Regulations

An overview of the legal status of medical cannabis in Europe

Reports by Prohibition Partners have shown how Europe is going to be the largest legal cannabis market, with an estimated value of 123 billion euros to be reached by 2028. Unlike other countries in the world, the situation in Europe is quite fragmented when it comes to regulatory environments, with each…

US (NJ): Springfield residents strongly criticized proposed MMJ farm

Demand for medical marijuana may be booming in New Jersey and the public has overwhelmingly learned to accept that cannabis can provide real medical benefits for certain patients. But finding an acceptable location to grow and process the drug may still be tricky, even in rural farming communities. That…

US (OK): New regulations approved for MMJ program

The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority has received approval from Governor Kevin Stitt on emergency rules that will update current regulations and establish new license…

US (MA): Framingham Planning Board approves cannabis cultivation facility

A proposed 112,000-square-foot facility for growing cannabis has been approved by the Framingham Planning Board. The board's approval on Aug. 15 moves the permitting process ahead for Commonwealth Farm, which is planning the indoor growing facility at Eastleigh Farm at 1062 Edmands Road. Commonwealth…

US (NM): New limits on number of medical cannabis plants

Starting next week, New Mexico’s plant limit for licensed medical cannabis providers will be set at 1,750 mature plants – less than the current limit but far higher than in previous years – under a rule change adopted by state Health Secretary Kathy Kunkel. However, the decision to forge ahead with the…

US (CA): Board mulls background checks for cannabis growers

The Calaveras County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday took the first glimpses at a draft ordinance to require employer and employee background checks for commercial cannabis cultivation operations. An ordinance to legalize commercial growing is scheduled to be reviewed by the Calaveras County Planning…

US (NV): Reg A+ qualification for Nevada based cannabis facility

Christmas came early for OrgHarvest! Their status as the first cannabis cultivation company to receive Reg A qualification from the Securities and Exchange Commission (and…

from over 2,000 applicants

US (MO): Missouri to issue 348 cannabis business licenses

Missouri voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot initiative last year to legalize medical cannabis. Now the state is overwhelmed with interest from would-be business owners…

US (CA): Napa County ballot to include initiative for commercial cannabis cultivation

Will wine tasters be set off their cabernet sauvignon should Napa County decide to allow farmers to legally grow marijuana? Local vineyard industry leaders told the Napa…

US (CA): Cannabis decisions allow grower to carry out new projects in Carpinteria Valley

Santa Barbara County is managing its difficult cannabis issues with strict requirements on the size of grows and the related impacts, mainly odors. The Board of Supervisors…

US (OK): Norman City Council favors tiered system for MMJ fees

Council members are leaning toward a tiered system for medical marijuana business license fees, based on discussion from a study session on the issue. After tabling the…

US (MO): Aquaponic farmer hoping to open MMJ facility in Missouri

Dre Taylor is one of 2,100 applicants hoping to open a medical marijuana facility in Missouri. He’s hoping his experience founding and operating Nile Valley Aquaponics at East…

CO: Company shares Colombia production update and seed evaluation approval

Allied Corp. (OTC Pink: ALID) ("Allied") - an international medical cannabis company focused on creating and providing targeted cannabinoid health solutions, is pleased to announce: ICA approval: Allied has successfully received the approval from ICA to begin the seed evaluation process Successful…

CAN (BC): Evidence package submitted to Health Canada for True Leaf Campus

True Leaf Cannabis has submitted its site evidence package to Health Canada for True Leaf Campus, the Company’s cannabis cultivation and production facility in Lumby, British Columbia. The site evidence package submission is the final step required to obtain a license to cultivate cannabis at True Leaf…

AU: One of the world's largest MMJ facilities to be built in Victoria

Cannatrek has received planning permission from the Greater Shepparton City Council to build a $160 million medicinal cannabis production facility near Shepparton, Victoria. According to the company, when completed, it will be one of the world’s largest medicinal cannabis facilities, creating more than…

Nico Haché with CCI discussing best practices for medical cannabis operations

The cannabis industry's higher practices

Whether you’re a large, multi-national corporation, a spirited start-up looking to gain a foothold, or simply any company in between, you would all be aware of one thing - the cannabis industry is heavily influenced by strict regulations – even more so than food horticulture. Everything related to…

