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After string of successes, multistate cannabis firm MedMen forced to confront adversity

In November, California-based cannabis retailer MedMen began advertising for a crisis management planning manager. According to the job posting, the position was intended to support the company’s “employees and business units in building, sustaining and improving MedMen’s capability to prepare for, mitigate against, respond to and recover from all hazards.” In hindsight, the posting seemed […]

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Congressional hearing on marijuana banking boosts industry hopes for reform, but passage far from assured

Major issues facing the cannabis industry, such as limited access to banking services, have stalled in Congress without even getting a hearing, much less a floor vote.

That will change Wednesday, when a subcommittee of the now-Democratic-controlled House Financial Services Committee hears testimony on the difficulty legal cannabis businesses have opening and maintaining bank accounts.

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How Canadian firms and money are shaping US cannabis sector: Q&A with The Apothecarium’s Ryan Hudson

Ryan Hudson co-founded The Apothecarium in San Francisco in 2011. On Monday, he agreed to sell the retail company and its assets to a Canadian wellness firm for a cool $118 million to help fuel future growth. Hudson – who will remain The Apothecarium’s CEO – is the latest in a slew of California marijuana executives who’ve sold […]

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CA tries to clarify rules around THC limits in edibles, potentially spelling relief for infused product firms, labs

California’s infused product makers and testing labs are breathing a sigh of relief now that state regulators have sought to clarify rules governing THC potency for edibles and beverages, a move that is expected to result in fewer products failing lab tests. The brouhaha arose after California’s permanent cannabis regulations took effect last month. Two of the three […]

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Marijuana or hemp? Manufacturers snagged by Farm Bill confusion

Cannabis entrepreneurs say they’re facing jail time and hefty legal fees because of the plant’s complicated biology, with the vaunted 2018 Farm Bill only muddling the picture for interstate commerce. A pair of cases in Idaho and Oklahoma raised questions about how state and local law enforcement are supposed to tell the difference between hemp and marijuana. Since the […]

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Is proposed Oregon marijuana export plan a solution to state’s cannabis glut – or a pipe dream?

The head of an Oregon marijuana trade group hopes to convince state legislators to permit local cannabis companies to export crops and products to other states, but MJ attorneys said the plan faces huge legal obstacles. To shrink Oregon’s massive marijuana surplus, Adam Smith, the founder of the Craft Cannabis Alliance, is working with state lawmakers […]

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