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Judge: MMJ businesses can donate to Illinois political causes

Omar Sacirbey  | March 29, 2017

A federal judge struck down an Illinois law barring medical marijuana businesses and canna-centric political action committees from donating to political campaigns, a decision that could give the state’s MJ industry a bigger say in local elections.

U.S. District Judge John Z. Lee ruled Friday that a state law preventing MMJ businesses from …

Washington DC’s medical marijuana program progressing, though more change in store

John Schroyer  | March 29, 2017

By John Schroyer

The District of Columbia’s medical cannabis companies have been ramping up in the past month, largely because of new business-friendly regulations that have reshaped the future in terms of possible market size.

But those companies still face big questions, especially with regard to expansion and uncertainty over the customer base’s potential size.

Las Vegas cannabis lounge options are taking shape

John Schroyer  | March 28, 2017

Marijuana consumption lounges in Las Vegas are looking more and more as if they’ll become a reality for cannabis entrepreneurs.

At a Clark County marijuana advisory panel meeting Monday, the board “spent most of its first meeting” talking about proposals for such a concept and how cannabis clubs would be regulated, the Las …

Canadian producer invests $3M in Arizona medical marijuana grower

Omar Sacirbey  | March 28, 2017

Aphria, a federally licensed Canadian medical marijuana producer, increased its investment in an Arizona MMJ grower by $3 million.

Aphria now owns 5% of Copperstate Farms LLC through its subsidiary, Aphria (Arizona), and Copperstate Farms Investors controls the remaining 95%, according to a news release.

Aphria, based in Leamington, Ontario, on March 22 …

From Big Pharma to the cannabis industry: Q&A with PharmaCann’s Chris Diorio

Omar Sacirbey  | March 28, 2017

By Omar Sacirbey

If marijuana business entrepreneurs are wondering whether pharmaceutical professionals might be interested in jumping over to cannabis, the answer is a resounding yes.

Take Chris Diorio, a 25-year pharma industry veteran who recently made such a move, becoming director of research and development for PharmaCann of New York.

Arkansas rules on smoking medical cannabis, staffing go to governor

Bart Schaneman  | March 27, 2017

The Arkansas Senate has approved regulations on where medical marijuana can be smoked as well as requirements for staffing dispensaries.

According to the Arkansas News, the next stop for House Bill 1400 is the desk of Gov. Asa Hutchinson. If he signs the measure into law, it will ban patients from smoking medical cannabis:

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Chart: 8 new marijuana markets slated to launch in 2018

Eli McVey  | March 27, 2017

By Eli McVey

Get ready for the next iteration of the green rush.

The marijuana industry is poised to grow by leaps and bounds in 2018, when at least eight of the 11 states that passed significant medical or recreational cannabis measures last year are expected to start sales.

Testing rule worries Ohio medical marijuana advocates

Omar Sacirbey  | March 24, 2017

Medical marijuana advocates in Ohio are concerned a little-known rule that stipulates who can test cannabis products could delay the launch of the program.

Under the state’s MMJ law, private laboratories will not be allowed to test medical cannabis for the first year of the program, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported. Instead, the state’s public universities …