CAN: Number of micro-licenses keep growing

The number of micro cannabis licenses across Canada continues to grow. As of Friday, September 17, there were 249 micro licenses with license holders in every province.  Micro cultivators are licensed to grow cannabis within a 200m2 canopy, while microprocessors are allowed to process up to 600kg of cannabis…

Jeppe Krog Rasmussen, CEO of DanCann Pharma

"We should focus on contributing to developing relevant EU standards for medical cannabis"

One could make the case that the Danish medical cannabis framework is the strictest in the entire industry. There aren’t many companies that can make it through the extremely demanding Danish licensing process. DanCann Pharma, however, is in the process of becoming one of them. They have so far been able…

Patrck Brown via thecounter.org

US (NC): Farmers of color have to carefully weigh the potential risks and rewards of growing hemp

The challenges of navigating a developing market, emerging loan practices, and startup costs can compound existing barriers, especially for newer growers.  For North Carolina farmer Patrick Brown, hemp’s appeal lies in its ability to nourish the more than 175 acres his family has farmed since his great-grandfather,…

German, Swiss, Canadian companies get licenses in Zimbabwe

Investors from Germany, Switzerland and Canada are among those who have received cultivation and processing licenses under Zimbabwe’s cannabis program. A total of 57 licenses…

Colombia gains muscle in the medical cannabis market and puts Canada on alert

With an energetic speech, in front of a huge electronic screen, Colombian President Iván Duque enthusiastically announced that Colombia will be one of the first countries in the world to allow the export of cannabis in its most essential form: the flower. The economic potential is measured in billions of…

CAN: The agricultural industry is desperate for workers of all sorts

There’s a global shortage of agricultural workers, from manual labor roles to science and engineering-focused agricultural tech work, and Canada is no different. Everything from agronomists, or experts in soil management and crop production, to veterinarians are needed in Canada and it’s a long-standing…

US (ME): Maine’s cannabis sales surpassed $10 million in August

Maine’s adult-use cannabis retailers continue to break sales records, with $10.2 million worth of cannabis products sold in August.  The August sales jump was a more moderate than July’s 45 percent increase from June sales, but it marks the first time the industry has reported monthly sales of at least $10…

US (OH): Dispensary owner, state lawmakers call for more diversity in the MMJ industry

Ohio is preparing to double the number of medical cannabis dispensaries in the state. The hope is to alleviate some of the problems with the relatively new industry, including…

A recent Oklahoma U.S. district court case reflects the cannabis industry’s big problem with banking

An Oklahoma businessman’s guilty plea in federal court to opening a bank account by misrepresenting his cannabis company in order to launder its proceeds illustrates the ongoing, even dangerous enterprise of banking cannabis revenues, says the CEO of a financial services platform. On August 17, Victor…

Sunstone Winery

California's wine and cannabis industries collide

For any plant enthusiast, it’s a particularly romantic truth that the United States’ historic home of Cannabis cultivation also happens to be coterminous with its dominant wine-producing region. For fans of intoxicating substances, it’s downright exciting, not to mention convenient. And, for history and…

Nonprofit works to break the ‘grass ceiling’ in Missouri cannabis industry

Missouri’s cannabis industry is taking off, but few women are running the companies fueling that growth. A new nonprofit based in St. Louis, We Are JAINE, aims to change that. Co-President Tammy Puyear said the goal is to empower women to start new businesses and land leadership positions in the…

Luxembourg has paid 3 million euros for 30 kilos of medical cannabis

Being the richest country in the world inevitably has some advantages. Luxembourg has just spent 3 million euros for 30 kilograms of medical cannabis. If you take out your calculator, and apply a good old cross product, you get the tidy sum of 100 euros per gram. “The chosen offer is that of Canopy…

Germany’s ban on CBD flowers to be challenged in ground-breaking court case

After failing to persuade the Government to permit the sale of CBD flowers, German company Hanf Farm is turning to the courts. Within the next two months the appellant’s cannabis lawyer Kai-Friedrich Niermann is expected to secure a preliminary guidance on whether this litigation will succeed. The case…

US (OR): Demand slows down and prices fall as harvest gets closer

Just as California is experiencing a cannabis oversupply, Oregon too seems to be facing such a situation soon. “The market has come to a screeching halt,” said Rhea Miller of Millerville Farms to bizjournals.com. The fall in prices has been reported also by the OLCC, where in July 2020 a pound of…

Clever Leaves

Cannabis firms catch a whiff of opportunity in Brazil

International cannabis companies are showing interest in Brazil, both for its large consumer market for medicinal products and a proposal that could legalize planting of the crop. Major producers like Colombia’s Clever Leaves and Canada’s Canopy Growth are developing and selling medicinal cannabis…

