Marijuana Cultivation

1 Ohio Legalization Effort Moves Forward, 2 Others Retreat

While one campaign to legalize marijuana in Ohio says it has enough signatures to reach the 2015 ballot, two competing groups said they’ll be unable to get their initiatives before voters this year. ResponsibleOhio said this week it has collected more than enough signatures to put a measure before voters this November that would legalize […]

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3 New Hampshire Dispensary Applicants Get Initial Approval

New Hampshire’s first dispensaries received state approval to begin operations, but they must now get local permission and a separate state certificate to open their doors. Prime Alternative Treatment Centers of New Hampshire, Temescal Wellness, and Sanctuary ATC were selected from 14 applicants to operate four MMJ outlets in the state. Temescal Wellness will operate […]

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43 Companies Vying for New York MMJ Licenses

The final tally is in: 43 companies, including several from outside of New York, turned in applications for the five medical marijuana business licenses the state will award next month. View the entire list of applicants here. Two of the most prominent names included on the list are Tilray New York and Mindful Medical New […]

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Louisiana MMJ Bill Sent to Governor

The Louisiana Legislature has put its final stamp of approval on a medical marijuana legalization bill, sending the measure to the state’s governor, who has said he will sign it. The bill would create one of the strictest MMJ programs in the country and might prove difficult to implement. Under the bill, only one cultivation […]

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Oregon Could Levy 20% Sales Tax on Recreational Marijuana

Cannabis businesses in Oregon could pay up to 20% in state and local sales taxes on recreational cannabis transactions under a tentative deal reached by lawmakers. The agreement – which is still subject to change – would allow Oregon to collect a 17% tax on marijuana sales, while cities and counties could  levy a 3% […]

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Company Donates $1M to Canadian Marijuana Research

A Canadian startup that’s hoping to grow and sell medical cannabis is giving the University of British Columbia $1 million to bolster MMJ research. National Green Biomed, which was founded last year, is making the donation to support efforts by the university to study the use of marijuana in treating HIV and AIDS. The company […]

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Industrial Hemp Stalls in Indiana

Although industrial hemp production was legalized in the staunchly red state of Indiana last year, no fields have yet been planted. That’s because would-be hemp companies have been waiting for months on both federal approval of the program as well as seeds to sow. As a consequence, the state is lagging far behind its neighbor […]

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Ohio Lawmakers Want to Ban Marijuana ‘Monopoly’

Ohio legislators don’t want the marijuana business to look like the state’s casino industry if voters legalize cannabis this fall. In 2009, a group that included Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert was granted exclusive rights to build four casinos in the state. Similarly, a proposal from a group called ResponsibleOhio would green-light medical and recreational […]

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Illinois group: Women have prime opportunity in marijuana industry

A group of Illinois women believe female entrepreneurs have a good chance of succeeding in the cannabis space because they’re not hindered by the old-boy networks that dominate other industries. Dina Rollman, a Chicago attorney and co-founder of Illinois Women in Cannabis, told the Chicago Sun-Times women aren’t “playing catchup” to men in the marijuana […]

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U.S. Cannabis Companies Putting Mexican Growers Out of Business

Cannabis growers, processors and retailers in the United States are doing something the Drug Enforcement Administration never could: putting Mexican marijuana dealers out of business. About a third of marijuana consumed in the U.S. is now produced domestically, up from a sixth in past years, United Nations data show. The high quality of marijuana grown […]

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Chart of the Week: Cannabis Cultivation Methods in Oregon vs. National Breakdown

By Becky Olson Outdoor and greenhouse cannabis cultivation is four times more prevalent in Oregon than in the marijuana industry at large, according to data from the state and the Marijuana Business Factbook. The difference highlights how marijuana growing methods are influenced not only by regulations, but also by other factors including geography, climate and […]

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