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CAN (ON): Cannabis shops to re-open with delivery, click-and-collect options

Ontario’s licensed cannabis shops are set to reopen following an emergency order approved by the provincial cabinet on Tuesday, but will do so on a limited basis with the…

US: Cannabis industry groups asking States for Coronavirus relief loans

A coalition of cannabis industry associations sent a letter to governors and state treasurers on Wednesday, asking them to help secure financial relief that cannabis businesses are being denied by the federal government amid the coronavirus outbreak. The letter emphasizes that cannabis companies are…

US: NORML responds to proposed changes to cannabis cultivation rules

The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) has formally submitted comments to the US Federal Register opposing the Drug Enforcement Administration’s…

US (WI): Industry leaders urge governor to classify hemp as essential

Hemp industry leaders in Wisconsin are asking state officials to reconsider its classification of hemp and hemp products as "non-essential business." In a letter written to Gov. Tony Evers, officials from the Wisconsin Hemp Alliance, Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation and Wisconsin Hemp Farmers and…

US (OK): Mandatory cannabis product testing to begin on July 1st

Beginning July 1st, all cannabis product sold by a grower or processor will be required to be tested by an Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) licensed laboratory. The…

US (MA): Bay City Commission approves cannabis grow facility and license changes

Cannabis ordinances, regulations and licenses filled the agenda during the Bay City Commission’s first virtual meeting on Monday, April 6. After hosting a public hearing where…

US (WA): Bill signed to diversify state's cannabis industry

In an effort to ensure the spoils of cannabis legalization are available to everyone, Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee (D) signed a bill on Tuesday to allow state regulators…

US: Businesses that 'indirectly' worked with cannabis industry are ineligible for federal Coronavirus loans

It’s not just state-legal cannabis retailers and growers that stand to miss out on federal relief loans amid the coronavirus outbreak. In addition to that restriction, which the federal Small Business Administration (SBA) confirmed last month, a wide range of businesses that indirectly service the…

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CAN: "Funds to remain scarce for most cannabis companies"

Cannabis companies that have access to capital will be best equipped to weather the upcoming storm brought forward by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a former co-chief executive officer of Canopy Growth Corp.  Bruce Linton, now executive director of U.S. cannabis operator Vireo Health International Inc.,…

US (CA): Cannabis cultivation returning to planning commission

One of the most ambitious — and controversial — cannabis cultivation projects proposed in Santa Barbara County is scheduled to come before the Planning Commission for approval…

CAN (ON): Ontario dispensaries deemed as non-essential

Initially, many cannabis dispensaries remained open, as they were deemed essential by state governments in most places that cannabis was legal. Though in Ontario, it's looking…

CAN: Cannabis industry eligible for $40B government bank credit program

Devastated bars and lounges as well as the country’s hard-hit cannabis sector will have access to $40 billion in new credit being made available via the government’s business bank during the COVID-19 crisis, its CEO said on Sunday. In an interview with The Canadian Press, Michael Denham said the program…

CAN (ON): Union asking for better protection for cannabis workers

The union for production workers at a Southwestern Ontario pot firm is demanding better protection for its members with at least 18 self-isolating amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The United Food and Commercial Workers Union Canada (UFCW) sent a letter to WeedMD, a licensed cannabis grower with head office in…

US: Senators push to allow cannabis business to access federal loan program

Eleven senators sent a letter to leadership in a key committee asking that they add a provision allowing cannabis businesses to access federal loan services in an upcoming…

US (CA): Santa Barbara County recommends more stringent permit process for cannabis cultivation

All cannabis cultivation projects in Santa Barbara County will face a more rigorous permitting process if supervisors back a recommendation the county Planning Commission made at a recent meeting. Last year, the county Board of Supervisors directed staff to work with the Planning Commission on potential…

NZ: MMJ license application launches

The Ministry of Health’s Medicinal Cannabis Agency will open its new process for cultivators and manufacturers of medicinal cannabis. It is hoped that the new rules will provide some relief to medical cannabis patients, even amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The new rules includes quality standards for…

