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Tennessee judge allows CBD sellers shuttered during raids to reopen

Nearly two dozen Tennessee stores padlocked for selling CBD are back open after a local judge ordered that keys and cash registers be returned to the 23 stores shuttered Feb. 12 in Nashville suburbs. Rutherford County Circuit Judge Royce Taylor ordered the stores to be allowed to reopen Friday, the same day that 16 defendants […]

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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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Labeling error spurs Canada’s Aphria to recall medical cannabis

A licensed producer of medical marijuana in Ontario has recalled a small amount of dried marijuana due to a labeling error. Leamington, Ontario-based Aphria issued the voluntary recall for two lots of dried marijuana sold in 10-gram bottles produced between Jan. 19 and Jan. 22. The labels failed to include a percent sign next to […]

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Two Canadian cannabis producers each raise CA$70 million

Canada’s licensed marijuana producers continue to raise capital at a record clip to fund overseas expansion plans and boost domestic production capacity ahead of legalization this summer. It took only 10 days for the country’s cannabis industry to reach nearly 1 billion Canadian dollars ($810 million) in funding this year, much faster than the seven […]

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Maricann plans to acquire Swiss hemp grower for 8 million Swiss francs

Ontario-based Maricann plans to acquire a hemp farm in Switzerland for 8 million Swiss francs ($8.5 million), making the Canadian medical marijuana producer the latest to seek a toehold in the lucrative European hemp market Maricann announced plans Wednesday to acquire hemp producer Haxxon AG, which grows hemp for CBD products in a 60,000-square-foot facility in […]

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Prince Edward Island taps marijuana growers; will use government-owned shops

Prince Edward Island has tapped three licensed producers to supply it with marijuana, while the province plans to sell adult-use cannabis products through four government-owned stores when sales are legalized this year. The move means neighboring Newfoundland will be the only province east of Manitoba to involve the private sector in marijuana sales. In announcing its […]

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Global cannabis industry raises whopping $2.7 billion in 2017

Medical marijuana companies around the world have raised $2.7 billion so far this year to capitalize on explosive growth in the industry, an almost 300% increase from the same time last year. More than half that total, $1.6 billion, was raised in Canada via 189 transactions, the Financial Post reported. The data was compiled by […]

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Manitoba looks to private sector to sell recreational marijuana

The Manitoba government has introduced legislation to have private businesses sell recreational marijuana once Canada’s adult-use market launches next year. Home cultivation, meanwhile, would be banned. Under the bill, the Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries would be responsible for securing all the cannabis for private retail outlets. That would mean Manitoba would have to look to local […]

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Economist: Canada’s illicit marijuana market worth CA$22 billion

Canada’s recreational cannabis black market already enjoys annual operating revenue of around 22 billion Canadian dollars ($17 billion) when exports are accounted for, according to Capital Economics senior economist David Madani. Canada has about 4.2 million regular users of marijuana, Capital Economics estimates. Those users spent about CA$6.5 billion on marijuana within the nation’s borders […]

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Aurora Cannabis goes on ambitious buying spree

Cash-rich Aurora Cannabis is steamrolling ahead with its aggressive domestic and international expansion plans, snapping up a leading international greenhouse design company and a late-stage marijuana production applicant in Quebec. Those deals came days after Aurora commenced a hostile takeover attempt of rival producer CanniMed Therapeutics in what could be the largest takeover in the industry […]

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Chart: Most effective forms of advertising for cannabis businesses

Many marijuana business owners identified word of mouth and social media as the most effective methods of marketing/advertising for their companies, according to data gathered for the Marijuana Business Factbook 2017. Small marketing budgets, restrictions on certain forms of advertising and resistance from mainstream media platforms to accept cannabis-related ads mean marijuana businesses must find […]

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Quebec’s Hydropothecary inks agreement to raise CA$60M

Hydropothecary Corp. reached a deal to raise at least 60 million Canadian dollars ($50 million) that it plans to put toward working capital and general corporate purposes. Under the so-called bought deal transaction, a group of underwriters has agreed to purchase 60,000 units of Hydropothecary convertible debentures. The convertible debentures can be turned into stock. Hydropothecary […]

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