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CA’s use of National Guard to target illegal marijuana grows fuels questions, concerns over potential MJ industry fallout

Legal marijuana companies are cautiously welcoming California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s announcement that 150 National Guard troops will deploy to Northern California to “go after illegal cannabis farms,” but the news also is kindling fears in some industry circles of a renewed, government-led drug war. Many legal marijuana companies have long argued that illicit operators pose a major […]

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New Alaska Gov. Dunleavy hopes to scrap state’s Marijuana Control Board

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy aims to repeal the state’s Marijuana Control Board, raising alarm bells among cannabis industry officials and investors who fear the move would put licensing and enforcement decisions in the hands of one person and limit the industry’s input into rulemaking. Dunleavy’s plan was outlined in a letter to commerce department employees by […]

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Cannabis firms offer stock options, poach job candidates: Q&A with recruiter Karson Humiston

When Karson Humiston founded the Denver-based cannabis recruitment agency Vangst in 2015, she’d call prospective candidates herself. Today, Vangst has about 75 employees and offices in Los Angeles, Oakland, Seattle and Boston. And the company is getting flooded with about 500 resumes a day, far too many for Humiston, the CEO, to handle. Underscoring the […]

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Chart: Most California municipalities ban commercial cannabis activity

Two-thirds of California municipalities prohibit marijuana businesses from setting up shop, underscoring the hurdles MJ entrepreneurs face in trying to break into the world’s largest legal cannabis market. Only 161 of California’s 482 municipalities and 24 of the 58 counties have opted to allow commercial cannabis activity of any sort, according to data from CannaRegs, […]

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US cannabis companies have advantage for CBD exports to Brazil

It’s usually assumed that Canadian licensed cannabis producers have an advantage when it comes to international expansion, but the United States may have an edge over Canada in one country: Brazil. The South American country has seen steady growth in patient numbers over the past year, with the majority of CBD products arriving from the […]

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After string of successes, multistate cannabis firm MedMen forced to confront adversity

In November, California-based cannabis retailer MedMen began advertising for a crisis management planning manager. According to the job posting, the position was intended to support the company’s “employees and business units in building, sustaining and improving MedMen’s capability to prepare for, mitigate against, respond to and recover from all hazards.” In hindsight, the posting seemed […]

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