US: Research funded on how Coronavirus impacts cannabis consumers

A top federal agency is asking researchers to submit grant applications to study how people who consume drugs—particularly those who smoke or vape cannabis or tobacco—are uniquely impacted by a coronavirus infection. In a notice from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) that was published last…

US: USDA approves hemp plans for South Carolina and West Virginia

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on Tuesday that it approved hemp regulatory plans for two additional states and three more Indian tribes. South Carolina and West Virginia are the latest to have their proposals approved since the crop was federally legalized under the 2018 Farm Bill.…

Bermuda to increase limit on MMJ import

Bermuda will allow patients to import up to 2,000 grams of medical cannabis per year in order to treat a number of conditions. The Supreme Court of Bermuda ruled in favour of…

US: Hemp businesses eligible for Coronavirus stimulus package

State-legal hemp businesses are eligible for aid under the $2.2 million coronavirus stimulus package signed by President Donald Trump last week; however, medical and recreational cannabis firms will not have access to the relief package due to federal cannabis prohibition. “Under the CARES Act, small…

CAN: CannTrust granted debitor protection

CannTrust Holdings Inc. announced on Tuesday that it obtained protection from creditors amid ongoing struggles to recover from last year’s scandal over illicit cannabis…

US (IL): License application deadline postponed due to COVID-19

State officials have once again extended the deadline for applications for certain cannabis business licenses amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed an…

US: NORML says DEA’s newly proposed bulk cultivation rules are “unduly onerous, expensive, and impractical”

For the second time in four years, the US Drug Enforcement Administration is proposing regulatory changes to procedures governing the federally licensed manufacture of…

US (CA): County to withdraw authorization if operators fail to pay county taxes

Some cannabis operators in Santa Barbara County still don’t pay taxes, but there are signs that the county is closing in on them. Of 106 licensed cannabis growers and…

US (ME): COVID-19 pandemic may delay start of cannabis market

Medical cannabis dispensaries and caregivers are considered essential businesses under Maine’s coronavirus guidelines, but the launch of the adult recreational retail market may be further delayed by the pandemic, according to a memo released Tuesday by the state Office of Marijuana Policy. Last month,…

Are cannabis workers eligible for coronavirus unemployment benefits?

The spreading of COVID-19 has forced many businesses to suddenly close, resulting in massive job losses. How will Americans pay their mortgages, rent, or buy food if we soon…

ZA: Entrepreneurs to capitalise on budding cannabis industry

With deregulation glinting globally, the cannabis market is expected to explode. New Frontier Data's Global Cannabis Report: 2019 Industry Outlook estimates that there are around 263 million legal users of cannabis and cannabis-related products worldwide. Africa is home to 83 million of these. The report…

CAN: Health Canada to carry out limited inspections to prioritize dealing with COVID-19

Canadian cannabis license holders received new guidance from Health Canada on Tuesday, detailing the federal health department’s approach to regulating the marijuana industry during the COVID-19 crisis. Among other things, Health Canada said it will continue some licensing activity and license…

US: Federal Agency confirms cannabis business are ineligible for Coronavirus disaster relief

The federal Small Business Administration (SBA) reiterated on Monday that cannabis companies are not eligible for disaster relief loans to lessen the blow of the coronavirus…

US (OR): Cannabis retail locations allowed to provide curbside delivery

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has approved a temporary rule that supports social distancing to promote prevention of the spread of the COVID-19 virus, by allowing licensed cannabis retailers to conduct limited transactions outside their licensed premises. The action will permit retail licensees to…

CAN: Companies call govt to include cannabis industry in financial helps plan

With the Coronavirus pandemic hitting the global economy, countries around the world are adopting measures to limit the damages. Among the many sectors that may resort to such…

US (NY): Governor says to go ahead with cannabis legalization amid COVID-19 pandemic

