Florida Judge Rejects Licensing Caps for MMJ Businesses

In an exciting twist for Florida’s medical cannabis marketplace, a Tallahassee judge ruled last week that the cap on cannabis operators imposed by state lawmakers “directly contradicts” the voter-approved constitutional amendment passed in 2016, the News Service of Florida reports. Lawmakers added the restriction in 2017 while establishing rules and regulations for Florida’s medical cannabis regime. […]

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Ohio Issues Seven Provisional MMJ Processor Licenses

Ohio regulators awarded seven provisional medical cannabis processor licenses last week, Cleveland.com reports. Six additional applicants could still be eligible to receive a processor license in the provisional licensing round; there were 104 applicants in total. Under state law, regulators can issue up to 40 processing licenses. The provisional licensees, ranked by regulators’ scoring of their […]

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California’s Adult-Use Cannabis Market Experiences Growing Pains

On January 1, California opened the largest legal adult-use cannabis market in the world. The marketplace, however, has experienced a resoundingly unimpressive launch, with sales numbers hovering at about 50 percent of pre-legalization predictions. At the heart of the market’s tumultuous start, there lies a mess of issues — including over taxation, burdensome regulations, local […]

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Michigan Gov. Tasks State Police with Investigating MMJ Bribes

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has tasked state police with investigating whether there are officials taking bribes from medical cannabis operators, the Detroit Free Press reported last week. The investigation was requested by state Sen. David Knezek (D-Dearborn Heights) and was prompted by a bribery case from last year, wherein three men gave an envelope of $15,000 […]

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More Delays Plague Ohio’s Medical Cannabis Program

The law establishing Ohio’s medical cannabis program mandates the program be fully operational by September 8 — hopes for meeting that deadline, however, are already doomed due to delays in the licensing of cannabis cultivators. But now, Ohio patients will likely have to wait even longer than expected as delays are affecting other parts of the […]

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Florida to Issue Four More MMJ Cultivation Licenses

The Florida Department of Health announced last week it would be licensing four more medical cannabis cultivators now that the program has surpassed 100,000 patients, the News Service of Florida reports. The addition of the new licenses will bring the total number of cannabis cultivators in Florida up to 14, the tenth license having been issued […]

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Proposal Released for California’s Permanent Cannabis Regulations

California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) released a proposal on Friday, July 13 outlining permanent cannabis industry regulations for the state. The 136-page document details every proposed rule for the burgeoning cannabis industry, but the BCC also released a fact sheet summary of industry changes under the proposed regulations. Industry-wide changes The proposal’s industry-wide changes include […]

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New Jersey MMJ Program to Double In Size; Supply Shortages Ongoing

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, called for a doubling of the state’s medical cannabis producers today, from six to 12, according to an NJ.com report. New Jersey’s medical cannabis program developed supply issues earlier this year after a previous expansion added several qualifying conditions. The governor made the call after the New Jersey State […]

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B.C. Partners With 31 Licensed Producers for Looming Adult-Use Marketplace

British Columbia, Canada has signed agreements over production rights for the province’s adult-use cannabis market with 31 different licensed producers, the province’s Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) announced on Wednesday. The LDB will be B.C.’s sole wholesale distributor of cannabis. All 31 of the cannabis cultivators are currently registered with Canada‘s federal government under the nation’s medical cannabis […]

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South Carolina’s Industrial Hemp Expansions Taking Shape

The South Carolina Department of Agriculture announced it has received 162 industrial hemp applications for 2019, according to a WYFF report. The state is doubling the number of industrial hemp farmers from 20 to 40 — and doubling their allowed acreage from 20 acres to 40 acres — for next year’s harvest. “Expanding the Industrial Hemp Pilot Program […]

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Alberta Chooses Cannabis Producers to Serve Its Adult-Use Market

The Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis Commission (AGLC) announced the 13 licensed producers who will serve the province’s adult-use marketplace when cannabis becomes federally legal in Canada on October 17, the Calgary Herald reports. Only two of the companies, Aurora Cannabis and Canopy Growth, actually have production facilities located in Alberta. The other 11 companies are: […]

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Massachusetts Issues First Adult-Use Cannabis Retail License

Massachusetts has issued the state’s first retail adult-use cannabis license, according to a MassLive report. The retail license allows the recipient company, Cultivate Holdings Inc., to sell adult-use cannabis out of its existing medical dispensary in Leicester, Massachusetts. Cultivate was in competition with 19 other applicants for the first retail license, but it remains unclear when exactly Cultivate […]

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Ohio Officials Give First MMJ Cultivator Go-Ahead to Grow, License Early Testing Labs

