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US (MA): "It's time to address equity in legal cannabis by creating a social equity fund"

Massachusetts commissioners advocate for the creation of a state-run fund to help people disproportionately harmed by the War on Drugs establish themselves in the legal cannabis industry. "The commission supports the adoption of a state-administered fund that includes both public and private funds for…

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USDA adjusts hemp insurance policy

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is improving crop insurance for hemp. USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) is strengthening the hemp crop insurance policy by adding flexibilities around how producers work with processors as well as improving consistency with the most recent USDA hemp regulation.…

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US (ME): Three medical cannabis business applications approved

The Livermore Falls, Maine, Planning Board approved three site plan review applications in November for medical cannabis establishments, Chairman Tom Barker said. Four applications were received, but one applicant withdrew the application. Residents voted 482-257 to enact an ordinance providing…

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Mexico: Supreme Court allows first cannabis company to cultivate and process cannabis

Last week, we reported on the pending decision of the Mexican Supreme Court regarding Xebra becoming the first company allowed to cultivate and process cannabis. We can now report that the Mexican Supreme Court has voted in favor of Xebra's subsidiary Desart MX, SA de CV becoming the only company in…

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US (OR): Portland cannabis businesses will have access to $1.3m relief fund

On December 1st, the Portland City Council adopted a plan to distribute $1.33 million in relief funding to local cannabis businesses impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, increased property crime, and wildfire damage in the past two years. The funding comes from a 3% local tax on retail cannabis that…

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Cannabis export could greatly benefit Sri Lankan economy

Right now, cannabis cultivation is prohibited in Sri Lanka, except for use in indigenous medicine, although that, too, is under strict State control. However, Sri Lanka's economy could greatly benefit from legalizing and exporting cannabis.  On November 30, the Lankan Minister of Indigenous Medicine, Sisira…

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US (CA): Hanford cannabis taxes increased

Nearly three years after first imposing the tax, the Hanford City Council raised the city’s cannabis taxes to the maximum allowable levels under city ordinance on Thursday.…

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US: Credit Unions back cannabis banking reform

Major associations representing U.S. credit unions are calling on Congress to pass cannabis banking reform through must-pass defense legislation. Specifically, they want to see the Senate follow the House’s lead in attaching language from the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act to the National…

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Many Alaskan cannabis businesses struggling and failing

Five years ago, when Alaska’s first legal cannabis shops started opening, there was a lot of money to be made. “We had three fabulous, great years,” said Sue Nowland, whose Alaska Fireweed was among the first cannabis stores to open its doors in Anchorage. Unfortunately, those days are over. Cannabis…

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'Greenwashing’ a challenge in CEA crop production

Greenwashing, future production, and sustainability metrics were front and center in the 2021 Global CEA Census Report released today. In the third annual Census Report, produced by Agritecture and WayBeyond, growers in the Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) sector shared their insights on…

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Financial associations and labor groups sent Senate letter

US: More support for the SAFE Act

By now, the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act is well-known in the cannabis sector. Many cannabis businesses face troubles with getting loans, for example, because banks will not work with them. The reason for this is that, while cannabis might be legal at state level, it is not so at…

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US (CA): Local cannabis industry calls for removal cultivation tax

Stemming from a threatened raise in state cannabis cultivation taxes, the Cannabis Business Association of Sonoma County and the Sonoma Valley Cannabis Enthusiasts have joined forces and plan to ask for “immediate tax reform” from the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors on December 7. “Every licensed…

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US (NM): Loan system for microbusinesses approved

Small cannabis operators looking for assistance got a boost Tuesday when lawmakers in the New Mexico Finance Authority Oversight Committee approved a measure to provide loans up to $250,000 to those entrepreneurs. “There are no other sources of capital available to these microbusinesses,” Marquita D.…

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4C Labs receives first Guernsey cannabis growing license

4C Labs has received Guerney's first license to cultivate cannabis. The Bailiwick of Guernsey Cannabis Agency gave approval to 4C Labs, a company established in 2018, which plans to grow cannabis for medicinal purposes. The license will allow 4C to begin the construction of its 40,000 square foot…

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Mexico: Cannabis legalization bill draft is circulating

A draft bill to legalize and regulate cannabis sales in Mexico is being circulated among senators, and a top lawmaker says the plan is to vote on the proposal before December…

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"The UK cannabis market has a potential of £1.2 billion and 41.000 jobs"

Volteface has released a report on the cannabis opportunities in the UK market. By basing themselves on data from various other countries such as the US, they have calculated that the UK market has a potential of £1.2 billion. Moreover, they estimate that over 41.000 jobs could be created in the medical…

