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US (CA): "Questions remain about excise tax increase"

The governor's proposal to temporarily cut the cannabis cultivation tax has support from at least one Humboldt County grower, but the same can't be said for the decision to simultaneously raise the excise tax paid by consumers at the point of purchase. "By most estimates, two-thirds to 75% or so of the…

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Total licensed cultivators now 146

US: New York approves another 58 cannabis cultivators

Today, New York’s Cannabis Control Board approved another 58 growers to cultivate cannabis under conditional licenses, bringing the total number of licensed cultivators across the state to 146.“We’re moving quickly, knowing that the growing season is short,” said Chris Alexander, head of the Office of…

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The challenges and opportunities of the upcoming market

US: Will smaller cannabis businesses survive the high costs in the New York market?

“It is going to be interesting to see if the smaller individual owners getting their license will be able to sustain the costs of higher real estate, higher insurance, and higher taxes,” says Micky Williams, CEO of Accounting Intelligence. The cannabis accounting and technology solutions firm helps…

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US (CA): "Many cannabis operators have not been paying taxes"

The Board of Supervisors considered options for changing the cannabis tax model for Santa Barbara County operators but voted Tuesday to wait on additional financial information from local audits and state databases. In Santa Barbara County, many cannabis operators have not been paying taxes, either…

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US (NM): Some cannabis producers may face higher tax bill than expected

For the first time, New Mexico adult-use cannabis companies are required to file their gross receipts and cannabis excise taxes in one week. It’s unclear exactly how much the state is set to collect, but cannabis regulators reported more than $20 million in adult-use sales for the month of April.  Since an…

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Guyana: Government tables legislation for hemp cultivation

The Government has tabled the Industrial Hemp Bill, which was read for the first time yesterday by Agriculture Minister Zulfikar Mustapha. Once passed, the legislation will provide for the cultivation and manufacturing of industrial hemp and hemp-related products in Guyana. However, the Government…

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President of Zimbabwe commissions $27 million medicinal cannabis farm

President Mnangagwa has commissioned medical cannabis farm and processing plant at Mount Hampden set up by Swiss Biocieuticals Limited in West Province, Zimbabwe. The Swiss Biocieuticals medical cannabis farm worth US$27 million is built with a medicinal cannabis processing plant fitted with the first…

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Dutch cannabis experiment might start before growers are ready

The experiment with the legal sale of cannabis can begin even if not all selected growers can supply enough. That is what Health Minister Kuipers said in the Lower House. "If there is sufficient capacity, but not yet from all growers, then we think we can start." There are many questions in the Chamber…

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"We could sell it for six times the price"

Zimbabwean growers hoping to change from tobacco to cannabis

Zimbabwean farmers looking to cash in on a global boom in medicinal cannabis face many costs and regulatory barriers, but growers like Munyaradzi Nyanungo are betting it will boost their fortunes after decades of economic decline. The southern African country became one of the first in Africa to legalize…

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"Barely a plant is growing, yet millions have already gone into the Dutch cannabis trial"

While the Dutch cannabis experiment just won't get off the ground, millions are being invested in the chosen growers. This is partly done by foreign investors who want to get a foothold in Europe's first legal adult-use cannabis market.It leads to further delays for the trial, as those investors need to…

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US (CA): Long Beach looks to 'relax the tax' on cannabis

Members of the legal cannabis industry spoke in support of lowering cannabis taxes on Tuesday, May 10, before Long Beach City Council approved two cannabis-related items after conducting a study on the impacts of lowering the retail tax in the city and supporting state legislation that would reduce…

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SVG: "Traditional cannabis cultivators to make impact in budding medicinal cannabis industry"

Traditional cultivators of cannabis are poised to take a bite out of the medicinal cannabis industry, not just by producing raw material but by becoming involved in manufacturing, processing, and scientific research. Junior ‘Spirit’ Cottle, the leader of an amalgamated co-operative, SVG Cannabis Revival…

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Border patrol document confirms

"Working in Canada’s cannabis industry does not make people inadmissible to U.S."

Simply working in Canada’s cannabis industry does not automatically render a person ineligible for admission to the U.S., a recently disclosed document from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) says. That directly contradicts what top officials with the agency told the media following Canada’s national…

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Africa: “Opening up the domestic cannabis market would help many struggling growers”

“The African cannabis industry is about 3-7 years behind compared to the rest of the world. While many growers are unable to integrate into an international supply chain due to the high standards, a domestic market would benefit them greatly,” says Sibusiso Xaba, Co-Founder and CEO of ACA Group (Africa…

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Two weeks of adult-use cannabis in New Jersey: "Amount of customers wows dispensaries"

The first two weeks of legal adult-use cannabis sales in New Jersey are in the books, and the state's brand new cannabis industry shows no signs of slowing down.  The 12 medical marijuana dispensaries selling cannabis for adult use still see regular lines, though far shorter than the hours-long waits that…

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US (NY): "We are the county's first farm licensed to grow adult-use cannabis"

