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Colorado biotech firm hires UC Davis to research hemp

A Colorado agricultural biotech that specializes in marijuana is paying a major California agricultural research university at least $150,000 to study the hemp genome in an effort to reduce the need for using pesticides and fertilizers on the plant. Lafayette-based Front Range Biosciences said in a news release it reached an agreement with the University of California, […]

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Report: European cannabis market could reach $66.8 billion

With twice as many citizens as the United State and Canada combined, Europe could become the world’s largest legal cannabis market over the next five years if every or most of the continent’s roughly 50 nations introduces legislation and regulations, according to a new report. The second edition of the European Cannabis Report – produced […]

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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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Distribution emerging as important cog in California’s marijuana supply chain

By John Schroyer A new niche sector within the larger marijuana industry is developing in California: independent distribution firms that don’t produce their own cannabis products. Such companies – which often act as inventory clearinghouses for existing dispensaries and other plant-touching businesses – are a relatively new phenomenon in California.

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WA cannabis firms may be without seed-to-sale system until 2018

Marijuana companies in Washington state may have to record their business transactions manually for at least two months because the state will lack a working seed-to-sale tracking system, thanks to a delay in getting a new platform online. The Washington State Liquor and Control Board has announced that Leaf Data Systems – Denver-based MJ Freeway’s seed-to-sale […]

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Damian Marley marijuana company to add hemp-derived CBD line

The youngest son of late reggae star Bob Marley is the latest marijuana entrepreneur to launch a line of CBD products derived from hemp. Damian Marley’s marijuana company, California-based Stony Hill Corp., is selling CBD tinctures, gummies and topical creams under the name Stony Hill CBD, according to a news release. The products will be […]

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Massachusetts moves to ease medical cannabis access

Medical marijuana companies in Massachusetts could see a hike in business once regulators implement several improvements to the state’s MMJ program. The Department of Health proposed the changes in September 2016 but delayed acting on them amid concerns about how recreational marijuana legalization would affect the medical cannabis program, The Boston Globe reported. Here’s what you need […]

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Michigan’s MMJ licensing sessions draw huge interest

After almost 2,000 people registered for state-run courses on how to apply for medical marijuana business licenses, the state of Michigan has decided to add a session and relocate another to a larger venue. According to the Detroit Free Press, the classes – which are being hosted by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs […]

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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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Florida lawmakers angry over medical cannabis licensing delay

Florida’s top medical marijuana regulator was “scolded” by state lawmakers on Tuesday after his office missed a mandated deadline to issue more MMJ business licenses. Christian Bax, the executive director of the Office of Medical Marijuana Use, received a tongue-lashing from state senators who are frustrated the state hadn’t issued another 10 MMJ business permits […]

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Maine’s recreational marijuana program faces long road, observers say

By Omar Sacirbey

Maine marijuana advocates expect Gov. Paul LePage to veto a recreational cannabis bill that’s laden with business opportunities.

But even if the bill’s proponents can muster enough support to override a veto, legalization advocates worry the Republican governor could find other ways to delay or undermine implementation.

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Maine passes recreational marijuana bill, but gov may veto

Maine lawmakers approved a bill to regulate the state’s recreational marijuana industry late Monday night that now heads to the governor, who has 10 days to sign the legislation, veto it or let it pass into law without signing it. Republican Gov. Paul LePage has threatened to veto any legislation that doesn’t delay until 2019 the start […]

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