Massachusetts picks panel to draft rec cannabis compromise

Bart Schaneman  | June 26, 2017

A six-member House-Senate conference committee has been selected to try to create a compromise bill to revamp the voter-approved recreational marijuana law in Massachusetts.

Legislative leaders assigned the panel Friday after the House formally rejected the Senate version of the bill.

The House conferees are Republican Hannah Kane and Democrats Mark Cusack and Ron …

Week in Review: Massachusetts rec logjam, Pennsylvania MMJ grower licensees & Oregon testing woes

Bart Schaneman  | June 23, 2017

By Omar Sacirbey, Bart Schaneman and John Schroyer

Massachusetts lawmakers propose an overhaul to a voter-approved measure to legalize recreational cannabis, Pennsylvania awards 12 medical marijuana cultivation licenses, and Oregon continues to have MJ testing issues.

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

South Carolina prepares to launch nation’s latest hemp program

Margaret Jackson  | June 21, 2017

By Margaret Jackson

South Carolina is gearing up to become the latest state to allow hemp cultivation, a move that’s expected to create opportunities for farmers, makers of hemp-based products and ancillary companies offering goods and services to those growing and processing the plant.

Massachusetts’ recreational marijuana bill causing concern

Bart Schaneman  | June 14, 2017

A sharply divided legislative committee in Massachusetts voted Wednesday to advance a bill calling for major changes to the voter-approved recreational marijuana law, including higher taxes on retail sales and handing more control over cannabis shops to municipal officials.

Some lawmakers suggested that as currently written, the proposal would give Massachusetts the highest tax …

Maryland court again refuses to delay medical cannabis licensing

Kevin Huhn  | June 9, 2017

Maryland’s medical marijuana commission can continue to issue cannabis cultivation licenses.

The state’s highest court denied a motion Friday to continue a temporary restraining order that blocked the commission from issuing cultivation licenses for about a week because of a lawsuit against the commission. A week ago, the Court of Appeals …

Week in Review: Tobacco + cannabis, Maryland planning restarts & Native Americans’ MMJ

John Schroyer  | June 9, 2017

By John Schroyer, Omar Sacirbey and Bart Schaneman

Massachusetts cigarette wholesalers eye recreational marijuana distribution, a Maryland court allows MMJ planning to continue, and a Seminole-owned firm partners with a cannabis investment group.

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

Major Canadian veggie grower teams with licensed MMJ cultivator

Bart Schaneman  | June 8, 2017

A major vegetable grower in Canada has teamed with one of the nation’s federally licensed medical marijuana cultivators to produce greenhouse-grown cannabis, marking the latest mainstream company to enter the MJ business.

Village Farms – a publicly traded grower of tomatoes, bell peppers and cucumbers with greenhouses in Canada and Texas – …

Legislative deal pushes Florida’s medical marijuana program forward, with caveats

Bart Schaneman  | June 8, 2017

By Bart Schaneman

Florida lawmakers’ agreement on rules for the state’s full-fledged medical marijuana program would more than double the number of licensed MMJ companies over the next year.

But special caveats would limit the number of entrepreneurs who could get a business license.

Nevada OKs tax schedule for rec cannabis, increases MMJ rates

Bart Schaneman  | June 6, 2017

Nevada lawmakers have given final approval to a regulatory structure to tax the cultivation and sale of recreational marijuana when the industry is up and running.

Senate Bill 487 – which the governor is expected to sign into law – levies a 10% tax on retail sales and 15% tax on …