US (CA): Cannabis operation approved for rural Keyes

Stanislaus County supervisors have unanimously approved an indoor cannabis operation west of Keyes in the home of Ragtime player pianos. The county Planning Commission…

US: How the 2018 Farm Bill affected the CBD industry

Hemp has long offered unparalleled possibilities for business growth and putative wellness benefits. To give you a bit of background, hemp is one of the fastest-growing,…

US (CA): Santa Barbara County supervisors set to discuss cannabis agenda

Santa Barbara County Supervisors are bracing for a marathon meeting on Tuesday. They expect a cannabis agenda to take more than six hours due to public comments. The agenda…

US (MO): Missouri will award 348 cannabis business licenses

There will be more than 1,700 dashed hopes by Dec. 31. Late Monday, the Missouri health department announced that it received about 2,100 applications for medical marijuana…

Danish grower sounds alarm over CannTrust's chemical crop protection promises, more personnel depart after Health Canada violations

A Danish medical marijuana importer says it no longer trusts promises from CannTrust Holdings Inc. that its cannabis was grown without pesticides, another blow to the Canadian producer, which is under investigation by Health Canada. Stenocare A/S, which is the only supplier of cannabis oil for the Danish…

CAN (SK): Saskatoon based facility receives extraction license

Canopy Growth Corporation has received a licence from Health Canada for its KeyLeaf Life Sciences facility in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Including the Smiths Falls site and the recently licensed BC Tweed extraction site, Canopy Growth now operates three significant extraction assets to support the…

NA: No official proposal to legalize cannabis yet

Concerned groups advocating the legalisation of marijuana are yet to make official submissions to the relevant authorities on why Namibia should legalise the use of cannabis.…

CAN (ON): Ontario cannabis retailer returns $2.9M in CannTrust products to company

The Ontario government's cannabis wholesaler and online retailer is returning all products from CannTrust Holdings Inc. — valued at roughly $2.9-million — because they do not…

US (FL): Lawyer to pay $370,000 for telling clients they can grow cannabis

The state of Florida legalized medical cannabis for serious conditions in 2016. But in 2015, Florida lawyer Ian Christensen was already telling clients that cannabis was…

US (CA): Cannabis industry workers unionizing

Northern California’s South Bay now has its first cannabis union. Representatives from the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) announced on Friday at San Jose City Hall that workers at the town’s MedMen dispensary location would organize. Employees at the dispensary will enjoy wages that come in at…

US: Federal Agency, credit unions can bank hemp businesses

A federal financial agency released updated guidelines on banking in the hemp industry on Monday, following up on requests from multiple lawmakers to provide clarity on the issue. The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) said in its interim guidance that providing banking services to hemp…

CAN (BC): Health Canada grants cultivation, processing and medical sales licenses

GTEC Holdings wholly-owned subsidiary, Tumbleweed Farms was granted Standard Cultivation, Standard Processing and Medical Sales Licences, pursuant to the Cannabis Act and Regulations by Health Canada on August 16, 2019. With the licensing of Tumbleweed, management expects the following forecasts across…

Canada cannot keep up with requests to study cannabis

The Canadian government is scrambling to respond to a glut of license applications for cannabis research prompted by the drug’s legalization in October 2018. The queue of…

CAN (AB): Alberta based cannabis producer receives cultivation license for hydroponic facility

314 Pure Cannabis has received its Cultivation License from Health Canada for their hydroponic growing facility in Crossfield, Alberta. 314 Pure will produce medicinal and…

US (CO): Colorado issues public health and safety advisory regarding some cannabis products

The Colorado Department of Revenue (DOR), in conjunction with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), is issuing a health and safety advisory due to…

CAN (ON): Ontario Security Commission approves cease trade order at CannTrust

CannTrust Holdings Inc. says the Ontario Securities Commission has approved a management cease trade order as the cannabis producer works to deal with its regulatory problems…

US (MI) Regulatory agency suspends a MMJ facility license

The Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) issued a formal complaint against – and summarily suspended – the license of Iron Laboratories, a medical cannabis safety compliance…

JM: Cannabis export regulations to be finalised in September

The Jamaican Government is finalising legislation to allow for cannabis producers to export the weed. Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Audley Shaw says producers could potentially earn $30 million per gallon for exported cannabis oil. “I have set a target for the end of September…

