Ohio Bill Would Put Hold on and Force MMJ License Review

Legislation introduced in Ohio would prevent the final medical cannabis licenses from being awarded but does not include language to delay the Sept. 8 deadline to roll out the program required by the law, according to a Toledo Blade report. The move comes two days after six medical cannabis applicants sued the state claiming regulators […]

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Six MMJ Cultivator Applicants Sue Ohio

Six medical cannabis cultivator applicants are suing Ohio claiming that regulators didn’t follow their own rules in scoring and awarding the 12 licenses to grow cannabis for the state program, Cleveland.com reports. The lawsuit aims to block the state from awarding the licenses. Among the claims: Scores for at least 14 of the applications were […]

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Aurora Sky Facility Receives Health Canada MMJ Cultivation License

Aurora Cannabis Inc. has received a cultivation license from Health Canada for its under-construction, 800,000-square-foot facility at the Edmonton International Airport, dubbed Aurora Sky. The facility will be able to produce more than 100,000 kilograms (220,462 pounds) of cannabis annually. “The licensing of Aurora Sky is a game changing milestone for the cannabis industry and […]

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Darcy Bomford: Acquiring a Cannabis License in Canada

Darcy Bomford is the CEO of True Leaf Medicine International, a Canadian company with one department in the national medical cannabis program and another that manufactures hemp-based wellness products for pets. In this interview, Ganjapreneur.com podcast host TG Branfalt talks with Darcy about Canada’s medical cannabis program, the strict licensing process that producers undergo there, […]

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California Growers Association Sues California Over Large-Scale Cannabis Cultivation Concerns

The California Growers Association is suing the state, contending that the Department of Food and Agriculture defied the will of the voters by permitting large-scale commercial cannabis farms, the Sacramento Bee reports. According to the report, the suit states that Prop. 64 was intended to “ensure the non-medical marijuana industry in California will be built […]

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Detroit MMJ Licensing on Hold After Lawsuit Filed Against City

Detroit, Michigan’s medical cannabis licensing process is on hold after a business group filed suit against the state claiming they were denied a business license under the new regime because they violated Detroit’s old ordinance, the Detroit Free Press reports. If the suit drags on until Feb. 15, all current operators licensed under the city’s […]

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Connecticut Seeking Applications for 3 MMJ Dispensaries

Connecticut’s Department of Consumer Protection is seeking applications for at least three new medical cannabis dispensaries by Apr. 9. Applicants are required to submit business plan information including organization structure, security plans, and compassionate care plans. “Our state’s Medical Marijuana Program is incredibly successful, and is growing rapidly. When there is a substantial increase in […]

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Ohio Receives 104 Applications for 40 Processor Licenses

The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program has received 104 applications for 40 processor licenses, including 19 of the 24 companies already awarded cultivator licenses, the Dayton Daily News reports. One of the applicants, CannAscend, was rejected for a cultivator license and has since threatened to sue the state. One cultivator applicant, PharmaCann Ohio LLC., has […]

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Health Canada Nearly Doubles Cannabis Production Licenses Since May

Canadian officials have nearly doubled the number of cannabis production licenses since May –  from 44 to 80 – as the nation prepares for adult-use legalization, the Canadian Press reports. Health Canada spokeswoman Tammy Jarbeau indicated that, as of Dec. 1, there are another 208 applicants in the final approval process. “These applicants have completed […]

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California Cannabis Regulators Issue Temporary Licenses

The California Bureau of Cannabis Control’s Cannabis Licensing, Enforcement and Reporting Project has issued more than 50 temporary industry licenses to businesses with valid permits or authorization from their local jurisdictions. According to a press release from the agency, more than 1,900 users have registered with the Bureau’s online system as of Dec. 14 and more […]

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Michigan Accepting MMJ Industry Applications

Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs is now accepting applications for medical cannabis cultivators, processors, transporters, dispensaries, and testing laboratories. Interested businesses and individuals can apply online or in-person. The agency has released an application instruction booklet to help candidates navigate the process, which includes background checks, and a $6,000 application fee. “Designing and […]

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A Dozen Dispensaries Open in Maryland; Product Still Limited

Twelve more dispensaries in Maryland were given the green light to sell to patients yesterday, but Medical Cannabis Commission Chairman Bryan Lopez told the Baltimore Sun that “product is limited.” The approvals more than double the number of dispensaries currently operating in the state. So far, more than 18,000 patients have registered with the state […]

