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Alberta’s rec cannabis blueprint leaves door open to private retailers, MJ clubs and lounges

By Matt Lamers

Alberta’s proposed framework to regulate marijuana leaves open the possibility private companies could sell adult-use products, a move that would be a boon for businesses wanting to participate in the province’s retail sector.

The provincial government also signaled it is open to marijuana cafes and lounges, which would provide more opportunities for entrepreneurs.

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Maryland grants medical marijuana licenses to eight businesses

Maryland regulators have given eight more medical marijuana companies the green light to begin operations, a positive sign for a program that’s been fraught with problems. According to The Baltimore Sun, the state granted licenses to one cultivator/processor, three processors, two testing labs and two dispensaries: Cultivation/processing: Kind Pharmaceuticals USA (Washington County) Processing: Pharmaculture Corporation (Allegany), Rosebud Organics (Montgomery) […]

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Quebec to use government stores to sell recreational cannabis

Quebec plans to corner the recreational marijuana market by handing retail responsibilities to its government-owned liquor board, according to Radio-Canada, a move that might see private businesses barred from selling marijuana after it’s legalized next summer. Canada’s second-largest province by population might follow in the footsteps of Ontario. Radio-Canada, a government-owned broadcaster, also said the […]

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Pennsylvania medical marijuana program on track, but legal issues loom

By Bart Schaneman

Pennsylvania’s developing medical marijuana market appears to be progressing on schedule.

Industry watchers expect seeds to be in the ground ahead of the Dec. 20 deadline, six months after 12 grower/processor licenses and 27 dispensary permits were issued. But a pair of legal issues could gum up the works.

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Many New York medical marijuana patients still buy from black market

New York’s medical cannabis program has been hard-pressed to prove it’s a viable setup, and those issues apparently are continuing with prospective patients still relying on black-market MMJ. A combination of high product costs, bureaucratic red tape and the easy availability of cannabis flower on the street has added up to an ongoing system where […]

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Florida will delay awarding five new medical cannabis licenses

Florida’s medical marijuana regulators will miss their deadline to award five more MMJ business licenses. A statute passed in June required the state’s MMJ regulators to issue five new medical marijuana licenses by Aug. 3 and five more by Oct. 3. The first five were awarded on time, but the others will be delayed for […]

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Maine panel signs off on rewrite of recreational cannabis law

Maine’s recreational marijuana law underwent a rewrite by a legislative committee this week that could spell major changes for the program, including an increased tax rate and a two-year residency requirement to own a rec shop. But Maine Gov. Paul LePage hasn’t expressed much enthusiasm about adult-use marijuana, and committee members are concerned he’ll veto or […]

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Nevada reports huge first month of recreational marijuana sales

Nevada’s recreational marijuana market amassed sales of over $27 million during its first month of operation, significantly outpacing the opening month in other states where it’s legal for adult use. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the sales totals are nearly twice that of Colorado and Oregon during those two states’ first month of adult-use […]

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Week in Review: CBD trademark suit, Vermont’s fifth MMJ licensee & DEA chief quitting

By Kristen Nichols, Bart Schaneman and John Schroyer  Actress Jessica Alba files a trademark infringement lawsuit against a CBD supplements company, Vermont awards its fifth medical marijuana business license, and DEA chief Chuck Rosenberg is leaving his post. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

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Michigan bills would keep MMJ dispensaries open during licensing

Two bills going before Michigan lawmakers would allow medical marijuana dispensaries currently operating to remain open while they move through a new state licensing process. The measures run contrary to a proposal by the state’s MMJ regulatory agency that all retailers must close by Dec. 15 until they receive new business permits. The bills, by Rep. […]

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San Francisco rec marijuana sales won’t start in January

San Francisco, the birthplace of the modern marijuana industry, is a little behind schedule. City officials are now saying recreational marijuana sales won’t start in January, according to SF Gate, which is the earliest any California municipality would be able to launch an adult-use market. The reason is that San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors is […]

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