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Nevada’s marijuana regulators receive $1.5 million to deal with demand

Nevada’s Interim Finance Committee approved an additional $1.5 million for the Department of Taxation to hire more security guards and staff to process background checks for workers at marijuana facilities. Regulators say they are trying to keep up with demand at recreational dispensaries, where sales have surpassed projections every month since recreational marijuana became legal […]

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Investment firm offers CA$1M seed money to Canadian marijuana entrepreneurs

A major investment company is putting 1 million Canadian dollars ($780,000) on the table for aspiring cannabis entrepreneurs in Canada. Canopy Rivers Corp.’s program is open to entrepreneurs looking to access Health Canada’s proposed new licenses for micro-cultivation, nurseries, industrial hemp, processing, analytical testing, retailers and other emerging segments. “This is a way to help […]

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Major Canadian supermarket chain Loblaw plans cannabis sales

One of Canada’s biggest supermarket operators plans to enter the business of selling recreational marijuana products pending legalization late this summer.

Loblaw, a leader in the country’s supermarket industry, said some of its locations in Newfoundland are among 23 selected as “qualified applicants” to become licensed cannabis retailers.

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Illegal exports of Canadian cannabis products top CA$1 billion in 2017

Over 1 billion Canadian dollars ($780 million) of cannabis products were shipped from Canada last year through unregulated channels, according to a preliminary estimate from the government’s statistics agency. The figure includes shipments approved by the regulatory body overseeing medical cannabis in Canada, “but they represent less than 1% of the total,” Conrad Barber-Dueck, chief of […]

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Medical cannabis firm AltMed lands $35.4 million to bolster US, international growth

Alternative Medical Enterprises, a multistate medical marijuana producer and dispensary operator, has secured $35.4 million in a private placement financing from a Pennsylvania-based investment group. The massive investment will allow the Sarasota, Florida-based firm to launch a major expansion in the United States and internationally, said Matthew Duffy, president and chief operating officer of the […]

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British Columbia under pressure to pass key cannabis legislation within days

British Columbia’s minority government will be under the gun to pass key cannabis legislation once it’s introduced in the province’s Legislative Assembly on Thursday. That’s because the legislature will have only 12 more days during the spring session before breaking for the summer – with about 20 other bills also under consideration. Thursday’s bill is […]

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Canada hemp farmers blame overproduction for drooping prices

Hemp farmers in Canada say overproduction is depressing prices for seeds. The Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance told the Commodity News Service that Canadian seed prices have fallen from about 75 Canadian cents (58 cents) a pound last year to 55 Canadian cents a pound this year. Canada remains the world’s biggest hemp-seed producer, devoting about […]

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Canada’s marijuana packaging rules blasted as ‘unscientific,’ ‘fearmongering’

A day after Canada released detailed packaging requirements for recreational cannabis, executives and analysts warned that the rules are so restrictive that the government is risking a “policy fail.” The new regulations, in many ways, are more restrictive than the packaging rules for tobacco, a disappointment for marijuana companies that had been lobbying for rules that […]

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Canadian provinces, local government programs boost burgeoning cannabis industry

Cannabis companies in Canada have access to tens of millions of dollars worth of financial incentives from provincial and municipal governments – if they know where to look. So far, various levels of government in six provinces have offered incentives to cannabis-related businesses in the form of direct subsidies, tax credits and other financial sweeteners. […]

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Canadian pharmacies strengthen supply network for medical marijuana

The largest drugstore chain in Canada, Shoppers Drug Mart, continues to secure medical cannabis deals ahead of what is expected to be a tight supply market for the product, at least in the near term. In the latest deal, Aurora Cannabis agreed to become a medical cannabis supplier to Toronto-based Shoppers. Financial terms and the […]

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South Korean lawmaker introduces bill to legalize medical cannabis

A lawmaker with South Korea’s ruling Democratic Party is attempting something that would have been unthinkable even one year ago in the socially conservative country — legalizing and regulating medical cannabis. Rep. Shin Chang-hyun introduced a bill to revise the Act on the Control of Narcotics to permit the use of medical marijuana. Shin is […]

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