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Week in Review: Mexico moves toward recreational cannabis legalization, vape firm Pax cuts jobs, Northeast govs huddle & more

Mexico prepares to become the most populous nation in the world to legalize adult-use marijuana, vape company Pax cuts 25% of its workforce, governors of Northeast states consider working together to legalize recreational MJ – and more of the week’s top cannabis business news. Mexico prepares to legalize recreational cannabis Mexico’s Senate is ready to receive a […]

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MJBizDaily leadership change: Co-founder Farrington stepping down as CEO; Walsh to take reins

Cassandra Farrington, the co-founder of Marijuana Business Daily, is stepping aside as CEO of the pioneering cannabis publishing and trade show business at the end of the year and will be replaced by the company’s founding editor and president, Chris Walsh. Farrington, who has overseen huge growth at MJBizDaily since its founding in 2011, will transition […]

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Mexico’s draft cannabis legalization law would limit foreign investment, ban vertical integration

Mexican lawmakers are moving closer to adopting groundbreaking legislation to establish a federally regulated cannabis industry, a move that would lay the legal foundation for a new market and make Mexico only the third country in the world to legalize commercial production of adult-use marijuana. The legislation lays out the groundwork to create what would […]

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Red tape, regulations hamper Canadian cannabis businesses in first year of recreational sales

A heavy regulatory burden at all levels of government put a damper on legal cannabis sales in the first year of Canada’s adult-use market, but experts are optimistic provincial and federal governments could ease certain rules over time, leading to more business-friendly environments. Until then, however, businesses say that some rules limit their competitiveness with […]

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Brazil again delays vote on regulating cannabis cultivation and products registration, dealing further setback to open market

Brazilian health regulators unexpectedly postponed another vote on a groundbreaking proposal to regulate the cultivation and registration of cannabis-based medicines, delivering a further blow to efforts to open up fresh business opportunities in Latin America’s largest medical cannabis market. The directory of the Brazilian Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária – or National Sanitary Surveillance Agency […]

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France appears ready to OK funding for a medical cannabis experiment with 3,000 patients

French lawmakers appear ready to approve legislation to bankroll a two-year medical cannabis trial program for 3,000 patients, a move that would give overseas companies the opportunity to export product to what could become one of Europe’s largest markets. Olivier Véran, deputy of the French National Assembly, submitted an amendment to the Social Security Financing Bill (Projet de […]

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‘It’s confounding’: Former Nova Scotia premier wants Ottawa to fix cannabis banking problems

Former Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter is calling on the federal government to address banking issues stymieing legal marijuana businesses across Canada. Almost one year into adult-use legalization, cannabis entrepreneurs and registered not-for-profit trade associations are accusing Canada’s banking sector of gouging and arbitrarily closing bank accounts – sometimes citing U.S. federal law that prohibits marijuana. […]

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