Regulations

ZA: South Africa's cannabis industry is waiting for regulations to catch up

Western Cape greenhouse facility, Felbridge says that it is waiting for the South African government to catch up to the growing demand for cannabis cultivation in the country.…

US: Federal court dismisses suit against DEA over cannabis growing applications

A federal court dismissed a lawsuit against the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on Friday after determining that the agency had fulfilled a requirement to process applications for research-grade cannabis manufacturers. DEA was sued in June after declining to act on the more than two dozen…

US (NV): Nevada cracking down on cannabis businesses

Nevada officials have begun to crack down on cannabis businesses amid allegations of possible corruption and lax regulation in the state’s young but lucrative industry. This week, members of a new task force have conducted unannounced spot inspections at several of the state’s licensed cannabis testing…

IL: The results of Israel's MMJ reform

Israel’s medical cannabis patients are making another step in their battle against the country’s new regulation, which came into full effect in early September. Intended to…

US (NV): State suspends Reno cannabis grower's license

State officials suspended a Reno cannabis grower's license on Friday amid efforts to clean up the reputation of the state's cannabis industry.  After officials froze cannabis license…

US (GA): Georgia's new MMJ program stalls 6 months after law signed

Six months after Gov. Brian Kemp signed a law allowing companies to grow and sell medical cannabis in Georgia for the first time, the program remains stalled because he and other top politicians still haven't appointed members of a commission to oversee the expansion, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution…

US (CA): Feuds in Anza Valley over booming cannabis industry

Like the pungent aroma of the fall's cannabis harvest, feuds over how to confront the explosion of unlicensed marijuana grows are permeating the remote Southern California agricultural enclave of Anza Valley. Disagreements in this close-knit community have devolved into what one grower calls a…

US (MA): State lifts suspension on cannabis company Nova Farms

The Massachusetts state has lifted its roughly monthlong suspension on six licenses held by cannabis business Nova Farms Wednesday. Nova Farms plans to open a retail cannabis shop in Framingham early next year, in the former Papa Gino's building on Rte. 9. The company is still working through the state’s…

US: Governors of northeastern states adopt coordinated cannabis legalization plan

A group of governors representing states across the Northeast convened on Thursday for a cannabis summit at which they agreed to basic principles for legal cannabis programs they plan to pursue in 2020. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D) organized the meeting. They were…

Contradictions between state and federal laws

US: The American cannabis experiment

Like a growing number of U.S. states, Massachusetts has legalized cannabis for adult use. Over 60 percent of Americans favor legalizing cannabis – roughly the same percentage of voters on Nantucket who voted “yes” on legalization. But since cannabis products cannot cross federal water or travel through…

UK: Island could 'miss the boat' on economic benefits of medical cannabis

The Isle of Man needs to bring in rules about cultivating medicinal cannabis quickly to reap its economic benefits, an MHK has said. Martyn Perkins said views on industrial cultivation were "rapidly changing" and a delay could mean "missing the boat" in financial terms. The government is currently…

FR: First phase of French medical cannabis pilot programme officially started

On 15 October 2019, The General Director of the French National Agency for Medical and Health Products (ANSM) issued two Decisions (Decision DG n°2019-365 and 2019-381) in order to pursue the necessary work to set up the medical cannabis pilot programme in France. The decisions create a new French…

How will CannTrust destroy $77M worth of cannabis?

After running afoul of Health Canada this summer, Ontario cannabis producer CannTrust is now planning to destroy $77 million of its inventory and assets. The question,…

How Canada's legalization is shaping cannabis laws elsewhere

Ever since Canada became the first major country to legalize cannabis for adults a year ago, other nations have been paying attention. The small South American nation of…

US: New legislation could eliminate barriers for medical cannabis research

The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) supports increased access to cannabis for medical research. Congress has begun to recognize this need, and there are several bills in the…

CAN (BC): Organic cannabis operation receives cultivation expansion license

Emerald Health Therapeutics has received from Health Canada its cultivation license amendment and has full municipal permitting for its first of two 78,000 square foot greenhouses at its organic Metro Vancouver site in British Columbia. "With an additional 50,000 square feet and seven grow areas licensed…

CAN (ON): Kitchener based facility receives Health Canada approval to double production capacity

James E. Wagner Cultivation has received an additional licence amendment from Health Canada approving the production of cannabis in four new flowering rooms at its flagship facility located at 530 Manitou Drive in Kitchener, Ontario (“JWC2”). "Once fully operational, the new flowering rooms will double…

US (FL): For sale: Two Florida MMJ licenses. Cost? $95 million

In a move uncharacteristic of the cannabis market in Florida, an Atlanta broker is searching for the next owners of two highly sought Florida medical cannabis licenses. Aubrey Logan-Holland, the CEO of a relatively new firm called Blue Dream Industries, is listing the licenses, or “paper” in industry…

US: Will cannabis growers who paid their dues get a fair shake?