The governor of New York said on Monday that he expects lawmakers to push ahead with plans to legalize cannabis even as the state works to address the coronavirus pandemic.…

CAN (ON): Licensed cannabis stores to remain open in Ontario

Licensed cannabis stores will remain open in Ontario during a provincial emergency shutdown of non-essential businesses designed to limit the spread of COVID-19, according to two sources directly familiar with the matter.  Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced Monday that all non-essential businesses in the…

US: DEA says it is exempted from any liability if cannabis is damaged under new rules

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced a proposed rule to expand cannabis research last week—but it also made clear that it would be exempt from any liability if that cannabis is damaged while in its possession or transit. Under the proposal, which was formally published in the Federal…

US: DEA to allow more cannabis growers for research purposes

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced on Friday that it will be taking significant steps to expand cannabis research. The agency is proposing a rule change that…

Ghana legalized cannabis to drive economic growth

Ghana has legalized the use of cannabis for health and industrial purposes as it joins other African countries hoping to derive economic and health benefits from the…

US: USDA approves hemp production plans for Iowa, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved hemp production plans under the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program for the state of Iowa, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. USDA continues to receive and review hemp production plans from states and Indian…

US (CA): Cannabis business in California deemed as essential

On Thursday, March 19, 2020 Governor Gavin Newsom issued a stay at home order to protect the health and well-being of all Californians and to establish a consistent approach across the state to slow the spread of COVID-19. This order went into effect on Thursday, March 19, 2020, and is in place until…

US (CA): New measure would allow commercial cannabis cultivation in Napa County

A new measure to allow the cultivation of commercial cannabis in Napa County may be on the November 2020 ballot. On March 13, a group called “Keep Napa Green” filed its intention to collect signatures to place the measure before Napa County voters. A similar, but less restrictive, initiative was proposed…

CAN (BC): Lab receives standard processing license

Adastra Labs has received a Standard Processing licence from Health Canada. "This announcement was received just shy of two years after submitting our original application,…

US (CO): State issues first cannabis delivery license

As more Americans across the country are sheltering at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, a major Colorado cannabis retailer announced that it has received the state’s first…

US (KY): Hemp company files for bankruptcy

A Clark County industrial hemp processing company filed for bankruptcy this week, the latest in a string of setbacks in the growing industry. Winchester-based Atalo Holdings, one of Kentucky’s earliest players in the hemp industry, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection in the Eastern District of…

US (CA): Cannabis gower gets OK in Santa Barbara County

A cannabis cultivation operation west of Buellton got the green light Tuesday when the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors upheld the owners’ appeal but rejected the appeal filed by a community group. Meeting in Santa Maria, supervisors voted 4-0, with 4th District Supervisor Peter Adam absent, to…

CAN (BC): Plans to license radiant energy vacuum technology

EnWave Corporation's Board of Directors has approved a plan to license the company’s proprietary Radiant Energy Vacuum into the U.S. cannabis market through a wholly-owned…

US: USDA secretary blames DEA of interferring in hemp regulations

The head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) again indicated that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) had an outsized influence on its proposed rules for hemp, stating that the agency “really didn’t like the whole program to begin with.” During a hearing on the USDA’s budget before the…

US (NY): National Association of Cannabis Businesses adopts standards for safe production and storage of cannabis-infused products

In the midst of heightened uncertainty surrounding the risk of electronic nicotine delivery systems, the National Association of Cannabis Businesses (NACB) has announced the…

Increasing number of Canadian LPs getting EU-GMP

Several more Canadian firms have obtained EU-GMP licenses over the last month, with Aphria obtaining its license at the end of January, about a year later than expected.…

US: Filmmaker Kevin Smith advocating for digital signature for cannabis initiative due to Coronavirus

As the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread, filmmaker Kevin Smith and actor Jason Mewes are asking California officials to allow digital signature gathering for a…

US (FL): A hemp bill that might change things for FL growers

A bill addressing hemp farming has turned into a round of end-of-session horse trading, where the legislative chambers have gone back and forth about whose version of a bill…