UG: Govt to license cannabis growing companies

The Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda has said the Government plans to issue licenses to cannabis growing companies. Several companies have already started growing medicinal cannabis in Uganda, although the Government has in the past denied the reports. In June, an Israeli Firm, Together Pharma Limited…

US: Federal health agency releases list of cannabis research priorities

In one of the latest signs that the federal government is recognizing the reality of the cannabis legalization movement’s continued success, a top health agency released an…

US: FBI looks for tips on cannabis industry corruption

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is actively seeking tips on public corruption related to the cannabis industry, it announced on Thursday. "States require licenses to…

US: Half-ton of poor quality cannabis allegedly called back and returned

The website MarketWatch.com reported that the company Sundial Growers sold a half-ton of cannabis that was allegedly returned by corporate buyer Zenabis Global because it…

MX: Supreme Court orders health ministry to regulate MMJ

Mexico’s supreme court justices have grown impatient with the health ministry’s two year delay on medical cannabis regulation. On Wednesday, the court told the ministry that it has six months to issue rules surrounding patient usage, issued as part of its ruling in the case of a child seeking THC…

US (MI): Department of Agriculture signs emergency rules to set testing standards for Michigan's first industrial hemp crop

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Director Gary McDowell announced the implementation of emergency rules putting testing standards in place for Michigan’s first crop of industrial hemp. “This is an exciting next step for the growth of our newest agricultural crop, and with…

CAN (BC): Four new patents received

Lexaria Bioscience announced that four of its pending patent applications, via its wholly-owned subsidiary Poviva Corp., have now been granted. The four new patents granted are as follows: Australia Patent #2016367036 / Grant Date July 30, 2019 - Methods for formulating orally ingestible compositions…

US (NJ): Owners of once-proposed cannabis cultivation site file lawsuit against Brick township

Brick Township’s planning board, zoning board and the township as a whole is being sued by the owners of the former bank property originally proposed as a medical cannabis dispensary and grow house. The company, 385 Adamston LLC, eventually scaled back their proposal to include only the 48,000…

CAN (ON): Grower wins right to sell cannabis in Manitoba

Biome Grow has been licensed for the retail sale of cannabis in the province of Manitoba. This announcement comes on the back of recent approvals allowing Biome to distribute cannabis products in Saskatchewan and New Brunswick. With this announcement, Biome is licensed to distribute cannabis in five…

Cannabis legislation in France

Cannabis legalisation has been making the headlines in France since early summer. To name just a few examples, François Michel-Lambert, MP of the green party UDE, has submitted a bill to the National…

CAN (BC): Health Canada issues industrial hemp license to grower

Future Farm Technologies Canadian subsidiary, CEPG Consulting and Design, has been issued an Industrial Hemp License from Health Canada. As previously announced in April, the Company hired consultant Gary Harnum to assist with several license applications to Health Canada. According to the company, this…

US (CA): Neighbors appeal proposed cannabis cultivation site

People are asking the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission to take another look at a nearly 40-acre cannabis cultivation site near Buellton. It's one that opponents say could be the largest in the world. County planning leaders approved a land use permit in July, but neighbors quickly appeal that…

US (AZ): First steps for cannabis legalization effort

The Smart and Safe Arizona Initiative has filed a petition with the Secretary of State for clearance so that the group can start a campaign to gather signatures which will see marijuana legalization put on the state’s 2020 ballot. Under the initiative, adults who are 21 or older will be able to buy,…

US (MD): Two MMJ growers approved for Frederick County

Big cheers went up around the meeting room on Monday as Maryland medical cannabis regulators approved eight licenses for growing operations in the state, including two in Frederick County. More than half of the 15 applicants chosen last year to cultivate medical cannabis in the state — which had until…

US (MA): Craft cannabis cooperatives struggle to start up

As Massachusetts was creating its legal cannabis industry, farmers lobbied for the creation of craft cooperatives — a business model that lets local farmers band together to each grow cannabis and split the costs for things like production, packaging and marketing. In response, the Cannabis Control…

US: DEA hasn't yet acted on applications it requested three years ago

Exactly three years ago on Monday, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced that it would be accepting additional manufacturers to produce research-grade marijuana. And in that time, the agency hasn’t approved a single application. It’s an ongoing source of frustration for researchers,…

