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CDC reports majority of patients sickened in vape epidemic used marijuana vaporizer devices – many from illicit market

Health officials reported on Friday that the majority of those sickened in the vaping health crisis used cannabis vape products containing THC, and many of those in the first two states to report illnesses – Illinois and Wisconsin – said they used counterfeit marijuana products from the illicit market, not licensed MJ companies. The revelations, […]

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After the SAFE vote in US House, here’s what you need to know about the current state of banking in the marijuana industry

The U.S. House of Representatives’ vote approving legislation that would pave the way for financial institutions and insurance companies to serve state-legal marijuana businesses without fear of reprisal is a milestone for the cannabis industry. Nevertheless, the 321-103 House vote is but another step on a long and often bumpy legal road toward changing how […]

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Week in Review: Momentous marijuana banking vote in US House, vape crisis fallout, MA approves MJ cafes/delivery & more

The U.S. House passes a cannabis banking bill with strong bipartisan support, Massachusetts is the first state to nix the sale of all tobacco and marijuana vaping products, a Washington state man sues half a dozen MJ vape companies for allegedly causing his lung illness – and more of the week’s top cannabis business news. […]

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Cannabis vape manufacturers turn to packaging, other measures to distinguish their products from counterfeit merchandise

Security labels, barcodes and microchips are among the measures vaporizer manufacturers are taking to differentiate their products from counterfeit knockoffs suspected to be behind more than 800 illnesses and 12 deaths tied to the nationwide vaping crisis. Last week, California-based marijuana firm KushCo Holdings entered an exclusive distribution agreement with De La Rue, a provider […]

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Historic day: US House passes cannabis banking bill with strong bipartisan support

In a landmark move, U.S. House lawmakers on Wednesday approved overwhelmingly by a 321-103 vote legislation that would pave the way for financial institutions and insurance companies to serve state-legal marijuana businesses without fear of federal reprisal. Ninety-one Republicans voted for the measure known as the SAFE Banking Act in a showing of strong bipartisan support. […]

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Marijuana industry reaction to California’s 2019 legislative session: Some wins, but many MJ business issues still outstanding

California’s 2019 legislative session drew to a close earlier this month, and it was a lackluster year for cannabis business priorities, industry watchers noted, with no victories on issues such as tax relief, banking or the opening of more jurisdictions for business licensing. “It’s a mixed bag,” Amy Jenkins, chief lobbyist for the California Cannabis […]

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