US (ME): State to issue first round of conditional cannabis licenses

The Maine Office of Marijuana Policy issued its first round of conditional adult-use cannabis business licenses Friday, giving provisional approval to 31 businesses to open…

US (IL): Craft grower, infuser, transporter license application deadline postponed

On March 12, 2019, pursuant to an Executive Order issued by Illinois Governor JB Pritzer, the deadline for submitting applications for Illinois Adult Use Cannabis Craft…

Lebanon set to legalize medical and industrial cannabis cultivation

Lebanon's parliament is set to vote on a law that would legalise the cultivation of cannabis for medical and industrial use in an effort to boost its crippled economy and curb illicit production of the psychoactive plant. The draft law, which has been endorsed by parliamentary committees and is now…

MediPharm Labs

Seven steps to organic cannabis certification

Obtaining an organic cannabis certification takes time and attention to detail. Still, it’s an investment that is worthy of consideration, to meet the needs of those consumers who prefer an organic product. What is organic cannabis?Certified organic cannabis is produced using sustainable agricultural and…

CAN: Privately-owned LP receives EU-GMP certification

On March 6, 2020, Northern Green Canada became one of the first privately-owned Licensed Producers of cannabis in Canada to be certified with European Union Good Manufacturing…

US (MA): Equity programs bridging social, economic gaps within cannabis industry

So far the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission has issued four licenses to minority-owned businesses or to those disproportionately affected by the war on drugs. Cannabis law in the state includes two equity provisions; the social equity program and the economic empowerment program. While both…

US: USDA approves Georgia, Montana, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate tribe hemp production plans

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the approval of hemp production plans under the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program for the states of Georgia and Montana and for the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Tribe. USDA continues to receive and review hemp production plans from states and…

The situation of testing labs in Canada

In order to offer consumers a safe and healthy product in Canada, everything that comes out of a cannabis cultivation facility needs to be tested by federally licensed labs. However, just as has been happening for growers, who have to find their way through a jungle of regulations which narrow the type…

US (CA): Lawsuits for allegedly inflating financial projections

A trio of lawsuits alleging a scheme to defraud $1.2 million in still-unrepaid loans is shining a light on the dark side of the burgeoning legal cannabis industry. Lenders…

MX: Senate committees advance cannabis legalization bill

Mexican Senate committees have signed off on a bill to legalize cannabis nationwide. During a joint meeting of the Justice, Health, Legislative Studies and Public Safety Committees on Tuesday, members approved revised reform legislation that was circulated over the weekend. The proposal as introduced…

US (CA): Tax reduction approved for Costa Mesa cannabis businesses

In a win for Costa Mesa’s cannabis industry, the City Council voted Tuesday night to reduce a business tax even more than expected. The city’s 6% tax on gross receipts for…

PY: Paraguay to issue first licenses to produce medical cannabis

Paraguay will grant the first licenses to produce medical cannabis.Five licenses will be granted to those companies that meet all the necessary requirements. The government of Paraguay is going to issue the first licenses to produce medical cannabis, which is why the health authorities described the…

US (MN): Regulators call for creation of state cannabis office

Minnesota regulators are calling on lawmakers to create a central state cannabis office to oversee the booming markets for hemp, CBD and medical pot — which they say are…

US (MI): New cannabis rules could mean higher prices, short supplies

Michigan’s cannabis market just got a little bit tighter at a time when the legal weed supply is already struggling to keep up with demand. In an effort to ensure that all cannabis produced and sold in Michigan comes from licensed growers, processors and retailers, the Marijuana Regulatory Agency began…

UK: Changes in import restrictions

Import restrictions in the UK have been changed to help ensure people with prescriptions for cannabis-based products for medicinal use do not have their treatment delayed or…

LS: Cannabis licenses to be revoked in Lesotho due to inactivity

Several companies and individuals risk losing their medical cannabis licences as only four out of 140 licensees are actually in active production, Health Minister Nkaku Kabi…