US (AR): Cannabis businesses air complaints about inventory-tracking system

Members of Arkansas' medical cannabis industry at a legislative subcommittee meeting last week aired frustrations with the state contractor used to track cannabis products and sales. The vice chairwoman of the Arkansas Legislative Council's Medical Marijuana Oversight Subcommittee, Sen. Linda…

IR: Plans to set up operation for production of standard materials for medicinal plants

According to Mohammad Hasan Asareh, "The idea of ​​setting up a raw material production refinery in compliance with the highest international standards was formed by the private sector in 2018. " The head of the Institute for Research and Certification of Seeds and Seedlings pointed out that: "According…

Cannabis oversupply is flooding California, jeopardizing legalization

If you want to get into the cannabis industry in California—where more than $5 billion worth of legal, adult-use cannabis is on pace to be sold this year, according to tax figures—and you want to do it quickly, don’t bother with selling adult-use cannabis. Instead, you want to grow it. Most cities in the…

Latin America and the risk of becoming the world's "cannabis barn"

Eight years ago, Uruguay became the first country in the world to legalize cannabis for all its uses. Over time, the Charrúa lands were filled with crops and the country became a pioneer in the international trade of the plant. However, today it is at risk of becoming the "world's cannabis granary" and…

Ingenious farmers will show new level of creativity

What’s ahead for California and water?

With severe to exceptional drought affecting approximately 95 percent of California, questions are emerging about what lies ahead for this state’s agricultural near future. Matt Dusi of San Francisco, CA-based Wells Fargo’s food & agribusiness industry advisors team notes that as growers moved into 2021,…

Caramel Cannabis

Grower says the 'support local' mantra applies to cannabis too

Despite the Ontario government overseeing the sale and distribution of the province’s cannabis industry, a push to “support local” is happening in Simcoe County.  As of 2020, Ontario had the highest number of cannabis production companies with 112, followed by British Columbia in a distant second at 62. Simcoe…

SA: Government says industry has potential to create 25,000 jobs

South Africa’s government unveiled a master plan aimed at harnessing a 28-billion-rand ($1.9 billion) cannabis industry that could potentially create as many as 25,000 jobs and help attract foreign investment.  The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development led a two-year process to craft…

Petaluma HIll Farms

US (CA): Small North Coast cannabis farms face daunting future

For almost seven years, David Drips has weathered a variety of obstacles to make his Petaluma Hill Farms viable to grow legal cannabis. There has been licensing red tape from Sonoma County, where he has not received his final permit and can only grow less than a half-acre though he could farm twice that…

IL: Over 100,000 MMJ registered patients in Israel

With a considerable delay, this morning (Monday) the Ministry of Health published the "Snapshot" report for July 2021 - a report that in previous months was published by the…

US (AZ): Arizona brings In $21 million In cannabis tax revenue for july, with recreational sales catching up to medical

Arizona brought in about $21 million in medical and adult-use cannabis tax revenue in July, state officials reported on a new webpage that enables people to more easily track how the industry is evolving. Medical cannabis taxes were slightly higher at $5,485,102 last month, compared to $4,445,848…

Legal cannabis farms use less water and produce more value than any other agricultural activity in California

California’s commercial cannabis laws, as established through the Medicinal and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA), have always contained the acutely…

Cross-border cannabis deals may blur line between Canada, U.S.

The line that divides Canada from the U.S. is looking more and more illusory for the cannabis industry.The 49th parallel used to be a big deal for marijuana growers. Canada’s legalization in 2018 spurred a generation of startups north of the border and investors flooded in with the hope they would follow…

US (CA): "There's a lot of affordable, tested cannabis flowers, which is what legalization initially promised"

If you’ve been to your local dispensary lately, you may have noticed your favorite bud is cheaper than usual. Sure, the total balance on your receipts may still be high, but that’s usually thanks to high state and local taxes, not the flower. However, while you may be enjoying the cheaper prices, someone…

Jason Gellman via siliconvalley.com

US (CA): Plummeting cannabis prices strain small Northern California farmers

Humboldt County cannabis farmers are drowning in a flooded market. As the price of cannabis continues to fall, small farmers struggling to stay afloat fear for the sustainability of their future. Jason Gellman, a second-generation cannabis farmer and owner of Ridgeline Farms in Southern Humboldt, has…

Maryland researchers advise farmers to hold off on hemp

A research team in Maryland is recommending farmers hold off on farming hemp, citing the “chicken-and-egg” nature of the nascent industry, over-saturation in the biomass market, and the need for further studies. The team, from the University of Maryland College of Agriculture & Natural Resources, noted…

Increased demand for Jamaican-grown cannabis

There has been an increased demand for local cannabis in the global market space, as buyers from various countries seek to acquire the product for medicinal and research purposes. The Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) is reporting that since the start of the year, 19 export authorisations have been…

