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US (MI): House approves plan to help licensed MMJ facility to succeed

State Rep. Jim Lilly’s plan to create fairness and consistency for licensed medical marijuana facilities in Michigan was approved today by the Michigan House with overwhelming…

US (GA): Fort Valley State University to grow and research MMJ

Wednesday, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed a bill legalizing the production and research of low-grade THC oil in the state. That's the oil often described as "medical marijuana." Fort Valley State University will play a part in the next step in producing cannabis oil. FVSU has a number of greenhouses…

US (GA): Governor signs MMJ bill into law

On Wednesday, April 17, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed HB 324 into law, closing a loophole that has been around for years, which prevented the cultivation of cannabis…

US (GA): Georgia gov. signs MMJ bill

Some Georgia patients will soon be allowed to legally buy the marijuana they are already allowed to possess. Because of a legal quirk, patients and families have regularly…

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Dutch suppliers fear Netherlands missing out on MMJ opportunities

KUBO and Peter Dekker Installaties are familiar names to medical cannabis growers in the US and Canada. However, the Dutch companies are quite unfamiliar amongst the Dutch MMJ growers. Not because of their activities, but simply because there is only one Dutch company allowed to grow cannabis for the…

US (FL): 8 operators granted MMJ licenses

Florida is adding eight more medical marijuana operators to the 14 businesses currently selling cannabis throughout the state. The new additions to Florida’s rapidly growing…

How the cannabis industry is finding space to grow

The latest hurdle in the cannabis industry is one of growth. As New Jersey works to legalize the recreational market in the coming months, state officials are estimating that nearly 100 cultivation sites will be needed to grow and supply The Garden State with cannabis. This estimate gets bigger when one…

IL: Govt. has suspended the license issued to an Israeli firm

Government has suspended the license issued to an Israeli firm, Together Pharma to grow medical marijuana in Uganda. The state minister of Finance and Investment, Evelyn Anite…

Three German MMJ licenses under review

Obstacles on the German path for Wayland Group. The company announced last week to be one of the three companies to have won German cultivation licenses, with Aphria and…

Colombia opens Latin America's first indoor cannabis lab

In recent years, medicinal cannabis has had a boom in terms of research: in fact there are laboratories worldwide that already research it, even its DNA, to generate treatments that improve the quality of life in patients with diseases such as epilepsy. None of them, however, have been Colombian. That is…

US (CA): First large-scale operation approved in Petaluma

A large cannabis-growing farm planned for west of Petaluma got a green light from Sonoma County zoning officials. Despite vigorous opposition from neighbors, Petaluma Hills…

US (MO): What will take to obtain a license to grow and sell MMJ?

Anyone wanting to grow or sell marijuana in Missouri should have hundreds of thousands in cash and be prepared to describe the minutiae of their business plans, from…

CA (ON): Commercial cannabis cultivation, retail and marketing in Ontario

The federal Cannabis Act (the Federal Act) governs licensing requirements for the commercial cultivation and production of all cannabis, and for the distribution and sale of medical cannabis products. Ontario’s Cannabis Licence Act 2018 (the Licence Act) governs the distribution and sale of recreational…

US (CA): Medoncino county to transition cannabis program and to accept renewals

Mendocino County Cannabis Program staff are currently working on transitioning the Mendocino County Cannabis Cultivation Program from the Department of Agriculture to the Planning and Building Services Department as part of a county push to improve efficiency and speed up the bureaucratic process.…

US: Issues standing in the way of indigenous cannabis entrepreneurs

Lewis Mitchell, a former police chief on the Mohawk territory of Akwesasne, chuckled when asked if he thought he would have trouble finding customers when his first batch of cannabis is ready for sale around summertime. "No, not at all," the president of Seven Leaf said at his company's production…

ZW: University to receive cultivation license

The Midlands State University (MSU) in Gweru, Zimbabwe has applied for a license to grow cannabis for medical purposes. Higher and Tertiary Education Science and Technology…

Nicholas Clover, systems engineer with EnviroTech Cultivation Solutions

Cannabis growers and water waste

In the following article, Nicholas Clover, systems engineer with EnviroTech Cultivation Solutions, dives into the issue of water waste within the cannabis industry. Cannabis growers and water waste As the wave of cannabis legalization moves across the country and more cultivation facilities come online, most regulators have not…

IE: Prime minister supports idea of Irish farmers growing cannabis in the future

Today, beef farmers and those in the sector will attend the Oireachtas Agriculture Committee. Could cannabis be that market? “I am not an expert in the cultivation of cannabis…