US (MI): Michigan's cannabis market to lose source of cannabis

Michigan is phasing out a significant source of medical marijuana sold at dispensaries. Licensed caregivers will be prevented from selling marijuana to the regulated market…

Know the job of a cannabis regulator

As most know, because cannabis remains illegal under U.S. law, the regulatory regime overseeing the multibillion-dollar industry is a patchwork of state-by-state laws and…

US (MO): MMJ licensing generates more than 800 appeals

More than 800 appeals have been filed by companies that were denied state permits to grow, sell or distribute medical cannabis in Missouri. As part of the process to launch Missouri’s new medical cannabis program, the state received 2,266 cannabis business applications filed by at least 700 different…

Malawi legalize cannabis cultivation to boost country's economy

Malawi has legalised the cultivation of cannabis as the country seeks an alternative to tobacco, its main earner of foreign exchange which is under pressure from anti-smoking campaigns. Parliament on Thursday passed the bill to allow cultivation for medicinal and industrial uses. “Legalisation of this…

US (FL): Department of Agriculture to issue commercial hemp permit within a month

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will begin issuing permits for commercial growing of industrial hemp within a month. Perhaps Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried should consider issuing red flags along with the permits. “Don't spend any more money than you are willing to…

US (CA): Growers in Santa Rosa County face delay in permits

On the way north from San Francisco to the Emerald Triangle you must pass through some of the state’s most storied agricultural lands in Wine Country, including Sonoma County…

US (MA): Cannabis company accused by union of retaliation against organizers

A labor union trying to organize workers in the Massachusetts cannabis industry has accused national cannabis conglomerate iAnthus Capital Holdings of violating state law by retaliating against pro-union workers at its Holliston cultivation and processing facility. In a formal complaint to state…

US (CA): Carpinteria sues growers over cannabis odor

Some Carpinteria residents are so frustrated with the smell of cannabis in their homes and backyards, they have decided to sue nearby marijuana growers. The class-action…

US (OK): Clash with MMJ facility over water usage

A fight for water at a city council meeting has sparked debate between the owner of a medical cannabis grow facility and its neighbors.After council members denied the owner a commercial water meter, his future is in limbo. During a city council meeting this week, people from Rangers Ranchette fought to…

US (NV): Reno-based grower sues State for 'broken' program

A Reno cannabis grower is suing Nevada regulators, claiming the state enforced flawed regulations, imposed excessive fines, illegally forced it to destroy inventory and dragged out a now 17-month investigation.  Herbal Care LLC, which had its license suspended in September 2018, filed a lawsuit in Washoe County…

Bermuda: Plans to regulate cannabis cultivation

Cannabis use, cultivation and sale will be legalised if legislation tabled in May is passed, the Attorney-General said yesterday. Kathy Lynn Simmons told the Senate that the…

US: USDA drops DEA hemp testing requirement for 2020

Federal agriculture officials will delay the requirement that all THC testing on hemp crops must be performed at laboratories registered with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. And food and drug regulators say it’s a “fool’s errand” to get people to stop taking over-the-counter CBD. The testing…

US (KY): Senate says more research needed before legalizing MMJ

One week after the full House made a historic vote approving medical cannabis, Kentucky lawmakers again took up the topic. In Wednesday’s discussions, lawmakers introduced…

US (KY): Hemp grower forced to burn hundreds of pounds of hemp crop

A hemp farm in Kentucky is taking a major financial hit after its crop tested slightly over the legal threshold for THC. Foggy Valley Farms spent months growing 20 acres of…

US (CA): Labor unions flex on California cannabis industry

California’s largest cannabis association is in a bind after powerful labor unions accused the organization of distributing an anti-union document and asked Democratic…

Lebanon parliamentary committees approve cannabis cultivaiton draft bill

Lebanon's parliamentary committees passed on Wednesday a draft law legalizing cannabis cultivation for medical and industrial use, Elnashra, an online independent newspaper,…