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Colorado Regulators Suspend Denver, Colorado Cannabis Licensee; Police Arrest 12 Over Alleged Illegal Sales

Eight Sweet Leaf stores in Colorado have had their licenses suspended and 12 people have been arrested as part of a yearlong investigation by local law enforcement – not federal – into illegal cannabis sales, according to a Cannabist report. All 10 Sweet Leaf shops in Denver and one in Aurora were closed on Thursday; however, the […]

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Rejected Ohio MMJ Applicant Sues State Over Racial Equity Provisions

A would-be medical cannabis cultivator in Ohio is suing the state over the racial-equity provisions included in the licensing process which forced the firm out of contention, Cleveland.com reports. The complaint, filed on behalf of PharmaCann Ohio, LLC, argues the “racial quota” provisions in the state medical cannabis law run afoul of the state Constitution’s […]

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California Secretary of State Launches Online Portal for Cannabusinesses

California’s Secretary of State has launched an online portal for would-be cannabis business owners – CannaBizFile – and enlisted Cheech Marin in a commercial to spread the word. The Secretary of State’s office is the filing agency for all business entity documents in the state, including legal canna-businesses. “Our new cannabizfile portal makes the process […]

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Michigan MMJ Operators Allowed to Continue Business While Licensing Proceeds

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has approved the state’s emergency medical cannabis rules which allow current dispensaries approved by their municipality to stay open after Dec. 15 without risk of being shut down. The rules will allow them to stay open until they are either approved or denied a license by the state. According to the […]

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Maryland Dispensaries Begin Selling to Patients

Maryland’s first medical cannabis dispensaries opened Friday in Rockville and Cumberland – after nearly five years of bureaucracy and delays, the Washington Post reports. Five more dispensaries told the Post they expect to open shortly. Prices are sky-high. Allegany Medical Marijuana Dispensary, which opened in Cumberland, has indicated the price for an ounce is set […]

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Ohio Selects Final 12 MMJ Cultivators

Ohio regulators have chosen the final 12 medical cannabis cultivators rounding out the 24 firms approved by the state out of 185 applicants, according to a Business Insider report. The new approvals include 11 large growers are one small cultivator. The large-scale growers – up to 25,000 square feet – had to pay $20,000 just […]

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Bill to Add More MMJ Licenses Due to Diversity Issues Planned in Maryland

Members of the Maryland Legislative Black Caucus are drafting a bill that would award 10 new medical cannabis grower and processor licenses specifically for African American entrepreneurs after none were granted licenses by the state Medical Cannabis Commission, the Star and Democrat reports. At least two African American-led medical cannabis companies have sued the commission […]

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Lawsuit Filed Against Arkansas MMJ Commission Over Initial Application Rejections

The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission is being sued by a group of industry applicants who claim that the regulators were incorrect in rejecting their applications during its initial assessment last month, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports. The names of the plaintiffs were left out of the complaints to protect the anonymity of the process. The lawsuits […]

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Jamaica Licenses First MMJ Cultivator & Producer

Jamaica’s Cannabis Licensing Authority has granted its first approvals for the nation’s medical cannabis industry, as Everything Oily Labs Limited was issued a processing license and Epican was issued a license to cultivate, the Jamaica Gleaner reports. Hyacinth Lightborne, chair of the CLA, indicated that three other applications were also approved and those companies were “completing […]

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Arkansas Receives More than 320 MMJ Industry Applications

Regulators in Arkansas received 95 medical cannabis cultivation applications and 227 dispensary applications, according to state Department of Finance and Administration figures outlined by the Associated Press. Pulaski County, the state’s most populous, received 26 applications for dispensaries, the most in the state, while cultivators are most interested in setting up operations in Jefferson County […]

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Michigan Regulators Announce Application Details for New MMJ Regime

Prospective Michigan medical cannabis industry licensees and their affiliates will be subjected to a full background check, including their criminal and financial history, whether they have maintained tax compliance, and their business litigation history, according to guidance released by the state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. The applicant must submit their fingerprints to the […]

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Michigan Localities Taking Steps to Reign in & License MMJ Industry

Michigan’s legislative changes to the state’s medical cannabis program are starting to shape the state’s industry as law enforcement officials in Grand Traverse County have served cease and desist notices to eight county dispensaries, the Traverse City Record-Eagle reports. The crackdown comes at the behest of county Prosecutor Bob Cooney, who pointed to provisions of […]

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