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US (CA): Emergency cannabis regulations require QR code certificate

Today, the California Bureau of Cannabis Control (Bureau) provided notice to the public of proposed emergency cannabis regulations that would make it mandatory for cannabis…

US (GA): Fayette County passes MMJ measures

Fayette County commissioners unanimously voted to support two measures at a special meeting Wednesday morning. In a brief gathering at the county courthouse, Commissioners Denise Scalph, John Brenemen and Tom Louisos placed their unanimous support behind measures centered on medical cannabis and Second…

US: MMJ could be opportunity for banks, but risky

Mississippi bankers can gain rewards in a medical cannabis market but risk a possible shift in U.S. Treasury Department policy that could harm their institutions. Any jeopardy…

IT: Medical cannabis medicines free in Sicily

The region of Sicily has approved that it will take care of the expenses for medical cannabis patients. The administrative order was signed by assessor of health Ruggiero Razza. The medicines will be free for patients afflicted by chronic and neuropathic pain, and by spasticity and sclerosis. The order…

US (CA): Cannabis chemical crop protection conflict still unresolved

A group of representatives from the cannabis and traditional agriculture industries as well as pest control businesses and advisers have found no solid solutions to the conflict pesticides create between cannabis and other agriculture operations after three months of meetings. That was the general…

US (MN): Minnesota hemp industry protests hemp rules

The Minnesota hemp industry has joined the state agriculture department in protesting proposed federal rules they say would be a huge step backward for the emerging agri-business trade. In a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Hemp Association CEO Joe Radinovich said the rules threatened…

US (UT): Will hemp become area's newest cash crop?

Between 80 and 90 percent of hemp farmers in Utah failed to bring in a profitable crop last year. Shysters and empty promises populate this nascent industry. Cannabis is not like alfalfa. It’s an intense crop requiring careful planning and over-sight, with plants prone to trauma that can induce some…

US (ID): Hemp legalization bill introduced in Senate

Growing hemp would be legal in Idaho under proposed legislation introduced Tuesday. The Senate Health and Welfare Committee voted to clear the way for a hearing on the bill brought forward by Republican Rep. Dorothy Moon. The legislation aims to align state law with federal law contained in the 2018 Farm…

US (WV): What the MMJ passage means for those who want to grow, process

On Wednesday, the Fayette County Commission voted unanimously to accept the Medical Cannabis Act. This was signed into state law in 2017, but counties have the option to accept, and Fayette County voted to do just that.  What this means is that Fayette County has extended their welcome to medical cannabis…

US (IL): Craft cannabis operation proposal approved in East Peoria

Even if Sorce Enterprises doesn't win the state "craft" marijuana lottery, the owner has learned something important in the process: The city of East Peoria and his neighbors…

US (OH): Green Township to revise MMJ ordinance

Following the municipality’s approval to conditionally permit medical marijuana manufacturing in its AI-10 zone in July, the Green Township Committee will hold another public…

US (RI): Proposed legislation may hurt growers

“Whose interests is this bill serving?” asks cultivator Domenic Passarella. “The Cultivators certainly would not benefit, we won’t have a market to sell to. Who is benefiting? Ask yourself who is pushing for this and why.” Currently, there are three Compassion Centers in Rhode Island. The Compassion…

US (WA): Lawmakers propose bill that would limit THC in certain products

A bill proposed last week by a group of Washington lawmakers would limit the THC content of all non-medical cannabis sold in the state to 10 percent.  The legislation, co-sponsored by 22 Democrats in the state House, cited “health professionals and researchers [who] continue to find an association between…

US (CA): Appellations for cannabis guarantee quality bud

California is setting a precedent with its new appellations for cannabis. Master growers can now designate a strain’s origin and quality. The place of origin often defines the…

Understanding regulations regarding hemp cannabinoid testing

Industrial hemp (hemp) has recently been legally decoupled from its genetic cousin, marijuana, at the federal level. The legal definition of hemp was spelled out in Section 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill, “The term ‘industrial hemp’’ means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether…

US (RI): Gov 2020 budget to also establish cannabis program

Rhode Island’s governor released a nearly $10.2 billion state budget plan Thursday that closes the deficit, invests more in education and proposes to legalize recreational cannabis despite opposition from legislative leaders. The budget would establish a recreational cannabis program controlled by the…

US (MA): Presque Isle to discuss regulated cannabis sale and cultivation

The Presque Isle City Council and planning board will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23, on a new cannabis ordinance that would permit the cultivation and sale of recreational pot within the city. The ordinance, approved by the planning board on Dec. 19 and awaiting approval from the…

PT: Authority for Medicines and Health products authorizes 5 companies for MMJ purposes

Five companies have already obtained authorization from the National Medicines Authority (Infarmed) to cultivate, import, and export cannabis for medical purposes. This is…

US (AR): Dispensaries looking to become cultivators

Most medical cannabis dispensaries in Northwest Arkansas plan to do more than sell cannabis. The dispensaries are looking to become cultivators by adding sites where they'll grow cannabis. Scott Hardin, spokesman for the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, said dispensaries are allowed to…

US (AZ): 40% of Arizona's hemp harvests failed THC tests

When Arizona started issuing licenses for farmers to grow hemp in 2019, many people predicted a boost to the economy from the plant that's used to create the popular CBD oil, among other products. But months into this crop's new era, the results are not what was expected by those in the industry. Instead…

