Briefs

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 …

Aurora Cannabis strikes stock deal to raise CA$60 million

Matt Lamers  | October 11, 2017

Aurora Cannabis reached a stock-purchase deal to raise another 60 million Canadian dollars ($50 million) to fund its domestic and international expansion initiatives, bringing its new financing so far this year to CA$264.1 million.

Aurora – based in Alberta and traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol ACB – said in a news …

California wildfires could adversely affect legal marijuana crops

John Schroyer  | October 10, 2017

Wildfires raging in Northern California could have a serious impact on the state’s legal outdoor marijuana harvest, much of which would supply the January launch of recreational cannabis sales.

Across a number of “cultivation websites,” the East Bay Express reported Monday, marijuana growers are already saying that fires in 14 counties are leaving their …

Michigan offers to educate potential MMJ business owners

Omar Sacirbey  | October 10, 2017

Michigan’s top licensing agency has scheduled five meetings next month to designed for entrepreneurs who are interested in breaking into the state’s medical marijuana industry.

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs is offering sessions where attendees can learn how to apply for an MMJ business license and see how the state’s …

Arkansas accountants cleared to do work for medical marijuana firms

Kristen Nichols  | October 10, 2017

Accountants in Arkansas have been given the green light to provide professional services to medical marijuana businesses, making Arkansas one of the few states where accountancy regulators have given clear guidance on the industry.

The Arkansas State Board of Public Accountancy (ASBPA) has received 5-10 inquiries from accountants wondering if they’re allowed …

Dutch government eyes regulated cannabis production

Bart Schaneman  | October 10, 2017

The Netherlands’ new cabinet plans to sanction experiments that would change the country’s model of where and how legal cannabis is sold.

According to RTL News, up to 10 municipalities may be chosen for the test program, which could lead to state-licensed growers producing marijuana for sale in their own region.

Proponents of …

Labeling error leads to recall of CBD-infused broth in Vermont

Kristen Nichols  | October 9, 2017

A Vermont broth maker has voluntarily recalled jars of CBD-infused chicken and beef broths over a misunderstanding about labels.

The Simmering Bone sold CBD-infused broth last month at the Vermont Hemp Fest in improperly labeled jars, company owner Rachel Collier told Seven Days, a Burlington-based weekly newspaper.

After Simmering Bone produced the broth, it …

Massachusetts MMJ dispensary launches billboard campaign

Omar Sacirbey  | October 9, 2017

In what is perhaps a Massachusetts marijuana milestone, a medical cannabis dispensary unveiled a billboard advertising drive in Boston and other cities on Monday.

New England Treatment Access, which operates two dispensaries in the state, bought space on four billboards for the campaign, The Boston Globe reported.

Two of the billboards are in and …