Recreational Marijuana News

Cannabis vape manufacturers turn to packaging, other measures to distinguish their products from counterfeit merchandise

Security labels, barcodes and microchips are among the measures vaporizer manufacturers are taking to differentiate their products from counterfeit knockoffs suspected to be behind more than 800 illnesses and 12 deaths tied to the nationwide vaping crisis. Last week, California-based marijuana firm KushCo Holdings entered an exclusive distribution agreement with De La Rue, a provider […]

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California water board sends warnings to cannabis growers

The California Water Boards sent at least 270 letters to farmers in the Emerald Triangle, warning them to come into compliance with regulations or face possible fines and even the loss of their cultivation licenses. The agency posted on Twitter that its Division of Water Rights’ Cannabis Enforcement Section sent the letters to “residents in Trinity, Humboldt […]

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California health officials urge residents to stop vaping tobacco, marijuana

A California health agency joined the chorus of officials across the country urging consumers to stop vaping all substances immediately, saying it’s still unsure what’s caused the recent epidemic that has sickened at least 530 and claimed nine lives in the U.S. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) also announced that 90 Californians with a […]

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Marijuana industry reaction to California’s 2019 legislative session: Some wins, but many MJ business issues still outstanding

California’s 2019 legislative session drew to a close earlier this month, and it was a lackluster year for cannabis business priorities, industry watchers noted, with no victories on issues such as tax relief, banking or the opening of more jurisdictions for business licensing. “It’s a mixed bag,” Amy Jenkins, chief lobbyist for the California Cannabis […]

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Massachusetts regulators say yes to marijuana cafes, home delivery

Massachusetts regulators approved two new types of licenses that could be a boon to marijuana businesses in the state – cannabis cafes and home delivery. The Springfield Republican reported that the Cannabis Control Commission voted 4-1 to allow social consumption of recreational marijuana at cafes as well as delivery of adult-use cannabis to residences. Both licenses […]

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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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