Cannabis firms catch a whiff of opportunity in Brazil

International cannabis companies are showing interest in Brazil, both its large consumer market for medicinal products and a proposal that could legalize planting of the crop.…

Pure Sunfarms

CAN: "Cannabis consumers may not have been getting what they paid for"

It’s a victory for consumers who want honesty and transparency when it comes to purchasing cannabis products. That’s what Delta-based cannabis grower Pure Sunfarms president and CEO Mandesh Dosanjh is saying about a recent decision by Health Canada regarding allegedly inaccurately-labelled potency levels…

Marijuana Moment

NBA star Kevin Durant teams up with online seller to destigmatize marijuana in sports

The online marijuana marketplace Weedmaps is teaming up with NBA star Kevin Durant for a multi-year partnership that’s aimed at destigmatizing cannabis and showcasing the plant’s potential value for “athlete wellness and recovery.” Together with Thirty Five Ventures, a philanthropic organization founded…

US (IL): Chicago shop applicants sue state of Illinois for lottery procedure

Two Chicago firms vying for lucrative cannabis shop permits filed suit Monday in Cook County court claiming state officials wrongfully pushed them to give up additional spots…

UMES research hopes to make crop a mainstay.

Hemp could be Eastern Shore's next cash crop if growers can beat heat and pests

As Sadanand Dhekney, University of Maryland Eastern Shore associate professor, walks along a swathe of land lined with thriving hemp plants, he's looking at years of research into what might be Maryland's next cash crop. With a specialty in plant breeding in the Department of Agriculture, Food and…

Cali Kosher / LA Weekly

The Central Valley light-dep cannabis report

"In recent years, the growing scene in the Central Valley has become a lot more prevalent. While the weather can get a bit toasty, there is a lot of convenience in having giant flat spaces to grow legal marijuana now that you don’t have to worry about helicopters and whatnot." In this LA Weekly article,…

Ecuador's flower sales decline, forcing growers to switch to hemp

After the COVID-19 pandemic sparked a decline in Ecuador’s flower sales, the nation’s farmers have turned to hemp as a new crop to make ends meet. Ecuador’s total flower…

Why Canada is sitting on a billion grams of surplus cannabis

How were Canada’s biggest cannabis companies valued so high, yet are now sitting on billions of grams of unsold cannabis and many still haven’t turned a profit? A new feature…

US (WI): La Crosse cannabis grower says Wisconsin is behind the times

Wisconsin is behind the times, says Logan Eldred, a cannabis grower at Tree Huggers Co-op, a La Crosse business that specializes in growing and selling CBD. The cannabis plant Eldred uses for CBD is the same plant that produces THC, which is illegal because it gets you high. “Really it’s just a matter of…

US (OK): Lax regulation and low barriers to entry have triggered cannabis’s explosive growth in Sooner State

Chip Baker surveyed a vast field on the outskirts of an old hay farm an hour east of Oklahoma City, his ponytail waving in the thick, humid air, his voice growing excited. “This is probably the largest collection of Squirt in the world!” he boasted, pointing to an array of neatly plotted cannabis plants…

US: Hemp memo from US financial regulator raises financing concerns within the industry

A recent advisory memo from a federal financial regulatory agency is causing a stir among some legal hemp companies, who say they’re concerned the advice will make it more difficult to obtain business loans to expand and stay competitive in the growing national market. The Farm Credit Administration…

US: Federal science agency issues first report on THC and CBD variability in cannabis laboratory testing results

A federal science agency has released a new report as part of its effort to ensure that cannabis products are accurately tested and labeled for THC, CBD and more than a dozen other cannabinoids. It’s part of an ongoing effort by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to encourage…

Hedging against global supply chain shortages

COVID-19 has had an enduring, adverse impact on global supply chains. What started as a hand sanitizer and toilet paper shortage has evolved into a multifaceted supply chain breakdown affecting numerous manufacturing pipelines. At the heart of these disruptions is something small and unsuspected by those…

US (MI): Cultivation and processing facilities may soon be coming to Charlotte

Charlotte's City Council has decided that they're not going to allow cannabis shops in the city anytime soon, but the community could see cannabis growing and processing facilities. On average, each dispensary brings in about $28,000 in tax revenues to a community according to Mayor Michael Armitage.…

US (OK): Cannabis top crop in OK, concerns on the rise

Over the last six to eight months, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics (OBN) said Oklahoma has seen a huge influx of cannabis growers coming to the state, including both legal and criminal organizations. Mark Woodward is the OBN public information officer and said he credits that to cheaper land prices,…

Plant booster and protection hits Spanish market

SIPCO Innovations is pleased to announce the launch of its new product Hyshield in Spain this August, in partnership with Hortitec. This European launch comes after the success of Hyshield™ in the North American market and the increasing demand for this product in the marketplace. Hyshield is derived from…

"the grower is never left in the dark not knowing if their order has even shipped or not"