Bunker’s Hemp LLC has become the first farm in Montgomery County to receive a license from the state to grow adult-us cannabis. On Thursday, the state Cannabis Control Board announced the approval of 36 Adult-use Cannabis Conditional Cultivator Licenses for farms across the state. The board previously…

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US: "The pressure is on PA as neighboring states legalize adult-use cannabis"

Will bipartisan talks in Harrisburg finally spark adult-use cannabis legalization, or is the latest effort to go green destined to go up in smoke? With neighboring states, including Maryland, New York, and New Jersey establishing their own private adult-use cannabis markets, Pennsylvania may be feeling…

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From 60 to 225 hectares

NL: Fryslân's hemp production to be scaled up considerably

This year in Fryslân, 225 hectares of land will be sown with fibre hemp, which is considerably more than the 60 hectares last year.Recently, the first pieces of land were sown at Nieuwehorne. The sowing is done by the Dracht company GreenInclusive, which develops and produces sustainable products from…

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Thailand: One million free cannabis plants to be handed out for small-scale cultivation

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul plans to offer 1 million cannabis plants for free when household cultivation and use of the plant is legalized in June. From June 9, people in Thailand will be able to grow “as many cannabis plants” as they like in their own homes, according to Anutin.The…

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"Monthly tax revenues could be doubled"

Study: "California needs to eliminate cultivation tax so legal cannabis can compete with the illicit market"

California could increase legal cannabis sales and bring in 123% more in total monthly cannabis-related tax revenue by 2024 by eliminating its cultivation tax, according to a new study by Reason Foundation, Good Farmers Great Neighbors, and Precision Advocacy. "High taxes are undermining California's…

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US (MO): Activists submit double the signatures needed for cannabis legalization ballot initiative

Missouri activists have turned in more than double the number of signatures needed to qualify a cannabis legalization initiative for the November ballot. As the prospects of enacting reform through the legislature have dwindled in recent days, Legal Missouri 2022 turned in more than 385,000 signatures to…

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US (NY): More cannabis cultivators approved as state prepares to launch sales this year

New York regulators on Thursday approved a second batch of applications for adult-use cannabis cultivators as the state prepares for the launch of retail sales “later this year.” The Cannabis Control Board (CCB) granted an additional 36 cultivator licenses for existing hemp businesses as part of the…

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US (CA): Majority of cannabis business licenses remain ‘provisional’ from bureaucratic backlog

It’s been a few years since California rolled out its cannabis licensing and tax program. But the state is still ironing out the kinks. As of now, the state has issued 12,691 licenses, three-quarters of which are provisional, used by cannabis businesses to operate until they get their annual licenses.…

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"Prioritizing reform this summer"

German Health Minister speeds up cannabis reform

In a surprise announcement, the German Health Minister, SPD-affiliated Karl Lauterbach, has now thrown his weight behind a stepped-up schedule for cannabis legalization. Namely, he wants to put this on the summer legislative agenda rather than pushing it back to this fall (or later) as had been widely…

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Bethany Gomez, Brightfield Group

Continued growth with challenges: What does the data say about the US and Canadian cannabis markets?

Is it true that it is impossible for growers to successfully exist in the Canadian cannabis market? Is the US cannabis market easier to succeed in? Based on cannabis market research, Brightfield Group Managing Director Bethany Gomez shares what insights the recent industry data has to offer. “While we…

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"The progress isn't happening quick enough"

US (CA): LA cannabis business owners hope for changes as industry moves forward

There’s a lot of movement happening within the city of Los Angeles when it comes to cannabis. Recently, the head of LA's Department of Cannabis Regulation stepped down. And this week, City Council introduced a new motion that would give licensed cannabis businesses a placard to prove their legitimacy.…

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US: Medical cannabis bill fails to pass in South Carolina

Despite making it further this year than ever before, a push to legalize medical cannabis in South Carolina has failed again.The South Carolina House of Representatives did not take up the measure, known as the Compassionate Care Act, for debate Wednesday afternoon. With time dwindling in the session,…

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US (CT): State receives 6,000 cannabis license applications, only 12 will be selected

Connecticut’s first application window for adult-use cannabis businesses has come to an end on Wednesday night. It comes as social equity applicants express concerns about fairness after hearing about well-established cannabis companies coming from out of state to set up shop. Thousands of applicants are…

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$6 million shortfall anticipated

US (CA): County struggles with unpredictable cannabis cultivation tax revenue

Santa Barbara County is anticipating a $6 million shortfall in its predicted cannabis cultivation tax revenue for this fiscal year, thanks to an oversupply of wholesale cannabis in California and the resulting price decrease. “We overestimated revenues by almost 30 percent this year, and we don’t want to…

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US (NM): Million cannabis plant count a mistake, officials say

The state Cannabis Control Division has walked back its claim that the state had more than 1 million mature plants ready to supply product manufacturers and retail shops ahead of the start of adult-use cannabis sales last month.Some critics, including cannabis growers, had scoffed at the figure, saying…

