Marijuana Edibles & Infused Products

Marketing Challenges in an Evolving Industry: Q&A With Cannabrand’s Olivia Mannix

By Tony C. Dreibus Branding and marketing have become an important part of the cannabis industry as companies expand geographically. Becoming a household name doesn’t happen overnight, nor is it easy to get people to identify your brand without a lot of effort. Enter Cannabrand, founded by business partners Olivia Mannix and Jennifer DeFalco. The […]

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Rhode Island Official Concerned About MJ Grows After Fire

A five-alarm fire this week at a building that housed the headquarters of a cannabis association in Rhode Island – among other businesses – now has at least one state official worried about the safety of marijuana cultivation operations.

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FDA Warnings Could Signal Start of Heavier Scrutiny on Cannabis Industry

By John Schroyer In late February, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration sent stern letters to six companies peddling CBD products over what the agency said were unfounded medical claims. The letters charged that the companies “misbranded” the products and warned that failure to correct the violations “may result in regulatory action without further notice, […]

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Insurance Firms Urged to Craft MJ Policies

Mainstream insurance companies should start crafting policies to cover legal marijuana businesses as the industry grows, a report in an insurance trade publication recommends. Rec legalization will have a “profound impact” on various types of insurance including personal, commercial, workers’ comp, product liability and healthcare plans, according to PropertyCasualty360.com. Insurance companies can deny claims because […]

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Cannabis Producers Have New Worry: Stoned Rabbits

Cannabis businesses face opposition from anti-marijuana advocates worried about the drug falling into the hands of children. Now they also must battle fears about the impact of marijuana on animals. A DEA agent warned a legislative panel in Utah debating whether to allow CBD-based edibles that cannabis legalization could lead to fields of stoned rabbits. […]

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Missouri Awards Hemp Cultivation Licenses

Missouri has joined the growing number of states legalizing CBD-based medicines. The state awarded cultivation and production licenses for hemp to two companies, Noah’s Arc Foundation and BeLEAF Corporation. Mitch Meyers, the head of BeLEAF, also has plans to open a medical marijuana dispensary near Chicago, according to a Missouri TV station. The licenses are […]

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Ben & Jerry’s Founders Open to MJ Infused Ice Cream

Although they don’t run the company anymore, the iconic founders of Ben & Jerry’s recently appear willing to back a line of marijuana-infused ice cream. “Makes sense to me,” Ben Cohen told The Huffington Post when asked if he would support such a move. “Combine your pleasures.” Cohen was the keynote speaker at the 2014 […]

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150K Pounds of Legal Marijuana Sold in CO Last Year

Dispensaries and retail cannabis stores in Colorado sold nearly 150,000 pounds of marijuana flower last year as overall demand for MJ soared in the nation’s first recreational market, according to a new report by the state’s Department of Revenue. The report shows that Colorado’s marijuana sector grew rapidly across the board in 2014, from the […]

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Alaska’s Largest City Enacts MJ Concentrates Rules

Alaska marijuana entrepreneurs who want to specialize in infused products or extracts will have to get a license to operate in Anchorage, the state’s largest city and likely its biggest cannabis market. Wary of independent operators who may not know what they’re doing, Anchorage city officials have decided to restrict the manufacture of cannabis concentrates […]

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California AG Says State Recreational Sales Inevitable

California Attorney General Kamala Harris, who plans to make a run for a U.S. Senate seat, said she believes the legalization of recreational marijuana in the state is inevitable and that lawmakers must be diligent in crafting laws to regulate the industry. California isn’t exactly known for having a well-regulated cannabis industry, so legislators will […]

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