Bird Valley Organics owners Terry Sardinas and Manny Alvarez moved from Florida to the Aptos hills in 2011 to tap into the burgeoning medical cannabis market. Sardinas and…

PY: Paraguay’s Congress passed a bill creating a state-sponsored system

Paraguay’s congress has passed a bill making it possible to import cannabis seeds and grow the plant for medical uses. A decision that follows the trends set by other countries in Latin America. The landlocked South American nation had authorized the importing of cannabis oil in May under the control of…

Canopy Growth sued by hemp growers

Canopy Growth is the largest cannabis company in the world by market cap, and some investors were concerned that the company was acting in legally-questionable ways - especially in light of the blatant rule-breaking at CannTrust and Harvest Health's run-ins with regulators in its Ohio cannabis license…

US (CA): California governor signs cannabis tax fairness bill

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced on Saturday that he signed several cannabis-related bills into law—including one that will let legal businesses take advantage of more tax deductions—but also vetoed another measure that would have allowed some patients to use medical cannabis in health care…

US (CA): Humboldt's cannabis faces difficult transition to fully regulated market

In August, the quietude of a typical summer morning in California's Humboldt County was interrupted with a rousting by military vehicles rumbling through its remote rural byways. It was the start of a four-day, joint effort between the local sheriff's office, the California National Guard, and other…

US (CA): The push to unionize cannabis workers

Cannabis workers across the country are unionizing, and California just made it easier for them. On Friday, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law a requirement that all cannabis…

CAN (ON): Hemp grower sues seed seller due to crop failure

The company from Lexington, Kentucky called Elemental Processing declares that HP Farms from Troutdale, Oregon sold them over six million hemp seeds, most of which were “male” although they were promised “feminized” seeds. The complaint states that feminized seeds sell for as much as a dollar, while male…

US (PA): Agriculture secretary opens first PA hemp summit announcing new grants available under PA Farm Bill

Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding today opened the 2019 PA Hemp Summit, greeting more than 500 entrepreneurs eager to get in on the ground-level of Pennsylvania’s new…

US (NJ): What New Jersey’s medical cannabis expansion means for the state

This year, New Jersey’s Senate, Assembly and governor signed a bill that expands access to medical cannabis in the state. However, recreational use of cannabis is still illegal at this time, though attorney Charles X Gormally said he believes legalizing recreational marijuana is the next step for New…

US (NV): Safe cannabis is the laboratory's responsibility, says consumer safety advocate

Recently the Nevada Department of Taxation was compelled to issue warning notices regarding some cannabis products available for sale in certain Nevada dispensaries. Secondary laboratory testing determined these cannabis products had been affected with yeast and mold at a level above those established by…

CAN (BC): British Columbia-based farm achieves organic land certification

Weekend Unlimited’s majority owned Northern Lights Organics farm in Fort St. James, British Columbia has achieved Certified Organic land certification and Certified Organic status for hemp cultivated on the farm.   “This monumental milestone of the Organic Certification positions the Company to be able to produce…

US (MI): Petoskey city council looks to next steps to have MMJ facilities within city

Many northern Michigan communities are deciding if they want medical cannabis businesses in their towns and one made that decision Monday night. Petoskey city council approved…

US (MD): Maryland judge rules to extend prohibition of medical cannabis licenses

A prohibition on licenses for growing and processing medical cannabis has been extended in Maryland after a ruling last week by a judge in the state. The prohibition stems from a temporary restraining order issued last month by Judge Ronald B. Rubin after a company called Remileaf filed a complaint…

Terrascend

"With this approval, licensed space nearly triples"

Canopy Rivers portfolio company, TerrAscend has received approval from Health Canada for a significant expansion at its Mississauga, Ontario facility. "TerrAscend expects that this milestone will help the company meet the increased consumer demand for premium cannabis products and brands coming with the…

CAN (QC): Quebec based cannabis operation receives license expansion for total facility area