US (MI): Favorable legislation paves the way for the emergent Michigan's cannabis sector

The US cannabis market, in general, has been opening up, especially since Canada legalized marijuana in late 2018. Despite the progress being slow, 11 states already allow the recreational use of marijuana. Medical marijuana is legal in 33 states. Michigan is one of the states where both medical and…

TH: Applying detail to Thai MMJ licensing issues

Since mid-June, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has unobtrusively been accepting applications from government and private hospitals and clinics for cannabis sales licenses. More than 200 have applied and got their licenses, mostly government hospitals. But only a handful have started to treat…

US (IA): Second manufacturer joins Iowa's MMJ program

As Iowa’s medical marijuana program this week meets its latest benchmark set by a law outlining its expansion, patients and caregivers can expect more products to become available to them in the future, state manufacturing officials indicate. Thursday marks the official launch of Iowa Relief, the second…

US: Delays frustrate Guam company interested in cannabis cultivation

A local businessman, David Cruz, attended the Cannabis Control Board meeting Tuesday afternoon at the governor’s office in Adelup. He announced that the company he represents has leased a facility to grow marijuana and the business is ready to get started, as soon as the rules and regulations are…

US (WI): Corning city council opts to ban commercial cannabis enterprises

It was unanimous. All five members of the City Council by consensus agreed to direct city staff to draft a final ordinance banning commercial enterprises related to marijuana in the city. The decision was made during Tuesday’s city council meeting. City Attorney Colin Bogener presented the council with…

US (CO): Do Denver cannabis business have a burglar problem?

The Denver Police Department was so frustrated with unsolved burglaries at marijuana businesses earlier this summer that it asked the public for help in identifying a group of…

Belgian pharmacists gets green light for selling cannabis oil

In Belgium, a royal decree of June 2015 prohibits pharmacists from supplying magistral preparations - prescription drugs made in the pharmacy itself - containing THC. Only the…

Thailand: Rolling out medical cannabis

If all goes as planned, Thai citizens suffering from cancer and a handful of other diseases and disorders could start taking the country's first legal doses of medical…

UK: Hemp farmers 'devastated' after being forced to destroy crop

Two hemp farmers say they have been left devastated after they were forced to destroy 40 acres of the crop – the end product of which can be bought legally in high street shops. Patrick Gillett and Ali Silk said they had to cut down their crop because the Home Office said they were no longer allowed to…

TH: Cannabis sales licenses up for grabs

Since mid-June, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has unobtrusively been accepting applications from government and private hospitals and clinics for cannabis sales…

Barbados: Parliament to consider MMJ bill

Barbados this week will become the latest country to actively pursue a medical marijuana program. Dale Marshall, the country’s attorney general, said that a bill will be introduced to the Barbadian parliament on Tuesday. The legislation is expected to be debated later this month. “We have committed to…

CannTrust: Health Canada finds second facility non-compliant

Health Canada, the government agency that oversees the cannabis industry, has informed CannTrust that its manufacturing facility in Vaughan, Ontario broke several rules, the company said in a statement. CannTrust has already been struggling with the fallout from breaches at its greenhouse in Pelham,…

Luxembourg wants to become first in Europe to legalize cannabis

Luxembourg’s health minister has confirmed that the country plans to legalize recreational marijuana and he has urged other European Union (EU) member states to relax their own marijuana laws. If the country ends prohibition, it will be the first European country to take this bold step in defiance of UN…

US (NY): New York decriminalizes cannabis

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill that decriminalized the use of weed across the state. It also promises to expunge the records of some people convicted of marijuana-related offenses. The bill, which will take effect in 30 days, reduces possession of marijuana to a misdemeanor offense…

US (MI): Scarcity of marijuana worries state agency

The landscape of the cannabis industry in Michigan is gradually shifting. According to Brad Bogus, vice president of growth and marketing for Confident Cannabis, which is headquartered in California and created testing software that is used by cannabis labs in Michigan, there are more unlicensed medical…

US (MI): Cannabis regulatory agency introduced tier based fee system

Regulators in Michigan announced on Thursday that license fees for legal medical cannabis businesses in the state will be transitioning to a tier-based system beginning on…