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US (CA): Targeted robberies of cannabis businesses prompt call for tax relief

During the week of November 15th, armed robbers in Oakland forced their way into more than 15 licensed cannabis businesses, vandalizing stores and offices, and stealing products worth millions of dollars. Cannabis companies that were impacted by the robberies are now asking for tax relief from local and…

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US (MI): Banking remains difficult for cannabis companies

It has been three years since Michigan voters decided in favor of legalizing adult-use cannabis, but when it comes to banking, the legal cannabis business still has a Wild West kind of a vibe at times, given the continued cash nature of much of the business. Not all that long ago, bankers would not even…

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First medical cannabis export to Barbados completed

MediPharm Labs has exported medical cannabis to Barbados for the first time together with its partner Avicanna. The company has manufactured and delivered products for the medical community and patients in the Caribbean through Bryden Stokes, an established health and pharmaceutical product distributor…

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New interview project highlights Native American contribution to cannabis industry

AskGrowers has launched a new project on its website, called 'Native American Tribes Create Financial Empires in Booming Cannabis Industry'. As more states defy federal authorities with legal cannabis, Native American tribes have been big winners as well as unsung heroes in advancing the industry.  "One of…

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US (SD): Voter-approved cannabis legalization blocked by Governor

This November, South Dakota voters simultaneously approved ballot initiatives aimed at legalizing medical and adult-use cannabis. The success of the broader initiative, Amendment A, was especially striking because it prevailed by an eight-point margin in a state that is mostly Republican and largely…

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US (NM): Cannabis Control Division finds new director

A former Colorado lobbyist who played a role in crafting that state’s cannabis legalization laws has been hired as the first director of New Mexico’s Cannabis Control Division. Kristen Thomson started her new job on November 1, and faces quick deadlines with commercial cannabis sales slated to begin…

"European collaboration on Plant Genetic Resources is missing opportunities"

A recent paper in the scientific journal ‘Plants’ analyses the current collaboration between genebanks in Europe. The paper was jointly written by the head of the CGN plant genebank, the secretary of the European Cooperative Program for Plant Genetic Resources (ECPGR), and the former coordinator of the…

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Irish hemp products recalled

An Irish hemp product is being recalled from shop shelves due to the presence of unsafe amounts of THC. The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) released the notice advising people not to consume affected batches of Kama Hemp 100% Organic Hemp Juice Powder.  The implicated batches have a best before date of 26/04/2023 and a pack…

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Bermuda Governor and Premier quarrel over cannabis laws

The Bermuda Governor and the Premier appear to be on a collision course over a plan for the liberalization of cannabis laws. Rena Lalgie, the Governor, has made it clear legalization of cannabis for purposes other than medicinal and scientific use, or some industrial procedures, was not permitted under…

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Mike Tyson becomes Malawi's official cannabis ambassador

Mike Tyson has accepted an invitation to become Malawi's official cannabis ambassador. The former world heavyweight champion, 55, has been selling cannabis products since 2016 through his Tyson Holistic label. Now he is set to become the face of the drug in Malawi after agreeing to the offer from…

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Quebec authorities examine link between Hexo and man possbily tied to Hells Angels

Quebec’s public procurement watchdog says it has asked the province’s anti-corruption police force to look into cannabis producer Hexo Corp. in the wake of a media report linking the company to a man with ties to the Hells Angels. Quebecor Inc.’s Le Journal de Montréal tabloid reported last week that…

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US (NY): "We want to be a dispensary Woodstock could be proud of"

A group of entrepreneurs and social justice advocates believes it is poised to become Woodstock’s first adult-use cannabis dispensary once the state opens applications for…

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Taliban announces deal with Australian cannabis company that denies involvement

The Taliban regime in Afghanistan announced that it had contracted a company called Cpharm to grow and manufacture cannabis products, but an Australian firm of that name later denied it is involved with the project. Social media posts from the Afghan Ministry of Interior Affairs said that the company,…

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US (MA): Cannabis company opens 150.000 sq.ft. cultivation facility downtown

A Massachusetts cannabis company has opened a cultivation facility in a 150,000-square-foot industrial building near downtown Lansing. Ascend Wellness opened the facility earlier this year. The company has six cannabis retail stores in Michigan and others in Ohio and Illinois.  "We liked the fact that it was…

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US: Missouri cannabis workers begin unionization campaigns

Some workers in Missouri’s growing medical cannabis industry want a seat at the bargaining table this Thanksgiving. The spokesman for Local 655 of the United Food and Commercial Workers said that there were multiple campaigns underway among Missouri cannabis workers. “We have heard from workers in the…

