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US (OR): State's cannabis sales hit $1 billion

Bolstered by the pandemic, Oregon cannabis has cracked $1 billion in sales this year, a first for the industry and a remarkable leap from 2019 levels. Combined adult-use and medical sales broke through the $1 billion mark last Wednesday, according to data provided by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.…

Planting the seed of a cannabis supply chain

Laurence Wolfe's resume includes supply chain stints at Heineken and Gartner. Now he’s the senior vice president of manufacturing and supply chain at Acreage Holdings, a…

US (MI): From seed to sale - cannabis cultivation facilities on the rise

Big Rapids, along with Osceola and Lake counties, have become “fertile ground” for companies and entrepreneurs interested in the cannabis industry. Since Michigan voters legalized recreational cannabis in 2018, several grow facilities and provisioning centers have been, or are in the process of being,…

Jiffy doubles its growbags range

Jiffy has doubled its range of growbags. "Now it’s easier than ever for plant propagators and growers to meet their crops’ needs and boost yields," the company states in a press release.  New Jiffy Essence Growbags: "the perfect budget choice"Jiffy Essence is our new standard range of growbags. Filled with Jiffy’s peat-free substrate,…

US (AR): After a slow start, MMJ businesses are thriving

Four years after Arkansans voted to allow the growth and sales of medical cannabis, more than 80% of licensed medical cannabis dispensaries in the state are up and running. Of the 37 dispensaries that the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission has awarded licenses, 31 are in operation. There are also…

Latin American cannabis industry poised to capitalize on global export

There are many reasons why being a first mover is something that's highly desired. But being a first mover is just the first step in the right direction, and if it's not followed by something equally good, then such an advantage might lose its initial strength. This analogy can be easily applied to the…

US (NY): Ithaca poised to cash in on cannabis economy

Ithaca, NY, is building a hempire, one plant at a time. With miles of sprawling farmland, a vibrant downtown and an open mindset, Ithaca is uniquely poised to take the potentially multi-billion dollar hemp industry by the reins.  Cornell University alone boasts a state-of-the-art hemp research team, the United…

Helius Therapeutics

New Zealand can play key part in pharmaceutical and consumer health

New Zealand has huge capabilities in growing plants for medicine for the soaring pharmaceutical and consumer health industry, a defining new biotech economic study report says. The landmark BioTechNZ study analysed the state of biotechnology and its impact and benefits for the New Zealand economy and…

US: A case for protecting craft growers

As legalization sweeps the nation, craft, small-batch growers in both the cannabis and hemp industries are at risk. The price to play is steep. It costs an estimated $5 million to $10 million for a craft grower to enter the market, the Illinois Craft Cannabis Association founder Paul Magelli says. Which…

US: Federal report shows number of banks working with cannabis industry continues to drop amid COVID

For the third fiscal quarter in a row, the number of financial institutions reporting that they service state-legal cannabis businesses has declined, new federal data shows.…

East Africa could become a major medical cannabis export hub

Days after Rwanda approved the production of medicinal cannabis strictly for export, investors are already suggesting to the East African community to become a center for the export of medical cannabis, as the industry expands around the world. The decision to legalize the export of medical cannabis was…

Plantech opens Plantech West: Ontario location

Plantech, a Canadian leader in greenhouse electrical systems, controls and automation, has opened a location in Southwestern Ontario. In addition to their HQ in Vineland, Plantech West is now officially operating in Leamington. Jeff McFadden will be operating the new location "With a new office and…

Opportunities in the South American cannabis industry

Many cannabis industry experts and insiders have consistently pointed at South America as one of the most promising places for the cannabis industry. The climate conditions of countries such as Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, and so on, are particularly suitable for cannabis cultivation, allowing growers there…

US: Hydrofarm files for a $100 million IPO

Hydrofarm Holdings Group, a hydroponics and specialty indoor gardening market supplier, filed on Thursday with the SEC to raise up to $100 million in an initial public…

US (MA): State passes $1 billion in cannabis sales

Four years to the day after Massachusetts legalized recreational cannabis, the state announced that cannabis businesses across the state have surpassed $1 billion in non-medical cannabis sales.  According to the Cannabis Control Commission, 80 Massachusetts cannabis retailers, as of Oct. 30, reported $1,000,521,905…

