Recreational Marijuana News

Former MedMen executives join high-profile marijuana companies

Two more MedMen executives have left the California-based company for other cannabis industry jobs: Toronto-based Flower One Holdings announced that Kellen O’Keefe, ex-MedMen senior vice president of business development, joined its team as chief strategy officer. Meanwhile, Acreage Holdings, a New York-based multistate operator, announced it hired MedMen’s former senior vice president of technology, Alfred Miranda, as its […]

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Second lawsuit filed over California marijuana delivery rule

A licensed California cannabis company sued Santa Cruz County, claiming the governmental body is violating state law by prohibiting deliveries from out-of-county retailers into a swath of unincorporated areas. The East of Eden Cannabis Co. lawsuit filed in Superior Court in Santa Cruz County is the latest development in a thorny legal fight over who […]

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Washington state offers up cannabis traceability ‘workaround’ in wake of software release problems

Problems with the software release for the Washington state cannabis traceability system persist, as state regulators on Thursday announced a workaround for marijuana business-to-business transfers. The state’s response comes after a problematic software rollout that cost businesses significant losses was said to be fixed on Wednesday. The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) issued […]

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California government report finds regulators are unable to fully oversee the state’s marijuana market

A new audit by California’s Department of Finance found regulators have a long way to go before they have a solid handle on the state’s cannabis industry. The report concluded – despite having established a “structural foundation” for managing the legal marijuana industry – the California Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC)’s “current status and location […]

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California county raids huge illegal marijuana grow

Yet another California county raided an enormous cannabis grow, seizing a whopping 9,000 unlicensed plants. This one – which took place in wine country’s famed Sonoma County – is part of an ongoing effort against the illicit market, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Sonoma County officials have shuttered 863 unlicensed MJ grows in the past […]

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California marijuana manufacturer charged with toxic waste dumping

A California cannabis company and two of its executives face federal criminal charges for dumping 1,500 pounds of toxic waste. The charges against WellGreensCA stem from alleged violations of Environmental Protection Agency regulations. A U.S. attorney’s office has charged that Lunar Louissa, part owner of WellGreensCA, and Nadia Malloian, a company administrator, conspired to illegally […]

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Lessons learned by Washington state cannabis firms after 5 years of recreational sales

Washington state rolled out the world’s second adult-use marijuana market on July 8, 2014, following closely behind Colorado, which began recreational sales at the start of that year. Over the past five years, Washington state cannabis business owners have persevered through stiff competition, a shifting regulatory landscape and sliding market prices. A study released by the […]

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Downturn in California lab-tested marijuana batches adds to confusion over state’s supply chain

The number of marijuana product batches undergoing laboratory testing in California has dipped in recent months, sparking worries among some industry officials over the health of the state’s cannabis market and the possibility that product supply is dwindling. But several insiders also were careful to note it’s too early to reach any conclusions based on […]

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Dueling recreational cannabis legalization campaigns in Montana

At least two political campaigns are underway in Montana to get recreational marijuana ballot measures before voters in 2020. If multiple measures end up making the ballot, they could split the vote and deter legalization for several more years According to the Missoulian, one of the two campaigns, MontanaCan, had already filed its ballot measure […]

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Massachusetts sets August hearings for cannabis cafes, home delivery

Proposed regulations in Massachusetts surrounding marijuana business opportunities in social consumption and home delivery are on the calendar for next month, when officials will take public testimony on both. According to MassLive.com, the first Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission hearing will be Aug. 14 at the Health Policy Commission in Boston. A second hearing will be […]

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California’s track-and-trace system slowly spreading through marijuana supply chain, but hiccups remain

(This story has been updated to reflect that the California cannabis business license numbers below were as of June 26, not July 26 as initially reported.) The marijuana inventory tracking system for the world’s largest cannabis market – California – isn’t fully online, despite its rollout in January. But it’s getting there. The slow transition […]

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Week in Review: IL gov signs historic cannabis bill, MA moves on MJ cafes/delivery, new CA vape cartridge symbol rules & more

Illinois’ governor makes his state the first to legalize recreational marijuana through its Legislature, Massachusetts moves forward with cannabis cafes and deliveries, California requires a universal symbol on vape pens, the hemp sector makes big inroads – plus other important news from around the industry. Illinois marks a marijuana first Illinois officially became the first […]

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