Emerald Health Therapeutics’ wholly-owned cannabis production facility, Verdélite, in St. Eustache, Quebec, has received from Health Canada a license amendment for the complete growing and processing area in its 88,000 square foot indoor facility. "The additional 50,000 square feet will allow Verdélite…

CAN (BC): New cultivation license for BC based facility

Harvest One Cannabis, through its wholly-owned subsidiary and licensed producer United Greeneries, has received a cultivation licence from Health Canada for Phase I of its new…

US (CA): Still time to file for cannabis permits

From a Humboldt County County Administrative Office press release: If you are a small marijuana cultivator, without a county permit, please know there is still time to submit an application and have a permit approved in time for the 2020 cultivation season. The county is committing to small farmers that…

US (CA): Petaluma cannabis grower's permit success illustrates lumbering regulatory process

Sonoma County’s largest approved legal cannabis grow to date appears set to harvest its first plants late next year. While that’s good news for Petaluma cannabis farmer Sam Magruder, it also illustrates the bureaucratic difficulties that have plagued the cannabis growing process in unincorporated Sonoma…

US (OR): Hemp farm authorised as being industrial hemp compliant

CropLogic third-party testing has confirmed that all fields at the Hemp Trial Farm in Oregon, USA, have a THC level below the maximum requirement which allows them to be…

Congress cannabis banking vote will help foster US-EU cannabis trade

The House of Representatives approved a bill last week that will protect banks servicing cannabis businesses and is a necessary step towards facilitating international trade.  The Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act, sponsored by Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) garnered impressive bipartisan support.…

US (CA): Mendocino County cannabis cultivation phase one deadline is October 4

The deadline for the Mendocino County Cannabis Cultivation Phase One is October 4 at 5 p.m. The county has said all Phase I applications for cultivation must be submitted via drop box located at the Department of Planning and Building Services before 5 p.m. on October 4. Application packets submitted to…

US (CA): UC Cooperative Extension survey results on cannabis cultivation

The information for the analysis was gathered in July 2018 from 101 growers who responded to an online survey. Survey questions focused on farm size, operational features, pest and water management, labor, farm revenue and grower demographics. Respondents were recruited by 15 cannabis grower…

US (CA): Cannabis regulations bring heated debate

The Calaveras County Board of Supervisors began reviewing two ordinances and a fee study pertaining to commercial cannabis cultivation in special meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday. The fee study was to support the formation of a cannabis control department, and the two ordinances were cultivation…

US (IL): Rock Island committee proposes zones for cannabis businesses ahead of legalization

The City of Rock Island planning commission approved proposed zoning regulations for cannabis businesses after a public hearing Wednesday night, as the city prepares for statewide legalization in January. The Community and Economic Development Dept. broke cannabis businesses into the following five…

US (CA): Adelanto based facility receives provisional cultivation license

Core One Labs has received a Provisional Nursery License for Core Isogenics Inc. "Core Isogenics received a yearly renewable Provisional Cultivation License issued by the…

US (MI): Michigan's cannabis regulatory agency announces social equity program expansion

Today, the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) announced an expansion of its Social Equity Program, which is designed to encourage participation in the cannabis industry by people who live in Michigan communities which have been disproportionately impacted by cannabis prohibition and enforcement. Click…

JM: Phytomedicine and medical cannabis institute to be established in Jamaica

A Phytomedicine and Medical Cannabis Institute is to be established in Jamaica. This forms part of the research partnership with Harvard International Phytomedicine and Medical Cannabis Institute. Phytomedicine is a plant-based traditional medicinal practice that utilises various plant materials in…

US (KY): Kentucky will begin accepting applications for 2020 hemp programs in mid-November

Kentucky’s hemp program is just about open for business. The state said that it will begin accepting applications for growers and processors wishing to receive a license to participate in the program beginning in mid-November. According to the Associated Press, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan…

US (CA): Advocates stress need for equity in cannabis during panel

Members of the diverse communities that were savaged by the war on drugs are working together to be sure that they will not be cast aside in today's cannabis industry.  Whether they're politicians, pastors, entrepreneurs or activists, social equity advocates are united in ensuring that the predicted economic…

US: National Cannabis Industry Association releases guidelines for federal cannabis regulation

On Tuesday, the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) announced the release of a paper providing extensive guidance on how cannabis should be regulated at the federal…