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US: Lawsuit challenging Missouri cannabis license caps rejected

Missouri’s constitution gave state regulators the authority to limit the number of licenses issued to grow and sell medical cannabis, the Missouri Court of Appeals for the western district ruled Tuesday. The Callicoats, a family from Sarcoxie, Mo., sued the state in 2020 after their license to open a…

Codema bankrupt: "It seems that Codema has been hit harder than similar companies"

In the market, it was known that the situation at Codema Systems Group wasn't stable over the last couple of years. With the bankruptcy declared yesterday, more than sixty years of horticultural history have come to an end. At the same time, various parties are already showing interest in taking over…

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Svein Tore Holsether, President and CEO of Yara

Yara: "Impact of the Ukranian war on global food security will be dramatic"

Yara delivers improved returns in a tight market situation, where higher prices more than offset higher feedstock costs and lower deliveries. First-quarter operating income1 was USD 1,039 million compared with USD 322 million a year earlier. “Yara’s business model is robust and performs well even in a…

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Numbers have doubled

US: "Medical cannabis industry is booming in Florida"

As in other states that have legalized medical cannabis, Florida has seen a huge increase in doctors, users, and dispensary businesses in the last few years, thanks in part to the COVID-10 pandemic. “Cannabis is one of the few industries in the world that grew during the pandemic,” Javier Hasse of…

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County discusses reducing fees

US (CA): "I will be out of business in six months if something doesn’t change"

At least one retired Stanislaus County supervisor, who was critical of California’s legal cannabis initiative, might be saying, “I told you so.”County supervisors on Tuesday talked about reducing the fee structure for legal cannabis business owners, who are complaining they can’t pay the current fees and…

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Cannabis cultivators begin planting seeds as New York's industry starts rolling

New York state has approved 52 licenses to cultivate cannabis for adult use. For those in that group, the license presents a big opportunity. In a Newark warehouse, they are literally planting the seeds for a new frontier. “We gear everything toward the cannabis industry,” said Jeremy Jimenez, who…

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US (MI): Grower turns to organic cannabis because of plummeting prices

At a time when gas prices, food prices, home prices, and more are all going up, there's one consumer item that's doing the opposite: cannabis. The average retail price for an ounce of cannabis at an adult-use dispensary dropped to its lowest point in January at $153. Since then, prices have risen…

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US (GA): "With cannabis growers in legal limbo, a long wait is ahead of the first stores to open"

After Georgia awarded six licenses to grow cannabis for medicinal purposes, the state’s medical cannabis program remains stalled. Those six licenses were recently tabled following a contentious legislative session, and those who wanted a license but didn’t get one have sued the state. But even once…

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US (NY): Farm owners prepare to grow the state's first adult-use cannabis plants

As the Northeast shakes off – hopefully — the last of the winter weather, 52 New York farmers are gearing up to produce the state’s first adult-use cannabis plants. On an overcast April morning, Nightshade Farm owner Phil Spinelli is pushing open the large doors of an empty greenhouse. With the air still…

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"Licensing deadline will not be met"

US: Vermont's cannabis growers are ready, but their permits aren't

Vermont's Cannabis Control Board acknowledged on Monday that it will not meet a state-mandated deadline of May 1 to issue licenses to small-scale cannabis growers. The news comes as a blow to cultivators who are anxiously awaiting state approval so they can raise crops in time to have product available…

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US (NJ): "State's budding cannabis market coming up short for medical cannabis patients"

Days after New Jersey opened the market on adult-use cannabis, some dispensaries have needed to make adjustments to manage the high demand between customers and medical cannabis patients. New Jersey joined 18 other states - plus the District of Columbia - last Thursday when it officially allowed…

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Can NYC Mayor’s proposal to put cannabis greenhouses atop NYCHA buildings come to fruition?

Mayor Eric Adams wants to put greenhouses growing cannabis on the roofs of New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) buildings, but there are a few obstacles, namely, the federal government. While Gov. Kathy Hochul signed legislation in February that created a new conditional license that will allow…

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US (ME): Hemp farmers are looking to remove barriers preventing industry growth

The Schoppee Farm in Machias has been in Ben Edwards' family for 200 years. It was a dairy farm for decades, and Edwards knew someday he wanted to take over running the day-to-day operations.When he realized restarting it as a dairy farm wouldn't be possible, he needed to find a new crop. “And then in…

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Curaleaf: "Democrats have been a huge disappointment to the industry"

With 4/20 in the rearview mirror for the cannabis industry, some companies are still looking for reasons to celebrate as the fight to legalize cannabis continues. The Biden administration has been mostly silent on the topic of federal cannabis legalization, offering neither support nor opposition to the…

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US: "As Oklahoma implements seed-to-sale cannabis tracking system, major changes are expected"

For the first time since voters approved Oklahoma's medical cannabis program law, regulators will be able to track cannabis as it travels from where it's grown, to where it's processed and finally, to dispensaries where it's sold to medical cannabis cardholders. The "seed-to-sale" tracking system is…