US: California Department of Justice releases new medicinal cannabis guidelines

Last week, the California Department of Justice released the “Guidelines for the Security and Non-Diversion of Cannabis Grown for Medicinal Use” to clarify the state’s laws governing medicinal cannabis, specifically those related to the enforcement, transportation, and use of medicinal cannabis. The…

US (ME): Poland to hold cannabis licensing lottery

Poland will hold its first cannabis licensing lottery from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Town Office conference room. At this year’s town meeting April 6, Poland residents voted to allow manufacturing facilities, testing facilities, registered caregiver retail stores for medical cannabis, cultivation…

GR: Govt green lights 26 MMJ licenses

Greece has approved 26 licences for cannabis cultivation and processing facilities in the country, the government has confirmed. A government spokesperson said they are “very…

US: Credit Unions won't be punished for working with cannabis businesses, regulator says

Regulators won’t punish credit unions simply for working with cannabis businesses that are operating in compliance with state laws, the head of the federal agency that…

CannTrust's auditor pulls reports on 'newly uncovered information'

CannTrust Holdings Inc.’s independent auditor has withdrawn year-end and interim reports on the pot company’s financial statements due to “newly uncovered information.”…

US (NJ): Hemp got the green light in New Jersey

Hemp, a versatile plant genetically related to marijuana but with none of its psychoactive effects, can be grown freely in the Garden State under a bill Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law Friday. Unlike the drive to legalize marijuana in New Jersey that stalled in the spring, hemp is enjoying a resurgence…

The security challenges faced by the burgeoning cannabis industry

While commercial cannabis growing operations today resemble that of other large agribusinesses, the level of security needed to grow and sell marijuana certainly goes well beyond what is required from corn and soybean farmers. Indeed, although specific regulations vary from state to state, all of them…

United Cannabis granted license to begin cultivation in Jamaica

United Cannabis' joint venture, Jamaica-based Cannabinoid Research & Development, has been issued a license to cultivate cannabis within Jamaica by the country’s Cannabis…

Video: U.S. Senate Banking Committee hearing on cannabis banking

The Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs of the U.S. Senate recently conducted a hearing entitled, “Challenges for Cannabis and Banking: Outside Perspectives.” The witnesses on Panel I will be: The Honorable Cory Gardner, United States Senator, Colorado; and The Honorable Jeff Merkley, United…

"CannTrust CEO knew about unlicensed grow room"

Chief Executive Officer Peter Aceto told senior company officials to “continue as planned” and plant cannabis in an unlicensed room in mid-November, according to internal company documents obtained by BNN Bloomberg that establish a clear timeline of when illegal production was brought to management’s…

US (FL): Court rules Florida MMJ regulations are unconstitutional

A Florida appellate court ruled that the state’s approach to regulating marijuana is unconstitutional, possibly allowing more providers to jump into a market positioned to become one of the country’s most lucrative. If the ruling stands, it could force state officials to lift existing caps on how many…

Why Israel's biggest MMJ firm doesn't have a license to operate in the country

It’s Israel’s biggest and oldest medical marijuana company, but until this week, when a court issued an interim order allowing it to resume sales of cannabis flowers, it had been effectively banned from the market. As of Tuesday morning, Tikun Olam had resumed sales at its retail shops in Tel Aviv and…

US: Harris, Nadler introduce comprehensive marijuana reform legislation

U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and U.S. Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY-10), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, on Tuesday introduced the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act, one of the most comprehensive marijuana reform bills ever introduced in the U.S. Congress.…

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The key is removing the barriers for medical cannabis in Australia

One of Australia's leading research scientists in the medical cannabis industry says red tape and delays licencing permit processing times are heavily restricting growth across the country. Although the plant is believed to have been first discovered 28 million years ago, Emily Rigby says it is a "new…

US (MA): State renews cannabis license despite complaints

Cultivate, the Leicester cannabis grower and retailer, has had its licenses renewed by the state despite hesitancy from some commissioners. The Cannabis Control Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to renew the company's cultivation license and 4-1 to renew its retail license. Opposing the renewal was…

US: Marijuana Policy Project publishes report on legislative progress in 2019

With its recent legalization victory in Illinois topping the list, the Marijuana Policy Project has released a new report detailing cannabis policy reform efforts in 2019. Highlighting unprecedented progress at both the state and federal levels, the authors write that 2019 has been a "historic year for…

