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New US medical marijuana markets – one year later

If it was a big year for recreational marijuana in 2016, then it was a huge one for medical marijuana.

Voters or state legislatures in 11 states – Arkansas, California, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maryland, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia – approved or advanced medical cannabis measures.

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The power of data, fundraising and expansion: Q&A with Headset’s Cy Scott

When Cy Scott, Scott Vickers and Brian Wansolich co-founded the strain and dispensary listings website Leafly in 2010, a developed marijuana consumer market already existed. The legal cannabis industry, however, was still getting started. Leafly thrived and, before long, caught the attention of Privateer, a cannabis-focused holding firm that bought the web company in 2011 […]

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Week in Review: CA marijuana rules, Maryland’s MMJ launch & Sessions + cannabis

California reveals the licensing rules for its marijuana industry, Maryland’s medical cannabis appears ready to launch, and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions indicates the DOJ has no plans to suppress the marijuana industry. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

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Canadian companies aim to create medical cannabis powerhouse in Latin America

Canadian companies hope to cultivate a medical marijuana juggernaut in Colombia by combining Toronto’s capital and technological expertise with the Latin American nation’s favorable climate and location. Industry executives said they plan to use Colombia as a springboard to serve Latin America’s 400-plus million people who live in nations where some form of marijuana is […]

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Marijuana industry’s future is bright, MJBizCon speakers say

New Jersey recreational marijuana legalization may be a highlight of 2018; it’s possible but unlikely the Trump administration will crack down on the U.S. cannabis industry; and major mainstream corporations are “not going to miss out” on the business opportunities presented by the burgeoning marijuana trade. Those are just a few of the highlights from […]

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Aurora offers nearly CA$550M for rival as CanniMed seeks Newstrike

Merger mania is sweeping through Canada’s medical marijuana industry. Aurora Cannabis offered to acquire rival producer CanniMed Therapeutics for 544 million Canadian dollars ($425 million) in stock, a deal that would be the largest acquisition to date in the North American marijuana industry. If completed, the merger would create a global marijuana leader and could spark […]

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New US recreational marijuana markets – one year later

The recreational marijuana industry had a big year in 2016, when voters in four states – California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada – approved sales of adult-use cannabis.

But one year later, what the voters approved and the reality of what’s happening look vastly different.

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Hemp State Highlight: North Dakota growing lots of hemp, but market potential is limited

Few states are growing more hemp than North Dakota. With more than 3,000 acres in active hemp production and an unparalleled system for getting viable, certified seeds to interested growers, North Dakota could one day be the hemp leader it is for other agricultural commodities from corn to flaxseed.

But North Dakota has natural enemies that can limit hemp’s ability to thrive, as well as manmade enemies that limit the plant’s potential uses.

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