Briefs

Nevada recreational marijuana sales set record in October, hitting nearly $38M

Nevada’s young recreational marijuana market remains red hot, showing few signs of slowing since launching in July. Sales of recreational marijuana accelerated in October, hitting a record $37.9 million – up notably from the $27.7 million recorded in September, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. Under Nevada’s “early start” program, licensed medical marijuana dispensaries were allowed to begin […]

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Big labor sees growth potential in California cannabis workers

Unions have caught a whiff of a rare opportunity to organize a whole new set of workers as recreational marijuana becomes legal in California. The United Farm Workers, Teamsters and United Food and Commercial Workers are looking to unionize the tens of thousands of potential workers involved in the legal marijuana game, from planters to rollers […]

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Cannabis churches on the rise in California as alternative to dispensaries

Small-scale churches that specialize in marijuana are becoming increasingly common across California, creating yet more competition for retailers that want to operate as for-profit ventures instead of tax-exempt religious institutions. Churches that have integrated cannabis use with worship ceremonies have cropped up in Oakland, Roseville, Modesto and San Diego, Orange and Los Angeles counties, California […]

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Break-in at Alaska marijuana operation, $150k of product stolen

A marijuana business in Anchorage had a large amount of freshly packaged cannabis stolen, police said, highlighting the ongoing danger robberies can present for plant-touching companies. The owner of Danish Gardens – a licensed grower, product manufacturer and retailer – arrived at his store to find the glass employee entrance smashed in, with a small […]

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Two companies form ‘Canada’s first’ retail-focused craft cannabis producer

Two British Columbia-based marijuana companies agreed to a merger, creating what they’re billing as Canada’s first retail-focused, craft cannabis producer. DOJA Cannabis, traded on the Canadian Securities Exchange, and Tokyo Smoke are joining forces to form Hiku Brands Company Ltd. Under the terms of the deal, DOJA will purchase all of the issued and outstanding […]

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Los Angeles won’t meet Jan. 1 deadline to start recreational marijuana sales

Los Angeles’ recreational marijuana businesses won’t be allowed to open Jan. 1 when legal adult-use sales launch in California. L.A. marijuana regulators said Friday they won’t begin accepting applications to sell legal recreational cannabis until Jan. 3 and it could take weeks before those businesses are properly licensed with the city and state. “Come Jan. […]

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Canada’s largest pharmacy locks up more medical cannabis supply

Canada’s largest pharmacy chain signed up another major supplier of medical marijuana, further cementing what analysts called the “groundbreaking” entry of traditional pharmacies into the MMJ industry earlier this month. The latest deal has Shoppers Drug Mart entering an agreement to obtain an undisclosed amount of medical cannabis from MedReleaf Corp. MedReleaf, based in Markham […]

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Massachusetts marijuana regulators sign off on industry draft rules

Massachusetts is a step closer to a legalized recreational marijuana industry. The Cannabis Control Commission has approved a wide-ranging set of draft regulations, though the regulations are not final. The rules will be subject to public hearings over the next few months, and some revisions are possible before the business licensing process begins. Facing a July […]

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Federal medical cannabis protections extended once more

The only federal law that protects medical marijuana businesses from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Department of Justice has once again been extended for a short period. The Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment – which prohibits the DOJ from using federal funds to interfere with state MMJ programs but must be renewed annually – has been given its […]

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Mexico to allow sales of marijuana-based products in 2018

Mexico has approved the sale of cannabis-based products, but without any licensed cannabis businesses, the goods must be imported.

Beginning next year, the sale of cannabis-derived medicine, food, beverages, makeup and other products will be permitted in Mexico, according to Reuters.

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