Certificates awarded for St Vincent cannabis growers

Certificates were awarded to more than 100 traditional cannabis cultivators in St Vincent and the Grenadines who participated in a training session organised through the…

US (MA): Regulators aim to cut licensing wait times for MA businesses

To address one of the loudest and most frequent complaints from prospective cannabis entrepreneurs, cannabis regulators want to cut the wait time for a license in half in the…

US (VT): House Committee advances bill to regulate and tax cannabis sales

On Monday, Vermont’s House Appropriations Committee voted in favor (6-5) of a bill that would legalize, regulate and tax cannabis sales for adults 21 and older. S. 54…

CH: Tax on legal cannabis to be repealed

The Swiss Federal Court has ruled that cannabis – the legal, low-THC version – should not be subject to the tobacco tax. Responding to the complaints of three cannabis…

CAN (ON): Recommendations for cannabis control in Grimsby

Grimsby town council discussed a report from the planning and development committee that reviewed land use by cannabis growing faculties. The review, conducted by SGL Planning and Design, examined the different opportunities to regulate cannabis production as a land use. The report recommended a number…

US (PA): State approves cannabis suppliers for research institutions

Four new companies have been approved to grow cannabis for research purposes, teaming up with medical schools to learn more about cannabis. State law allows for eight clinical registrants — entities which grow, process and dispense cannabis for research institutions. “This research is essential to…

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US (PA): Grower allowed to open cultivation and processing facility

Curaleaf Holdings has been approved as a Clinical Registrant in Pennsylvania by the Commonwealth’s Department of Health, Office of Medical Marijuana. Under this designation, the Company will be permitted to open a cultivation and processing facility and up to six dispensaries, under the Commonwealth’s…

CAN (BC): Delta wants cannabis odor to be stopped

The City of Delta wants Metro Vancouver to step up and do something about the smell generated from marijuana greenhouses, especially one operated by the country’s largest cannabis producer. Mayor George Harvie a few weeks ago wrote a letter to regional district chair Sav Dhaliwal asking that Metro deny…

US (NV): Cannabis products found with mold, fungus

Friday afternoon, the State of Nevada's Department of Taxation has issued a statement signalling that several cannabis products failed microbial testing   Affected marijuana was sold in the form of flower and pre-rolls between Oct. 25, 2019 and Jan. 16, 2020. According to the agency, the affected cannabis was…

US (LA): State starts issuing hemp licenses

Louisiana started handing out its first licenses to farmers to grow industrial hemp this month, after lawmakers legalized the crop in a bid to start a new agricultural industry in the state. “Our industrial hemp program administrators worked hard to ensure the regulatory framework was in place as soon as…

US (CA): Proposed regulations for cannabis appellations program released

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) released the proposed regulations today for the appellations of origin for cannabis. The release of these regulations marks the official start of a 45-day public comment period provided under California law. All interested parties are encouraged to…

US (MA): Worcester green lights cannabis grower and craft cannabis business

The Planning Board has granted a special permit for the first adult-use cannabis microbusiness in the city and a special permit for a fourth cannabis cultivation business. The two businesses will be next to each other in a multi-tenant building at 65 Fremont St. The 64,000-square-foot building has been…

USDA new crop insurance pilot program for nursery crops in 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) today announced a new crop insurance pilot program, Nursery Value Select (NVS), for crop year 2021. NVS is another crop insurance option for nursery crop producers, including those growing hemp, in addition to the Nursery crop…

US (CA): Chicken and cattle farm to add cannabis growing

A chicken and cattle farm could soon add the cultivation of cannabis to its arsenal of agriculture. Jon Piasecki, owner of Wise Acre Farm in West Stockbridge, has been granted…

US (AL): MMJ bill clears first hurdle

A plan to legalize and regulate medical cannabis from seed to sale in Alabama cleared its first hurdle today in the Legislature. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 8-1, with…

US: Hemp plans approved for Washington state and Wyoming

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved an additional two state and three tribal hemp regulatory plans on Thursday. Washington State, Wyomingm the Otoe-Missouria Tribe, the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation and the Santee Sioux Nation each had their plans approved—the latest in a series of…

Virgin Islands: "We are going into the cannabis industry, but we are not going to ignore crop production."