4/20 stories, pt. 4

"The industry is heading in the right direction, changing the lives of patients one plant at a time"

As the week comes to an end, our 4/20 stories do too. In our last special today, we focus on Australia, with two Australian growers and an Australian cannabis growing equipment supplier.  Prescriptions at an all-time highAs the cannabis industry got regulated in Australia, the first major obstacle didn’t take…

Fulco Wijdooge, general manager Ridder China

"Chinese horticulture much more than production only"

Horticulture in China is constantly evolving. Take the Pinduoduo competition for instance, which can be compared to the WUR’s Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge. Ridder is involved in that project as a technology partner. “They’re trying to create an autonomous greenhouse, which offers opportunities to…

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US: Entrepreneurs tap into Oklahoma's cannabis economy

It started with a smoke shop. It’s now a multi-level, vertically integrated company making a name for itself in the brave new frontier of Oklahoma’s cannabis industry. Arshad Lasi is the 23-year-old CEO of The Nirvana Group, a cannabis company that employs about 150 people and features five dispensaries,…

4/20 stories, pt. 3

"We are seeing something of a shift in growing tendencies"

4/20 might have passed now, but our 4/20 specials are not over yet. Today, we focus on Europe with two Portuguese growers, a Spanish greenhouse supplier, and one of the leading Dutch seed suppliers.  Biggest challenge is to really regulate this industryPortugal has been eyed by many North American companies…

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US: Changing attitudes toward cannabis

Cassandra, ENGINE's insights and strategy group that studies trendsetting young consumers, and Miss Grass, a female-founded and community-driven cannabis brand, are releasing a new trends analysis, Seeing Green. Based upon Cassandra's own proprietary qualitative and quantitative research, the report…

4/20 stories, pt. 2

"This ‘sharing of knowledge’ is what makes our industry so awesome"

Happy 4/20! We continue with our 4/20 special series with insights on the cannabis industry’s developments and prospects. From growers gaining better results to low expectations concerning legislative relief, today’s article includes insights coming from a Canadian grower, a supplier of air systems, and…

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US (AZ): Tainted MMJ was sold to patients, state didn't catch it

A high-end cannabis company sold contaminated cannabis to Arizona medical card holders last year, a mistake that highlights glaring weaknesses in the state's testing rules designed to protect consumers. Arizona requires cannabis to be tested before it's sold. A law that took effect more than a year ago…

4/20 stories, pt. 1

"Today, surviving is thriving"

As the cannabis industry is prepping up for this year’s 4/20, we bring back our special article series to take stock of what has happened, what is happening, and what will happen in the most hectic yet fascinating horticulture space.  While the cannabis industry is already showing more maturity, it is not excluded from the same current…

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US: Illicit cannabis trafficking from Mexico declines amid state legalization, DEA says

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) said in a new report that as more cannabis is being produced domestically in the U.S., it’s undermining illicit cannabis trafficking from Mexico. As part of its Fiscal Year 2023 performance budget summary submitted to Congress, the agency talked about shifting…

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US (NV): State's cannabis industry keeps adjusting to changing landscape

This year, Nevada’s cannabis industry celebrates five years of legal recreational sales. In that time, the number of dispensaries has grown from 55 to 92 statewide. Those establishments brought in more than $1 billion in taxable sales last fiscal year, for a total of $157.7 million in excise tax in 2021.…

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ZA: “The biggest challenge is figuring out where you fit in as a new cannabis grower”

“In South Africa, there is a high barrier when it comes to starting legal cannabis cultivation. There are currently three ways to do so, but they do not come without their challenges,” says Marleen Theunissen, Founder of Cradlestoned Quality Solutions. Theunissen started her consultancy company just last…

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US (AZ): MMJ sales decline as adult-use bounces back

Medical cannabis sales dropped by about $4 million from January to February this year, while adult-use recreational gained a little more than $1 million, as sales statewide continue to lag behind a robust end-of-year surge in recreational sales in 2021. Overall, sales for both programs totaled $121.2…

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US (NJ): Late license approval sets NJ on smoother path to adult cannabis

A special session called by New Jersey state regulators last week resulted in a slew of license approvals that will kick-start New Jersey’s recreational marijuana market and clear away a logjam of applications that have been lingering since voters approved adult recreational use nearly two years ago.…

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US: Majority of democratic voters finds cannabis legalization should be a priority

As the midterm elections approach, a new poll finds that a majority of Democrats believe that legalizing cannabis should be a top or important priority for Congress, and that the issue has significant support from voters in general. The survey from Morning Consult and Politico that was released on…

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Ireland: "Interested farmers need the stability of facilities and a market"

The emerging hemp industry in Ireland is in a “catch-22”, according to Robert Johnson of Hemp Cooperative Ireland. Speaking to the Irish Examiner at the recent Irish Hemp Event held at Teagasc’s Ashtown Food Research Centre in Dublin 15, Mr Johnson said that unless more hemp is grown, there won’t be the…

