Marijuana Cultivation News

US touts bigger medical cannabis research crop while applications linger

The U.S. government is growing the largest marijuana research crop in five years but still hasn’t acted on applications that could help shed light on the potential benefits of medical cannabis. The research, in turn, could be critical to opening up additional industry opportunities. Data from research could also shape public policy and bolster federal […]

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Lessons learned by Washington state cannabis firms after 5 years of recreational sales

Washington state rolled out the world’s second adult-use marijuana market on July 8, 2014, following closely behind Colorado, which began recreational sales at the start of that year. Over the past five years, Washington state cannabis business owners have persevered through stiff competition, a shifting regulatory landscape and sliding market prices. A study released by the […]

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Downturn in California lab-tested marijuana batches adds to confusion over state’s supply chain

The number of marijuana product batches undergoing laboratory testing in California has dipped in recent months, sparking worries among some industry officials over the health of the state’s cannabis market and the possibility that product supply is dwindling. But several insiders also were careful to note it’s too early to reach any conclusions based on […]

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Social media challenges continue for cannabis firms – sometimes costing thousands in lost investment

After what seemed to be a brief hiatus, social media giants are once again suspending – and outright deleting – the accounts of marijuana companies. Some industry officials say this is a result of spiteful competitors flagging posts and reporting pages to the platforms’ moderators, costing businesses thousands of dollars in lost time and labor when […]

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California county seizes almost 20K illegal cannabis plants in May, June

In the past month and a half, officials in one California county – assisted by members of the Army National Guard – have served multiple search warrants and seized nearly 20,000 illegal marijuana plants. It’s a reminder that the state’s ongoing crackdown continues against an unlicensed cannabis market that is undermining legal operations. The raids all […]

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Cannabis company Vireo Health expands into Puerto Rico

Vireo Health, a Minneapolis-based multistate marijuana operator, said it is expanding into Puerto Rico, the company’s 11th state or territory of cannabis operations. Vireo will have the opportunity in Puerto Rico to run a cultivation and processing facility plus up to six dispensaries on the island. Christian Gonzalez, a native of the territory who has […]

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45 marijuana firms join forces to set industrywide environmental, ethical goals

An alliance of 45 large marijuana businesses wants the public to know they’re good corporate citizens. The Global Cannabis Partnership, which includes Canada’s Canopy Growth Corp., issued guidelines aimed at minimizing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting ethical conduct and responsible cannabis use. The emerging marijuana industry is “in a unique position to set a new […]

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Oregon governor signs bill in effort to rein in marijuana oversupply

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill into law that enables state regulators to deny new cultivation licenses in efforts to curb a cannabis glut that has led to price crashes and illicit market sales in the state. Senate Bill 218 specifically gives the Oregon Liquor Control Commission authority to refuse to issue grower licenses […]

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Rhode Island budget proposal seen as setback to medical marijuana growers

Amid ongoing complaints that Rhode Island’s three medical cannabis  dispensaries control the market – making it difficult for stand-alone cultivators to succeed – the state’s lawmakers released a budget that would license six vertically integrated companies to cultivate, manufacture and retail cannabis products. Medical marijuana cultivators in the state see the proposed budget as creating […]

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Week in Review: MJBizConNEXT in New Orleans, OR preps for future interstate MJ potentials, NV cannabis board & more

The cannabis industry descends on New Orleans to explore emerging trends at MJBizConNEXT, Oregon lawmakers pass a bill that would empower it to make agreements with other states for the transfer of marijuana, Nevada creates a cannabis control board and says no to social use licensing for now – plus other important news from around the industry. […]

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