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Marijuana investor insights: Q&A with venture capitalist Codie Sanchez

November 13, 2018 · Updated October 8, 2021

Of all the choices cannabis investors make as they consider where to place their bets, few are more important than the deals they turn down, according to Codie Sanchez, a partner at early stage investment funds CS Ventures and Magma Partners. “In investing, you have to say no to 100 times more deals than you […]

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Week in Review: OK medical cannabis licensing boom, DEA shifts on some CBD & New York allows MMJ as opioid alternative

September 28, 2018 · Updated November 29, 2018

Oklahoma approves more than 1,100 medical marijuana businesses, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration moves certain CBD medicines off Schedule 1, and New York’s governor signs legislation allowing MMJ as an alternative to opioids. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the cannabis industry this week. Oklahoma ‘free-for-all’ The numbers are mind-boggling: As of […]

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Autism, sleep apnea now part of Minnesota’s medical marijuana program

August 1, 2018

Patients in Minnesota with autism or sleep apnea could start receiving medical marijuana on Wednesday, an expansion that could give the highly regulated market a small boost in MMJ demand. But it’s unclear whether that expansion – announced by regulators last November – and recent market growth will be enough for the state’s two vertically […]

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What are the medical marijuana business hurdles in Minnesota?

June 6, 2018 · Updated July 16, 2018

Minnesota has one of the country’s most restrictive medical marijuana programs, and MMJ businesses in the state have experienced significant financial, management and legal issues. However, it isn’t necessarily all gloom and doom when it comes to the future of Minnesota’s MMJ businesses. Nic Easley, a national cannabis consultant and CEO of Denver-based 3C Consulting, […]

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Colombia’s first Canadian stock listing could lure capital to medical marijuana

May 24, 2018 · Updated July 2, 2018

With a potential patient count more than double Canada’s, Colombia’s medical marijuana market is quickly gaining recognition as a legitimate force in the global cannabis industry. The total market for patients with qualifying conditions in Colombia exceeds 5.5 million people, according to QuantilesIMS, a U.S.-based market analytics company. The country, which has long been known […]

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New Mexico dispensaries contribute $2K to university’s medical marijuana research

May 21, 2018 · Updated July 16, 2018

A handful of medical cannabis companies contributed $2,000 to a research program at the University of New Mexico with the hope the school will shed more light on how MMJ can be used to fight opioid abuse, cancer and post-traumatic stress disorder. The group of MMJ dispensaries and manufacturers donated the money, TV station KRQE […]

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Colorado ready to add autism to medical cannabis qualifying conditions

May 8, 2018 · Updated July 16, 2018

A bill that would add autism spectrum disorder to Colorado’s list of conditions that can be treated with medical marijuana is headed to Gov. John Hickenlooper’s desk. The state’s General Assembly easily passed HB 1263 on May 4, Denver alt-weekly Westword reported. Any addition to the conditions for which doctors can recommend MMJ would likely be a […]

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What’s Happening: Industry Developments

May 1, 2018

National & International New Developments By Kate Lavin Spending Bill Includes Medical Marijuana Protections Medical marijuana companies won’t have to worry about being prosecuted by the federal government for at least another six months. President Donald Trump signed a $1.3 trillion federal spending bill March 23 that extends a statute prohibiting the Department of Justice […]

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Week in Review: Connecticut medical marijuana hopefuls, PA suit & Florida hits 100,000 patients

April 27, 2018 · Updated July 16, 2018

Connecticut receives dozens of applications from aspiring medical cannabis entrepreneurs, a Pennsylvania court tosses a lawsuit that could have undone the state’s medical marijuana program, and Florida hits 100,000 MMJ patients. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week. East Coast MMJ rising News that Connecticut regulators received […]

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Louisiana House backs expansion of medical cannabis program

April 13, 2018 · Updated July 16, 2018

Louisiana lawmakers are moving to expand the state’s medical marijuana program, as the product nears availability within months. The House voted 60-39 Thursday to add more conditions to the list of diseases and disorders eligible for marijuana treatment, a move that would be a boon for MMJ sales. Rep. Ted James’ proposal would include glaucoma, […]

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