U.S. Territories & Caribbean Cannabis Industry & Marijuana Business News

‘We lost it all’: Puerto Rico medical marijuana businesses assess hurricane damage

By Bart Schaneman Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico’s medical marijuana industry, setting back its development at least six months – if not much longer – and causing millions of dollars in damage to MMJ businesses. No outdoor marijuana cultivation facilities survived, but some dispensaries are operating and patients who can access them are still buying.

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Jamaica receives slew of medical marijuana business applications

Jamaica has received 236 business license applications since opening the permit process last year. Of the 236 applications, two licenses have been granted but not issued because the winners have yet to pay their fees, according to Hyacinth Lightbourne, chair of Jamaica’s Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA). Another 44 applications have gotten conditional approval, according to the […]

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Puerto Rico enacts new medical cannabis law

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello has signed into law an updated medical marijuana statute after deciding a previous MMJ legalization measure wasn’t thorough enough. Roughly 20 medical marijuana dispensaries are already operating on the island, according to a count on Weedmaps. The dispensaries began opening for business in January after the island’s health department promulgated industry rules a year […]

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Jamaica grants conditional OK for three MMJ businesses

Jamaica’s Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) has given initial approval to three medical marijuana business applicants, two for cultivation and one for processing. But the actual launch of the island’s medical marijuana industry – ranging from growers to retailers – could still be months off. A total of 160 applicants competed for the latest batch of business permits, according […]

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Guam medical marijuana sales could begin this summer

Regulators in Guam have received at least 40 applications for medical cannabis business licenses since the application process opened Wednesday (Tuesday in U.S.). An official predicted MMJ sales could start as soon as summer for certain medical qualifying conditions, the Pacific Daily News reported. Though most of the license applications have been for commercial cultivation, permits […]

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Guam to begin accepting MMJ business applications this week

Guam is about to get its medical cannabis industry off the ground. Entrepreneurs hoping to enter the U.S. territory’s MMJ market can begin applying for licenses Jan. 18, the Pacific Daily News reported. Guam voters passed a measure to legalize medical marijuana in November 2014, and it finally lapsed into effect Dec. 17, 2016, without […]

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Puerto Rico medical marijuana dispensaries open

Medical marijuana dispensaries are open for the first time in Puerto Rico and poised to serve tourists visiting the island. The U.S. territory adopted regulations to allow for the cultivation, manufacturing and distribution of medical cannabis two years ago. And so far at least two dispensaries have opened their doors, according to the Associated Press. […]

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Guam governor pushes to legalize recreational marijuana

The governor of Guam wants to legalize recreational marijuana and plans to work with lawmakers to draft legislation that would be introduced early in 2017, a move that would make the western Pacific island the first U.S. territory with an adult-use program. Voters on Guam passed medical marijuana in 2014. But the program has not […]

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Cayman Islands clears way for use of medicinal cannabis oil

Cayman Islands lawmakers have cleared the way for legalization of medicinal cannabis oil, but questions remain about where the country will obtain it. Lawmakers approved a second reading of a bill Monday that would allow cannabis oil to be prescribed by local doctors and sold by pharmacies on the Caribbean island to cancer patients and others, […]

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Puerto Rico inventory tracking system deal embroiled in dispute

By John Schroyer Three U.S. cannabis inventory software firms are involved in a legal tussle centered over whether Puerto Rico may have violated its own laws when awarding a government contract. BioTrackTHC, which beat at least five other competitors to win the Puerto Rico contract, is the target of the dispute. 

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