US (OR): 85% of growers not in compliance

The Oregon Medical Marijuana Program recently issued a warning to the hundreds of cannabis growers who are compliance with inventory reporting requirements, saying they must…

Rafi Gamson, head of IQC

“The revolution has begun in Israel"

Since the 1990s, Israel has been one of the most important countries in the research on the healing properties of cannabis. The reasons lie in the fact that, exactly in those years, cancer patients were allowed to utilize medical cannabis for the treatment of pain-related issues, thus driving the…

US (CA): Proposed zoning threatens Montague-based facility

A cannabis producer setting up shop in Montague may not be able to grow at their current location if the township passes proposed cannabis cultivation zoning as it's currently written. Montague’s council is considering adopting a zoning bylaw amendment to regulate cannabis cultivation facilities in the…

US (CA): Cannabis operation in SLO County ordered to cease activity

A large cannabis business in Nipomo is being forced to shut down after the county Board of Supervisors stripped its permitting Tuesday, citing multiple code violations and saying it was intentionally thwarting regulations and would likely continue to operate in bad faith. Supervisors unanimously ruled to…

US (CA): Cannabis regulatory agencies to open office in Eureka, CA

A new north coast regional office for California’s cannabis regulatory agencies will open on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. The new office is located at 930 Sixth Street in Eureka,…

GR: Fourth MMJ permit released. 43 pending

The general secretariat for industry has so far received 43 applications for licences to establish units for the production and processing of medical cannabis products, Greek…

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Netherlands presents rules for legalised cannabis growing experiment

The Dutch cannabis industry has been a paradox for decades. Recreational cannabis can be sold in coffeeshops and for consumers it's not illegal to buy it there - but growing…

US (FL): MMJ grower stuck in regulatory limbo

Local entrepreneur Jason Wilson is sitting in regulatory limbo as he tries to launch his $4.3 million medical marijuana cultivation facility in the Miami Valley. The owner of Paragon Development Group LLC said he got approval from Huber Heights officials to build a grow facility and he listed the 6210…

CA (ON): Dispute on facility in Ancaster may not be over yet

Turns out the political cannabis fight in Ancaster is not necessarily snuffed out. Council voted in late March to pursue a settlement ahead of a looming tribunal battle over a medical marijuana greenhouse under construction on Jerseyville Road. But the deal to avoid a Local Planning Appeal Tribunal…

An Australian perspective on legalising medical cannabis

Minister for Health Greg Hunt provides an insight into Australia’s experience with legalising medical cannabis, three years on. In 2018, two years after Australia legalised…

US (TN): Lawmakers delay MMJ bill until next year

Tennessee lawmakers have abruptly delayed all efforts to legalize medical marijuana until next year, abandoning several bills moments before the controversial topic was…

CA (AB): Health Canada releases license for indoor facility in west Edmonton

Freedom Cannabis has received its licence to cultivate for Phase 1 of its indoor grow facility located near west Edmonton in Acheson, Alberta. The company has also pleased to…

CA (ON): Sudbury's committee approves plan to produce cannabis

In addition to allowing people to consume marijuana, legalization of cannabis presents communities with economic development opportunities, the city's planning committee heard Monday. The committee approved a motion directing staff to prepare bylaw amendments to include rules for businesses interested in…

CA (ON): Canadian producer to acquire license in Uruguay

Khiron Life Sciences Corp. has signed a definitive agreement for the acquisition of NettaGrowth International, as previously announced on January 25, 2019. According to the…

AU: MMJ issues and regulations

Authors: Josh Hunt & Callum Twigger Through the Narcotic Drugs Amendment Act 2016 (Cth) and its amendments to the Narcotic Drugs Act 1967 (Cth) (NDA), the Australian Government commenced the…

CA (BC): Metro Vancouver to address odor coming from greenhouses

Metro Vancouver will try to deal with odours coming from marijuana greenhouses in Delta and throughout the region. The district’s climate action committee last week approved a series of recommendations to regulate emissions from cannabis production facilities, including greenhouses within the…

US (SC): New law expands hemp industry

South Carolina’s hemp industry is growing under a new law recently signed by Governor Henry McMaster that will change the future of the crop in the state. Palmetto Harmony is home to Horry County’s sole hemp farm, sowing the seeds for the future of the industry here. “Last year we did a total of about…

CA (BC): Plant tissue culture production facility receives confirmation of readiness by Health Canada

Segra International Corp., a cannabis agriculture technology company, has announced that its application for licensing with Health Canada has advanced to the “confirmation of…

