Recreational Marijuana News

California marijuana track-and-trace data to remain confidential

The vast majority of California’s data from its cannabis track-and-trace system will be kept out of the public domain, according to a top state regulator. That may surprise or disappoint those in the marijuana industry who expected to get a clearer picture of the legal supply chain later this year. Licensed operators are uploading their […]

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California seized $30 million in illegal marijuana since 2018

California authorities seized $30 million worth of unlicensed cannabis products since the rollout of the state’s legal market in January 2018, but industry insiders say that’s far short of what’s needed to stamp out the black market. The Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) worked with local law enforcement agencies to serve 25 warrants against unlicensed […]

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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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