CannTrust provides Special Committee update

CannTrust provided an interim update on the investigation being undertaken by a special committee of its board of directors. The Special Committee was appointed by the Board…

US: Cannabis industry expresses concerns over possible federal legalization

Oregon cannabis regulators are touring the state to hear from people in the marijuana industry. Among the biggest concerns? What happens when cannabis is legalized nationwide.…

US (UT): Medical cannabis cultivator licensees selected

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food and the Utah Division of Purchasing have selected eight companies to participate in Utah’s Medical Cannabis Cultivation Program. “I want to personally thank all the businesses and individuals who participated in this process,” said Kerry W. Gibson, commissioner…

Israel: Inter-ministerial squabble delays export of medical cannabis

An inter-ministerial disagreement on the question of controlling the price of medical cannabis is the new barrier in the continuous saga of Israel’s medical cannabis export. The Israeli Ministry of Finance has spearheaded the export process, expected to net Israel between $70 million and $1 billion a…

IE: Govt recalls cannabis oil over high THC content

The Irish government has recalled a batch of Dutch CBD oil after tests discovered that it contains illegal THC levels. Cannabis and hemp oil is legal for sale in Ireland…

Aurora, Canopy and Spectrum amongst names awaiting Danish licenses

Author: Mark Taylor The country is a quarter of the way through a four-year medicinal cannabis trial, but some of the usual suspects are not waiting for the outcome to slow down their Danish strategy in what is emerging as a key market. Aurora Nordic, Medican, Medical Cannabis Denmark, Schroll…

US (NJ): Medical cannabis farm receives planning permission

The Planning Committee has approved the proposal to replace two agricultural sheds at La Pepiniere Farm in St Mary, near Crabbé, with a large shed with hydroponic and condensing facilities. Under the plans, there would be four growing areas in the barn as well as a trimming, grading and packaging centre,…

CAN (BC): Moratorium sought on cannabis greenhouse production on Agricultural Land Reserve

Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) directors are asking the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) for a moratorium on so-called “dark site” cannabis growing greenhouses in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR). The motion, at the July 11 planning committee meeting, was informed in part by a recent change…

US (CA): California cannabis regulators struggling with job, audit says

The agency overseeing California's legal marijuana market has been overmatched by the job and is struggling to hire sufficient staff and set an overall strategy, an audit found. The Bureau of Cannabis Control is authorized to hire 219 people, but only 75 positions have been filled, according to an audit…

US (UT): Utah tweaks proposed MMJ rules to allow out-of-state businesses to claim growing licenses

The state has scrapped a proposed residency requirement for Utah cannabis cultivation, to the dismay of some local farmers. The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, which…

US (CA): Santa Barbara supervisors put cap on cannabis cultivation

After months of bitterly acrimonious deliberations over cannabis policy ​— ​interspersed with frequent personal attacks ​— ​the tone and tenor of this week’s Board of Supervisors meeting was jarringly cordial. County Supervisor Peter Adam noted with considerable relief, “I wanted to say how nice this…

US (MA): Cannabis Control Commission gives Pittsfield grower a second chance

The Cannabis Control Commission is giving a Pittsfield marijuana grower a second chance. The commission in April denied Mass Yield Cultivation a provisional license because of concerns about the company’s positive impact plan, which is its proposal for helping communities disproportionately affected by…

US (CA): Arvin Planning Commission gives the green light to cannibis production facility

The Planning Commission in Arvin gave the green light to the first cannabis cultivation facilities in the city. Bakersfield resident Mario Delis co-owns JCM Farms, the company that will use the new space. Their operation will be built on what is now a fenced-off dirt lot on Potato Road, an area in Arvin…

US: Grower increases presence in California and Michigan with licenses to grow industrial hemp

Green Hygienics has secured a registration from the County of San Diego Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measure as an industrial hemp cultivator. “On course with our pursuit of worldwide traction, we are pleased to gain ground in California, where the cannabis industry continues to bear…

CO: Company receives approval to commercialize CBD production and for additional 17 cannabis strains

