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A year after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico’s medical marijuana program back on track

One year after a hurricane devastated the island of Puerto Rico, medical cannabis businesses are reporting a remarkable turnaround from a storm that is believed to have left nearly 3,000 people dead. The U.S. territory’s medical marijuana patient pool is increasing and prices for cannabis flower are leveling off after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico’s […]

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How ‘thousands of pounds’ of California cannabis may be left out of the legal supply chain

The regulatory whirlwind that swept through California’s marijuana industry since the newly regulated market launched in January continues to fan many companies’ anxieties – especially those smaller farmers that are more focused on cultivation than mainstream business savvy.

In particular, the state requirement that all growers use licensed distributors as middlemen to get their product to market has resulted in a bottleneck in many rural marijuana farming areas, especially Trinity County, which is famously remote and therefore was a perfect stomping ground for illicit cannabis growers for decades.

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Chart: Dominant player emerging for state cannabis seed-to-sale tracking contracts

Businesses that provide seed-to-sale tracking systems to the marijuana industry operate in an intensely competitive environment, but one company appears to be pulling away from the pack with its recent contract victories.

Franwell – the Florida manufacturer of the regulatory compliance system known as Metrc – has won contracts with more than half the markets that require cannabis businesses to use a specific seed-to-sale traceability system.

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US cannabis listings in Canada rise as investor interest spikes

A record number of U.S.-based marijuana companies are turning to Canada to fund aggressive expansion in the United States and globally. The companies, which face investment constraints in the United States, are being lured by Canada’s cannabis-friendly capital markets and a growing appetite among international investors for American MJ assets. So far this year, 17 […]

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Week in Review: Long wait for Oregon rec cannabis permits, OK docs told no MMJ & New Jersey deluged by applicants

New recreational cannabis applicants in Oregon have to wait at least a year for a license, many Oklahoma doctors are told not to recommend medical marijuana, and New Jersey receives a flood of applications for MMJ licenses. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the cannabis industry this week. Oregon preps for license […]

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Number of cannabis racketeering suits increases, posing financial threat to targeted firms

Federal civil racketeering lawsuits are proliferating against marijuana businesses, forcing companies to sometimes spend tens of thousands of dollars to cover legal costs. Experts are divided about the risk the lawsuits pose to the industry. But the growing number of cases is proving worrisome to industry watchers. “There is a greater risk of (racketeering) litigation […]

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Marlboro maker ‘evaluating opportunities’ in cannabis industry

Altria Group, one of the largest tobacco companies in North America, is assessing its market opportunities in the cannabis industry. The entry of Altria – owner of Marlboro maker Philip Morris USA and an investor in alcohol giant Anheuser-Busch InBev – would be another major milestone for the marijuana sector, coming on the heels of […]

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Week in Review: Ohio’s odd ban on CBD sales, California acts on illicit firms & Nevada MJ market sizzles

Ohio bans CBD sales outside of marijuana stores – which aren’t even open yet – California regulators take legal action against two unlicensed MJ businesses, and the Nevada cannabis market tops half a billion dollars in sales during its first year.

Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the cannabis industry this week.

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