United States

California regulators OK statewide marijuana delivery in draft of final rules

In the final drafts of California’s cannabis business regulations, regulators approved statewide marijuana deliveries, even in areas that ban cannabis. The rules will not be completely finalized until approved by the Office of Administrative Law (OAL), which may not be until sometime in January. Many believe statewide delivery – one of the most debated issues involving […]

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Michigan approves 24 more medical marijuana licenses

Michigan regulators approved 24 more medical cannabis operating licenses under a new regulatory framework, according to an email sent by state regulators to the media. That now brings the statewide total of licenses issued to 91. In late November, regulators said they wouldn’t force existing, unlicensed medical marijuana businesses to close before Dec. 31. Here’s the […]

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Maryland’s medical cannabis sales hit $96 million in first year

Maryland’s medical marijuana industry brought in $96.3 million during its first year of operation. MMJ sales began in December 2017, and there are currently nearly 52,000 patients, according to The Baltimore Sun. The newspaper also reported between 250 and 350 people a day are applying to become certified by the state to buy medical cannabis. […]

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Chart: Significant challenges await Iowa’s new medical cannabis program

The financial viability of Iowa’s newly launched medical marijuana program may be in question due to: High licensing fees. A restrictive list of qualifying conditions. Limited buy-in from patients and physicians. Widespread confusion about product availability. While Iowa is considered by many to be a CBD-only state, the launch of MMJ sales through licensed dispensaries […]

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California releases drafts of final marijuana business regulations

The long-awaited final versions of California’s cannabis business regulations have been published online by the three agencies that oversee the industry. While the rules will not be completely finalized until approved by the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) – and therefore could undergo more changes – the agencies decided to release them before an OAL […]

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What is ‘marijuana’? Name game limits cannabis entrepreneurs

The old debate about what to call the plant cannabis sativa L. is giving businesses real-world headaches in both new and established marijuana markets. Consider: Iowa allows medical marijuana but calls it something else. Texas restricts medical marijuana so severely that doctors must break the law to use the state’s program. California officials are struggling […]

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AR medical cannabis commish resigns; April market launch still expected

A member of the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission is resigning, reducing the five-person panel to two to start the year. The market launch of MMJ in the state has been delayed before by legal challenges and licensing snags. But Scott Hardin, communications director for the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, wrote in an email to […]

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WHO postpones recommendation for rescheduling cannabis at UN summit

The World Health Organization (WHO) postponed its much-anticipated recommendations about the international scheduling of cannabis, citing a need for more time to review its findings. The recommendations were expected to be released Dec. 7 at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) 61st reconvened session in Vienna. Recommendations about several other substances were included in the WHO presentation, but […]

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