Khiron Life Sciences has received approval from the National Cultivar Registry and the Technical Direction of the ICA for the commercialization of 17 strains of cannabis. The approvals bring the total number of registered strains to 22 and positions the Company to commercialize and distribute CBD…

CAN (BC): FVOPA organic certification for Delta based facility

Rubicon Organics has received organic certification from the Fraser Valley Organics Producers Association ("FVOPA") at its flagship 125,000-square-foot hybrid greenhouse facility in Delta, BC. "As a result, we are now positioned to supply certified organic, super-premium cannabis grown at scale to a…

EU to increase permitted THC levels in legal cannabis products

The European Union is set to increase the permitted THC levels in legal cannabis products from 0.2 percent to 0.3 percent. Lawmakers in the European Parliament’s Committee on…

CAN (BC): Cultivation license for Metro Vancouver based 12-acre outdoor grow

Emerald Health Therapeutics has received its cultivation license from Health Canada for the 12-acre outdoor grow area at its new organic cannabis operation in Metro Vancouver, BC. The outdoor grow area is expected to be capable of producing approximately 10,000 kg of cannabis annually with multiple crops…

CAN (BC): Health Canada revokes licenses of BC based cannabis producer

B.C. cannabis producer Agrima Botanicals Corp. has had its licences revoked by Health Canada, months after the company disclosed the regulator's finding that "unauthorized activities" with pot took place at the firm. Agrima is now listed on Health Canada's website of licensed producers with the status…

US (NJ): New Jersey now accepting more application to grow and sell

The New Jersey Department of Health is planning on expanding the state’s medical marijuana program. On Monday, it announced it was seeking applicants -- both for-profit and…

CAN (BC): Grower receives outdoor and greenhouse cultivation license

The Flowr Corporation has received a second site cultivation license from Health Canada for its Flowr Forest project. According to the company, they began transplanting select cultivars and is on track for a first harvest in the fourth quarter of 2019. Flowr expects to produce approximately 10,000…

CannTrust could lose its license after the scandals

CannTrust Holdings Inc. tumbled another 17 percent Friday after the Canadian pot company halted sales of its products while its chief executive officer said regulators are inspecting a second facility. CannTrust shares have lost 48 percent since the beginning of the week, when it disclosed that Canadian…

Caribbean MMJ authority to approve cannabis licenses

The Medicinal Cannabis Authority (MCA) wishes to inform the general public, that the Cabinet of St. Vincent and the Grenadines has accepted the recommendations of the Board of the MCA to approve medicinal cannabis licences for the following: Eight (8) local farmers’ producer cooperatives with an…

US (UT): Utah delays deadline to select MMJ growers

Utah’s Department of Agriculture and Food announced Saturday it would delay a highly anticipated announcement of medical cannabis growing licenses. Basically, the agency said, it has been overwhelmed by the number of applications and needed more time to evaluate them all. So now, the coveted cannabis…

TH: Pushing ahead MMJ legislation

Thailand’s newly appointed health minister has reiterated his election campaign promise to push ahead legislation on legalizing of medical marijuana. Anutin Charnvirakul,…

US (CA): County allows Fortuna based cannabis operation to continue operating after complaints

Numerous complaints from neighboring residents haven’t been enough to shut down a Fortuna cannabis farm. The Humboldt County Planning Commission voted 4-2 on Thursday not to…

US (NM): Department of Health hears public input on MMJ changes

The New Mexico Department of Health on Friday heard public testimony from medical cannabis patients, patient advocates and cannabis producers about proposed changes to the…

US (MO): Kansas City sets local rules for MMJ facilities

The City of Kansas City, Missouri City Council has passed an ordinance that sets regulations for operating medical marijuana facilities within the city limits. The ordinance…

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Compliancy from a pharmaceutical perspective

One of the main differences between traditional horticulture and cannabis horticulture is the influence of the pharmaceutical industry standards on the latter. Therefore, this combination requires different approaches when it comes to growing such a crop. These must comply with local and international…

US (CA): Cannabis company accused of illegally dumping hazardous waste

Federal prosecutors say the owner and administrator of a local marijuana production facility arranged the illegal disposal of more than 1,500 pounds of hazardous waste on…

US (MA): Hanson queries cannabis growers

The Board of Selectmen, Tuesday, July 9 discussed concerns and questions over water and electricity use, odor and wastewater management as well as security of the building,…

