Marijuana Cultivation

Poll: Increasing majority of CA voters support rec MJ

A study released last week backs up what many in the marijuana industry view as a foregone political conclusion: recreational marijuana is ahead in the polls in California. The Public Policy Institute of California’s survey found that 53% of state residents support legalizing rec, and 55% of likely voters back it as well. “As advocates […]

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Dispensaries Could Open In Hawaii By Next Year

Dispensary owners could find their own piece of paradise earlier than previously expected after a state Senate committee in Hawaii passed a bill allowing dispensaries to open, along with an amendment to a previous bill that would allow them to open next year. The original bill said licenses would be issued starting in January 2017 […]

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Willie Nelson to Open Rec Shops, Found New Brand

By next year, legendary 81-year-old performer and noted cannabis fan Willie Nelson plans to have his own recreational marijuana shops and eponymous brand of marijuana to smoke. In doing so, Nelson becomes the latest in a string of celebrities who have gotten into the cannabis industry. Nelson is working on plans to found a new […]

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Australian Cannabis Company Acquires Canadian MMJ Producer

Australian medical cannabis company PhytoTech Medical Limited has entered into a merger agreement with Canadian producer MMJ Biosciences Inc., making it the second publicly traded Australian company to enter the Canadian medical marijuana market this month. The merger will create MMJ-PhytoTech, a vertically integrated medical cannabis company, the companies said. PhytoTech, listed on the Australian […]

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Ups and Downs in the Canadian MMJ Industry

By Tony C. Dreibus New regulations in Canada designed to improve access to higher quality medical cannabis have shaken up the market. The rules have left some patients with few options to purchase and consume their medication, leading to several lawsuits. Meanwhile, the licensed cultivators and sellers who are now responsible for supplying safe, tested […]

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Impacts of Alaska’s Rec Law Continue to Spread

An Alaska town has rolled back laws surrounding marijuana use and possession amid fears the local ordinances may violate state law. The Wasilla, Alaska, city council removed a law prohibiting cooking infused edibles in home kitchens in its city limits, and also axed a 2-ounce limit on the amount of cannabis that can be carried […]

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US House Follows Senate, Introduces Bill to Reclassify MJ as Schedule II

Cannabis businesses would be less likely to face federal government intervention and have better access to banking as a bipartisan bill introduced Tuesday in the House of Representatives would reclassify marijuana, recognizing that it has some medical value. Tennessee Democrat Steve Cohen and Republican Don Young of Alaska want to reclassify cannabis as a schedule II […]

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Massachusetts Legalization Advocates Facing Uphill Battle

Massachusetts marijuana advocates are facing an uphill battle after the state’s attorney general openly said she’s against full legalization and a Boston city councilor introduced a proposal that would make it illegal for cannabis shops to open near each other. Attorney General Maura Healey said though she supported decriminalization of a small amount of marijuana, […]

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Denver-Area Marijuana Growers Face Regulatory Actions

Marijuana cultivators around the Denver metro area are having a tough spring. Six commercial operators were recently ordered to quarantine hundreds of cannabis plants due to a potential pesticide violation. The quarantine puts the cultivators’ businesses on hold indefinitely, as they can’t sell any of their crop until the quarantine is lifted. The names of […]

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Marijuana Businesses Getting Big Boost From Partnerships With Cannabis Celebrities

By John Schroyer High-profile celebrities partnering with private companies for mutual gain is hardly a new concept. In the marijuana industry, however, it’s one that’s been gaining traction since recreational sales began just over a year ago. At least three cannabis companies have inked deals with big names that have long been associated with marijuana. […]

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IL MMJ Patient Pool Balloons, More Growth Possible

The Illinois medical marijuana customer base has grown rapidly in the past few weeks. State health officials reported that roughly 2,500 residents have applied for MMJ cards, an increase of roughly 150% from earlier in March. Thus far, about 1,600 MMJ patient applicants have been approved by the state, according to an Illinois TV station. […]

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Hemp Products Market $620M in 2014, Industry Group Says

According to a study by the Hemp Industries Association, the 2014 market for hemp products sold in the U.S. had a total retail value of $620 million. That number includes food and body care products, valued at $200 million, along with other popular items such as non-dairy milk, shelled seed, soaps and lotions, the trade […]

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