Marijuana Cultivation

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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Grower Uses Classical Music to Enhance Potency

Chopin, Beethoven and plenty of other classical composers are played on a daily basis to dozens of cannabis plants in a grow room owned by the Denver medical marijuana dispensary chain Sticky Buds. Why? Because the company’s master grower, Elias Tempton, believes it helps boost THC content. Tempton said he’s seen a “surprisingly high” increase […]

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Over 100 Tribes Exploring Marijuana Business Opportunities

Native American interest in the marijuana industry is accelerating quickly. Over 100 tribes have contacted FoxBarry Farms, a management firm working to construct the first marijuana cultivation facility on Native American land, to explore business opportunities, according to the Huffington Post. FoxBarry has already signed one deal with a northern California tribe, and it reportedly […]

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Illinois Issues MMJ Business Licenses

In a surprise move, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner approved dozens of medical marijuana business licenses on Monday, ending a period of uncertainty over the future of the state’s MMJ program. Rauner, who has been critical of the program and previously indicated he might delay the entire licensing process, issued 52 of the 60 available dispensary […]

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Increased Demand for Organic Cannabis in SF

Growers and dispensaries in San Francisco are seeing a spike in demand for organic cannabis from medical marijuana patients worried about pesticides. To meet this demand, one local dispensary – the San Francisco Patient Resources Center (also called Sparc) – began selling a line of cannabis last year that’s grown outside using only organic nutrients […]

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