Cultivation

Groups working to develop standards for cannabis businesses

Bart Schaneman  | March 30, 2017

By Bart Schaneman

Cannabis trade groups, state officials and marijuana industry leaders are pursuing the development of standards and best practices covering organic certification, labor practices and energy use in a bid to further legitimize and professionalize the industry.

These efforts could bolster both the marijuana sector’s image among consumers and MJ companies’ bottom lines.

Washington DC’s medical marijuana program progressing, though more change in store

John Schroyer  | March 29, 2017

By John Schroyer

The District of Columbia’s medical cannabis companies have been ramping up in the past month, largely because of new business-friendly regulations that have reshaped the future in terms of possible market size.

But those companies still face big questions, especially with regard to expansion and uncertainty over the customer base’s potential size.

Canadian producer invests $3M in Arizona medical marijuana grower

Omar Sacirbey  | March 28, 2017

Aphria, a federally licensed Canadian medical marijuana producer, increased its investment in an Arizona MMJ grower by $3 million.

Aphria now owns 5% of Copperstate Farms LLC through its subsidiary, Aphria (Arizona), and Copperstate Farms Investors controls the remaining 95%, according to a news release.

Aphria, based in Leamington, Ontario, on March 22 …

What’s in a strain name? Q&A with Canndescent CEO Adrian Sedlin

Bart Schaneman  | March 21, 2017

By Bart Schaneman

Walk into any marijuana outlet and you'll find jars of flower strains with names like Golden Goat, Ghost Train Haze or Robert Plant.

Such names convey minimal information to novice consumers, forcing them to do further research before they can purchase any cannabis. California-based cultivator Canndescent is trying to simplify that experience.

Cannabis public use measures could spur MJ sales, businesses

Bart Schaneman  | March 16, 2017

By Bart Schaneman

From Alaska to Massachusetts, a number of states are weighing measures to allow people to consume cannabis in public places such as clubs and other venues.

Legalizing cannabis clubs and other venues for public consumption could spur MJ sales and create new business opportunities, said industry officials.

An industry in flux: Cannabis mergers, acquisitions on the rise

John Schroyer  | March 15, 2017

By John Schroyer

Cannabis industry mergers and acquisitions have been on the rise over the past year, and industry watchers say the number of sales and transactions is almost certain to continue as the marijuana trade at large matures.

Week in Review: Los Angeles marijuana vote, Canada rec rollout & new cannabis standards

John Schroyer  | March 10, 2017

By John Schroyer, Omar Sacirbey and Bart Schaneman

Los Angeles voters approve a groundbreaking marijuana initiative, Canada adult-use legalization may take longer than anticipated, and an influential standards-setting group eyes cannabis.

Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

Canadian medical cannabis firm targeted in class-action suit

John Schroyer  | March 7, 2017

Canadian medical marijuana producer Organigram, having already replaced its CEO, now is the subject of a proposed class-action lawsuit involving pesticide-contaminated cannabis.

A court must  certify the proposed lawsuit before it can proceed.

A Halifax-based law firm alleged in its Friday filing that the lead plaintiff consumed Organigram’s MMJ products for almost a year …