Marijuana Cultivation News

California Grower, Contractor Fined for Environmental Violation

California marijuana cultivators need to be sure they’re aware of environmental regulations, as the state is looking to crack down on growers violating rules meant to protect waterways and wildlife. A local water board fined cannabis producer Christopher Cordes and his contractor $297,400 for illegally grading land in a way that harms surface waters in […]

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Native American Leaders Hired to Tout Cannabis Industry

Two cannabis companies have brought on Native American leaders to foster marijuana production and commerce on tribal lands. Monarch America – a Denver-based company with subsidiaries that offer consulting services, produce infused drinks and sell indoor gardening supplies – has hired Robert Shepherd as its tribal relations officer, according to the Associated Press. Shepherd is […]

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Chart of the Week: IRS Audit Rate for Existing Marijuana Businesses

By Becky Olson More than 6% of operational cannabis companies surveyed by Marijuana Business Daily said they have been audited by the Internal Revenue Service, which suggests that the industry faces more scrutiny on the tax front than other sectors. Testing labs reported the highest rate, with roughly 13% saying they have been audited, followed […]

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Controversy Over Minnesota MMJ Company’s New Hire

A Minnesota health department official who played a key role in the state’s medical marijuana licensing process will take the reins of one of the companies that received a permit, leading to concerns over whether the move is ethical. Manny Munson-Regala (pictured), an assistant commissioner at the Minnesota Department of Health, was named chief executive […]

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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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