Infused Products & Extraction

Iowa awards low-potency medical marijuana production license

Iowa has chosen its sole low-potency medical marijuana manufacturer, a new Des Moines company led by owners of an Iowa food-ingredient maker. MedPharm Iowa is expected to get the state’s only marijuana production license, according to the Des Moines Register. The production license is the byproduct of an expansion of Iowa’s MMJ law earlier this year […]

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New rules would have major impact on most Canadian cannabis businesses

A new set of regulatory proposals has been released by Health Canada that would have wide-ranging implications for most businesses in Canada’s marijuana industry — and even many stuck in the gray market. The regulations would facilitate the coming into force of the Cannabis Act – which is still subject to parliamentary approval – and […]

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Ontario unveils proposed law to regulate recreational marijuana

Ontario became the first province in Canada to introduce legislation to regulate the sale and distribution of recreational marijuana and, in doing so, promised to impose million-dollar fines on privately owned dispensaries that refuse to close their doors. The province’s marijuana monopoly will be known as the Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation (OCRC), according to the […]

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Wana Brands plans to stretch its footprint to nine cannabis markets

Colorado-based edibles maker Wana Brands announced a planned expansion into six new marijuana states by the end of 2018, another example of how the cannabis industry is increasingly becoming a national business. Wana, which already has products available in Nevada and Oregon aside from its home state, will be in Arizona sometime this month, according […]

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Whoopi Goldberg expands medical marijuana line to Colorado

Comedian Whoopi Goldberg and her cannabis business partner, Maya Elisabeth, have already made a splash in California with their line of infused products intended to treat menstrual cramps. And now, the company is expanding into Colorado.

The next step for the company?

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Hot sauce and glue: Why marijuana and hemp’s intellectual property rights are getting hotter and stickier

By Kristen Nichols

A flurry of marijuana and hemp lawsuits are roiling the cannabis industry’s confusing intellectual property landscape, with trademark and trade-secret fights signaling big changes for the business.

The legal disputes – from Ohio to California – show that long-simmering tensions over intellectual property in the cannabis sector are growing as the industry matures.

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Another trademark marijuana lawsuit – this involving a hot sauce

The maker of Tapatio hot sauce is the latest to sue a marijuana company for alleged trademark infringement.

Tapatio Foods LLC has filed two separate complaints in the U.S. District Court in the Central District of California. The Oct. 13 complaints allege trademark infringement and unfair competition for the illegal use of Tapatio’s brand and trademark to sell “Trapatio,” a THC-infused sauce.

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Vermont says CBD should be taxed, unlike MMJ or other drugs

Vermont is charging sales taxes on CBD, a departure from the state’s position on medical marijuana and other drugs. A recent ruling by Vermont’s Department of Taxes stated that “cannabidiol products do not qualify as ‘drugs’” and should be taxed Vermont’s 6% sales and use tax. Medical marijuana, on the other hand, is exempt from sales […]

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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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Medical marijuana company wants Florida to jump-start edibles sales

A medical marijuana company in Florida wants the state to speed up the process that would allow MMJ businesses to process and sell edibles. Surterra Florida – which is based in Atlanta but possesses MMJ business licenses in Florida – is “demanding” that state regulators begin making rules for a new law that would implement the […]

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Colorado marijuana edibles makers bracing for new standards

By Kristen Nichols Colorado’s ban on edible marijuana products shaped like animals, humans or fruits takes effect Oct. 1 – but manufacturers say they’re prepared for the change. The 2016 law, which bans certain shapes of edibles, was spurred by concerns children may be attracted to gummies or hard lozenges in forms associated with common candies.

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