MX: Mexico lawmaker says govt should reguate and sell cannabis

Mexico’s government shouldn’t only regulate cannabis, it should be the main bulk buyer and seller of the drug, lower house majority leader Mario Delgado proposed in a new bill. A public company named Cannsalud would be authorized exclusively to acquire cannabis from growers with permits and then sell the…

US (SC): South Carolina woman finds new Sandisfield parcel for indoor pot farm, and neighbors grumble

A South Carolina woman who has been searching for land to start a pot growing business in town has purchased a 76-acre plot and is preparing to build. But some neighbors and residents are not pleased with Jennifer Pilbin's plans. Some say anything that smacks of industry off any of this hill town's…

US (MO): Application pour in state for new MMJ facilities

Missouri has received 2,267 applications for medical cannabis facilities and businesses, which means the new statewide industry may soon be coming to South County and Jefferson County. The state brought in over $13 million in application fees and received 2,163 requests from prospective cannabis business…

CAN: Health Canada releases final regulations for new classes of cannabis

Canada legalized the sale of five classes of cannabis. This year will now see the addition of three new permitted classes of cannabis: (a) edible cannabis, (b) cannabis extracts, and (c) cannabis topicals.[1] Accordingly, Health Canada has released the order and targeted regulations amending the Cannabis…

US (KY): How would MMJ be regulated in Kentucky?

Kentucky lawmakers expect medical cannabis to be another big issue in the upcoming 2020 legislative session. Last session, House Bill 136, a medical cannabis bill, received support from a record number of lawmakers in Kentucky. It ended up not making it far enough, and although some lawmakers are…

US (PA): County officials approve fourth extension for MMJ grower

The medical cannabis company looking to purchase county land to build a growing facility received a fourth extension to finalize on the real estate transaction. At Tuesday's meeting, Northumberland County Commissioners Rick Shoch and Sam Schiccatano approved and Commissioner Kymberley Best voted against…

CAN (ON): Lincolns based greenhouse violated interim control bylaw

As the town of Lincoln continues to figure out its future as a home to cannabis production, staff say a local greenhouse has violated its interim control bylaw. The bylaw,…

CAN (ON): Health Canada approves increased exports of MMJ concentrate to Australia

MediPharm Labs has successfully completed its second set of export shipments of medical cannabis concentrate, which were 137% greater in volume compared to its first export into Australia in June 2019. "Through its wholly owned subsidiary, MediPharm Labs the Company received its second set of export…

"Regulations and Taxes dictate operation space for growers"

Cannabis and/or cannabis derivatives are legal in some capacity in almost fifty countries today, but just five years ago that number was around thirteen. People say that…

US: Billions at stake when states move to legalize cannabis

Owing to cannabis’s continued federal ban, the most critical element for entry is a state-awarded license. When Florida voters approved Amendment 2 in 2016, legalizing the use of medical cannabis for those with debilitating conditions, the state implemented a merit-based application system, including…

US: Hemp cultivation law emerges

As controversy surrounding cannabis swirls in the community and on social media, hemp – the same species of plant as cannabis, Cannabis sativa – has quietly entered the fray. According to California…

US (MN): Lawmakers seek community feedback on potential MN cannabis legalization

State lawmakers gathered with Minneapolis community members Wednesday to discuss possible cannabis legalization, which saw varied responses.  The event, held in North Minneapolis, was the second of 15 "Be Heard on Cannabis" discussions to gather community input on the legalization and regulation of adult cannabis…

US (CA): Processing license in Nevada County

The Processor license provides cannabis farms a pathway to cure, dry and package their finished product at an off-site location. Currently, many farmers are limited by commercial building requirements which can be financially burdensome. The passing of this ordinance is a huge step towards a sustainable…

US (NM): MMJ growers sue over plant limit

Three licensed medical cannabis producers are challenging a 1,750-plant limit the state Department of Health imposed in August, saying the number isn’t based on valid data and violates a court order for the agency to ensure a growing number of patients in the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program have an…

Zimbabwe: Govt regulates growing, processing, and supply of industrial hemp

Government has regularised the growing, processing and supply of industrial hemp (Cannabis) by farmers across the country for industrial purposes. Industrial hemp is from the plant species Cannabis sativa and has been used worldwide to produce a variety of industrial and consumer products. The…