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US (CA): Growers gather to discuss cannabis industry problems

On Sunday, November 21st, about 50 community members and cannabis insiders gathered at the Southern Humboldt Community Park in Garberville, trying to figure out ways to survive the current cannabis market while saving the community at large.   The initial call to action, put out by Chris Anderson, CEO of Redwood Roots,…

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US (CT): Cannabis alliance to assist Black and Brown entrepreneurs formed

A Connecticut business incubator and the state’s largest workforce development agency have joined forces to help Black and Brown entrepreneurs join the state’s legal cannabis business. The state law that legalizes adult-use cannabis includes a social equity provision to ensure minority participation in…

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US (MI): Cannabis testing facility suing state over recalled products

Viridis Laboratories, a cannabis testing facility, is suing state regulators after its work became the subject of one of the largest recalls in the Michigan cannabis industry's fledgling, three-year history.  The company said the recall of about 60% to 70% of the state's on-shelf cannabis products was "unjustified,…

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Luxembourg facing medical cannabis shortages

Luxembourg is running low on medical cannabis as the country's sole supplier is struggling to meet demand, Health Minister Paulette Lenert has said. Earlier this year, Luxembourg was also facing a shortage of medical cannabis and authorities had to find new suppliers.  On 28 October, authorities had received…

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US (CA): "To the cannabis tax raise, we simply reply: we’re not going to pay"

As you might have read, California is raising its taxes on cannabis farmers in 2022. This has raised some eyebrows, especially as the state coffers have a $31 billion surplus. These two facts did not sit well with everyone, and calls for action have been made.  "We applaud recent reforms that resulted in a…

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Shaquille O'Neal suing cannabis company for $1 million

Shaquille O'Neal, the famous basketball player, is suing his former cannabis business partner for more than $1 million. Shaquille and his fellow plaintiff, Jerome Crawford, invested $150.000 in a new cannabis business in December 2016. Their investment was supposed to help the company "pursue…

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Guernsey: First license to grow medicinal cannabis issued

The first license to grow medicinal cannabis in Guernsey has been issued by the government. The government hopes that the medical cannabis industry will boost and diversify the island's economy. "We’re delighted to have been able to approve one business’s application. The granting of the first license…

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US (MA): Cannabis company unionizes to support workers

Liberty Cannabis, a medical-only dispensary in Somerville, ratified its first union contract with Union Food and Commercial Workers (UCFW), Local 1445, late last week.  The contract is for three years, and it ensures worker benefits, including "great yearly general wage increases, affordable health, welfare…

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Cannabis investor loses fraud lawsuit after destroying evidence

A Bloom Farms investor lost his fraud and retaliation lawsuit against the cannabis company and its executives, when a Delaware judge threw out the case as a penalty, saying he repeatedly lied about electronic evidence, deleted relevant text messages, and violated court orders. Vice Chancellor Morgan T.…

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US (GA): Former textile plant to be converted into a cannabis cultivation facility

TheraTrue Georgia LLC has completed the acquisition of a former Louisville textile plant and is currently awaiting the official licensure to begin converting it for the…

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Island of Jersey betting big on cannabis industry to boost economy

The Island of Jersey is betting big on the cannabis industry to boost the local economy.  "Since 2017 when the rural economy strategy identified hemp and cannabis as an alternative crop, work has been underway to develop the industry," says Senator Lyndon Farnham, Deputy Chief Minister at the Minister for…

"Ethical hacking provides better security for our cloud applications"

To optimize the security of their products and services, Priva has them tested annually by independent, ethical hackers. For this, they partner with Onvio, a specialist in conducting pen tests that actively look for weak spots. The issues found are then resolved so that the level of security is…

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CAN (BC): Former Cannabis Canada Council chairman charged in $1B stock fraud scheme

A Vancouver physician turned stock promoter has until November 30 to respond to charges he was involved in an alleged $1 billion international stock fraud scheme. In early August, Dr. Avtar Singh Dhillon was arrested in Long Beach, California, while residing in his $12 million, 9,300-square-foot,…

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Bermuda government has "no intention of amending cannabis legislation to fit UK conventions"

Bermuda’s government has “no intention” of tailoring its laws licensing cannabis production to fit with the UK’s conventions allowing the drug for medicinal use only. David…

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US (OK): "Medical cannabis industry has caused seismic shift in the workplace"