International supply issues continue to plague horticultural industry

Many hydroponics greenhouses, and growers of all kinds, are being faced with serious delays in many key products. Nutrients, clips, wires, hooks, and growing mediums are just a few of the products that have slowed down or delayed unpredicted time frames, which makes growers frustrated. Most delays are…

JM: MPs accuse Cannabis Licensing Authority of ignoring small growers

The Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) and the State have been accused of having no real interest in ensuring that small farmers get their fair share of the legal marijuana pie, as pilot cultivation programmes have been allowed to fall by the wayside and emphasis has been placed on heavy regulation.  This…

CAN (ON): Why some Toronto cannabis business owners are giving up

Like many entrepreneurs, Michael Motala was eager to take part in Canada's newly legal — and hopefully, lucrative — cannabis industry. But after less than a year of running a cannabis store on Toronto's fashionable Queen West neighbourhood, mounting competition and over-regulation are leading him to…

Cannabis cultivation gains momentum in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe recently scrapped rules requiring sole state ownership for cannabis farming to encourage investment in the plant for industrial and medicinal uses. Zimbabwe is Africa's largest tobacco producer, but authorities expect hemp export earnings to start replacing tobacco as farmers seek higher…

May air cargo 9.4% above pre-COVID levels

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released May 2021 data for global air cargo markets showing that demand continued its strong growth trend. As comparisons…

US (DC): Dispensaries say they face shortages because growers restrict their supply

Every week, Norbert Pickett orders cannabis from each of D.C.’s eight cultivators to restock the shelves of his small medical dispensary, Cannabliss, located on the East side of the Anacostia River in Deanwood. To keep costs down, Pickett tries to order cannabis flower—which makes up 90% of his sales—in…

US: The hemp boom is over. What now?

When Matt Cyrus grew about 30 acres of hemp on his central Oregon hay and cattle farm four years ago, the cannabis plants — rich in cannabidiol, or CBD, a trendy wellness product — sold for about $40 a pound. That earned him a tidy profit. He planted 90 acres in 2019, hoping to make even more money.…

US (LA): New Orleans doctors fear MMJ supply shortage ahead of law change

At her home in the New Orleans Ninth Ward, Alyssa Hillger uses medical cannabis for chronic nerve pain in her ankle. "My quality of life has improved," Hillger said. "I don't have the pain or discomfort and I am able to do more." New Orleans area physician Dr. James Moises wrote her the recommendation.…

Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group

Californian growers to pay for groundwater because of droughts

The water spigots on California farms will soon be twisted tighter. As the state faces a growing threat from drought, an increasing number of water agencies are planning to require flow meters on agricultural wells, part of a landmark effort to measure and constrain pumping that used to be free and…

US: Industry ‘will continue to grow,’ federal economic panel says

The cannabis industry will “continue to grow,” a federal economic committee said in a new series of recommendations, and that means steps need to be taken to ensure that it’s tracked more diligently under a system that enables analysts to follow markets and publish statistical data. In a proposal…

US (VT): Sale of VT's largest cannabis company has local growers concerned

A major shakeup in Vermont’s cannabis industry as the state’s largest medical cannabis company merges with a Canadian-based cannabis company. The global company will have…

US (MI): Excitement of working in industry helps cannabis companies find workers

Jerome Crawford spent most of last year furloughing employees on a rotating basis in his role as senior corporation counsel at an automotive supplier as the auto industry shut down under stay-home orders during the COVID-19 pandemic. "You're talking 14-hour days, every day," Crawford said. "It was roll…

3 major pitfalls in the cannabis industry (and how to avoid them)

The cannabis industry is burgeoning! We asked Emily Seelman, Founder and CEO of Canna Business Services, her take on the 3 biggest pitfalls one can fall into in the cannabis industry. Navigating around these common stumbling blocks is crucial to your success in winning a license in this lucrative,…

USDA

U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement Seasonal Perishable Products Weekly Update

Ongoing shortage of qualified truck drivers continues to affect trade

The ongoing shortage of qualified truck drivers continues to affect all aspects of life, often in ways consumers would never have anticipated. Temporary delivery issues and associated pump outages have been reported in the week ahead of the holidays in parts of Colorado, the Florida Keys, central Iowa,…

US (MT): "Demand may outpace cannabis supply"

A few times a day, someone from out of town will walk into one of Paulson Palmer’s three dispensaries in northwest Montana asking if they can buy cannabis. The answer is almost always no. While Palmer’s Fruit Factory can sell cannabis to Montana residents with a medical cannabis card, it will not be…

CAN: "Rapid growth of cannabis stores will likely result in closures"

The head of the Ontario Cannabis Store is warning that the soaring number of cannabis shops in the province will likely result in so much competition that some will close. David Lobo, the interim president and chief executive of the province's cannabis distributor, said in an annual report released this…


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