Government has revealed plans to revitalise the local agriculture industry through the implementation of new legislation and the establishment of a new statutory body. Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Dr Natalio Wheatley made it clear during a recent airing of the Honestly Speaking with Claude…

US (IL): Patients ask to open cultivation centre to end shortage

A local medical marijuana patient lobbying state leaders to address a prolonged pot shortage in the state of Illinois. Experts have said there's not necessarily a shortage of…

CAN (ON): Dunnville based facility receives cultivation and processing licenses

One of MJardin Group's indoor cannabis cultivation facilities “GRO”, located in Dunnville, Ontario has received its cultivation and processing license from Health Canada. The facility is a joint venture between MJardin Group (75%) and Grand River Organics (25%). "The 11,000 square foot facility is…

US (CA): Lawsuit against Humboldt cannabis tax ruled successful on multiple counts

A lawsuit challenging Humboldt County’s tax on commercial cannabis farming has been ruled successful on multiple counts by a judge, one of the litigating attorneys announced…

US (ME): Maine deems dozens of cannabis business applications complete

Maine officials have deemed dozens of applications to run cannabis businesses to be complete, a major step on the way to the first legal sales of the drug for recreational…

US (WA): Bill addressing racial inequity in cannabis licenses gets OK from Washington House

Washington House lawmakers Sunday passed a bill intended to address racial inequity within the cannabis industry by issuing previously forfeited, canceled and revoked retail…

US (IL): Grower seeking special permit to open facility in South Elgin

A company that wants to open a cannabis craft growing business in South Elgin will present its plans Wednesday to the village’s Planning and Zoning Commission. South Elgin CGF…

US (NV): Lab boosted THC amounts in cannabis tests, settlement says

A cannabis testing lab suspended by the state last year was found by investigators to be inflating THC levels on cannabis products by as much as 10 percent, according to a settlement agreement approved by state regulators Thursday. In November, the state suspended Certified Ag Labs, a cannabis testing…

US (WI): State investment board trims position in Canopy Growth

In a recent Form 13F-HR filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Madison, Wisconsin-based state retirement fund manager, the State of Wisconsin Investment Board…

US (CA): California suspends additional cannabis licenses

Some California licensees are starting off 2020 in a regulatory predicament. In early January, California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control (“BCC”) welcomed the new year with a bang by suspending another 252 cannabis licenses. This most recent round of suspensions comes on the heels of the BCC’s, and other…

US (OK): Oklahoma MMJ authority to start testing products

Beginning April 1, all cannabis products sold by a grower or processor will be required to be tested by an Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority licensed laboratory. The…

US (ME): Hemp program applications open to growers

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry hemp program is now accepting applications. The Indoor and Outdoor Hemp License Applications are available on the Bureau of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources website, and are due at least 30 days before the anticipated date of planting.…

US (IA): MMJ expansions pass Iowa house panel

A measure to expand Iowa’s medical cannabis program to include THC-rich products passed the House of Representatives’ Committee on Public Safety on Tuesday but limits patient access to just 4.5 grams of cannabis above 3 percent THC over 90 days. The recommendation came directly from the state’s medical…

ZA: South Africa to regulate commercial use of hemp products

The South African Government plans to regulate the commercial use of hemp products this year, providing opportunities for small-scale farmers, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Thursday to a great deal of excitement. Delivering the State of the Nation Address (SONA) before a joint sitting of the two…

US (CA): Cannabis growing applicants facing hurdles

It’s not the green rush the county saw in 2016, but a mix of out-of-towners and locals are buying up rights to apply from formerly registered growers in hopes of cultivating…