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US (NY): Bill filed to give financial institutions access to business information

A New York senator wants to give banks in the state a little peace of mind about working with legal cannabis businesses, filing a bill on Tuesday that would allow regulators to disclose certain information about cannabis licensees to financial institutions. The bill from Sen. Jeremy Cooney (D) is one of…

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US: "4/20 predicted to become the largest cannabis sales day in legal history"

Akerna predicts that U.S. cannabis shoppers will spend nearly $130 million on legal cannabis on April 20th, known as "420", an unofficial but widely celebrated cannabis consumption holiday, which would become the largest sales day in legal cannabis history.  Compared to last year's 420, which brought in nearly…

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European Cannabis Market Survey

"Germany will have a demand of 400 tons of cannabis annually after legalization"

The "green rush" in Europe has commenced, and Americans are ready to invest their time, travel plans and money into the cannabis market across the pond, according to a new study. Bloomwell Group, a Germany-based holding company for medical cannabis companies, released the results of its 'European…

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US (MA): "Low quality cannabis the result of growers' struggles"

Following his piece on the cannabis connoisseurs decrying the quality of Massachusetts’ bud, Boston Globe cannabis reporter Dan Adams joined Boston Public Radio Monday to share why Bay State cannabis gets a bad rap. “The truth is just across the board, fairly or unfairly, there’s this perception that the…

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What are the salaries?

US: "Last year, the cannabis industry created over 280 new jobs per day"

Now that cannabis is becoming legal across the country, employment is booming for people who are passionate about the plant. The cannabis industry supports 428,059 American jobs, according to the 2022 Leafly Jobs Report, and that number is only expected grow. Last year, the cannabis industry created more…

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"Aspiring farmers might be left out"

US: Worries about exclusivity in New York's cannabis industry

Chavez Gibbs is not afraid to get his hands dirty. The local farmer and chef said he’s been working for years to perfect his harvesting skills by working a shared plot of land in Upstate New York. After serving in the military and suffering wounds, the veteran started using medicinal cannabis. Since…

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"Many producers have struggled to make a profit"

Canadian government establishes panel to grow local cannabis industry

Canada’s cannabis industry is finally getting an audience with Ottawa. More than three years after Canada legalized cannabis, the government plans to form a strategic panel led by the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development aimed at engaging with industry participants and other…

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Zimbabwe tobacco industry considers switch to cannabis

In Zimbabwe, tobacco exports brought the country $794 million in 2020, down from a high of $927 million in 2016. Tobacco is the country’s third most valuable export crop after gold and nickel matte. That said, it is also facing a rather existential threat as the industry faces challenges brought about by…

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US (NM): MMJ patients see prices increase after legalization of adult-use sales

Less than a week after recreational cannabis sales started in New Mexico and some medical cannabis patients say they're now having to pay a lot more for their medicine. KOB 4 spoke with one of those patients who contacted us and looked into what's going on."One big change with a lot of the dispensaries…

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US: "Consumers say Massachusetts' cannabis is low quality"

On the West Coast, where cannabis culture has long since gone mainstream, it’s not unusual for politicians to publicly spar over whose jurisdiction grows the best cannabis. Washington Governor Jay Inslee, for example, once boasted his state cultivates “the best cannabis in the United States of America,”…

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US (NY): Skill, training gaps are obstacles for NYS cannabis workforce

Lack of training and skills, as well as insufficient awareness of career opportunities, are two of the largest obstacles to achieving social equity in the adult-use market, according to a national survey developed and distributed by the ILR School’s New York State Cannabis Workforce Initiative. By 2027,…

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Colombian government provides final guidelines for dried flower export

Colombia on Friday gave the green light for exports of dried cannabis for medical and other industries, as the Andean country took another step to develop its cannabis industry, where progress has been slow despite high potential.President Ivan Duque signed a decree lifting a prohibition on exporting…

US: "NM legalizes and Congress votes to decriminalize, but Texas continues to lag behind"

"Anyone over the age of 21 can now buy cannabis in New Mexico. Oklahoma’s medical cannabis laws are so lax, it might as well be legalized. The House just passed the MORE Act which would decriminalize cannabis federally. What does that mean for Texans? It’s time Texas gets its cannabis act together."Susan…

Local cannabis availability piques NZ pharmacists' curiosity

Nearly 1,500 New Zealand doctors and pharmacists have now registered on MCinfo.com – a dedicated and comprehensive medicinal cannabis information service.MCinfo at Independent Pharmacy Conference 2021 The surge in interest follows a recent Zoom series of educational presentations organised and hosted by…

US (NJ): "Adult-use cannabis could be available in a matter of weeks"

t's been a year-and-a-half since New Jersey voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment to legalize adult-use cannabis in the Garden State.Yet, New Jerseyans of legal age still cannot legally buy cannabis products like alcohol or tobacco. On the latest Sonstein Sessions, Q104.3 listeners…