Oklahoma’s medical cannabis industry continues to grow as workers leave other industries for the booming cannabis business. In an October Rotary meeting in Enid, Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Leslie Osborn said the medical cannabis industry has caused a “seismic shift” in the workplace. Osborn cited three…

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US (MA): Boston cannabis sales hit $2.3B since legalization

Since its legalization in 2016, the Boston adult-use cannabis industry has grown to include hundreds of businesses, thousands of employees, and now roughly $2.3 billion in cannabis sales. “That’s a pretty phenomenal number and you know, I think on top of the numbers, one of the things I’m proudest of is…

Airborne disease training videos for Spanish-speaking greenhouse workers

The Michigan State University Extension floriculture team and the National Pesticide Safety Education Center have developed a set of airborne disease training videos for Spanish-speaking workers at greenhouses and garden centers. These videos are designed to help green industry employers fulfill any pandemic…

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US (MI): "Officials issue what is likely the largest cannabis recall in the state ever"

Michigan licensing officials issued what is likely the largest cannabis recall in the state ever on November 17th. The Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) recalled all cannabis flower products that passed safety testing at Viridis Laboratories between August 10 and November 16. The exact quantity of…

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Germany's nationwide cannabis legalization close at hand

Party leaders in Germany’s incoming government coalition have reached an agreement to legalize cannabis nationwide. The legalization legislation is expected to be introduced during the upcoming legislative session. As it stands, personal possession of cannabis is decriminalized in Germany, and there is a…

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California cannabis taxes higher in 2022

From January 1, 2022, the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration is raising the taxes on cannabis. A report issued by the same Department states that "the cultivation tax rates reflect an adjustment for inflation as required by the Cannabis Tax Law." The tax applies to flowers, leaves, and…

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US (OH): Cannabis market shifting towards larger companies

Two years ago, more than 20 multi-state operators were trying to get into Ohio or expand their footprint here through acquisitions, and in most cases, state regulators granted the request. Since October 2019, seven cultivators, eight processors, and 28 dispensaries have changed hands. All but six…

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AU: New South Wales might welcome medical cannabis growing facility

A development application for a medical cannabis cultivation facility in New South Wales’ Bathurst region has been lodged with Bathurst Regional Council. The proposed site located at Watton, around 23 kilometers from the heart of Bathurst, would be used to grow medical cannabis in a greenhouse…

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US (AZ): Is the state's social equity program doing enough?

When Arizona voters approved adult-use cannabis in 2020, the new law included provisions that aimed to give the opportunity of a lifetime to people most harmed by the War on…

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US (LA): State regulations delay cannabis supply chain, prices are rising

A regulatory bottleneck in Louisiana’s medical cannabis supply chain has inflated costs far beyond the prices found in other states, according to industry experts who testified at the Louisiana Legislature’s Medical Marijuana Commission meeting Thursday. The Department of Agriculture and Forestry is the…

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AU: Cannabis authenticity & purity standard auditor certification commences

The Cannabis Authenticity and Purity Standard (CAPS) Auditor certification has officially launched been for global applications. The certification provides credentials to auditors seeking to provide audit services against the CAPS requirements, published by Purity-IQ. "The certification is a globally…

Mexico's legal cannabis sales estimated to reach US$2.1B within four years of launch

New Frontier Data, a data analytics company, has estimated that Mexico's legal cannabis sales could reach US$2.1 Billion within four years of retail market launch. They will present their findings during the CannabiSalud Business & Investment Conference taking place November 18-20 in Cancun, Mexico. The…

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Malaysia: Hemp is being cultivated for research

In Malaysia, the cultivation of hemp has started in Kedah. The hemp will be used for the market and for research.  Former minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman said the Pakatan Harapan administration has previously approved a piece of land in Kedah to grow hemp for research purposes, which will now be taken…

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CAN (BC): Extreme weather causes disruption to cannabis supply chain

B.C.'s cannabis industry is bracing for difficulties with getting products to distributors and stores after storms, massive floods and mudslides hit the province this week. Several cannabis companies say portions of their facilities are submerged in water, communities where their pot shops are located…

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Method to detect heavy metals in cannabis approved

CEM Corporation's analytical method "Heavy Metals in a Variety of Cannabis and Cannabis-Derived Products," used for the analysis of toxic metals in cannabis and cannabis-containing products, has received approval from AOAC INTERNATIONAL. This method uses high throughput microwave digestion and…

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UK: Jersey companies moving towards medical cannabis should prepare for 20% tax

Businesses that move into the emerging medicinal cannabis industry risk having all of their income taxed at the higher 20% rate if current rules are not changed, a Scrutiny panel has warned. A report by the Economic and International Affairs Panel has also suggested that any profits made by the…

