News by State

Medical marijuana sales surge in AZ in 2016 amid patient growth

Omar Sacirbey  | January 26, 2017

Medical marijuana patients in Arizona bought a record 29 tons of cannabis products in 2016, a 53% increase over the 19 tons that were purchased in 2015, according to a report from the state Department of Health Services.

The sales surge could be attributed to an increase in medical marijuana patients. The program had …

Hawaii’s MMJ businesses get green light to start growing Feb. 1

Bart Schaneman  | January 26, 2017

The Hawaii Department of Health’s seed-to-sale tracking software is ready to go online Feb. 1, which means licensed medical marijuana dispensaries finally can begin growing MMJ that day.

The state’s medical marijuana program has been delayed while the DOH attempted to link its tracking system with the software used by the eight companies approved to …

New Market: Maine’s tourism industry a potential boon for rec MJ businesses

Bart Schaneman  | January 26, 2017

By Bart Schaneman

Buoyed by the state's reputation as an East Coast tourist mecca with a dramatic coastline, the recreational marijuana market in Maine should generate plenty of opportunities for cannabis businesses - provided delays don't hamper the industry's rollout.

States with the best chance to legalize cannabis in 2017?

John Schroyer  | January 25, 2017

By John Schroyer

After a landmark year in cannabis legalization, marijuana advocates have plenty of work left. And they’re not resting on their laurels.

The Marijuana Policy Project calculates a whopping 37 legalization bills for medical or recreational marijuana are likely to be introduced in 33 states and the District of Columbia in 2017.

OR rec cannabis sales keep falling amid supply, regulatory issues

Bart Schaneman  | January 24, 2017

Oregon’s embattled recreational marijuana industry posted its second straight monthly sales drop in December, hit by a supply shortage and problems related to product testing.

Despite strong consumer demand, data from the Oregon Department of Revenue showed tax collections totaled $5.6 million last month, down 13% from November and a 28% dip from a high of $7.8 …

Israeli government to finance 13 cannabis research projects

Omar Sacirbey  | January 24, 2017

Israel’s Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry plans to spend 8 million shekels ($2.1 million) on research into cannabis cultivation, biochemistry and medicine.

The government is hopeful the research will lead to cannabis-based therapeutic products, the Times of Israel reported.

To start, the ministry is financing 13 projects, including seven in the fields of biochemistry …

California marijuana business owners in legal fog as they await statewide rules

Bart Schaneman  | January 24, 2017

By Bart Schaneman

The absence of statewide medical marijuana regulations following passage of California’s recreational cannabis ballot measure has put existing MJ business owners in legal limbo, making it tougher for them to operate their companies and plan for the future.

Some of these businesses, for example, are finding it difficult to determine what’s legal and what’s not.

Denver MJ company recalls products for possible pesticides

Bart Schaneman  | January 23, 2017

A Denver marijuana company is voluntarily recalling marijuana and cannabis-infused products after samples showed they could contain residual levels of illegal pesticides, becoming the latest local company having to take such action.

The city’s environmental health department is probing whether Green Man Cannabis’ products were exposed to unsafe pesticides, according to the news outlet Denverite.