US (NV): Reno based facility secures manufacture permit

Terra Tech has secured a permit to manufacture cannabis for the adult use market at its 15,000 square foot extraction facility in Reno, which is 50% owned by NuLeaf, from the State of Nevada. "Terra Tech commenced IVXX® production activities for the medical market at its Reno, Nevada facility, co-owned…

CA (ON): Health Canada approves grower's phase 2 expansion

CannTrust Holdings has announced that its cultivation and processing permit under Health Canada Cannabis Regulations was amended to include the final 20% of its Phase 2 expansion. The entire 450,000 sq. ft. of its perpetual harvest greenhouse in Pelham, Ontario, is now fully licensed. "With this…

CA (BC): Kentville based facility receives cultivation and processing license

Auxly Cannabis Group has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Robinsons Cannabis , has been granted standard cultivation and processing licences by Health Canada…

US (GA): Legislators approve medical cannabis bill to allow production within state

After a 12-hour day on Tuesday, Georgia lawmakers concluded a legislative session that has caught the attention of the entire state. One bill passed by the General Assembly permitted medicinal marijuana production within state borders. After much debate and several amendments, legislators approved House…

CA (ON): La Nation to consider zoning change for cannabis cultivation

La Nation council held a public meeting on April 1 regarding an application by Ferme Agriber to change the zoning on a 3.9-acre property on County Road 2 in South Plantagenet;…

US (CA): Growers not allowed to divert water for cultivation until end October

Cannabis cultivators that plan to divert surface water need a water right to irrigate cannabis. The Cannabis Policy requires cannabis cultivators to forbear (or cease) from diverting surface water during the dry season, which starts April 1 and ends October 31 of each calendar year. This means that water…

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“Consistency and quality are everything”

Thanks to a series of very strict regulations, the Danish cannabis industry is on its way to become one of the most technologically advanced in Europe, especially considering the slow pace at which European countries are legalizing the consumption and cultivation of medical cannabis. In order to better…

ZA: First cultivation license released in Cape Town

The first cannabis license has been released in South-Africa. Afriplex announced that one of their partners, House of Hemp, has received their Cannabis Cultivation License from the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA). "This is a historical milestone for South Africa to become an…

Aphria, Aurora and Demacan

US and Canada win German cultivation licenses

Three companies have been awarded the license to grow medical cannabis for the German market. Aphria, Aurora and Demacan where selected by the German Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices. 13 lots in total Aphria Germany had won five of the 13 lots. One lot stands for an annual amount of 200…

CA (ON): Canadian producer acquires 98 acres licensed property in Strathroy

WeedMD Inc. has entered into a credit facility with Bank of Montreal (“BMO”). Under the terms of the credit facility, BMO will provide WeedMD up to $39 million of secured debt financing at a rate of interest that is expected to average in the low-to-high 5% per annum range over a three-year term. "The…

US (WV): Gov. signs banking bill for MMJ industry

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has signed legislation allowing medical cannabis companies to access banking services in the state. According to the bill text, it authorizes the treasurer to select financial institutions to provide services to the industry via a competitive bidding process. The banks…

US (OR): Growers asked to report their inventories or they could face fines

Oregon is warning medical marijuana growers that if they don’t report their inventories, they could face stiff fines. Since 2016, small scale growers in Oregon have needed to report how much cannabis they produce to the medical marijuana online system. But the state says only about 15% are in compliance.…

Germany: Domestic cultivation could finally gather steam

For two years, Germany has allowed cannabis cultivation for medical purposes. But picking suitable growers hasn't been all plain sailing. A competitive tendering process had…

DK: Finding the way through a 'jungle' of regulations

Despite the global legalization trend, Scandinavian countries are taking more time to jump on this bandwagon, as their marijuana policies have usually been strict and restrictive. However, recently, in Denmark there has been a significant change in the approach to medical marijuana. On 1st January 2018,…

US (WV): Bill to encourage medical cannabis business in state

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice vetoed a bill on Wednesday meant to encourage medical marijuana businesses to come to West Virginia, arguing that it unfairly favours certain businesses. The sponsor of the medical marijuana bill, meanwhile, says the medical marijuana business won't survive in West Virginia…

Dutch medical cannabis producer to return to Canada and South America early

An arbitration tribunal ruled that the Dutch medicinal cannabis producer Bedrocan International (“Bedrocan”) is allowed to resume commercial activities in Canada as of September 11, 2019, and allowed to engage the same in South America (retroactively) as of March 14, 2019. A legal settlement agreement…