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US (CA): Larger cannabis farms overtaking smaller ones

The commercial cannabis industry in California is growing rapidly, but data about its production remains sparse. That is because cannabis is still an illicit drug under federal law and not regulated as an agricultural crop, which requires the federal government to collect much more data. What the…

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US: Nancy Mace's cannabis bill faces Republican opposition

Just days after Nancy Mace revealed her cannabis bill, the South Carolina Republican party expresses their disapproval of the bill. Shortly after Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) held a…

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US (PA): Farmers and small businesses allowed to cultivate medical cannabis

Pennsylvania Rep. Melissa Shusterman plans to introduce legislation to allow farmers and small businesses a chance to compete in the medical cannabis market. The legislation would allow farmers and small business permits to take part in the cultivation of cannabis for medical reasons.  Shusterman wants to…

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US (CA): Application process for cannabis businesses finalized in National City

Cannabis businesses looking to open up shop in National City will soon have a chance to apply with the city. The City Council recently approved a weighted application process…

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South Africa: Cleaning soil with hemp

The University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, is currently funding a study to determine if the cultivation of hemp might be able to restore land that has been blighted by…

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US (MT): Cannabis sales will look different county by county

Adult-use cannabis sales begin in less than two months in half of Montana’s counties. Regulators and retailers alike are scrambling to finalize last-minute details before that January 1st deadline. Most Montanans voted in support of legalizing adult-use cannabis last year. While consuming it will be…

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Sri Lanka parliamentarian calls for cannabis legalization

A Sri Lankan parliamentarian has urged the government to legalize cannabis cultivation amid protests by religious leaders. Diana Gamage, a government lawmaker, said cannabis cultivation can solve the foreign exchange crisis by bringing in billions of dollars to the country. "The country can be freed from…

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US (SD): Aberdeen 2022 cultivation fee set at $5.000

A host of fees for 2022, including a $15,000 license fee for medical cannabis dispensaries, were preliminarily approved during Monday's Aberdeen City Council meeting. The fee for other medical cannabis establishments for cultivation, testing, and manufacturing was set at $5,000. While the fees are…

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US (WA): Growers accused of breaking regulations, 13.000 plants destroyed

About 13,000 pounds of cannabis, valued at around $3 million, was destroyed this week outside of three adjoining Touchet, Washington, cannabis farms accused of growing more than allowed by state law. The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin reports Evergreen Nirvana, Black Diamond Cannabis, and Green Volcano were…

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CAN (NS): Nova Scotia legal cannabis prices dropped 40% since 2019

In an attempt to combat the illegal cannabis market, Nova Scotia legalized cannabis in 2018. Bev Ware, a spokesperson for the Nova Scotia Liquor Corp, said the average price of a single gram of cannabis in Nova Scotia now stands at $6.50, down by nearly 40% since legalization in 2018.    Financial figures from the…

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US (CA): Project Trellis Emergency Cultivation Micro-Grant to financially support Humboldt County-based growers

Working to overcome the financial challenges of the current commercial cannabis marketplace, Covid-19, and fire and drought, local cannabis cultivators have an opportunity to receive funding through the County of Humboldt’s Project Trellis Emergency Cultivation Micro-Grant. There is $1 million in funds…

Association to support German hemp growers formed

A national non-profit association to support hemp growers has been formed in Germany. Nutzhanf-Netzwerk e.V. (“Hemp Network”) will promote hemp among German farmers and work…

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US (MA): "State cannabis industry has a long way to go"

Five years after Massachusetts residents legalized cannabis for adult-use, the state is still struggling to realize the lofty goals of that effort. From the consumer…

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US (NM): Aspiring cannabis entrepreneurs greet opening application process enthusiastically

In just two months since the Cannabis Control Division (CCD) began accepting applications for producer licenses, there have already been more than 1,500 applications started by would-be entrepreneurs, according to the CCD. Of those, more than 1,000 of the applications are for what are called…

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US (AZ): Deadline for state-mandated training to run cannabis business approaching

The deadline to get state-mandated training to run a cannabis dispensary or similar business in Arizona as part of a “social equity ownership program" is fast approaching.…

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US (FL): Husband of cannabis company CEO convicted of bribery

John "J.T." Burnette, husband of Trulieve Cannabis CEO Kim Rivers, has been sentenced to three years in jail and a $1.25 million fine. Burnette, 44, a wealthy entrepreneur, developer and hotelier, was convicted in August after a trial on public corruption charges for his role in a long-running City Hall…

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US (OR): Cannabis business licensing process reopened after three-year pause

