Recreational Marijuana News

Capitalizing on marijuana markets with limited rivals: Q&A with Tilt Holdings interim CEO Mark Scatterday

Cannabis cultivation companies with a foothold in “constrained” markets – those with relatively few licenses such as Massachusetts – have a natural advantage, thanks to limited competition and marijuana supplies. Massachusetts-based Tilt Holdings is one such company. Tilt has multiple businesses that, among other things, offer cannabis-related technology and operate cultivation centers and retail stores […]

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Longtime Bay Area cannabis trade school sues former CFO

The oldest marijuana-focused university in the country, Oakland-based Oaksterdam University,  filed a lawsuit against its former chief financial officer. The lawsuit, among other things, alleges: Assault in 2015 and 2018. Breach of contract. Breach of fiduciary duties. Computer fraud. Oaksterdam CEO and owner Dale Sky Jones alleged in the suit that former CFO Aseem Sappal […]

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Nevada regulators investigate marijuana lab testing facilities

Nevada regulators launched an investigation into cannabis testing labs after tainted marijuana batches triggered two health advisories. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported the Department of Taxation started the investigation after discovering potentially doctored THC levels by cannabis laboratories and products with high levels of yeast and mold on store shelves. Department officials say marijuana products […]

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How state cannabis regulatory agencies across the U.S. have responded to the vaping health crisis

State regulators overseeing the legal marijuana industry are adopting a wait-and-see stance as the industry determines what exactly is causing the health problems related to vaping, although California has come down more decisively against vaping of all forms. For the most part, regulators in more than a half dozen states are reacting cautiously while public […]

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California governor issues executive order on vaping, says it’s an e-cigarette and marijuana problem

In the wake of a nationwide epidemic of illnesses associated with vaping, California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday signed an executive order launching a new crackdown on the burgeoning industry, both for tobacco-related companies and those in the cannabis industry. The move appears to be the first state regulatory backlash against vaping that includes the cannabis […]

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Weedmaps unlikely to receive fines for illicit cannabis firms’ ads – but vaping illnesses could lead to action, experts say

For legal marijuana businesses frustrated by ads for hundreds of unlicensed MJ retailers on Weedmaps, relief may not come immediately. According to the California Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) and other sources, it appears online advertising giant Weedmaps can dictate its own timeline for removing ads from its site for unlicensed marijuana shops and delivery […]

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Denver police warn marijuana businesses of ‘uptick in burglaries’

The Denver Police Department warned Colorado cannabis businesses that it’s seeing an increase in burglaries at dispensaries and is encouraging operators to report any suspicious activities. In an online bulletin, the department wrote, “Dear Marijuana Industry, (the DPD) is seeing an uptick in burglaries at marijuana facilities.” The letter outlined several suggested steps, both proactive […]

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Chart: Sales fall for adult-use cannabis vape products on heels of health scare

Recreational marijuana vape product sales are suffering in the wake of a nationwide health scare that caused several deaths and hundreds of illnesses, with consumers shifting their spending into other merchandise such as flower and pre-rolls. The shares of vape sales in California, Colorado, Nevada and Washington state’s recreational markets have declined significantly since the first vape-related […]

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Marijuana labs adding tests targeting vitamin E acetate in response to vaping health scare

Cannabis testing labs around the country are adding more specific tests targeting an additive that’s been linked to the string of recent illnesses and deaths health authorities say are related to marijuana and tobacco vaping devices. Although no definitive cause of the vaping-related issues has been identified, early reports have targeted the additive vitamin E […]

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Federal crackdown on e-cigarette vaping could have broader ramifications for marijuana industry

President Donald Trump and Congress are taking aim at the nation’s vaporizer industry, raising questions over whether a possible crackdown could produce fallout for the legal cannabis space. Marijuana industry officials are concerned that any federal action targeting e-cigarettes ultimately could result in regulations curbing the sale of cannabis vaporizers. Those concerns come as the […]

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