US (HI): Senate committee approves edible MMJ

A Hawaii state Senate committee has granted preliminary approval to a bill authorizing the sale of edible medical cannabis products.Even if the bill passes the Legislature,…

US (KY): Lawmakers approve MMJ bill in committee vote

For the second consecutive year, a Kentucky legislative committee has voted to approve a bill to legalize medical cannabis. The proposal still faces an uphill battle, but one…

US (AL): MMJ bill to be introduced in Alabama

Thursday, State Senator Tim Melson (R-Florence) told the Alabama Political Reporter that he anticipates introducing his medical marijuana legislation on Tuesday. Melson said…

US (MI): Growers and processors must be aware of applicable environmental laws

In a potentially under-appreciated risk for cannabis growers and processors in Michigan, there are important environmental laws and permits that must be complied with in order to avoid jeopardizing business operations and state-issued licenses. As explained by state agencies at a recent meeting of the…

CAN: Berkley City Council approves merit-point system for cannabis business licenses

After several delays, the Berkley City Council approved its merit-point system for cannabis business licenses. The council adopted its point system at its Feb. 3 meeting. It was last evaluated during a special meeting Jan. 23, where the system was all but finalized before the council decided to hold off…

US (FL): Tampa orchid grower loses dispute over MMJ licenses

A state appeals court Monday tossed out a Tampa-based orchid grower’s attempt to enter the state’s medical-cannabis market, finding the nursery lacked standing to challenge…

US (VA): Virginia House approves cannabis decriminalization bill

The Virginia House of Delegates approved a bill to decriminalize cannabis on Monday, and the Senate is expected to pass similar legislation later this week. The House-passed…

US (OR): Oregon commission raises THC limits for some hemp products

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission recently raised the limit from 10 milligrams of THC per container to 50 milligrams of THC per container for hemp concentrates, extracts and tinctures. State cannabis regulators raised the per-container THC limit on hemp concentrates, extracts and tinctures sold within…

US (CO): Cannabis products recalled for high yeast and mold levels

A Denver dispensary issued a voluntary recall on several marijuana products Monday due to elevated levels of yeast and mold. The Lodge, which operates two locations in the Barnum and River North neighborhoods, recalled all retail plant material, including flower, shake, trim and pre-rolled joints,…

"BIS certification will ensure quality of greenhouse films"

Essen Multipack Limited became the first recipient of BIS certification for greenhouse covering films in the world. This certification is awarded to those greenhouse film manufacturing companies who follow stringent quality standards, safety and durability protocols in manufacturing of films confirming…

US (OK): Lab tests may not prevent tainted cannabis

Chemical testing is being rolled out in Oklahoma’s fledgling medical cannabis industry that should help consumers gain confidence their medicine won’t contain items with a…

US (ME): Dozens of cannabis business applications complete

Maine officials have deemed dozens of applications to run cannabis businesses to be complete, a major step on the way to the first legal sales of the drug for recreational…

CAN (AB): Not enough micro-cultivation licenses, producers say

Some in the business say the federal government isn’t approving smaller operations quickly enough to help turn the tide on the black market. A year ago, Health Canada had…

US (OR): Five producers of regenerative organic cannabis approved

Sun+Earth Certified has approved its first five businesses in Oregon, including four farms—East Fork Cultivars, Green Source Gardens, Oshala Farm, and Phoenix Rising Farms—and cannabis products manufacturer Luminous Botanicals. "The Sun+Earth seal guarantees that certified farms cultivate cannabis—and…

US (MA): Company proposes cannabis cultivation in Kingston

In addition to its recreational cannabis retail store, Elevated Roots proposes to open a cultivation facility at the same location and make 44 William C. Gould Jr. Way its company headquarters. While Elevated Roots predicts $2.1 million in revenue to the town over the five years of their mutual…

US: USDA updates on hemp regulations and crop insurance

Federal regulators on Thursday provided a number of hemp updates, and announced two programs aimed at protecting hemp crops from natural disasters.  In a call with reporters, Farm…


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