Cannabis Industry Daily News

MJardin selling Nevada marijuana grow facility for $35 million

MJardin Group, a cannabis production company with offices in Denver and Toronto, on Thursday said it has agreed to sell its GreenMart of Nevada cultivation facility in Cheyenne to a division of Phoenix-based Harvest Health & Recreation.

MJardin plans to use the proceeds to reduce its debt and for working capital. The company bought GreenMart in July.

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Michigan presses Weedmaps on illegal cannabis ads

Michigan regulators want California-based Weedmaps to honor its commitment to not run ads from illicit marijuana operations.

Marijuana Regulatory Agency Director Andrew Brisbo said he’s by Weedmaps that it won’t be entering contracts with MJ businesses “without validating they hold a state-level license,” Mlive.com reported.

In August, Weedmaps said it would not run ads for unlicensed cannabis retail stores.

Colorado ushers in 2020 with new marijuana market opportunities

Potential sales-boosting marijuana laws go into effect in Colorado this week that will permit home delivery of medical marijuana and on-site cannabis consumption, contingent on local approvals.

In moves that could improve Colorado’s marijuana business climate:

  • Starting Jan. 1, licenses can be issued for “marijuana hospitality establishments” such as cannabis cafes, dispensary tasting rooms, marijuana bus tours and designated areas of hotels.
  • Starting Jan. 2, permits can be issued for medical marijuana delivery, with retail cannabis distribution slated to begin in 2021.

Another notable rule change in Colorado: Vitamin E acetate, polyethylene glycol (and medium chain triglycerides are prohibited in the manufacture of marijuana concentrate or products intended for vaporization.

– Jeff Smith

Maine could get new cannabis traceability system

Florida-based Metrc is in talks to provide seed-to-sale tracking for medical and recreational cannabis in Maine.

The state’s Office of Marijuana Policy is negotiating with Metrc after BioTrackTHC agreed to end its contract because it couldn’t meet the necessary requirements, according to Mainebiz.

BioTrackTHC, a subsidiary of Colorado-based Helix, was awarded the Maine contract in May.

Washington state eases rules on marijuana packaging

New regulations for packaging and labeling infused marijuana edibles products in Washington favor the state’s cannabis companies.

The revised rules, recently approved by the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board, extend from Jan. 1 until July 1 the deadline for processors and producers create compliant packaging, among other changes, The Spokesman Review reported

The new rules resolve some concerns raised by an announcement almost a year ago that the industry feared would result in many types of cannabis-infused candy being removed from store shelves.

Missouri medical cannabis store closes, blames regulators

The Green Clinics, a medical marijuana store based in Kansas City, Missouri, shut down, blaming the state health department for its abrupt closure.

“Due to other providers failing to follow (Missouri’s medical marijuana constitutional amendment) and its associated rules, and the (state health department’s) failure to enforce the law, The Green Clinics will close effective immediately,” according to a Facebook post, the Springfield News-Leader reported.

Las Vegas cannabis testing lab closed by regulators

The Nevada Department of Taxation shut down Cannex Nevada, a marijuana testing laboratory in Las Vegas.

The department, which found yeast and mold three times the allowable limit on two strains of marijuana, also issued a public health warning for several tainted cannabis products approved by the lab, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

The action against Cannex is only the latest taken against Nevada testing labs.

In November, Nevada suspended the license of Certified Ag Lab for what was described as “inaccurate and misleading” potency in cannabis products. In September, regulators launched an investigation into marijuana testing labs in the state.

New filing to legalize recreational marijuana in Oklahoma

Supporters of recreational cannabis in Oklahoma refiled a petition to legalize adult-use marijuana in the state. The original petition was criticized by those who feared it would hurt Oklahoma’s fast-growing medical marijuana industry.

Michelle Tilley,  the executive director of the Oklahoma branch of the American Civil Liberties Union who filed the new paperwork with Ryan Kiesel, said she did not believe there were any issues with the original petition.

However, she added, “we are strong supporters of Oklahoma’s medical marijuana programs, and we felt it was worthwhile to eliminate any uncertainty.”

Tilley said the petition was redrafted to make sure there were greater protections for the existing medical marijuana industry and its patients.

A 2018 effort to get rec marijuana on the state’s ballot failed.

– Associated Press

Adult-use cannabis delivery services licensed in Michigan

The first three recreational cannabis businesses in Michigan have been approved to deliver MJ to homes.

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs approved the delivery businesses, WoodTV.com reported.

Adult-use cannabis became legal in Michigan on Dec. 1.

Missouri marijuana cultivators getting licenses

Missouri regulators have begun issuing licenses for medical cannabis cultivation facilities.

The Department of Health and Senior Services will notify applicants which 60 of the 554 medical marijuana cultivation applications have been approved and which have been denied, the Springfield News-Leader reported.

Top Massachusetts court doesn’t rule on cannabis vape ban

The Supreme Judicial Court in Massachusetts declined to consider whether Republican Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration overstepped its executive powers in temporarily banning the sale of nicotine and marijuana vaporizers, The Boston Globe reported.

The products are now back on store shelves in the state.

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