The Oregon Liquor & Cannabis Commission resumes the processing of new cannabis business license applications. In 2018, the OLCC took a “pause” on processing new license applications in order to focus on existing licensees and applicants who had already submitted applications. "Since that time, we have…

Oded Forer, Minister of Agriculture:

"There is unusual export potential in Israel"

Agriculture Minister Oded Forer (Yisrael Beiteinu) said this morning at a conference of the Calcalist newspaper that the medical cannabis unit (HIKR) in the Ministry of Health should be dismantled. According to Forer, "The most significant point for the cannabis market, if you look at the crops in Israel…

Guam: Tracking system procured, industry can move forward

A mandatory and critical piece of Guam's approved, but stalled, cannabis industry is now in place. Local law requires that before any medicinal or adult-use cannabis sales…

"Colombian president has high hopes for medical cannabis industry"

Colombian President Ivan Duque has high hopes for the medical cannabis industry in a country that has been waging a costly war against cocaine for decades. He said the…

US (PA): "We can't just go to the bank and get a loan"

Despite the growing acceptance of medical cannabis and the introduction of a bill earlier this year to legalize adult-use cannabis, companies that grow or sell cannabis still…

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US (MI): "Pontiac, the worst at implementing medical cannabis process"

Voters in Pontiac passed medical cannabis ordinances in 2018, but owners are still waiting for licenses to be approved and dispensaries to open. One of the big reasons for the delay was on public display on November 9, when a public meeting of the cannabis commission broke down before it even began. The…

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US: "The cannabis industry is too large to be prohibited from banking opportunities”

A bipartisan coalition of two dozen governors is urging congressional leaders to finally enact marijuana banking reform through large-scale defense legislation. In a letter sent to top lawmakers in the House and Senate on Tuesday, state officials state that the SAFE Banking Act should be attached to the…

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US (IL): Adult-use cannabis sales reach $1.12 billion

In the last 10 months, cannabis sales have reached $1.12 billion, according to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. These sales are causing cities…

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UK: Funding platform for CBD industry opened

Swiss Life Sciences Group has created a platform to raise funds for the CBD industry, which will be based in Luxembourg. The platform allows the issuance of notes to professional investors in the EU and UK financial markets and a wrapper facility (specifically for the French market).   A securitization vehicle allows…

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US (MA): More than $2 billion sales since legalization adult-use cannabis

Five years after voters in Massachusetts opted to legalize adult-use cannabis, the state’s industry has surpassed $2 billion in sales. There are 176 retailers across the Bay State where customers can buy a selection of flower, edibles, topicals, and more. “It’s been a success in creating new tax revenue…

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US (CA): "We should be focusing on making this a socially equitable industry"

A federal grand jury is investigating payments to consultants and council members involved in cannabis licensing in Baldwin Park and two other San Gabriel Valley cities,…

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US (CA): "The permitting process is broken"

El Dorado County Growers Alliance members say they plan to sue the county and its Board of Supervisors for blocking several commercial cannabis applicants from receiving licenses. Applicant and Shingle Springs resident Lee Tannenbaum said he has been in the application process since late 2019. The El…

Malaysia will allow import and use of medicinal cannabis

Malaysia will allow the import and use of cannabis for medicinal purposes if the products comply with government regulations, Malaysiakini reports, citing Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin. The sale of medical cannabis for treatments will require a prescription, and can only be done by a registered…

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US (CA): Cannabis equipment imports blocked, protesting lawsuit dismissed

A lawsuit that alleges U.S. Customs and Border Protection improperly excluded the import of cannabis and hemp processing equipment was dismissed Thursday by a federal trade court that said it did not have jurisdiction to hear the case.  The equipment consisted of parts for a cryo-ethanol extraction system,…

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US (MT): Voters approve adult-use cannabis tax, medical cannabis tax fails

Voters in Missoula County appear to have overwhelmingly approved a 3% local-option excise tax on adult-use cannabis products sold within the county. A proposed 3% tax on medical cannabis products failed by a slimmer margin. The new tax will apply to the retail sales price of all adult-use cannabis…

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US (CA): Cannabis business owner accused of illegal grow operation

A Palm Springs cannabis owner is defending herself after the city revoked all three of her licenses amid allegations that she was illegally cultivating in a space she was not licensed to. Joy Meredith, the woman in question, said she is fighting back against her businesses being shut down in an appeal…

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US (MI): New bank offers services to cannabis companies

