis products to its 750 pharmacy locations across Canada. It’s the second time this week a licensed marijuana producer and a major pharmacy chain have joined forces on medical cannabis, following a partnership between Aphria and Shoppers Drug Mart. However, CanniMed’s deal with PharmaChoice is […]

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Maryland medical marijuana commission hires executive director

Only days after legal medical marijuana sales began in Maryland, the state’s MMJ commission has hired a new director. Joy Strand, a hospital executive, is replacing Patrick Jameson, who resigned in November. Jameson took the post in April 2016, succeeding Hannah Byron, the commission’s first executive director. Here’s what you need to know: Strand had […]

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