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Which is best for cannabis – a Dutch or North American greenhouse?

By Omar Sacirbey High energy costs and declining cannabis prices have many cultivators thinking about moving their indoor grows into greenhouses. But once that decision is made, those cultivators must determine whether to buy a North American-made greenhouse or import one from the Netherlands, which has dominated the industry since the 1800s.

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Week in Review: 5 business takeaways from the landmark election

By Omar Sacirbey and Bart Schaneman Now that voters in seven additional states have legalized recreational or medical marijuana, business leaders and political observers are bullish about the potential for industry growth. They point to surge in opportunities for interstate expansion, increased investor interest in cannabis and greater innovation in technology and business strategies.

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San Jose latest California city to temporarily ban rec cannabis

San Jose, the third-largest city in California, on Tuesday joined the list of municipalities statewide to slap a temporary ban on adult-use cannabis businesses before Election Day. San Jose has joined other California cities in imposing temporary bans and controls on recreational marijuana in advance of Tuesday’s election, when California voters will decide whether to legalize […]

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CA deputies seize $10M of marijuana at licensed grow

Deputies seized $10 million of marijuana at a licensed cultivation operation in Northern California, citing a misunderstanding of Calaveras County marijuana laws for the weekend bust. Thirty-five workers were arrested during the raid at an abandoned airport outside of San Andreas, California. Some of the workers were from Honduras, El Salvador and Mexico, and they said they were […]

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Eaze-y money: Medical cannabis delivery app raises $13 million

Eaze, the company behind a popular app for medical marijuana deliveries, announced Monday that it has raised $13 million in a Series B financing round. The round was led by Fresh VC, a 2-year-old venture capital firm whose co-founder, Brian Sheng, previously worked for China’s largest venture capital firm, Shenzen Capital Group. Other Series B investors […]

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San Jose approves cultivation, deliveries for MMJ collectives

The city council in San Jose, California, gave preliminary approval Tuesday to allow the city’s 16 registered medical marijuana collectives to run two cultivation sites and make deliveries to patients or caregivers. The proposed rules, which require final approval next week, would allow deliveries between 8 a.m. and midnight, the San Jose Mercury News reported. Delivery drivers […]

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CA dispensary wants tax payment labeled a ‘contribution’

The owner of a California medical marijuana grow and dispensary is proposing to pay $1.3 million in back taxes to the city of San Jose, but with a caveat – the money must be classified as a “contribution or collection of membership fees,” not as taxes. David Armstrong, the owner of MediMarts in San Jose, hasn’t […]

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San Diego cracking down on illegal marijuana dispensaries

The city of San Diego has launched a campaign to crack down on illegal medical marijuana dispensaries and is asking residents to purchase MMJ only from licensed shops, a sign that authorities are trying to rein in the local black market. The “Buy Safe, Buy Legal” campaign was launched Thursday through a partnership of the United Medical Marijuana […]

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California rec campaign spending half its cash on ads

The campaign behind Proposition 64, which would legalize adult-use cannabis in California, has already committed nearly half its $14 million war chest to TV and radio ads across the state. One such ad, according to the Los Angeles Times, focuses on provisions included in the legal language of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (Prop […]

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CA medical cannabis extract makers shielded under new law

Medical marijuana extract manufacturers in California will receive legal protections under a new law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. Assembly Bill 2679, signed on Sept. 29, spans a gap between existing unregulated medical marijuana extracts and the soon-to-be regulated market, which starts the first day of 2018. Butane hash blasters, carbon dioxide extraction technicians and other […]

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CA gov. signs one medical marijuana bill, vetoes another

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed a significant piece of statewide medical marijuana legislation and vetoed another focused on Los Angeles. Brown signed Assembly Bill 2679, which establishes statewide standards for MMJ product manufacturers, further implements regulations for the industry as a whole, and puts an end to “misguided raids” by law enforcement on […]

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L.A. dispensaries submit signatures for ballot question

A coalition of Los Angeles medical cannabis dispensaries has turned in over 100,000 signatures to support their bid to get an initiative on the city ballot that would give licensing priority to 135 storefronts. The UCBA Trade Association, which is comprised of roughly 40 dispensaries that have been operating since before September 2007, needed only 61,500 […]

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