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On average, states take 16 months to start sales

US: "Delay in start of NJ cannabis market not uncommon"

The delayed start to adult-use cannabis sales has spurred calls for inquiries from one of the state’s most powerful lawmakers, but the nearly 17 months that have passed since New Jersey voters approved adult-use cannabis don’t make New Jersey an outlier among states with legal cannabis. Eighteen states…

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Private equity is inextricably linked with Dutch greenhouse horticulture

Private equity is an integral part of the business world, and therefore also of greenhouse horticulture. In fact, private equity is the basic financing of every company. Private equity transactions have received a lot of attention in the media in recent years. A relatively large number of transactions…

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US (AL): Poll reveals residents are split on adult-use cannabis legalization

A recent poll conducted by CBS42, The Hill, Emerson College found Alabamians are fairly split on whether the state should legalize adult-use cannabis. “There’s still a lot of controversy about cannabis in Alabama,” Emerson College Polling Executive Director Spencer Kimball said. The poll shows 47% of…

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US: New York proposes $200 million social equity fund: "What about New Jersey?"

As New York races to open its adult cannabis market, its governor has proposed what social equity advocates are calling a bold and innovative way to get a truly diverse pool of applicants in the new cannabis industry.In her Jan. 5 inaugural State of the State Address, Gov. Kathy Hochul proposed a $200…

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US (NM): State doubles workplace safety staff as cannabis industry launches

In the past seven years, the state’s Occupational Health and Safety Bureau has conducted just eight on-site inspections of medical cannabis facilities.But with sales of adult-use cannabis starting Friday, more cannabis production, manufacturing and retail facilities are set to develop and expand — and so…

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"Several issues concerning growers"

Dutch legal adult-use cannabis experiment delayed again

The Dutch government experiment with legally grown cannabis has been postponed again. The Ministry of Health expects the cannabis trial to begin only in the second quarter of next year. Earlier the second half of 2022 had been mentioned.  The ministry says the postponement is necessary because only next year…

Gasoline costs the most in ...

Hong Kong. There, gasoline currently costs $2,879/liter - making it the most expensive in the world. The Netherlands, however, is a close second at $2,517 per liter. Monaco, Norway, and Finland complete the top five. You can see the complete list at https://www.globalpetrolprices.com/gasoline_prices/.   

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US (NM): Cannabis regulators recall products tainted with mold

The New Mexico Cannabis Control Division announced on Friday a recall of cannabis products sold by a local medical cannabis company.  According to the announcement, products from Sacred Garden, a company that has retail locations in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Ruidoso and Santa Fe, were found to have higher than…

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US (VA): Hemp farmers say bill limiting CBD will destroy business, lawmaker calls that ‘misleading’

A newly passed bill could stop the sale of certain CBD products in Virginia starting July 1. Hemp farmers who fear the future of the industry is at stake are asking Governor Glenn Youngkin for help. Meanwhile, one lawmaker is calling their claims “categorically wrong” and “misleading.” In a letter, an…

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US: What to expect on the upcoming first day of cannabis sales in New Mexico

With legal adult-use cannabis sales scheduled to start this Friday, questions still remain as to whether the state will see a shortage of medical cannabis, and whether those possible shortages will emerge within days, weeks or months after sales begin.  While state regulators have somewhat downplayed the possibility…

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'Freedom March' in Ukraine urges global cannabis industry to participate

Cannabis activists with Freedom March are asking the global cannabis community to help in the “fight for the future of Ukraine.” To address the heavy toll from the war in Ukraine, Freedom March is urging the cannabis industry to help fighters, volunteers and providers of necessary protective and…

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New greenhouse planned

US (NM): "Supply of cannabis is already twice the amount needed for dispensaries"

An indoor greenhouse to cultivate 2,000 cannabis plants is planned for the former Global Storage structure at 3501 Cerrillos Road between Richards Avenue and Vegas Verdes Drive. Property owner Sujay Kumar Thakur proposes converting the 7,034-square-foot structure where he has had his Global Storage since…

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Regulatory Commission decided not to allow dispensaries to market to the public yet

US (NJ): "It is clear that we are not ready to open adult-use market"

The New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission decided on Thursday that medical cannabis dispensaries cannot yet market to the public. But the commission also decided that some companies can now start working on cultivating cannabis. Rumors that the sale of adult-use cannabis could start soon in New…

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Ireland: Breaking the farming stigma around hemp

Hemp is a “high-value crop”, is very pest resistant, low maintenance to grow, and has over 50,000 different product applications. And yet, one of the biggest things holding it back is the “stigma” that surrounds it. Assistant professor at University College Dublin’s School of Biology and Environmental…

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US (RI): “If the market doesn’t change, we might lose growers”

“We are losing a lot of traffic in Rhode Island, as our previous customers have recently started to go to Massachusetts instead,” says Spencer Blier, Founder and CEO of Mammoth Inc. The company cultivates medical cannabis and operates a solventless extraction facility in Rhode Island. While their brand…