US (MD): Despite the lawsuit, regulators will keep issuing additional licenses

The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission said it plans to move ahead with accepting applications for new medical marijuana growing and processing businesses, despite one firm's effort to block the industry expansion. The commission, which regulates the state's fledgling medical marijuana industry, began…

CA (ON): Hamilton city council gives green light to greenhouse

The Hamilton City Council has voted to approve The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings' settlement offer, to allow the company to operate its cannabis greenhouse in Ancaster, Ontario upon confirmation of the settlement by the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal at a meeting scheduled for April 25, 2019. "This is…

US (NE): Falls city approves modification of research growing facility

A minor change connects two of the three existing buildings at the former U.S. Steel property at 150 Solar Drive as MLH Explorations LLC remains hopeful of state approval later this year. Officials of a company vying for a medical marijuana research permit told Falls supervisors last week they are…

US (MD): Grower attempting to stop regulators from giving away new licenses

A Baltimore County company that grows medical cannabis is attempting to stop Maryland regulators from trying to award four new marijuana cultivation licenses as part of an expansion effort that state lawmakers hoped would lead to more minority participation in the industry. Curio Wellness filed a lawsuit…

CA (ON): Health Canada releases new license in Atlantic Canada

Canopy Growth Corporation has received a cultivation license from Health Canada for its facility in Fredericton, New Brunswick. With this licensing, Canopy Growth predicts the facility will initially produce more than 5,000kg of cannabis annually, with first harvests expected to become available to the…

AR: Colombian firm acquires cultivation, processing and manufacturing rights in Argentina

Blueberries Medical Corp. has entered into a binding agreement effective March 25, 2019 to acquire cannabis cultivation, processing, manufacturing, export and other rights in Argentina from BBV Labs Inc. Pursuant to a definitive agreement with the Argentinian state-owned company Cannabis Avatara, S.E.,…

KE: Government denies approval of US cannabis firm

A cannabis company based in the United States says its plans for production operations in Kenya are moving forward – but the Kenyan government is denying that’s true in a country where cultivation and use remain illegal. GoIP Global (GOIG) announced in early March that it has secured the initial approval…

CA (ON): Canadian firm receives Health Canada approval for expansion

VIVO Cannabis Inc. has announced that the Company's wholly-owned subsidiary, ABcann Medicinals Inc., has received approval from Health Canada to begin cultivation in the expansion of its Vanluven Road facility in Napanee, resulting in a doubling of the Company's Ontario cultivation capacity. "Cultivation…

US (PA): Town approves updated MMJ facility plan

In an effort to help a Falls business get up and running and employing local residents sooner, the Falls Township Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an amended final land development plan. The plan, for MLH Exploration, calls for construction of a 225-square-foot addition to connect two existing…

CA (BC): 2.2 million sq. ft. Delta facility now fully funded

AgraFlora Organics International Inc. has closed the final two tranches of its $40 million equity participation and earn-in agreement with Delta Organic Cannabis Corp. "Investors have been eagerly awaiting the completion of this deal, not only because it represents a landmark achievement for the Company,…

CA (BC): Village Farms to start hemp cultivation

Village Farms plans to commence hemp cultivation in a portion of its Monahans, Texas, greenhouse operation upon a State Hemp Plan in Texas becoming effective, or earlier if permitted by Texas law. In anticipation of the Texas legislation passing, Village Farms has begun design and development of the…

US (MI): Growers in Niles get authorization from state

The city marked another milestone Thursday on the road to commercial marijuana when two medical marijuana growers got the green light from the state. HDS Investments and MichiCann both received preliminary approvals from the Michigan Medical Marihuana Licensing Board — the first medical marijuana…

US (MI): Cannabis firms forced to find banking alternatives

As the medicinal and recreational marijuana industries grow in Michigan, a problem that has long-plagued the industry is experiencing growth too. While recreational pot is now legal in 10 states and medicinal use is legal in 33, marijuana is still a federally illegal substance. Since banks are federal…

CO: Grower receives QA certirfication for cultivation and processing operations

PharmaCielo Ltd. has received the ISO 9001:2015 certification for its cultivation and extraction operations. "The ISO 9001 certification, awarded to PharmaCielo, covers the production of vegetable materials for the propagation, flowering and production of both psychoactive (THC) and non-psychoactive…

US (CO): Department of agriculture updates list of allowed chemical crop protections

The list for pesticides that can be used on cannabis without being in a violation of the Pesticide Applicators' Act has been updated. The following products have been added: Azasol WSP Hedge Natural Defense Plant Protectant The updated list can be viewed here for the pdf version, and here for the Excel.…