CAN (ON): Ontario explores end of wholesale cannabis business, sources

Ontario is exploring the possibility of no longer running the province’s wholesale cannabis distribution business, according to several people familiar with the matter, a move that could substantially lower prices of legal pot in the province.  Ontario, which is Canada's biggest market for legal pot, will…

US: Feds may make cannabis research easier

The Director of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Acting Commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have finally acknowledged that existing federal regulations hinder clinical cannabis research. Now the two federal agencies are suggesting that scientists be able to legally…

US (CA): As Napa considers cannabis cultivation, the experiences of other counties may be helpful

What would legal commercial cultivation of cannabis look like in Napa Valley? Last week, the Board of Supervisors said they would conduct community outreach meetings starting next year before deciding if the county should allow cannabis cultivation. Supervisors said they would proceed cautiously given…

US (MD): Judge bars cannabis commission from issuing more licenses over concerns application process was flawed

The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission delayed issuing more licenses to companies to grow and process medical marijuana on Thursday after a state judge prohibited the granting of the licenses because one company claimed the application process was botched. The Legislative Black Caucus also asked the…

US (CA): Big cannabis growing site approved in Stanislaus County

Supervisors approved a permit Tuesday for a commercial cannabis growing operation in eastern Stanislaus County that was opposed by some residents and school officials in the nearby the community. All Season Organics LLC was granted a use permit to operate a dozen greenhouses for cultivation, the same…

US (TX): State taking applications to grow MMJ

More Texas patients now have access to medical cannabis since the state expanded the Compassionate Use Act last session. That's led to more businesses wanting to get on board with hemp production.  Two years ago, 43 applicants applied to legally grow marijuana for medical purposes in Texas, but only three…

CAN (AB): UCP considering lifting cannabis grower tax exemption

The provincial government is considering removing the tax exemption on commercial cannabis growing facilities and introducing longer-term capital contribution plans for cities, Municipal Affairs Minister Kaycee Madu said Thursday. The part of a producer’s facility dedicated to growing cannabis is…

US (AZ): Department of Health Services prepares to regulate lab testing for MMJ

The Arizona Department of Health Services is preparing to comply with a new state law governing the testing of medical cannabis.  The Medical Marijuana Testing Advisory Council met Thursday to discuss the challenges facing the state as it attempts to regulate cannabis. A licensed laboratory will need to test…

US: Industry responds to the passing of the SAFE banking act

The full chamber passed, for the first time ever, a stand-alone cannabis reform bill, says ICBC. The bill is the SAFE Banking Act (H.R. 1595). In its current form the bill would: Prevent federal banking regulators from punishing banks for working with state-legal cannabis and hemp-related businesses Protect…

US (IL): Illinois officials to begin testing hemp fields for THC

The Illinois Department of Agriculture is preparing to perform spot checks as it starts to get reports from Illinois’ first-ever hemp growers that they’re ready to harvest. That means farmers looking to cash in on growing hemp in Illinois are taking a gamble. While they may get crop insurance for damaged…

US (UT): Gov. Herbert sign MMJ amendments into law

Gov. Gary Herbert has added his signature to Utah’s revised medical cannabis law, delivering the final blow to a proposed distribution system that would call on public employees to hand out the substance. The marijuana amendments, approved last week during a special session of the Utah Legislature, did…

US (MD): Maryland's MMJ program thriving

Although Maryland’s four-year journey to establish a statewide medical cannabis program was often a rocky road, the industry has been experiencing steady growth in the number…

US: Track and trace for MMJ programs

A preliminary draft rule related to the tracking and tracing of products in the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Program is currently available for review on the Office of…

US (MA): Massachusetts bans all vaping products

At a press conference on Tuesday, Massachusetts Governor Baker said that he is banning all vaping products in the state until Jan 25, 2020. Across the country, consumers have reported vaping-related illnesses. 530 people said they have have been affected, and nine people have died. Massachusetts’…

Eureka 93 Inc. acquires a Health Canada License

Eureka 93 Inc. today confirmed it acquired a Health Canada license to cultivate cannabis at its Artiva location in Ottawa on September 20, 2019. Subsequently, the company began a restructuring that saw its CEO, entire senior leadership team, and all but one of the directors on its board hand in their…

US: FDA announces criminal investigations of vaping-related illnesses

Beginning this summer, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) through its Office of Criminal Investigations, launched a criminal probe to investigate the vaping-related lung…

US (OR): Oregon Liquor Control Commission approves cannabis licensee stipulated settlements