US (NJ): With legalization come hopes that cannabis could be a lucrative crop

It was no surprise to Michael Di Croce when New Jersey voters approved a referendum Tuesday allowing anyone 21 and older to smoke cannabis recreationally. For two years, Di Croce, the mayor of Shamong Township, Burlington County, has been pitching his Pinelands community as a potential cannabis epicenter…

UK: Only three MMJ prescriptions released since reform

The United Kingdom’s National Health Service has only issued three prescriptions for medical cannabis oil since it was legalized for use with the national health care plan two…

US (CA): Mendocino County may expand cannabis allowances to support fire recovery in Redwood Valley

At its next meeting Tuesday, the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors will consider two items designed to support both “cannabis-related activities” and the ongoing recovery of the Redwood Valley community following the devastating wildfires of 2017. According to the staff report for the first item,…

AU: Industrial hemp trial gets the go-ahead in Victoria

Victoria looks set to invest heavily in industrial hemp production following a state government-backed interim report strongly supporting a trial site. The industrial hemp taskforce, established to examine the challenges and opportunities faced by the industrial hemp industry, has spent the last…

US (MO): MMJ market launches with some hiccups

Medical cannabis is available in Missouri for the very first time. The industry is expected to grow into a $480-million-per-year business, but it looks like it’ll take a while…

Mandesh Dosanjh, Pure Sunfarm's President and CEO

"It’s official, Canadians want natural, BC-grown cannabis"

An inside perspective from Mandesh Dosanjh, Pure Sunfarm's President and CEO. It’s widely believed that BC bud is some of the best in the world. As passionate growers, we believe in that statement wholeheartedly. We also believe that our customers care just as much as we do about how cannabis is grown in…

US (WV): Democratic Women's Caucus asks to prioritize women and minority-led businesses

The Democratic Women’s Caucus of the West Virginia House of Delegates sent a letter to Jason Frame, Director of the DHHR Office of Medical Cannabis, today, The letter urges…

Hemp, the "new gold" in the greenhouses of Almeria

With prices ranging between 600 and 800 Euro per kilo, hemp is rapidly gaining ground in the Spanish province of Almeria. The acreage has increased tenfold in the past year to a total of 100 hectares, according to data from the Andalusian Council of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development. Growers…

US (LA): New industrial hemp sector off to a rough start, officials say

Unscrupulous seed dealers, lack of experience with the new crop and regulatory hurdles contributed to a rough first year for Louisiana’s industrial hemp program, state officials said Monday. “This is a growing pain for us,” said Angela Guidry, industrial hemp coordinator with the Louisiana Department of…

CAN: Loophole in Health Canada's MMJ permit fuelling illicit grow-ops, say OPP

After raiding dozens of illegal cannabis grow-ops in recent months, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) say Health Canada has a loophole in its medical cannabis registration system that's fuelling criminal activity. Between July and October, OPP seized about 122,000 cannabis plants worth more than $143…

CAN (AB): Edmonton-area grower pushing for cannabis tourism

Kieley Beaudry, one of the co-founders of Parkland Flower Inc., a micro-grow cannabis producer outside of Edmonton, has her sights set on the big picture. That picture…

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CAN (ON): Huwa-San and Sili-Fert P added to product range Global Horticultural Inc

Global Horticultural Inc. (4222 Sann Road, Beamsville, ON) is a Canadian company that offers horticultural supplies and equipment to growers across North America. The company has been in business for more than 30 years. It offers a lot of experience within the industry and carries a wide array of…

South African countries poised to capitalize on cannabis industry

An ultra-modern ventilation system blows gentle wind over thousands of hemp plants. The cultivation does not exactly correspond to the usual cliché. The plants do not grow secretly in illegal sheds or on mountain slopes, but in 18 industrial greenhouses in Lesotho. It is medical cannabis grown in the…

Cannabis Council of Canada releases legalization report card to celebrate second anniversary of cannabis legalization

