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Canadian Senate committee asks for marijuana legalization delay

Two Senate committees reviewing Canada’s proposed marijuana legislation are asking for significant changes to the bill before it becomes law – changes that could delay implementation and have a major impact on businesses prepping for the recreational market.

The Committee on Aboriginal Peoples wants the bill amended to address a “lack of meaningful consultation” with First Nations communities and asked for a delay of up to one year.

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Collaboration is key to your marijuana company: Q&A with management guru Erica Dhawan

Erica Dhawan wants to help cannabis professionals connect in intelligent ways, including focusing on collaboration among employees and building alliances with other businesses. That way, as your business grows you don’t have to rely on your organization alone to scale up, you have partnerships and networks to help you expand. “Those that really think about […]

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Provincial Preview: British Columbia poised to play major role in Canada’s cannabis industry

Cannabis businesses in British Columbia can leverage decades of market experience in cultivation, retail and research and development to maintain their dominant position in Canada’s marijuana industry when recreational use becomes legal later this year.

The province’s multibillion-dollar gray market includes hundreds of dispensaries and at least 4,000 licensed personal growers.

But how much of that will shift to the regulated market when it rolls out?

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Denver Post eliminates staff of marijuana news site The Cannabist

At a time when the marijuana industry is booming, The Denver Post is cutting the entire editorial staff of The Cannabist, the first MJ-focused news site operated by a mainstream media company in the United States. “As part of the staff cuts that the Denver Post has been required to make, the decision has been […]

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

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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Weathering California’s marijuana transition: Q&A with cultivation expert Kristin Nevedal

In the patchwork world of U.S. cannabis laws, California’s move toward a more highly regulated market is a “rodeo” worth watching, says Kristin Nevedal. The chief compliance officer at SunFed, the parent company of California-based Humboldt’s Finest, has been on the front line of the Golden State’s transition to a fully legal market. While California […]

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Washington state cannabis businesses want mandatory pesticide testing, worrying small growers

Washington state marijuana business owners are urging regulators to require cultivators to test adult-use crops for pesticides, a move that has triggered alarm bells among smaller growers. Some cultivators hope such a move – already adopted in other states – would inspire confidence among consumers and bolster recreational marijuana sales. But smaller growers – already […]

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Despite historic inroads, federal marijuana reform faces uphill climb before midterm elections

Political support for reforming federal cannabis laws appears to be snowballing: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, President Donald Trump and former House Speaker John Boehner all recently signaled varying levels of support. In short, a variety of pro-cannabis bills – from hemp legalization and tax reform to granting MJ businesses […]

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