Marijuana Cultivation

Congress Should Reclassify Marijuana, Cato Institute Says

Medical cannabis companies and users would benefit if Congress rescheduled marijuana as a Schedule II drug, according to a report by the Cato Institute. The libertarian think tank said reclassifying marijuana at the federal level would cut into black market sales, reduce law enforcement expenditures and free marijuana users from the threat of arrest and […]

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Uruguay on road to selecting marijuana cultivators

Uruguay is moving closer to starting marijuana sales after a series of delays plagued the first country to legalize recreational cannabis at the national level. Investors from as far away as Canada and Germany submitted bids last August for just five licenses to cultivate recreational marijuana for the government, and officials recently whittled the list […]

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Michigan Dispensary, Edibles Bills Back on Table

Michigan legislators are reviving bills that were shot down last year covering dispensaries, medical marijuana edibles and topicals. Lawmakers behind the bills say the state needs clear rules and regulations concerning “provisioning centers” – or dispensaries – where patients can get medical cannabis, according to the Detroit News. Under one measure, dispensaries would be subject […]

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Cannabis Industry Tapping Veterans for Staffing Needs

Marijuana companies are looking for a few good men. They’re finding them in veterans who can bring their military skills as drivers and security officers to the growing cannabis industry, according to the International Business Times (IBT). Dispensaries, retail stores and other businesses that handle marijuana are under the constant threat of robberies, in part […]

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Illinois MMJ Grow License Challenged

An applicant that lost out on its bid to cultivate medical cannabis in Illinois is fighting the decision to award a permit to another group, which could usher in a wave of challenges to the licensing process. Shiloh Agronomics LLC claims that Shelby County Community Services Inc., which was awarded a cultivation license in southern […]

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Canadian Company Forced to Recall MMJ Over Potency

A Canadian cannabis company is recalling two batches of medical marijuana that the government claims are too potent. Peace Naturals Project Inc. had labeled the marijuana as containing 9.07% THC. But when inspected by a third party, it was determined that it contained THC levels as high as 13.7%, Health Canada said on its website. […]

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Large Phoenix MMJ Grow Wins Go-Ahead

A company has received the green light to build a 20-acre indoor medical marijuana cultivation facility within 1,000 feet of a neighborhood in Phoenix, which is technically not allowed under a local ordinance. The city’s Board of Adjustment voted 3-2 to grant Tryke Companies an exception to the ordinance – which stipulates that cannabis grows […]

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Hemp Farmers Wanted in Oregon

Attention, Oregon growers: If you’re looking to expand your crop base, you might want to consider hemp. The state’s Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for business licenses to sow hemp. A three-year license will cost cultivators $1,500, and planting could begin as early as spring. Industrial hemp, which hasn’t made as many waves […]

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20 Applicants, Including Rapper, Win Dispensary Licenses in Santa Ana

The city of Santa Ana, California, has awarded 20 dispensary licenses, including one to Cypress Hill rapper Louis Freese, better known by his stage name B-Real. The move comes just two months after voters approved a measure legalizing and taxing MMJ, which will make Santa Ana the first city in Orange County to have legal […]

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Business Licenses Issued in IL Before FBI Checks Completed

In his hurry to get permits issued to medical marijuana businesses, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner overlooked a key step in the vetting process: conducting criminal background checks. None of the companies awarded licenses have been through the requisite checks, according to the Associated Press. Federal background checks – which involve running the names of the […]

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Week in Review: Illinois a Launchpad for MJ Companies With Eye on National Expansion

By John Schroyer The cannabis industry has been abuzz since Illinois unexpectedly issued 70 business permits to medical marijuana companies earlier this week, allaying concerns that the licensing process would be delayed indefinitely. “I’ve got phone calls coming in almost 24/7 now,” said Joseph Friedman, chief operations officer at PDI Medical, which was awarded a […]

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