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North Dakotans may see recreational cannabis initiative on November ballot

Supporters of legalizing adult-use marijuana in North Dakota submitted nearly 19,000 signatures to state officials, which was significantly more than the 13,500 needed to get the measure on the November ballot. The initiative would remove marijuana from the controlled substances list, making the plant legal for people 21 years and older, The Bismarck Tribune reported. […]

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Michigan adds 11 medical marijuana qualifying conditions

Michigan regulators added 11 new ailments to the list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana, potentially giving a big boost to a market that is already home to one of the largest MMJ patient pools in the country. According to Mlive.com, the new conditions are: Arthritis Autism Chronic pain Colitis Inflammatory bowel disease Obsessive compulsive […]

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Cannabis firm Tilray outlines IPO terms ahead of listing on Nasdaq

Tilray, a Canadian marijuana company owned by Seattle private equity firm Privateer Holdings, unveiled the terms of a previously announced initial public offering. The British Columbia-based company, which filed for the IPO last month, plans to issue 9 million shares of its common stock priced between $14 and $16 (CA$18.40 and  CA$21) a share. The IPO […]

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Oklahoma medical cannabis market still relatively open under draft rules

Oklahoma’s nascent medical marijuana industry would be relatively open with no explicit license caps or patient-condition restrictions under the state’s proposed rules published over the weekend. However,  a coalition of medical providers on Monday, according to media reports, called for a ban on smokable marijuana, restrictions on the number of dispensaries and a requirement that a pharmacist be […]

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Caribbean nations consider paths to legalizing, regulating marijuana

Acknowledging the economic benefits of legalizing cannabis, Caribbean nations are looking toward reviewing marijuana’s status as an illicit drug and moving toward regulating it instead. Heads of state of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) “have agreed that action should be taken at the national level to review marijuana’s current status with the view of reclassification,” with each country […]

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Maryland probing politically connected cannabis grower that allegedly used pesticides

Maryland regulators are investigating allegations that a cultivator with political ties to the governor illegally used pesticides in growing its medical marijuana. According to The Baltimore Sun, the investigation of ForwardGro, which is based in Anne Arundel County, was prompted by sworn allegations made by three former employees to the state’s General Assembly. ForwardGro denied the […]

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AZ recreational marijuana measure fails to make November ballot

A campaign in Arizona to put an adult-use marijuana initiative on the November ballot has fallen far short of collecting enough signatures. David Wisniewski, chairman of the Safer Arizona campaign, indicated to Capitol Media Services that the initiative was a long shot from the beginning because of lack of support from medical marijuana dispensary owners. The initiative reportedly […]

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Michigan sets health standards for medical cannabis businesses

It may be OK for legal users to lick cannabis pre-rolls, but it’s not allowed inside a medical marijuana facility. That’s one of Michigan’s health and safety rules issued in advance of the state’s new MMJ regulatory regime. An advisory bulletin this week from the state’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) follows one last month […]

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There’s a new marijuana czar in Colorado

Dominique Mendiola is the new director of marijuana coordination in Colorado, Gov. John Hickenlooper announced. She fills a position that was vacated in March, when Mark Bolton took a job as government affairs consultant for a Denver-based law firm. Mendiola will be no stranger to many industry watchers in the state after having served as deputy director […]

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US regulators delay Utah study of cannabis effects on pain

Utah’s plan to study the effects of medical marijuana on pain has been delayed because of slow approval from the federal government to ship supplies to state researchers. The study was originally expected to be completed by March. The Utah roadblock is the latest example of the federal government hindering cannabis research. Such delays led Sens. Orrin […]

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