US (CO): Temporary certificate of occupancy for Massachusetts based cannabis centre

AmeriCann a cannabis company that is developing state-of-the-art cultivation, processing and product manufacturing facilities, provided a construction update on Building 1 of its Massachusetts Cannabis Center (MCC). The construction of Building 1 of the MCC, a 30,000 square foot cultivation and…

US (OK): MMJ authority announces legislative changes to program

On Tuesday, the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority says it is currently taking steps to implement statutory modifications to the state’s medical marijuana program that was made during the 2019 legislative session. “OMMA has reinstituted a project management structure to ensure compliance and timely…

US (CA): All-day cannabis hearing draws speakers in two meeting rooms across Santa Barbara County

Citizens from a number of residential, business and agricultural areas with specific interests in the cannabis industry spoke out strongly to the Santa Barbara County Board of…

US (OH): Two Ohio MMJ dispensaries delayed by potential violations

Two companies are coming under fire for allegedly lying on their applications to sell medical marijuana in Ohio and violating rules for the state's highly regulated program.…

US: 150 US and Canadian lawmakers set to tour hemp facility

One hundred fifty legislators from 32 U.S. states and eight Canadian provinces will go on a tour of a hemp processing facility next week as part of an agricultural conference. The 2019 Legislative Agriculture Chairs Summit is meant to inform lawmakers about various policy issues within the farming sector…

US (NC): Farmers lobby against potential hemp growing regulations

Hemp could be the saving grace for farmers across North Carolina but they worry newly proposed regulations could go too far. Growers spent Wednesday lobbying North Carolina…

US (HI): Hawaii has decriminalized cannabis

Hawaii on Tuesday decriminalized marijuana, making it the 26th state to decriminalize or legalize the drug. The new law removes the possibility of jail time as a penalty for up to three grams of marijuana, but maintains a $130 fine. Hawaii’s Democrat-controlled legislature approved the bill and sent it…

CAN (BC): Grower submits site evidence package to Health Canada for Langley Facility

Zenabis Global has submitted its site evidence package to Health Canada for the first phase of Site A at Zenabis Langley. According to the company, construction of Zenabis Langley’s first 50,000 square foot flower room is substantially complete, as is 49,000 square feet of support space, which includes…

CAN (ON): Health Canada grants cultivation license to Ontario-based grower

GTEC Holdings wholly-owned subsidiary, Grey Bruce Farms has been granted a Standard Cultivation License by Health Canada. "Grey Bruce is an automated, state-of-the-art facility located in Kincardine, Ontario," the team with the company explains. "The facility was carefully designed, constructed and…

US (MA): Cannabis grower approved for Worcester

A cannabis cultivation and manufacturing center has local approval to open on Pullman Street in Worcester. No opening date for beginning of distribution is set but it could be next summer, Calyx Peak CEO Ed Schmults said in an interview. The company is eyeing a location in Mansfield for its national…

US (TX): Creation of team to answer hemp-related questions

Growing industrial hemp in Texas is not yet legal in the state of Texas, but that doesn’t mean there is not a rapidly growing amount of interest, questions and calls. In response, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has formed an Industrial Hemp Education Initiative Team to provide information…

The state of CBD in Asia and Oceania

Many Asian countries hold contradictory positions on the use of cannabis. On the one hand, cultivation is partially allowed, consumption has been decriminalised and research…

US (NV): Las Vegas based cultivation plant receives a permanent occupancy permit

1933 Industries has received a permanent occupancy permit for its cultivation facility in Las Vegas, Nevada. The move completes the last step of the construction project the company initiated to expand cannabis cultivation in Las Vegas. “The completion of our new cultivation facility marks an incredible…

CAN (ON): Canopy Rivers portfolio companies receive 5 retail licenses and a license amendment

Canopy Rivers portfolio company, YSS Corp., has received five cannabis retail licences from the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission (“AGLC”). The five new licences are located throughout Alberta and will operate under the YSS™ brand name. “YSS has made tremendous progress building up their…

US (MO): MMJ licenses sought for nearly 30 Southwest Missouri locations

Nearly 30 applications from Southwest Missouri have been pre-filed with the state to cultivate, manufacture or sell medical marijuana in Missouri. Among the more prolific…


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