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Ohio now anticipates some medical cannabis sales in December

A starting point might finally be in sight for Ohio’s long-delayed medical marijuana market. A spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Commerce said small amounts of cannabis likely will be available for sale before the end of the year. The agency’s Kerry Francis told The Columbus Dispatch that the state’s first harvested marijuana plants are expected […]

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Louisiana medical marijuana sales delayed by lack of testing lab

A failure to find an independent testing lab will delay medical marijuana sales in Louisiana at least until January, roughly two months after the market was originally anticipated to launch. The lack of an independent lab also means Louisiana’s Department of Agriculture department will handle product testing for now, The Advocate reported. GB Sciences, one […]

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Massachusetts OKs two cannabis testing labs, clearing way for adult-use sales

Massachusetts regulators on Thursday issued final licenses to two marijuana-testing laboratories, paving the way for the launch of the Bay State’s much-delayed recreational cannabis program. Rec sales are expected to begin within weeks. The market had been scheduled to launch July 1. According to MassLive.com, the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission granted licenses to: MCR Labs […]

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Southern California recreational cannabis firms struggle with product shortages, licensing and black market

“Growing pains” is an understatement to describe Southern California’s tumultuous recreational marijuana marketplace. New regulations that took effect July 1 are rattling what was already a turbulent part of the California MJ industry. The industry there also is suffering from product shortages, slow license approvals and a thriving black market. Moreover, Southern California adult-use cannabis businesses […]

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Louisiana’s first medical cannabis harvest to start this week

The first legal crop of medical marijuana in Louisiana is set to be harvested this week. However, testing is still necessary before product can ship, and the state hasn’t yet selected a third-party laboratory. The licensed grower working with the Louisiana State University Agriculture Center, GB Sciences, expects to start the drying process by next week, The […]

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Hawaii lab rejects more than 20% of medical marijuana tested

Hawaii’s first and biggest cannabis testing lab is sending back a sizable percentage of the medical marijuana it tests for contaminants. Honolulu-based Steep Hill Hawaii is rejecting 20%-30% of the marijuana that comes through its doors, according to Hawaii News Now. Michael Covington, chief operations officer for Steep Hill Hawaii, told the news outlet that 95% […]

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First medical cannabis plants harvested in Ohio; sales still delayed

Some of Ohio’s medical marijuana growers are harvesting the state’s first legal marijuana, but sales are still a ways off for this potential $400 million market. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, harvest is underway at Agri-Med Ohio in Meigs County, and Wellspring Fields in Ravenna has finished harvest. The state had hoped to have its MMJ […]

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Why marijuana infused businesses have experienced testing and labeling challenges in California

The Golden State’s cannabis-infused products makers have weathered some strong winds recently stemming from new testing requirements, and it’s an issue marijuana businesses in other markets should pay attention to as different states experiment with rules surrounding lab tests. According to California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC), 32.9% of edibles, tinctures and lotions samples have […]

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Week in Review: MJardin’s reverse takeover, California’s marijuana testing woes & Alaskans’ taste for high-THC goods

MJardin becomes the latest U.S. cannabis company to go public in Canada through a reverse takeover, nearly 20% of marijuana products in California fail tests for potency and purity, and Alaskans’ preference for high-THC products could bankrupt some growers. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the cannabis industry this week. Buyer beware […]

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Marijuana officials warn MA pesticide crackdown could stymie MMJ industry

Massachusetts medical marijuana industry officials cautioned that a crackdown by state regulators on their use of pesticides, including natural compounds used by the organic food industry, could hamstring cultivators and curb MMJ supplies. The Boston Globe reported that state health department inspectors shuttered Colorado-based medical cannabis firm Good Chemistry’s growing, processing and retail operations in Massachusetts […]

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Nearly a fifth of California marijuana products failing testing standards

Close to 20% of marijuana products in California have failed tests for potency and purity since the state started requiring the checks on July 1 – a rate some in the industry say has more to do with unrealistic standards and technical glitches than protecting consumer safety. Testing has been especially tough on cannabis-infused cookies, […]

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