US (MD): Two seeking MMJ licenses looking at Ridgely tech park

Representatives of two companies hoping to get a medical marijuana license and open a facility in the Mid-Shore Regional Technology Park are seeking support from town officials. The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission will issue up to four new grower licenses and up to 10 new processor licenses this…

US (MI): State invalidates plans to stop untested MMJ sales

A plan to stop untested medical marijuana from being sold to provisioning centers was overturned Thursday by The Medical Marijuana Licensing Board. "We don't have enough growing into the system right now to fill and provide all the production. Instead of cutting it out at the end of March, this will…

BB: Plan to establish a MMJ industry project

The Caribbean island of Barbados' Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley recently announced plans to establish a medical marijuana industry project implementation unit. The unit's mandate will be to establish an administrative framework for a medical marijuana program and bring it to fruition. Prime Minister…

CA (ON): Ontario-based facility approved additional 60.000 sq. ft. production capacity

7ACRES, a Supreme Cannabis Company's subsidiary, has obtained Health Canada approval for six additional flowering rooms totaling 60,000 sqft of additional production space at its facility in Kincardine, Ontario. "Total flowering room space at 7ACRES increases from 120,000 sqft to 180,000 sqft and 7ACRES'…

US (IL): Study reveals that MMJ growers can sell to the recreational market as well

Existing growers of Illinois' medical marijuana crop would be able to meet demand for recreational pot in Illinois for up to four years after legalization, but the state would need more than 400 new dispensaries to handle distribution, according to a study released Tuesday from a group that represents…

US: What senate bill 67 means for businesses with expiring temporary cannabis licenses

As part of the enactment of the legal California cannabis regime, the three state licensing agencies (the Bureau of Cannabis Control, the CA Department of Public Health, and the CA Department of Food and Agriculture) were granted authority to issue Temporary State Licenses during 2018, which allowed…

CA: Government proposed amendment to cannabis excise tax in federal budget

The Government of Canada has proposed to amend the excise tax calculation for cannabis in the federal budget. Emerald Health Therapeutics, Inc has shared its appreciation for such a decision. According to the company, the implementation of the proposed revision announced in the federal budget would…

US (FL): Florida legalize medical cannabis

Voters initially approved it in 2016, but Governor Rick Scott signed a law that bans smoking all marijuana the following year. When Governor Ron DeSantis took office in January, he asked the legislature to give him a new bill legalizing medical marijuana once again. He signed that bill into law Monday.…

Are bankruptcy courts available for the cannabis industry?

In North Carolina, cannabis – and hemp if it contains too much delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol ("THC") – is illegal. But in those states that have legalized medical and/or recreational cannabis use, the courts have consistently held that businesses in the cannabis industry cannot rely on the protections of…

US: First 2019 congressional vote on cannabis scheduled for next week

A bipartisan bill designed to protect banks that service the marijuana industry from being penalized by federal regulators will get a vote in a key congressional committee next week. The legislation, which was discussed during the first cannabis-related hearing of the 116th Congress last month, will go…

US (MI): Applications for MMJ facilities in Grand Rapids

All the applications for those wishing to open a medical marijuana shop in Grand Rapids are in now that the March 15 due date has passed. Rair Systems is one of those applicants, and said they are competing with 89 other applicants. Grand Rapids officials will select 40 facilities based on a points…

US (NM): Medical cannabis & decriminalization bills approved

New Mexico lawmakers have approved a series of bills aimed at reforming the state’s cannabis laws but failed to act on pending adult-use legalization legislation, reports Paul Armentano of NORML. Senate Bill 323 is a decriminalization plan that would reduce first-time cannabis possession penalties for up…

US (AR): Government gives permits to second medical marijuana grower

A second cultivation facility has been approved to begin growing medical marijuana in Arkansas. Arkansas Department of Finance Administration spokesman Scott Hardin said Tuesday that Osage Creek Cultivation in Berryville was approved by inspectors on Monday to begin growing the drug. Inspectors gave the…

US: Reconciliation between state and LSU Agcenter regarding MMJ grower

Tensions appear to have eased between state Commissioner of Agriculture Mike Strain and the LSU AgCenter over its growing partner in the state’s upstart medical marijuana program, GB Sciences of Louisiana. Though Strain publicly accused LSU and GBSL 10 days ago of breaking state law, no one has been…

ZI: Government approves first private cannabis company

A Zimbabwe company says it received approval for its cannabis license, which will make it the first in the country to be permitted to commercially produce medical marijuana nearly a year after the country legalized cultivation for medicinal and scientific purposes. Precision Cannabis Therapeutics…

BG: Can cannabis be legally grown?