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US (PA): "Medical cannabis retail prices are not decreasing along with wholesale prices"

The state’s office of medical cannabis director says cannabis dispensaries are failing to pass along cost savings to patients. Average wholesale dry-leaf cannabis dropped from $10.65 per gram in January 2021 to $6.65 per gram over the past month, Director John Collins said at a March 22 advisory board…

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US: "Social equity policies could shape diversity in the cannabis industry"

In the United States, less than 20 percent of legal cannabis business owners and founders are minorities. This reality, combined with the negative consequences of cannabis prohibition on minority communities, has led many advocates to call on elected officials to address this disparity. With legal…

"Velocity of cannabis industry acceptance has grown exponentially"

The cannabis industry is still one of the fastest growing industries in the world. Nevertheless, steps can still be taken in further professionalization, according to Chris Day, CEO of GPS Global, and Sonny Moerenhout, Managing Partner at Cultivators. Legislation and financing are two major obstacles…

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"International and European law stand in the way of Germany's legalization"

The German government plans to legalize the consumption of cannabis for adult-use purposes. According to the new government coalition, the product will soon be sold to adults in licensed stores. Germany, thus, follows an international legalization trend initiated by Canada, Uruguay and the USA, for…

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Medicinal cannabis being used by tens of thousands of Australians as access becomes easier

Data from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) shows prescriptions for medicinal cannabis doubled from 2020 to 2021, with more than 122,000 prescriptions written last year alone. It's a significant jump from just a few years ago. In 2018, roughly 2,500 prescriptions were written for the entire…

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DE: Hemp cultivation remains a niche in Thuringia

Hemp cultivation for the adult-use market will not take place outdoors, but rather in strictly controlled indoor farms, said the consultant for crop production and environment at the Thuringian Farmers' Association, André Rathgeber. “The legal requirements for this will also be so high that you have to…

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UK: "Jersey's medicinal cannabis industry progressing as planned"

A plan to create a medicinal cannabis industry in Jersey is progressing as planned and more operators are likely to begin growing soon, the Economic Development Minster has said. Senator Lyndon Farnham made the comments after Northern Leaf, who are based at the former Tamba Park site, were given…

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US (CA): "Santa Barbara experiencing sudden oversupply of cannabis, prices plummeting"

Santa Barbara County’s cannabis industry, like the rest of California, is experiencing the same growing pains of other states that previously legalized adult use — a sudden oversupply of product coupled with a dearth of retail outlets sending prices plummeting.The result is a drop in tax revenues that…

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Survey: 37% of US cannabis operators say they’re not profitable

A new study blows any assumption that the U.S. cannabis industry as an easy business to make a profit — with 37% reporting they’re operating without one. The survey was of 396 U.S. cannabis operators by the National Cannabis Industry Association. Conditions were among the worst in the Golden State. Only…

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US (CA): Launch of resource to support cannabis license holders

The Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) announced a new resource to connect California’s cannabis license holders to the people and tools they need to thrive in the state’s legal cannabis market. The resource – CannaConnect – is aimed at helping license holders navigate the state’s regulated cannabis…

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US (MS): Concerns grow as cities opt out of medical cannabis program

A handful of cities and towns have voted that for now, they are opting out of participating in Mississippi’s nascent medical cannabis program that was signed into law just over a month ago. Under the law, any town, city, or county governing board has up to 90 days, or until the first week of May, to vote…

NZ: Medical cannabis regulations disguise solid progress

The cannabis industry is going strong in New Zealand. Yet, such progress is hidden behind a shroud of regulations that limit local producers’ freedom to share the significant progress that the sector has been making. During MedCan 2022, Health Minister Andrew Little acknowledged that, and said that the…

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Guyana: Government urging cannabis growers to enter hemp industry

The Guyana government says it intends to hold discussions with cannabis growers as the country looks towards the establishment of the hemp industry as a “mainstream economic activity”. “I intend to have a meeting very soon with all the cannabis growers in this country to let them understand that there is…

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Thailand: Phuket plants seeds for cannabis cash crops

Dr Yongyot Thammawut, Director-General of the Department of Thai Traditional Medicine, was in Phuket on March 7 to promote the development of medical cannabis as a key industry to helping the country’s economy back onto the road to recovery.Dr Yongyot signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Prince…

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US: "Cannabis social equity programs aren't helping"

As cannabis legalization has swept through the U.S., nearly a dozen states have adopted programs intended to help marginalized groups enter the industry. But the so-called “social equity” initiatives have fallen far short of their goals, according to entrepreneurs they were designed to help. Four Black…

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Nearly 70% of Americans want Congress to pass cannabis banking bill

A strong majority of Americans support freeing up banks to work with cannabis businesses without facing federal penalties, according to a new poll released by the American Bankers Association (ABA) on Tuesday. The survey, conducted by Morning Consult, posed two questions on cannabis banking. The first…