Ohio’s first licensed, state-legal medical cannabis grow has received the go-ahead from the Ohio Department of Commerce, according to a Cleveland.com report. The certificate was awarded to Portage County-based FN Group Holdings LLC on Friday and authorizes the company — which will be doing business under the name Wellspring Fields — to grow up to a 3,000-foot canopy of […]

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New Rhode Island Budget Raises MMJ Companies’ Annual Renewal Fees from $5k to $250k

Rhode Island medical cannabis retailers will likely see the cost of their annual renewal fees increase fifty-fold — from $5,000 to $250,000 — after lawmakers approved a new state budget, according to a Providence Journal report. Gov. Gina Raimondo, a Democrat, is expected to sign the budget this week. Last year, Gov. Raimondo called for major expansions […]

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Mass. Regulators to Vote On First Adult-Use Cannabis License

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission is set to vote on the state’s first adult-use cannabis cultivation license on Thursday, reports the Boston Globe. Thursday’s hearing is for Sira Naturals’ cultivation facility in Milford. Sira Naturals already grows cannabis at that location for its three existing dispensaries, but this license would be its first recreational grow. […]

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Columbus, Ohio MMJ Clinics Open Without Products on Shelves

Medical cannabis clinics are beginning to open their doors in Columbus, Ohio, though the industry’s medical cannabis products aren’t ready and, in fact, haven’t even been planted yet. Instead, businesses have doctors on-site who are meeting with future patients and helping people sign up for Ohio’s new medical cannabis program. “Our goal is to get […]

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Ohio MMJ Market Delayed, Sales Won’t Launch on Sept. 8

Cannabis patients in Ohio won’t have access to medicine by the September 8 deadline for launching the program due to delays in the licensing process for the state’s 25 growers, according to a Cincinnatti.com report. While licenses have been issued, cultivators can’t actually start growing until they have passed inspections with the Ohio Department of Commerce. […]

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Michigan Extends Deadline for Unlicensed Canna-businesses to Remain Operational

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs is allowing unlicensed medical cannabis dispensaries to remain open until Sept. 15 without risking future licensing eligibility. Operators had faced a June 15 deadline; however, regulators have been slow in issuing licenses under the new regime approved by lawmakers in 2016. According to LARA, the extension allows […]

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Ohio Board of Pharmacy Pushes Back MMJ Dispensary Licensing Meeting

The rollout of Ohio’s medical cannabis industry has been potentially delayed as the state Board of Pharmacy has canceled its meeting to discuss provisional licensing for dispensaries. The meeting, which was planned for today, has been moved to June 4-6. But that’s not the only setback: According to a WLWT5 report, there are just 89 […]

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Zimbabwe MMJ Licensing Plans on Hold Due to ‘Crazy’ Estimates

Zimbabwe is backing off medical cannabis cultivation licensing plans after receiving wildly varied estimates from the 350 applicants interested in the program, the South African reports. Deputy Finance Minister Terrence Mukupe said that too many of the applications offered far different estimates for how much land would be required to grow cannabis and how much money […]

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Passed-Over MMJ Dispensary Sues Louisiana Board of Pharmacy

A lawsuit by a would-be medical cannabis dispensary could delay sales in New Orleans, Louisiana. According to a WVUE report, RX Greenhouse has sued the state Board of Pharmacy over their decision to give the city contract to H&W Drug Store, which was ranked fourth – RX Greenhouse was ranked first. H&W has been in business […]

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Massachusetts Cannabis Regulators Mistakenly Approve, Then Rescind, 10 Retail Cannabis Applications

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission mistakenly approved 10 priority certification retail cannabis applications that were supposed to be denied, according to a State House News Service report. The CCC had approved 146 such applications but Executive Director Shawn Collins admitted that 10 of those were approved in error. “Upon further review, we’ve identified a number […]

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Saskatchewan Canada Opens Cannabis Wholesale Permits

The Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority is now accepting applications for wholesale cannabis permits and licensed producers. There is no limit in the province on the number of wholesale permits, but those permittees can only sell to retailers and not to the general public. Wholesale permit fees run $5,000, including a $2,000 non-refundable application fee […]

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Maryland Legislature Passes MMJ Expansion Bill to Address Lack of Minority-Owned Firms

Maryland’s Senate and House of Delegates passed a bill over the weekend to issue seven additional medical cannabis cultivation and 13 processing licenses, the Baltimore Sun reports. The bill includes language which would force regulators to consider race and barriers for minorities, including women, with the issuance of those licenses. The bill’s passage addresses the […]

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