In recent months, the media has been talking about growing cannabis for medical purposes on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria. One reason was that there are companies that have already obtained a license to grow and process cannabis for medical purposes in Bulgaria, writes money.bg The…

CA (BC): Facility obtains permits to start cultivation

Lotus Ventures Inc. has obtained a “Standard Cultivation” license and a “Sale for Medical Purposes” license following the Cannabis Act and Cannabis Regulations. "The licenses give us the ability to begin cultivation at our fully constructed 22,500 square-foot, indoor, purpose-built facility in Armstrong,…

CA (BC): Grower to start EU-GMP certification process

Rubicon Organics Inc. announced that its 125,000 sq. ft. licensed facility in Delta, B.C. has commenced preparation for its European Union – Good Manufacturing Practices (“EU-GMP”) certification. The EU-GMP certification is given to companies who demonstrate a high degree of precision and consistency in…

US (MA): Charlton reaches host agreement with grower

One year after approaching Charlton seeking to site a marijuana cultivation operation on Route 20, Four Score Holding LLC secured community host and development agreements from selectmen Tuesday. Four Score is undergoing Planning Board site plan review for medical and recreational marijuana cultivation…

US (CA): New cannabis grant, marketing, and equity program by Humbodlt County Board

The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors today unanimously approved tentative plans for Project Trellis, a multi-pronged cannabis program that would reinvest in the burgeoning pot industry. The program would include a micro-grant fund for cannabis growers. Additionally, the county is set to apply for a…

PE: Cannabis deregulation wants to support Peruvians

Sometimes it is not only the early bird who grabs the worm, as is the case with Peru, a country that legalized marijuana in 2017 and announced deregulation guidelines last week. The country’s regulators are welcoming potential cannabis cultivators and producers with an estimate that 1 hectare of land…

AU: Export of medical cannabis product allowed

Australia's budding medicinal cannabis sector is preparing for a major windfall after winning approval to begin exports. Health Minister Greg Hunt says allowing medicinal cannabis product exports will help the developing domestic market blaze a new trail internationally. 'Our goal is very clear - to give…

US: The 'green rush'

The path to national legalization of marijuana is underway. That’s the conclusion from cannabis experts at South by Southwest, which hosted its first-ever Cannabusiness track this year with 60 panels. In the U.S., 95 percent of the population believes in the medicinal value of cannabis and believes it should be available, said…

US (MI): Moratorium delays applications to open medical cannabis facilities

Those looking to submit applications to open medical marijuana facilities in Pontiac will have to wait at least another month as a fourth moratorium on accepting those applications has been passed by city council. The new moratorium runs until Monday, April 15 and was approved on the heels of new…

Banks should start working with cannabis companies

With thousands of cannabis businesses popping up in states that have legalized marijuana for medicinal or recreational use, one important problem remains: banking access. Since cannabis remains illegal under federal law — and the federal government oversees all US banks and credit unions — banks are…

CA (BC): Canadian grower receives 7th amendment for 1.1 million square foot greenhouse license

Pure Sunfarms has received from Health Canada the seventh amendment to the cultivation license for its 1.1 million square foot greenhouse in Delta, BC. This amendment permits Pure Sunfarms to expand its cannabis production area by approximately 206,000 square feet to a total of approximately 1.03 million…

CA (NT): Production facility proposed for Yellowknife

City staff say an unidentified developer hopes to grow cannabis plants for supply to the territorial government, which currently controls the only cannabis retail stores in the NWT, for recreational and medical sale. Council has to approve the proposal as cannabis production is not specifically permitted…

US (ID): Hearing on construction of cannabis greenhouse in Athol

The Athol Planning Board opened a public hearing Wednesday night on a request by 1620 Labs, LLC to expand marijuana cultivation operations at its facility at 1 Exchange Street. In May of last year, the board approved a special permit for the company to operate a recreational cannabis cultivation and…

Seattle law firm sues US customs and border protection over cannabis policy records

After months of radio silence from U.S Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a Seattle-area law firm has filed a civil complaint to obtain agency records concerning CBP’s policy of denying foreign citizens entry to the U.S. due to any involvement with the cannabis industry. It’s an issue that’s been…

More than one year after the legalization

PE: Government announces deregulation guidelines

This week, more than a year after Peru’s Law 30681 legalized medicinal marijuana, the Peruvian government announced regulations for legal medicinal cultivation and use. Peru is one of the most prosperous countries in Latin America. Since the early aughts, it has maintained an average growth rate of 5.9…