In celebration of the second anniversary of the legalization of adult-use cannabis in Canada, the Cannabis Council of Canada (“C3”) is releasing the “Cannabis Legalization Report Card”. The report card grades Canada’s performance on a diverse range of subjects from “Government Leadership” to “Jobs and…

CAN: Cannabis legalization anniversary comes amid supply glut concerns

Two years after Canada legalized recreational cannabis, the country is awash with the stuff.  Hundreds of thousands of kilograms of cannabis sit idle in producers' vaults. Warehouses operated by provincial wholesalers are filled to the brim with finished products. Meanwhile, illicit growers remain active and…

CAN: COVID-19 pandemic a ‘boon’ for the cannabis industry

Canada’s legal marijuana industry is celebrating a jump in sales, more brick-and-mortar stores and competitive pricing as it celebrates two years in business.  Since Canada legalized recreational marijuana on Oct. 17, 2018, legal sellers and producers have struggled to compete with the black market, but there…

CAN: Indigenous entrepreneurs and people of color struggle for traction in cannabis industry

Ashley and Michael Athill, the brother and sister team behind a new Black-owned craft cannabis cultivator called HRVSTR, have had their growing facility in place since May of last year. But up until now, they haven't been able to grow or sell any product. Located in Ontario's Durham region, the pair…

Ireland could be ‘major player in cannabis production’

Ireland has a golden opportunity to become a “major player” in the production of medicinal cannabis on an industrial scale, the farming community told the government. An official from the Irish Farmers Association told the Department of Health that Ireland could follow the US and Canada in the production…

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5 key ways to improve the situation of female farmers and entrepreneurs

Today, women make up around 30% of the total number of farm owners or managers, in the EU, whilst around 80% are classified as a ‘farmers wife’. "More support is needed to motivate and to encourage women farmers to take a more prominent role in the agricultural sector, in order to enhance innovation and…

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How the legal cannabis industry is tackling sustainability

At its core, the U.S. cannabis industry is a resurgence of our country’s agriculture and manufacturing capabilities. From planting the cannabis seeds and harvesting the flower, to processing distillates and selling the finished product, this rapidly expanding industry relies on natural resources and…

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"Mexican Senate will vote on marijuana legalization bill by end of October"

The Mexican Senate will likely vote on a bill to legalize marijuana within the next two weeks, the chamber’s majority leader recently said. Activists have been eagerly awaiting action on the reform legislation since the Supreme Court deemed personal possession and cultivation of cannabis unconstitutional…

US (MD): Lawmakers’ agenda to include enhancing state’s legal cannabis industry

Minorities for Medical Marijuana’s website has posted an 80-page report titled “Understanding Social Equity” compiled by Chris Nani, an attorney and founder of Endo Insider, a…

US (CA): Fort Bragg City Council welcomes future indoor commercial cannabis cultivators

“These businesses have already proven to us they are good neighbors. I welcome them to Fort Bragg,” said Mayor Will Lee at Tuesday night’s regular council meeting. The council…

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USDA encourages ag producers, residents to prepare for Hurricane Delta

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is reminding communities, farmers, ranchers and small businesses in the path of Hurricane Delta that USDA has programs that provide assistance in the wake of disasters. USDA staff in the regional, state and county offices stand ready and are eager to help. USDA…

Competition for artificial cannabinoids intensifies

The fake cannabinoids are coming. And, like the artificial meat popping up on fast-food menus and grocery shelves across the country, they could disrupt multiple industries. As CBD has become more popular, a growing number of companies are scaling up efforts to produce lesser-known cannabinoids such as…

Arkansas sees medical marijuana shortage

The Arkansas Department of Health’s website reports that there are 83,779 active medical marijuana cards in the state, but dispensaries and patients are seeing an…

The Green Organic Dutchman receives import licences from Australia and Germany

The Green Organic Dutchman has received import licences from the Australian and German authorities, and has applied for export licences with Health Canada.  These licences enable…

CAN: OCS says legal cannabis sales continues to hamper illicit market

The legal cannabis industry continued to make inroads against its illicit counterparts, as one-quarter of all sales took place among regulated players in the first quarter of…


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