Briefs

Another group files marijuana racketeering suit – this time against illicit California grower

A neighborhood group in Sonoma County, California, filed a racketeering lawsuit against an allegedly illegal cannabis operation that claims the grower is creating a “skunk-like stench”  near their homes and causing health problems. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in San Francisco, makes similar claims to ones that have been made in recent racketeering suits involving […]

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Oregon unlicensed cannabis trafficking schemes prompt six arrests

Federal prosecutors in Oregon announced charges against six people involved in two “vast” interstate trafficking operations that delivered marijuana to Texas, Virginia and Florida. “These cases provide clear evidence of what I have repeatedly raised concerns over: Oregon’s marijuana industry is attracting organized criminal networks looking to capitalize on the state’s relaxed regulatory environment,” U.S. […]

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Canadian cannabis prices continue falling ahead of legalization

The average combined price for nonmedical and medical cannabis has fallen 10.6% since the first quarter of 2016, according to new data from Statistics Canada. The latest data from StatsCan pegs the average combined cost of nonmedical and medical cannabis at 6.74 Canadian dollars ($5.19) per gram in the second quarter. Wholesale marijuana prices are […]

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Oregon probes two dispensaries for selling large quantities of medical marijuana

Oregon regulators said they are investigating two retailers that account for more than 33% of all individual sales totaling 8 ounces or more of medical cannabis. Willamette Week reported that the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) is investigating the dispensaries, which the agency declined to identify. They are located in Multnomah County, which includes Portland. The disclosure […]

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Report: White House panel trying to undermine cannabis legalization efforts

A White House committee is working behind the scenes to portray marijuana in a bad light and undermine public support for state legalization efforts, BuzzFeed reported Wednesday.

The maneuvering, if true, could slow legalization efforts that would open new cannabis markets. But so far, there’s been little if any overt evidence of the campaign.

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Argentina medical school’s cannabis course could open MMJ business opportunities

The medical school at Argentina’s Universidad Nacional del Sur – or the National University of the South – will offer a course on the use and prescription of medicinal cannabis to third-year students. The country’s nascent MMJ program – created in 2017 – has been hobbled by a lack of domestic supply, high prices and […]

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Red-hot Nevada cannabis market exceeds half-billion dollars for fiscal year

Nevada’s cannabis industry continues to sizzle, with revenue in the fiscal year ending June 30 totaling $529.9 million overall, including $424.9 million for recreational alone, state officials reported Tuesday. According to the state, marijuana tax revenue for the first full year of adult-use sales totaled $69.8 million – about 140% of expectations – with the […]

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New Zealand grants first medical cannabis business license

New Zealand’s health ministry has given a private company permission to cultivate medical cannabis – representing a first in the country and a milestone for the industry. Manu Caddie, CEO of Hikurangi Cannabis Co., said the MMJ industry in New Zealand is in store for significant growth, according to the New Zealand Herald. The first […]

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