At its monthly meeting on Sept. 19, 2019, the Commissioners of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission approved three cannabis violation stipulated settlement agreements. In addition, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) provided the Commission with an overview of the ongoing national respiratory illness…

NZ: Warnings raised that legalising cannabis could contaminate food supply

Experts are warning that the legalisation of cannabis could increase the levels of contamination in other crops and impact our trade relationships, writes Zac Fleming.  Warnings have been raised with the government that New Zealand’s trade relationships could be compromised by food contaminated with cannabis…

CAN (BC): BC based aquaponics facility receives micro-cultivation license

Habitat Craft Cannabis has received a micro-cultivation licence from Health Canada. The licence gives Habitat the ability to begin cultivation at its fully constructed…

EC: Ecuador sets hemp THC limit at 1.0%

The Ecuadorian government has set the maximum THC level for industrial hemp at a full 1%, following the lead of Uruguay, Switzerland and Australia. The limit was set in policy changes outlined during a legislative session this week that legalized industrial hemp by removing it from the Ecuadorian…

US (SC): Hemp farmer arrested in Dorchester County for violating pilot program

A licensed hemp farmer in Dorchester County was arrested this week, the first arrest for violating provisions of the state's two-year-old hemp farming pilot program. In a…

US (CO): Colorado cannabis companies are subject to federal labor laws despite being illegal, court rules

A U.S. appeals court has ruled workers in Colorado’s cannabis industry are subject to overtime pay rules and other federal labor protections even if the industry itself is…

Ecuador approves medical cannabis use

Ecuador’s government has voted in favour of legislation to make medicinal cannabis legal. The Plenary of the National Assembly approved the reform of the Organic Integral Criminal Code (COIP) that allows the production, commercialisation, distribution, use and consumption of cannabis for medicinal or…

US (PA): Growing, processing operations receive full certifications

FarmaceuticalRX has received full certification to operate its grower/processor operations in Pennsylvania. FarmaceuticalRX was awarded a Grower/Processor license last summer from the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Office as part of Round Two of the Medical Marijuana Program. "FarmaceuticalRX's…

CAN (AB): Alberta to return all CannTrust products after license suspensions

The Alberta government's cannabis wholesaler and online retailer is returning all products from CannTrust Holdings Inc. after Health Canada suspended the company's licences to…

US (CA): All cannabis businesses will be in statewide tracking system by end of October, California says

California says its system for tracking cannabis products from seed-to-sale will soon cover the entire industry — but regulators still have more work to do. In May, less than 10 percent of licensed cannabis businesses were enrolled in the system known as track-and-trace. Speaking at a press conference…

CAN (NB): New Brunswick based operation awarded cannabis research license by Health Canada

AgraFlora Organics's wholly-owned subsidiary, Canutra Naturals has been awarded a cannabis research licence by Health Canada under the Cannabis Regulations Act. The Research License permits Canutra to pursue the development of proprietary cannabis genetics and phenotypes at its flagship 76-acre campus in…

US (CA): Employment training panel approves cannabis industry application procedures

The State of California’s Employment Training Panel announced that it will now accept and consider cannabis industry applications from licensed businesses. “Licensed cannabis…

IN: India bans all e-cigarettes following vape-related illnesses in USA

India has banned the sale of all e-cigarettes in the country in response to the string of vaping-related deaths in the United States, according to a report from CNN.…

CAN (ON): Grower's sales license update

Matica Enterprises has provided an update on the status of the applications for licences for both Standard Processing and Sales For Medical Purposes by RoyalMax Biotechnology Canada for the Dorval facility. "Samples from the first, second, third, fourth and fifth crops have been dried (198.24 Kg dried…

PY: Paraguay to begin cannabis production for research and medical purposes

Paraguay will begin accepting applications for the domestic production of cannabis for medical and research purposes next month, according to an announcement made last week by the country’s health minister. Julio Mazzolini, the minister of public health and social welfare, said in a press conference in…

US (MA): City Council to investigate cannabis company’s donation

The Springfield, Massachusetts City Council are investigating why a cannabis business is planning to spend $200,000 over a five-year period on a school environmental program and park in the city, hoping to determine whether the company made a deal with the mayor’s office in exchange for an operator’s…

CAN (ON): Health Canada suspends CannTrust license

CannTrust Holdings received late this morning a Notice of Licence Suspension under section 64(1) of the Cannabis Act (Canada). The Notice cites the Company’s previous non-compliance with certain requirements of the Cannabis Act (Canada) and the regulation made thereunder in respect of the matters that…