US (MA): Cannabis growing facility gets approval by Holyoke city council

The City Council has granted a special permit to EMB Natural Ventures, LLC, which plans to build a 25,000 square-foot marijuana cultivation facility at 140 Middle Water St., a former factory within sight of the Willimansett Bridge. The council approved the special permit on Tuesday with conditions by a…

"If we join forces and get an opportunity, we'll be able to catch up with Canada very quickly"

Dutch cannabis sector feels obstructed by 'state monopoly'

The cannabis sector in Canada is flourishing (also by legally permitted recreational use in Canada itself) as well as Dutch horticultural suppliers. So far, nothing new. Kees Valstar, Henk Verbakel and Laura Rastovac stated their opinion in an article in De Volkskrant . They hope there will be room for…

US (MI): Senate committee halts cannabis legalisation bill

A Minnesota Senate committee rejected a bill on Monday that would have legalized marijuana for adult use. It also voted against establishing a task force to study the issue for future legislative sessions. The legislation, which was introduced by a bipartisan pair of senators, was struck down along party…

US: Medical cannabis industry to propose minority hiring program

The medical marijuana industry is proposing a massive minority contracting and hiring program to woo legislators to keep their weed firms in business. They worry as lawmakers decide between two proposals to legalize recreational use of marijuana. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s bill regulates all cannabis products —…

KE: Company receives initial approval to grow cannabis

GoIP Global Inc has announced that the company has started the process to obtain a cannabis license in Kenya. The company has received an initial approval from the Ministry of Agriculture and is finalizing steps for licensing to export Cannabis. "The current negotiations cover an initial lease of 500…

Why Canadians rule the cannabis business?

Why do Canadians seem to be one step ahead than other countries? In an opinion piece by Froma Harrop, the topic is explored by taking into consideration the differences between Canada and US. "President Trump routinely waves his fist at alleged unfair trade practices, including at the hands of our good…

TH: Government pharmaceutical agency officially opens first legal cannabis greenhouse

Public Health Minister Dr Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn told during the opening ceremony at Thailand’s first cannabis indoor farm that the country has now taken the first and crucial step toward developing Thailand’s own patented cannabis medicines. Though the government recently legalised medical cannabis,…

Canadian grower receives positive report on first EU-GMP inspection

Blissco Cannabis Corp has received a positive initial European Union Good Manufacturing Practices (“EU GMP”) report from the German Health Authority that recently completed its four-day inspection of the Blissco facility. Currently the only company with a EU GMP certification is Dutch Bedrocan growing…

US: Should growers be allowed to use chemical crop protections for cannabis?

Recently, new regulations have been approved in some Staes in the US to limit the use of chemical crop protections for medical cannabis cultivation. In the following article, the matter is further discussed. "The Cannabis Control Commission has a very short answer for marijuana growers who ask the…

first step towards cannabis in Belgium

Belgium will get research institute for medicinal cannabis

Is Belgium next in line to legalise the cultivation of medicinal cannabis? The first step has been taken. On February 26, 2019, the parliamentary committee of health approved a bill for the establishment of a government controlled cannabis agency. This agency is to regulate cultivation and trade in…

US (AR): Testing required for pesticides and heavy metals in medical cannabis

Inside his laboratory, Brandon Thornton says a person's safety is top priority. "We're just making sure that patients are receiving a product that's not going to make them sick," Thornton, co-owner of Steep Hill Arkansas, said. Steep Hill is one of the leading cannabis science facilities in the country.…

Discussing hemp in the US

According to Rogoway Law Group, there is a common misunderstanding about hemp and hemp-derived CBD in the United States, specifically the belief that everyone is now freely permitted to cultivate and sell hemp and products containing hemp-derived CBD. The comapny thinks that, in truth, the hemp genie remains confined by some…

CA (ON): Candian company receives license amendment by Health Canada

Aphria has received a license amendement by Health Canada, thus allowing the company to start operating in the 800.000 square-feet facility at its Aphria One location as part of the company's completed part IV and V expansions Irwin D. Simon, Interim CEO of Aphria, says that "In anticipation of Health…

US (CA): Enforcement actions against unlicensed cannabis businesses

The Bureau of Cannabis Control (Bureau) and the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation-Cannabis Enforcement Unit (DOI-CEU ) has announced enforcement…

US (FL): Nursery challenges MMJ license ‘preference’ for citrus industry

A Sarasota nursery has filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of part of a new law that includes a preference for the citrus industry in the state’s awarding of potentially lucrative medical-marijuana licenses. The lawsuit, filed last week by TropiFlora, LLC, in Leon County circuit court, is…

