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Health Canada ‘open’ to medical marijuana sales through pharmacies

The regulatory body that oversees medical cannabis in Canada says it’s open to the idea of distributing cannabis directly to patients through pharmacies, a move that could give the country’s MMJ market a boost by improving access.

But such a change would require buy-in from other key players beyond Health Canada.

The only legal channel patients have to purchase medical marijuana in Canada is directly from licensed producers/sellers via registered mail.

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NCIA leader vows to move forward while ex-board members question group’s direction

The National Cannabis Industry Association and its executive director, Aaron Smith, are at a crossroads. The coming months could prove pivotal.

To be sure, NCIA has racked up many successes along the way and can now boast of having its highest membership total ever.

It posted record revenue last year, and the number of cannabis businesses joining Denver-based NCIA continues to grow.

But critics of Smith and NCIA – including a growing number of veteran industry leaders – say the organization needs fresh leadership and a new direction.

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Week in Review: Pennsylvania flower sales, Oregon’s cannabis surplus & MassRoots’ big losses

Pennsylvania’s medical cannabis dispensaries get the OK to sell flower for vaping, Oregon’s marijuana glut is hurting the state’s smaller growers, and MassRoots reveals that its losses widened to $44 million in 2017. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week. Positive in Pennsylvania The announcement that […]

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After decriminalizing cannabis, Antigua preps full legalization

One month after decriminalizing cannabis, the tiny Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda is drafting legislation to legalize recreational and medical marijuana sales. The Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) Act, 2018, published in the Official Gazette on March 5, amends the Misuse of Drugs Act to state that “a person who is in possession of a maximum […]

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Here’s how the FDA’s review of epilepsy drug could affect CBD companies

It’s shaping up to be a watershed summer for the cannabis industry with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration poised to approve the first drug made from the plant.

The agency’s impending decision on Epidiolex, an epilepsy treatment made of CBD extracted from cannabis flower, could upend decades of government insistence that the plant has no medicinal value.

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Why the US needs federal marijuana reform: Q&A with Congressman Tom Garrett

U.S. Rep. Tom Garrett isn’t the most likely congressional member to embrace federal marijuana reform. The first-term Republican is from a state – Virginia – that has yet to legalize medical marijuana, although its laws provide protections for people who use cannabidiol oils for medical conditions. Why did Garrett introduce the “Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act […]

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Canadian cannabis companies find funding alternative with debt financing

Canada’s capital-hungry cannabis companies are increasingly turning to debt financiers to fuel growth as the country marches toward legalization late this summer. With no marijuana sales yet and lingering regulatory hurdles, some lenders – namely the big banks – have been hesitant to step in. That has allowed firms like Cannabis Wheaton, CannaRoyalty’s Trichome Yield […]

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Marijuana companies face new regulations, oversight tied to water use

With summer looming, marijuana growers from California to Massachusetts will confront untried regulations and potentially greater enforcement of water-related rules. The development is likely to spread as more states legalize cannabis, presenting MJ growers with additional regulatory oversight and costs. State and local water officials in California – where regulators and growers are trying a […]

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Colorado marijuana edibles company Wana Brands sued over alleged information theft

Wana Brands, a high-profile Colorado edibles maker, has been sued for allegedly stealing confidential business information from a marijuana company that says it was duped into believing it would be acquired. LP Capital, a Colorado extraction company that makes MJ-concentrated vape cartridges, claims in a lawsuit it suffered more than $5 million in damages from lost revenue […]

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