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‘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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Week in Review: Canadian premiers mull recreational marijuana delay, Uruguay begins adult-use sales & Hawaii’s MMJ still on hold

By Matt Lamers, John Schroyer and Bart Schaneman Canada’s provinces consider delaying the launch of the nation’s recreational marijuana industry, adult-use cannabis goes on sale in Uruguay, and Hawaii’s health department stalls the country’s medical MJ market. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

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Australia’s MMJ market likely to develop slowly, with big players dominating

By Bart Schaneman Cannabis entrepreneurs hoping to enter Australia’s new medical marijuana market will confront obstacles at the federal and state level, with industry observers predicting a limited number of big companies will come to dominate the business. Australia’s MMJ market also is expected to develop slowly, given complex licensing procedures and strict, costly regulations.

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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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