Marijuana Cultivation

Medical Marijuana Regulatory Bills Advance in California

The California Senate and Assembly have passed separate bills that would establish rules on the medical marijuana industry, reviving hope that the state will find a way to push through MMJ regulations this year. One of the primary differences between the measures involves who will oversee the industry. The state Senate voted 26-13 in favor […]

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Louisiana Close to Legalizing Medical Marijuana, With Big Unknowns

Louisiana appears poised to legalize some form of medical marijuana sales, but it’s unclear what potency levels the state would permit, and advocates say the entire program could prove to be unworkable. A bill that would allow the sale of non-smokeable forms of cannabis through up to 10 dispensaries statewide sailed through the state House […]

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MMJ Patient Growth Slows to a Crawl in Illinois

Illinois has released the latest tally of approved medical marijuana patients in the state, and the figure is a bit disheartening for companies awarded licenses to grow, process and sell medical cannabis. While the number of patients certified to purchase MMJ has climbed to 2,500 – up from 2,000 a few months ago – the […]

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Colorado Rec Industry to Benefit From Marijuana ‘Tax Holiday’

Colorado will have a special “tax holiday” on Sept. 16 where cannabis consumers won’t have to pay the state’s 10% tax on recreational marijuana, which could lead to a spike in business rivaling traditional cannabis events such as 4/20 or Black Friday. The move stems from an obscure provision in the state’s laws and likely […]

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Canadian Radio Station Warned Over Dispensary Ad

As if the 80 or so dispensaries in Vancouver, British Columbia, violating federal law don’t have enough to worry about, they apparently won’t be able to advertise on the radio going forward. Health Canada sent a letter to a radio station in the city, telling it to refrain from advertising marijuana, The Canadian Press reported. […]

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Canadian Cultivator Seeks Ban on ‘Kickbacks’ to Physicians

Canada-based medical cannabis producer Tilray has left the country’s main industry lobbying group and wants to see a code of ethics developed to outlaw compensation to physicians, saying it’s been approached by clinics asking for payment in exchange for patient referrals. Other Canadian growers also have said they’ve  experienced a similar situation, as doctors are […]

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New Industry in Uruguay: Products for Home Growers

Ancillary companies that provide products tied to home cannabis cultivation might find some promising opportunities way south of the U.S. border. Stores are popping up all over Uruguay to cater to a burgeoning number of home marijuana cultivation enthusiasts, according to a report from Fox News Latino. There are at least 20 stores in the […]

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Florida CBD Dispensaries Could Open in Early 2016

After months of legal wrangling, it finally looks like Florida is setting a clear timetable for the rollout of its CBD program. The state Health Department is scheduled to accept applications from June 17 to July 8 for five business licenses to produce and sell CBD-based products. Officials will notify winners by Aug. 8. Companies […]

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Wary Doctors Could Dampen Minnesota MMJ Market

Minnesota dispensaries preparing to begin operations next month may see smaller-than-expected patient numbers, as many doctors in the state are undecided on whether they’ll recommend cannabis for certain ailments. Patients who qualify for MMJ in the state must get an endorsement from their doctors, but a survey from the Minnesota Medical Association shows physicians are […]

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Lloyd’s of London to Exit U.S. Cannabis Insurance Industry

By Tony C. Dreibus Lloyd’s of London, the UK-based insurance marketplace, has instructed underwriters not to open or renew existing accounts with marijuana companies in the United States until it’s legal at the federal level, leaving potentially thousands of cannabis business owners seeking new insurers for their crops, buildings and inventory.

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Minnesota Hospitals Get Green Light to Dispense Medical Marijuana

Minnesota will let hospitals dispense medical cannabis in pill and liquid forms after the governor signed off on a change to the state’s MMJ law, but it’s unlikely they’ll actually purchase marijuana directly from the state’s two producers. The original bill legalizing medical marijuana in the state didn’t include hospitals as places where MMJ can […]

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