Canada: Ontario to announce MMJ legalization plans today

Yasir Naqvi, Attorney General, Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance and Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, will make an announcement on Ontario's approach to the federal legalization of cannabis this moring. CBC News has learned that the Ontario government will announce that it will…

License for Canadian aquaponic MMJ grower Green Relief

Green Relief, with production facilities in Flamborough, Ontario, becomes the 31st licensed producer in Canada to receive its license from Health Canada to sell medical marijuana. "We are using an innovative growing method called aquaponics, one of the most sustainable forms of agriculture in the world,"…

Greece hopes to boost economy with MMJ

Investors in medical cannabis projects are focusing on Greece, where a warm, sunny climate and potentially favorable future legislation could help the government deliver on a promise to pull the country out of a seven-year economic crisis. Growers have expressed interest in pumping more than 1.5 billion…

US (MI): Regulators will allow mega-growers of MMJ into the state

Michigan is opening up the medical marijuana business to big-time grow operations, according to an advisory released Thursday. When the Legislature passed medical marijuana bills last year, it created three classes of licenses for growers: Class A - up to 500 plants; Class B - up to 1,000 plants, and…

US (MI): Participants sought for MMJ stakeholder workgroups

LARA’s Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation (BMMR) is facilitating five stakeholder workgroups to discuss and provide suggestions on regulatory topics related to the Medical…

US (NY): New MMJ licensee to be acquired by investment firm

One of New York’s newest medical marijuana license holders is set to be acquired by an investment firm, pending state Department of Health and Canadian Securities Exchange regulatory approvals. Citiva Medical, which was awarded a license to grow, produce and sell medical marijuana products this month, is…

US: North Dakota governor signs MMJ bill

North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum has signed a bill legalizing medical marijuana into law. Voters overwhelmingly approved medical marijuana in a citizen initiative in November. Lawmakers did make some changes to the plan but supporters of the campaign have said they are mostly satisfied with the new…

US: West Virginia legislature approves MMJ bill

A medical marijuana bill received final approval in the West Virginia Legislature on Thursday and is headed to the desk of Gov. Jim Justice. He has publicly expressed support…

US (WV): Senate passes MMJ bill to House

The West Virginia Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that would permit marijuana to be used for medicinal purposes in West Virginia. Senate Bill 386, sponsored by Sen. Richard Ojeda, D-Logan, would create the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Commission, a group of lawyers, medical professionals, members of…

US (UT): Governor signs MMJ research bill

Utah's governor has signed off on a bill that allows research into the risks and benefits of medical marijuana. On Saturday, Republican Gov. Gary Herbert approved the legislation, after lawmakers shied away from passing a broad medical marijuana program during the recently completed session. The proposal…

What will more regulation mean for MMJ growers?

Right now, cannabis in the United States is a hotly debated topic. Many people are anti-prohibition citing medicinal uses, economic growth, job-creation and removing its incentive from underworld criminals as reasons for creating a legitimate, regulated cannabis industry. Others see negative impacts of…

MMJ permits for 37 Israeli growers

In a move they hope will revolutionize the medical-cannabis sector, 37 farmers received preliminary permits from the Health Ministry to construct facilities for the plant’s cultivation. Assuming they go on to receive further necessary permits, the farmers will join an existing group of just eight…

MMJ outlets linked to organized crime, Toronto police say

Police in Toronto are accusing Cannabis Culture marijuana dispensaries of being part of a "large franchise operation of alleged high-level drug traffickers." Prominent marijuana activists Marc and Jodie Emery -- who own the Cannabis Culture brand -- were granted bail Friday after their arrest on…

CAN (ON): Supreme has MMJ license renewed

Supreme Pharmaceuticals announces that its wholly-owned subsidiary 7 ACRES has received a renewal of its license to cultivate cannabis pursuant to the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations ("ACMPR"). Supreme also understands that Health Canada is in the final phase of its review of 7 ACRES'…

US: Democrats demand Trump clarify stance on MMJ

An Illinois state Democrat is demanding greater clarity from the Trump administration on whether they will be adversarial to state laws legalizing marijuana. Illinois…

US (RI): Coastal Aeroponics preliminary MMJ cultivation approval revoked

Two medical marijuana growers who were in the process of seeking one of the state's new marijuana cultivation licenses were arrested last week after state officials conducted an unannounced inspection. Stefanie Fischer and Thomas Moulton, the owners of Coastal Aeroponics LLC, a registered medical…


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