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US (CA): Long Beach accepts $3 million grant for cannabis social equity program

Long Beach City Council members agreed to accept state funds for its cannabis social equity program which would be used to expand direct grants, fee waivers and direct technical assistance programs available to equity applicants. City Council members voted at their meeting on Tuesday, March 8, to accept…

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France enters the medical cannabis industry, legalization not implemented yet

France tiptoes into the medical cannabis industry, but legalization needs to be implemented. The French government issued a decree last month that authorizes the cultivation of medical cannabis and the development of its industry.Although the decree entered into force on March 1, 2022, regulators need to…

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US (MS): Next city to opt out of state's new medical cannabis program

The City of Brandon is now the next city to opt out of the state’s new medical cannabis program. Brandon’s Mayor and Board of Alderman met on Monday, March 7 to vote on whether the city will opt out of the cultivation, processing and sale of medical cannabis. At the meeting, neighbors of Brandon…

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Morocco ratifies decree to start legal cannabis industry

Morocco has ratified the legislative changes required to start the country’s promising domestic legal cannabis industry. The prospect of legalizing Moroccan cannabis products has long captivated investors in the rapidly growing global cannabis industry, given Morocco’s historic reputation for quality…

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US (GA): Medical cannabis less available than ever

Some users of medical cannabis said it’s harder now than ever to obtain the oil the state legalized seven years ago.  Georgia lawmakers thought they made it easier for medical patients to obtain medical cannabis when they legalized it in 2015 and even passed a law to license six companies to grow and produce…

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US: Looking back at the first year after cannabis legalization in Arizona

Arizona, circa 2010, passed Proposition 203, which allowed for medical sales to take place within state borders. In the first year of sales, a total of $40 million was generated from the cannabis industry. At the time, the figure ranked Arizona in the top five largest medical cannabis markets in the…

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US (MI): City to create nonprofit to advance social equity in cannabis industry

The Grand Rapids City Commission recently approved the creation of a nonprofit organization to boost social equity outcomes in communities most historically impacted by over-enforcement of anti-cannabis laws prior to cannabis’ legalization. The independent body — which has not yet been named — would help…

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US (CA): "Cannabis job growth has exploded"

As more states legalize cannabis, job growth in the field has exploded. More than 428,059 full-time cannabis jobs now exist, according to the 2022 Leafly Jobs Report. Leafly Senior Editor David Downs explains it’s another year of growth for the $25 billion cannabis industry in the United States.  107,059 new…

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US (MI): City votes to opt out of medical cannabis business

The Pass Christian Board of Aldermen voted to opt out of the cultivation, processing and sale or distribution of medical medical. The mayor and board believe it is too early to opt in to permitting medical cannabis businesses to set up shop in the city. Pass Christian is the first city to come out…

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US: "Medical cannabis in Arkansas at a crossroads as industry grows"

Medical cannabis in Arkansas arrived in fits and starts. There are tight restrictions built into the constitutional amendment that allowed medical cannabis in November 2016. Despite those constraints, there are more than 80,000 cardholders in the state."When this passed back in November of 2016, I doubt…

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US: More banks report working with cannabis businesses

The number of banks that report working with cannabis businesses ticked up again near the end of 2021, according to newly released federal data. It’s not clear if the increase is related to congressional moves to pass a bipartisan cannabis banking reform bill, but the figures from the Financial Crimes…

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US (CA): Mendocino cannabis operators gather with an eye on survival and reform

On February 27th, about thirty cars lined the remote street just off Highway 1, an unusual sight in the otherwise tiny town of Leggett.  Residents gawked as they drove past, straining to see what had brought the trove of vehicles to their sleepy town. Approximately sixty attendees, predominantly male, created…

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Costa Rica: Congress approves medical cannabis bill

Costa Rica's Congress on Tuesday passed a bill that would legalize medical cannabis and the cultivation of hemp for industrial purposes, following three years of talks and a presidential veto on an earlier version of the initiative. Legislators from Costa Rica's ruling party and several opposition groups…

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US (CA): "Tax hikes continue to hit the cannabis industry hard"

Santa Cruz County is seeing a decline in its cannabis industry, with tax revenues falling far short of projections for the 2021-22 fiscal year. County officials say that current revenues of $1.68 million are lagging behind projections by more than $1 million, and by $1.6 million for the previous year.…

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US (MS): City of Ridgeland opts out of medical cannabis

According to state law, a city can opt out of the processing, sale, cultivation, and/or distribution of medical cannabis and cannabis products within a city under the Mississippi Medical Cannabis Act. Ridgeland is one of the first cities to make that decision. According to Ward 6 Alderman Wesley Hamlin,…

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US (FL): State chooses medical cannabis track and trace system

The State of Florida Department of Health Negotiators has unanimously voted to choose BioTrack as the track and trace system for the Florida Department of Health’s Office of Medical Marijuana Use. This vote was affirmed by the Department of Health’s Notice of Intent to Award, which can be found…


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