Recreational Marijuana News

Health officials identify additive in patients with cannabis-related vaping illnesses, a move that could boost legal vape products

U.S. health officials on Friday singled out vitamin E acetate as a likely culprit in the vaping health crisis, reiterating that many of the suspect THC vape products were obtained from illicit sources rather than licensed cannabis businesses. While the exact cause remains unknown, marijuana industry officials said that identifying a possible culprit behind the […]

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Vaping crisis creates adult-use cannabis hurdle in Minnesota

The vaping crisis is making some lawmakers in Minnesota reluctant to support recreational marijuana legalization in the state. Cannabis opponents latched on to the outbreak as a reason for the state to slow down legalizing adult-use marijuana, according to the Star Tribune. The outbreak came at nearly the same time that marijuana advocates were rolling […]

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Week in Review: USDA issues hemp rules, Mexican recreational cannabis vote delayed, spring rollout for Michigan’s rec market & more

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) unveils its hotly anticipated hemp regulations, Mexico’s bid to legalize recreational marijuana is delayed, sales of adult-use MJ in Michigan won’t begin until March or April at the earliest – and more of the week’s top cannabis business news. USDA rolls out hemp rules The USDA released 160 pages of […]

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CEO Berman leaves cannabis firm Harborside; board chair picked as interim

One of the most well-known and longest-operating cannabis dispensary owners in the nation, California-based Harborside, announced Monday that its CEO has stepped down and a new interim chief executive officer was appointed. Andrew Berman, who has served as CEO, president and board member since January 2018, relinquished the reins of the Oakland, California-based company, effective […]

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Massachusetts keeps ban on marijuana vape products but allows use of crushed flower

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday maintained the statewide retail ban on the sale of all vaping products after securing approval from the Public Health Council for an emergency regulation, but at the same time a local judge allowed medical cannabis patients to purchase crushed flower for use in vaporizers. The emergency regulation, to be […]

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Turmoil abounds over Los Angeles’ latest marijuana business licensing and its social equity program

Los Angeles’ latest marijuana business licensing round – which opened last month and has yet to award any retail permits – has many hopeful applicants outraged and threatening to take drastic action if major changes aren’t made. Hundreds reportedly appeared Thursday for the city’s Cannabis Regulation Commission meeting, where allegations of corruption, incompetence, and basic […]

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Cannabis farmers in Western states report large crop yields, only minor challenges

Cannabis growers in California, Oregon and Washington state say they are enjoying a robust outdoor harvest, with strong crop yields, high-quality flower and market prices well above last year’s depressed levels. Growers in the Western United States have been reporting higher overall prices, so this turnaround in the market coupled with higher yields likely will make […]

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US Tax Court rules cannabis deductions are not allowed

The U.S. Tax Court again ruled that Section 280E of the Internal Revenue Service tax code is constitutional and cannabis companies aren’t entitled to common business deductions. The ruling centered on a plea from Northern California Small Business Assistants, which received a tax bill and penalty from the IRS for $1.5 million for the 2012 tax […]

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