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How Florida’s $250M medical cannabis market could open up to new businesses in 2019

Florida’s $250 million medical marijuana market is poised to swing its doors open to new companies next year after two judicial rulings in recent months that could reshape the competitive landscape. More competitors would be a change for the Sunshine State’s large MMJ market, which currently is dominated by about a half-dozen vertically integrated operators. […]

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Chart: 2018 Farm Bill addresses major pain points for hemp industry

Several major hurdles undermining hemp cultivators’ ability to run successful, profitable businesses are set to crumble once President Donald Trump signs the 2018 Farm Bill. Challenges such as finding processors or accessing banking services – problems attributable to the patchwork of state laws and regulations that have so far underpinned the industry – will be […]

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Week in Review: NV cannabis licensing gripes, Connecticut permits more MMJ dispensaries & Q3 earnings roundup

Nevada issues 61 additional provisional recreational marijuana retail permits, Connecticut doubles the number of medical cannabis dispensary licenses in the state, and some publicly traded MJ firms release third-quarter results. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry this week. Nevada licensing controversy Nevada issued 61 provisional adult-use retail licenses, which […]

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Chart: Significant challenges await Iowa’s new medical cannabis program

The financial viability of Iowa’s newly launched medical marijuana program may be in question due to: High licensing fees. A restrictive list of qualifying conditions. Limited buy-in from patients and physicians. Widespread confusion about product availability. While Iowa is considered by many to be a CBD-only state, the launch of MMJ sales through licensed dispensaries […]

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What is ‘marijuana’? Name game limits cannabis entrepreneurs

The old debate about what to call the plant cannabis sativa L. is giving businesses real-world headaches in both new and established marijuana markets. Consider: Iowa allows medical marijuana but calls it something else. Texas restricts medical marijuana so severely that doctors must break the law to use the state’s program. California officials are struggling […]

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