California Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Impact of California high court medical cannabis ruling unclear for state’s businesses

San Diego failed to adequately analyze the potential environmental impacts of its medical marijuana dispensary law, the California Supreme Court ruled in a decision that might limit the discretion of local governments across the state when approving cannabis stores. The ruling came after San Diego declared its 2014 cannabis law didn’t require any environmental analysis. […]

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California university teams with DEA-registered company to research marijuana

Researchers at the University of California, Davis have joined forces with Biopharmaceutical Research, which is registered with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, to study marijuana for the benefit of law enforcement, health care providers and scientists. The research could benefit cannabis companies by helping authorities to distinguish between marijuana and hemp. The two groups of researchers will […]

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Former MedMen executive joins cannabis competitor

Ben Cook, a former MedMen chief operating officer, joined competitor Calyx Peak, a Nevada-based marijuana company with a presence in four states. In his new role as COO of Calyx Peak, Cook will oversee the entire company’s operations in California, Massachusetts, Nevada and Ohio, according to a news release. Ed Schmults, CEO of Las Vegas-headquartered Calyx […]

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Craft cannabis, capitalism & for-profit co-ops: Q&A with Flow Kana CEO Michael Steinmetz

In a time when giant multistate marijuana companies dominate the U.S. cannabis landscape, legitimate concerns exist that they will drive craft and small cultivators out of the legal cannabis industry. But Michael Steinmetz, who founded California cannabis company Flow Kana in 2015, believes big-time capitalism – or at least his business model – can save […]

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Capital for access: The developing two-way marijuana road between California and Canada

It’s no secret that the number of business relationships between American and Canadian cannabis interests has skyrocketed since federal legalization went into effect north of the U.S. border. From a high-level perspective, it’s a simple trade: money for market access. That’s particularly true in California, which has no in-state residency requirement for cannabis companies and […]

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Canadian cannabis firm Cronos spending $300 million to enter US hemp market

Cronos Group, a vertically integrated cannabis company based in Ontario, Canada, that has international production and distribution, said Friday it will buy four operating subsidiaries from Redwood Holding Group for $300 million. Redwood, which is headquartered in Los Angeles, produces, markets and distributes hemp-derived CBD products, including skin care, bath items and gummies, throughout the […]

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