Royal Oak has yet to decide which cannabis businesses will be allowed in the city, but a new bank on Woodward Avenue is already set to offer banking for cannabis retailers and related business owners. Citizens State Bank is billed as one of only a handful of banks in the metro Detroit area to accept…

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New York's new cannabis chief Tremaine Wright:

US (NY): "Half of licenses will go to social justice efforts"

Tremaine Wright said New York state is working to create cannabis regulations that will allow neighborhood cannabis businesses to prosper. The idea of including people from African-American and Hispanic neighborhoods where most drug arrests took place remains prominent in the state, which could spawn a…

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US (CA): Report analyzing health and success of social equity programs released

The California Cannabis Industry Association (CCIA)'s Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Equity Committee (DISE) released an accountability report to examine the health and success of cannabis social equity programs that have received funding from the State. Initial findings reveal mixed results and…

"Alaskan cannabis industry has to expand to survive competition"

In recent years, other states’ industries have been undergoing aggressive consolidation, with big, highly capitalized multi-state corporations gobbling up cultivation and…

Thailand: "Cannabis will be economic crop"

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul promised to push for more relaxation on Thailand’s drug law in order to make cannabis a cash crop. He said that, in order to make…

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Malawi governments stresses importance of cooperatives for cannabis growers

The Minister of Agriculture Lobin Lowe has urged cannabis growers to form cooperatives in order to have enhanced bargaining power, which is critical in realizing more benefits in their farming business. He continued to say that the cannabis plant is regulated unlike any other crop, and thus, the…

US (CA): Federal investigation into bribery targets SoCal public officials

Late last year, The Times reported that FBI agents had served search warrants at the city attorney’s office and the homes of two officials in other cities as part of an investigation into cannabis licensing and allegations that Baldwin Park officials had received illegal payments from businesses seeking…

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The CEA space expected to grow heavily in 5-10 years, boosted by cannabis innovations and governments

“I think that the future of CEA will be about health and wellness, and being able to ensure nutrition,” says Tisha Livingston, CEO of Infinite Acres. “With CEA and technology, we can advance technology growth and control product diversification, such as working with seed breeders to get the right…

US (MD): Regulators allowing cannabis licenses as collateral for loans

How do entrepreneurs start a new business when they don't own property, can't get a loan and the federal government still considers their product illegal? For many folks hoping to break into Maryland's medical cannabis business, they can't. But a new rule allowing medical cannabis license holders to use…

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US (NV): Laborers from all sectors flocking to cannabis industry

In 2020, many industries downsized and scaled back to absorb the shocks of shutdowns and social distancing mandates caused by the pandemic. Now, as the economy begins to…

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US (AR): River Valley Relief cultivation facility battles scarcity of popular strains

"We want to grow high-quality medical cannabis and be able to make it affordable for a lot of people. Since insurance doesn't help cover this cost, it can be a challenge for a lot of people. Our family was hit hard by the opioid epidemic, like a lot of other Arkansas families, and so this is one reason…

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US (MO): Records from medical cannabis regulators subpoenaed

Twice last year a federal grand jury demanded the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services turn over records pertaining to the medical cannabis program. The pair of subpoenas, issued by the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri in September 2020, were redacted by the…

No cannabis licenses until 2023, state cannabis board chair says

The head of the state’s Cannabis Control Board said Wednesday, October 24th, during a stop in Rochester, that she anticipates licenses for the first recreational cannabis…

US (OR): OSU and National Black Farmers Association to supply 1 million hemp seeds to BIPOC farmers

Phylos has partnered with the National Black Farmers Association and the Oregon State University to supply 1 million hemp seeds to BIPOC farmers without capital investmest. "It is important to us to continue efforts like our hemp seed donation program to level a systemically unbalanced playing field and…

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US (VA): Farmer gives away 100.000 seeds throughout Virginia

As you may know, the Virginia General Assembly decriminalized adult possession of small amounts of cannabis in 2020. This year they followed up by legalizing adult possession…

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US (IL): More than $1 billion in cannabis sold this year

Illinois has officially exceeded $1 billion in adult-use cannabis sales in 2021, a major economic milestone since the state launched its retail market last year. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) reported on Tuesday that there were $123,375,372 in adult-use cannabis…

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US (CA): Tax relief for local cannabis growers approved

The cannabis industry across the state and in Monterey County is experiencing some growing pains that are resulting in shrinking value. During the pandemic summer of 2020, the cannabis market was riding high, reaching roughly $1,200 per pound according to local market insiders. However, as the summer of…

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US (MI): Negotiations for land sale to cannabis company move forward

