Silicon Valley gets marijuana industry trade group

Omar Sacirbey  | October 16, 2017

A pair of former San Jose city employees has launched the Silicon Valley Cannabis Alliance, a trade group that will serve marijuana businesses in Santa Clara, San Mateo and San Benito counties.

The group also plans to have a political action committee that will raise money for and support cannabis-friendly candidates, the …

Wisconsin lawmakers to vote on hemp farming bill this week

Bart Schaneman  | October 16, 2017

A Wisconsin legislative committee is set to vote on a bill this week that would allow farmers in the state to grow hemp and join surrounding states with hemp laws.

The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Small Business and Tourism is scheduled to vote on the measure Wednesday morning.

The bill calls for the state Department …

Virginia official signals state plans to boost hemp program

Kristen Nichols  | October 13, 2017

Virginia is looking to boost its small hemp program next year to compete with larger producers of the plant such as North Carolina and Kentucky.

Virginia Agriculture Commissioner Basil I. Gooden wrote in an op-ed in The Roanoke Times that hemp’s potential in Virginia is “tremendous,” and he indicated that changes …

Michigan regulators release more details on MMJ licensing

John Schroyer  | October 13, 2017

The Michigan agency responsible for developing medical marijuana industry rules on Thursday released more information about how hopeful business licensees can obtain a state permit for the upcoming regulated MMJ market.

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) announced that starting Dec. 15 it will begin accepting license applications, and the …

Organigram aims to be recertified as organic MMJ producer

Matt Lamers  | October 12, 2017

Less than a year after Organigram had its organic certification suspended following a product recall, the Moncton, N.B.-based company started the process to be recertified as an organic producer of medical cannabis.

Organigram said in a news release it submitted an “action” plan to Ecocert Canada, an organic certification body recognized by the …

Canopy expands to BC with plans for large marijuana greenhouse

Matt Lamers  | October 12, 2017

Canopy Growth has formed a joint venture to develop a 1.3-million-square-foot marijuana greenhouse in British Columbia.

The agreement, announced in a news release, nearly doubles the Ontario company’s total greenhouse and indoor production footprint to 3.2 million square feet across six provinces.

Canopy – Canada’s largest licensed medical marijuana producer, with a market capitalization …

Maine appoints new medical cannabis program director

John Schroyer  | October 12, 2017

Maine’s medical marijuana program finally has a new director, after the position went unfilled for a year.

Marietta D’Agostino, a former director of the state’s MMJ program, left in 2016 for a job in the private cannabis sector, and Craig Patterson, an analyst with the state’s health department, was chosen this week …

Louisiana doctors not showing much interest in MMJ program

John Schroyer  | October 11, 2017

As Louisiana’s medical marijuana program nears its launch, only two doctors have applied for permission to recommend the drug, raising questions about whether the state’s MMJ system will need tweaking in order to establish a viable industry.

One application for the permit required to recommend MMJ to patients has been approved for …

First Texas CBD dispensary aiming for December opening

John Schroyer  | October 11, 2017

The first CBD dispensary in Texas will open for business in December, with low-THC, high-CBD cannabis for sale to registered patients, one of the state’s three licensees announced this week.

Cansortium Texas will open its dispensary by the end of the year in Schulenburg, about halfway between Houston and San Antonio, according …

California city approves massive marijuana facility

Bart Schaneman  | October 11, 2017

A Southern California town has approved a 489,000-square-foot medical marijuana cultivation and production facility that would make it one of the largest in the U.S. marijuana industry.

The facility is to be built in Cathedral City, near Palm Springs, by Canada-based Sunniva Inc., which provides medical cannabis products and services.

The first …