CAN (BC): Health Canada suspends BC-based cannabis company's license

British Columbia-based cannabis producer Evergreen Medicinal Supply Inc.’s licence to grow and sell marijuana was suspended by federal regulators, the latest compliance shortfall to hit Canada’s legal pot market. Health Canada spokesperson Tammy Jarbeau confirmed to BNN Bloomberg in an email that the…

US (CA): Humboldt County pre-existing cannabis operations can still apply for permits

The Humboldt County Planning and Building Department wants to remind cannabis cultivators that “pre-existing” cannabis operations (those existing prior to Dec. 31, 2015) can still apply for county permits to become legal. The window is quickly closing for pre-existing cannabis cultivation sites to apply…

US (IL): Police say they’ve never seen industrial hemp before leading to search of farm

A black farmer was tending to his industrial hemp crop before sunrise on Sep. 4. Demarkius Medley had the headlights on his car shining onto his rows of hemp so he could see…

US (MO): Businesses apply for permits to sell, grow, infuse medical cannabis

There are 33 proposed sites where medical marijuana businesses are looking to set up shop in Franklin County, Missouri. There have been 14 applications filed for medical marijuana dispensaries in municipalities across the county. That includes four stores in Washington, five in Pacific, two dispensaries…

DK: Atlas Biotechnologies receives cultivation license

Atlas Growers Denmark A/S has received its licences to begin cultivation from the Danish Medicine Agency: Authorization has been granted for initial cannabis production of the newly acquired 170,000 sq. ft. facility located on Funen, Denmark which will serve as Atlas’ European base of operations. The…

CAN (ON): Ontario-based operation receives Health Canada approval to expand and to sell

Muskoka Grown Limited ("Muskoka Grown" or the "Company") proudly announces that it has received two updates from Health Canada; its sales amendment allowing for the…

US (FL): Florida-based operation receives certifications for cannabis cultivation

SOL Global Investments announced that 3 Boys Farms has obtained Good Agricultural Practices-Farm (GAP) and Good Manufacturing Processing (GMP) approvals for its…

DK: Copenhagen city council supports cannabis legalization trials

City politicians are in support of trialling a legalization of the sale of cannabis and will approach the government over the issue. “There’s a new government, so it makes…

US (MD): Why Maryland's MMJ growers are adding more plants

The air inside SunMed Growers' sprawling, $10 million cannabis greenhouse was thick with the citrusy aroma of freshly harvested Lemon Skunk. Outside, heavy machinery cleared land for about 30,000 additional plants. "This is tripling for medical," said owner Jake Van Wingerden, a former chairman of the…

CAN (AB): Retailers left in a haze as new cannabis promotion rules announced

A hazy rollout of new rules surrounding the promotion of cannabis products has left some Edmonton-area retailers feeling perplexed. Starting on Oct. 17, any public…

US: Bankruptcy protection and cannabis businesses

As most of us know, bankruptcy is just not an option for the cannabis industry or those even affiliated with it. To date, courts have generally ruled that debtors who work in…

US (MI): Grand Rapids approves 2 MMJ grow operations, 3 dispensaries

Grand Rapids officials have approved plans for three more medical marijuana provisioning centers, with two of the facilities also able to grow the marijuana. The first proposed dispensary approved Thursday, Sept. 13, by the Grand Rapids Planning Commission is located at 330 Ann St. NW, near the U.S. 131…

US: Ensuring an effective medical cannabis program for Utah

Last week, Gov. Gary Herbert issued the formal call for a special legislative session to take place on Monday, Sept. 16. While a number of issues will be considered by legislators in that session, one of the issues that has garnered the most interest is a series of proposed amendments to the state’s…

US (WA): Oroville Campus tenant receives production approval

Bougainville Ventures has announced that the licensed I-502 tenant-grower for the Company's Oroville Campus has received their final production approval from the Washington State Liquor Control Board to commence operations. "This signals a major milestone for the Company and its obligation to our tenant-grower…

US (OR): Control Commission to ask retailers and processor to check for harmful additives

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is now asking processors and retailers to review vaping paraphernalia for potentially dangerous additives. This follows a user’s vaping…