The Barryton Village Council agreed to allow negotiations to move forward with a proposed sale of village-owned land to a cannabis business for a cultivation facility. The property in question, a total of 21 acres, was purchased from the USDA for the purpose of installing a sewer system for the village.…

Video: a peak in Dutch MMJ company Bedrocan

The Belgian TV presenter Tom Waes was on tour in the Netherlands this summer. Among other things, he visited a medicinal cannabis growing facility in Flevoland. Tom was a…

"Government-grown cannabis is genetically closer to hemp than cannabis sold in dispensaries"

The government is not growing cannabis that reflects what people are buying in legal markets, another study has found, which raises questions about the validity of research that relies on cannabis from the currently only federally authorized source. For decades, there has just been one farm at the…

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Plan approved to allow Idaho Dept. of Agriculture to license hemp producers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved the Idaho State hemp plan on Monday, which will allow the Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) to license hemp producers and handlers under Idaho Code and the Farm Bill passed in 2018. "We had a ton of work to do once policymakers decided the direction…

TH: Industry MInistry planning to make Thailand a hemp hub

The Industry Ministry is planning to make Thailand a hub of hemp businesses to produce new products in the medical sector and support tourism. Officials are working on a…

US (NJ): Demand for New Brunswick's retail cannabis licenses exceeds supply

Demand for retail cannabis licenses in the city exceeds the supply, and New Brunswick is in the process of weeding through the applications now that the deadline to submit one has passed. There were seven applications seeking the only cannabis license for New Brunswick’s Easton Avenue corridor, where…

Jamaica cannabis industry gets US $15m boost

Jamaican company Medicanja has received a major boost with an investment of US $15 million from major US investor Noble Capital Fund and leading international management consultant Dr. Trevor Hamilton. Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce Audley Shaw said this is part of a US $100 million…

US: Top IRS official says cannabis banking reform would help feds ‘get paid’

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) would like to get paid, and it would help if the cannabis industry had access to banks like companies in other legal markets do, an official with the federal department said. She also talked about unique issues related to federal tax deductions for cannabis businesses.…

Legalizing cannabis ‘in islands’ interest’

Deputy Gavin St Pier said it was ‘inevitable’ that the islands would be forced to ‘re-evaluate’ their stance on the Class B drug following its legalization for medicinal…

US (OK): Cannabis industry reps want help to reduce testing costs

Cannabis industry representatives told Oklahoma lawmakers during an interim study Monday that adopting standard practices used by food and drug makers could make medical cannabis cheaper and safer. They tried to sell lawmakers on process validation, a system where data is collected at different stages of…

With export restrictions eased, Colombia's medical cannabis business is poised for liftoff

When Beatriz Porras was studying agronomy at a university in Tunja, Colombia, she thought her career would lead to growing coffee, like her parents, or flowers, the traditional agricultural staples for the country's export market. Back then, growing cannabis was illegal, and security forces targeted…

Pesticides, heavy metals and more: what is into cannabis inflorescences grown in Italy?

Italy has often been the subject of studies abroad attracted by the phenomenon of Cannabis Light, an involuntary legalization of smokable hemp flowers. In relation to this sector, there has been an increase in the number of jobs, related professional skills, knowledge on the subject, and associations…

Canarian tomato producers plan to start growing cannabis for therapeutic purposes

Submerged in the worst crisis in their 130 years of history, Canarian tomato producers are thinking about converting their crops to medicinal cannabis so they can mitigate the…

DE: Hemp fields grew 17% in 2021

Total hemp fields in Germany grew 17% to reach 6,444 hectares (~16,000 acres) in 2021 as the number of hemp farming operations reached 863, a 20% increase, according to the Federal Office for…

US (VT): State gears up for $225 M cannabis market

Vermont’s Cannabis Control Board estimates that spending on adult-use cannabis in Vermont could reach $225 million annually by 2025, which would translate to nearly $46 million in new state taxes. The figures are just some of the news from a highly anticipated report the board released last Friday. The…

US: States promote federal hemp survey being mailed out to more than 20,000 growers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is officially beginning a nationwide survey of hemp producers this week, and state officials are working to make sure farmers in their jurisdictions participate. The survey, which USDA began mailing out on Monday, asks producers about issues such as outdoor…

US (OH): MMJ patients say prices are too high

Nearly three years after the first medical cannabis dispensary opened in Ohio, slightly over half of the state’s cannabis cardholders say they are dissatisfied with the…

Farmers call on Biden administration to re-evaluate food issues:

"We demand better from the Biden administration"

More than 65 United States-based growers and food and trade justice advocates have delivered a letter to the Biden administration urging the U.S. government to fundamentally…


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