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Southern California recreational cannabis firms struggle with product shortages, licensing and black market

“Growing pains” is an understatement to describe Southern California’s tumultuous recreational marijuana marketplace. New regulations that took effect July 1 are rattling what was already a turbulent part of the California MJ industry. The industry there also is suffering from product shortages, slow license approvals and a thriving black market. Moreover, Southern California adult-use cannabis businesses […]

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Canada’s Landmark Day: Country launches industrialized world’s first recreational cannabis market

Marijuana Business Daily reporters were on the ground in Canada, providing live coverage of the nation’s historic launch of its recreational cannabis market. Our staff filed updates throughout the day, providing you a front-row seat for the opening of recreational shops and to get insights on sales, challenges, successes and breaking news from the largest country […]

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Is Canada’s marijuana legalization a ‘template’ for the world to follow?

Canada took its first steps into a future of legal cannabis Wednesday, but what that means for prohibition in other countries largely remains to be seen. Will other countries follow Canada’s move toward ending prohibition? What impact will ending prohibition there have on global medical cannabis markets? Canadian Senator Tony Dean believes every country will […]

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Full financial effect of Canada’s recreational marijuana ‘soft launch’ may be years away

When Canada becomes the first Group of Seven country to legalize recreational cannabis on Wednesday, market observers say it will amount to a “soft launch,” with the full financial effect of this multibillion-dollar industry still years from being realized. The early months will be marked by a small number of stores, limited product selection and […]

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Chart: The days of CBD-only stores may be numbered

While hemp and marijuana may be close relatives, most hemp-derived CBD retailers don’t sell the products alongside medical cannabis. But as state laws around cannabidiol continue to change, stand-alone CBD stores may become a relic. According to estimates from Hemp Industry Daily in the 2018 Hemp & CBD Industry Factbook, CBD sales in the U.S. are expected to […]

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Week in Review: Sweet Leaf owners make a deal, NJ/IL medical cannabis reform & Alaska tax revamp

Sweet Leaf’s owners strike a deal with Colorado marijuana regulators, New Jersey and Illinois take steps to bolster their medical cannabis markets, and Alaska overhauls its MJ business taxes. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the cannabis industry this week. Sweet Leaf hit hard The owners of the once high-flying Colorado marijuana […]

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United Kingdom sets date for first medical cannabis prescriptions

Specially trained doctors will be able to legally issue prescriptions for cannabis-based medicines for the first time in the United Kingdom starting Nov. 1, marking an important milestone for the medical marijuana industry in the country. The law introduced in the U.K. Parliament today will ultimately pave the way for one of the largest MMJ […]

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Canadian regulator wants cannabis companies to disclose US border risk

Canada’s securities watchdog is warning the country’s publicly traded marijuana companies to improve their disclosure practices – including any risks tied to their executives and employees crossing into the United States – or face additional regulatory action. The warning came in a detailed notice published Oct. 10 by the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA), an umbrella […]

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MedMen inks blockbuster $682 million stock deal to acquire medical cannabis firm PharmaCann

MedMen Enterprises has agreed to acquire multistate medical marijuana company PharmaCann in an all-stock deal valued at $682 million, inking what is believed to be the largest acquisition to date in the U.S. cannabis industry. The deal will double the number of states where Los Angeles-based MedMen has licenses to operate – expanding the firm’s […]

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