US: DEA wants 3.2 m grams of cannabis legally grown by 2020

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) wants 3,200,000 grams of marijuana to be legally grown in the U.S. next year, the agency announced in a notice set to be published on Thursday. The more than 7,000 pounds of cannabis will be used in scientific studies investigating the effects of the plant. The…

US (CA): Settling regulations on commercial cannabis cultivation in Calaveras

The five appointed members of Calaveras County’s planning commission spent most of Thursday hashing out details of a new law regulating cannabis cultivation and commerce, a…

US (MO): Missouri reveals locations of prospective MMJ businesses

We now know the list of applicants for medical cannabis-related businesses in Missouri. The state released a list this week and FOX 2 has been compiling the data into a map.…

US (CA): El Dorado County supervisors draft cannabis tax rates

Cannabis’ role in filling public coffers became clearer at a recent El Dorado County Board of Supervisors meeting with the board voting to approve cannabis tax rates for the…

How are new regulations for MMJ impacting Germany, Europe, and the world?

In recent years, Europe has seen a tremendous shift regarding the legalization, cultivation, and trade of medical cannabis. This arguably started when Germany legalized…

US (MI): Members of former MMJ licensing board speaks to Northport community

Last November, Michigan residents voted to legalize recreational cannabis. Over the last several months cities and townships have been deciding if they want to opt-out of…

CAN (ON): Stoney Creek based cannabis facility cancelled

A medical marijuana company has abandoned plans to grow pot in a popular indoor sports facility in Stoney Creek less than a year after local soccer players got the boot. Area soccer clubs were caught off-guard last year when a consortium bought the Players Paradise building on Seaman Street with plans to…

US: Federal Trade Commission sends warning letters to three CBD companies

The Federal Trade Commission has once again cautioned companies to make sure that they are within federal guidelines when it comes to selling CBD. On Tuesday, the agency announced that it had issued warning letters to companies that it says were advertising health claims for CBD products “without…

CAN: Cannabis 2.0 legalization

Federally, cannabis legalization saw daylight in Canada in 2018. The Cannabis Act legalized recreational marijuana in October 2018. Now, the country is all set for the second wave of legalization, Cannabis 2.0, which includes cannabis edibles, cannabis-infused beverages, extracts, and various other products. Let’s dig into this…

CAN (BC): Receipt of cannabis oil sales licenses for Dosecann and Kolab Project

Auxly Cannabis Group wholly-owned subsidiaries, Dosecann and Kolab Project have both been authorized by Health Canada to sell cannabis oil under the Cannabis Regulations. "The…

US: National Credit Union Administration releases statement regarding serving hemp businesses

Following last year’s passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) issued a regulatory update in August of 2019 to federally insured credit unions. Citing growth in hemp-related commerce, the NCUA emphasized the need for credit unions to understand the gamut of…

US (SD): Governor vows to veto bill legalizing industrial hemp

In an op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal on Monday evening, Republican Gov. Kristi Noem said that until law enforcement has a reliable and efficient method to differentiate cannabis from industrial hemp, South Dakota would not be joining the other states that have legalized hemp following the…

CAN: US vaping concerns loom as Canada legalizes cannabis devices

A wave of illnesses and deaths in the U.S. linked to vaping products may dampen demand for soon-to-be-legal cannabis vapes in Canada later this year, industry watchers say. An…

US (CA): Debate over cannabis rages on in Wine County

Will Napa allow pot farming, or won’t it? A huge question hangs over the valley, the heart of Wine Country. Currently, Napa County bans outdoor cultivation in unincorporated areas. But a moratorium on commercial cannabis growing expires in December — and what happens next has been the subject of a…

US (MO): Branson approves MMJ regulations

According to a news release by Department of Health and Senior Services, as of the revised Aug. 19 deadline, there were 2,163 recorded medical marijuana facility applications submitted in the state of Missouri. Following the deadline there were claims of difficulty submitting applications and after…

US (CA): Panel in Santa Barbara County to explore partnership between cannabis growers and vintners

Cannabis farmers are extending an olive branch to viticulturists in hopes of bringing the two groups together, diffusing vintners’ animosity to cannabis cultivation and…

US (MA): Regulators suspend six licenses from cannabis company as one of its owners faces drug charges

Massachusetts cannabis regulators have suspended six licenses from a cannabis company after one of its owners was arrested last month for his alleged involvement in an illegal cannabis-growing operation. Nova Farms LLC, which has multiple licenses in Attleboro and Sheffield, was notified by the Cannabis…


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