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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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Massachusetts regulators could OK first recreational cannabis testing labs this month

Massachusetts marijuana regulators could approve independent testing laboratories later this month, clearing what’s been a key roadblock to opening up the state’s first recreational MJ retail shops. The executive director of the Cannabis Control Commission, Shawn Collins, told commissioners Thursday he was “relatively confident” that one or two labs would be ready for a licensing […]

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Week in Review: California marijuana recalls, MA diversity issues & Detroit limits MMJ facilities

Two voluntary marijuana product recalls occur in California, financial hurdles stymie diversity in Massachusetts’ recreational MJ industry, and Detroit caps the number of medical cannabis licenses at 75. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the cannabis industry over the past week. Failing grades It’s been a month since mandated lab testing for […]

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July 1 could be ‘extinction event’ for some California cannabis businesses

Many California marijuana companies are worried if they will survive past the state’s July 1 deadline for complying with a comprehensive set of readopted and updated emergency regulations. The deadline to sell product that hasn’t passed mandated tests might even prove an “extinction event” for businesses struggling to comply, observed Pamela Epstein, founder of Los […]

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North Dakota to license two medical marijuana manufacturers, testing lab

North Dakota health officials selected two medical marijuana growers/manufacturers to advance in the state’s cannabis business licensing process, although they must still meet several other requirements before becoming fully licensed. State regulators also settled on a testing lab company. According to a news release from the Medical Marijuana Division of the North Dakota Department of […]

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Cannabis testing lab operator Steep Hill expands to Mexico, six European markets

California-based Steep Hill Labs, a prominent cannabis testing lab, has announced plans to expand operations to Mexico and six western European markets, further broadening the company’s global footprint. This is yet another example of a company using its Canadian presence to springboard into the growing international cannabis market. According to a news release, the licensee for Steep […]

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Washington state cannabis businesses want mandatory pesticide testing, worrying small growers

Washington state marijuana business owners are urging regulators to require cultivators to test adult-use crops for pesticides, a move that has triggered alarm bells among smaller growers. Some cultivators hope such a move – already adopted in other states – would inspire confidence among consumers and bolster recreational marijuana sales. But smaller growers – already […]

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Steep Hill wins IP court case with New Mexico, competing medical cannabis lab

In a triumph involving intellectual property rights, California-based Steep Hill Labs won an emergency protective order against the state of New Mexico and a competitor over the disclosure of trade secrets. Steep Hill filed suit in early April against the two entities after learning that Santa Fe-based Scepter Lab had obtained Steep Hill’s standard operating procedures from the state […]

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