US (NM): Cannabis legalization bill filed after gov puts issue on 2020 agenda

One day after the governor of New Mexico formally included marijuana legalization in her 2020 legislative agenda, lawmakers have filed a comprehensive reform bill that would accomplish that goal. The legislation, introduced by Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino (D) and Rep. Javier Martinez (D), would allow adults…

US: China to import more hemp from US under new trade deal

After years of being one of the United States’s main sources of hemp imports, China will now be required to buy a lot more of the non-intoxicating cannabis crop from the U.S. under a new trade deal. Hemp, which was federally legalized under the 2018 Farm Bill, is one of a long list of agricultural…

Virgin Islands: Govt to give land to cultivate MMJ

Approximately 100 Virgin Islanders will each receive a half-acre plot of land from government for the cultivation and production of their medicinal marijuana initiative in…

US: Lawmakers frustrated by the state of cannabis research

The Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health today held the first legislative hearing on cannabis in 2020, and it’s clear that lawmakers are particularly frustrated by the state of cannabis research. While dozens of states have legalized cannabis for medical or adult use, federal prohibition poses a…

US (IL): Regulators investigating violations to stockpiling rule

In a matter of a couple weeks, Illinois’ recreational cannabis consumers have all but depleted the state’s stock of cannabis products. The widespread disequilibrium between…

MMJ licensing to begin next month in Barbados

Five months into the life of new legislation to allow the cultivation of medicinal marijuana, investors can start applying for a grower’s licence from as early as next month,…

US (OR): State regulators seek to hire new hemp investigators

Oregon farm regulators have won approval from a key legislative committee to hire two specialists focused on hemp inspections and enforcement. The Oregon Department of Agriculture has also gotten authorization to fund an assistant water master who’d investigate claims of water law violations by hemp…

US (MN): Freeport to consider looser restrictions on cannabis growing

Town councilors will consider allowing the cultivation of cannabis for recreational use, loosening Freeport’s strict medical-only cultivation rules.  According to Council Chairman…

US (FL): Court wades into cannabis licensing dispute

A Tampa-based orchid grower seeking to enter Florida’s highly restricted medical-cannabis market tried to convince a state appeals court Tuesday that health officials erred in…

US (UT): State lab ready to test first crop of MMJ

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) lab is ready to start testing samples of Utah’s first crop of medical cannabis before it’s turned into products that will start appearing on the shelves of licensed pharmacies in March. “The responsibility (of the lab) is to ensure that the product that…

US (NV): Cannabis insurance policy approved in state

The American Association of Insurance Services has expanded its Cannabis Businessowners Policy into Nevada, making it the third state to approve the insurance program, along with Colorado and California. The program received approval just four days after being submitted to the Nevada Division of…

US (OR): Hemp growers getting nervous over proposed regulations

Hemp growers and entrepreneurs who were joyous a year ago after U.S. lawmakers reclassified the plant as a legal agricultural crop now are worried their businesses could be…

US (MI): Fight emerges over cannabis 'labor peace' regulations

Legal sales of recreational marijuana have existed in Michigan for barely a month, and there's already an emerging political fight over labor unions organizing pot shops. The state's Marijuana Regulatory Agency is under fire from business groups for proposing an administrative rule that cannabis…

US: Cannabis imports grow as country stalls on medical research

One of the top advocates for allowing U.S. companies to grow cannabis for research purposes has imported a batch from the Netherlands, saying he had no choice because of the…

US (VA): Growing concerns over cannabis production in Norfolk

About 400 people filled the gymnasium at Waterford District High School on Saturday afternoon to hear a variety of concerns about cannabis production in Norfolk County. The information session was organized by south-end Waterford residents Orval Slack and Daphne Bernard Schuyler. The pair have so far…

MA: Morocco govt agrees to discuss draft laws on cannabis cultivation

The Moroccan government is planning to discuss two draft laws submitted by the Party of Authenticity and Modernity (PAM) to 'reduce the prosecution of farmers' and 'legalize the production of cannabis'. The first proposed law was submitted in 2014 by the party’s councilors, while the second one was…

US (CA): Governor proposes new Department of Cannabis Control, tweaks to tax collection

In an effort to improve access to licensing and simplify regulatory oversight of commercial cannabis activity, the Administration plans to consolidate the three licensing…

US (CA): Unsuccessful Pasadena cannabis license applicants says cannabis program might foster black market

One of the unsuccessful applicants for one of the six highly coveted Pasadena cannabis licenses, 420 College Inc., is claiming that the City’s cannabis program could force…

US (RI): Legislators rewrite MMJ bill after governor files lawsuit

The Rhode Island legislature has rewritten a medical cannabis bill that caused the governor to sue the body. Gov. Gina Raimondo claimed that the law granting the legislature the right to veto regulations around new compassion centers, where medical cannabis is sold. Her lawsuit claimed of the lawmakers'…

US (NJ): Hemp grower applications being accepted by state

Gov. Philip Murphy and Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher announced Jan. 10 that applications for potential growers and processors of hemp are now available on the department’s website.  According to a release, New Jersey is one of the first three states to have its hemp plan approved by the USDA in…

US (WA): Bill introduced to create task force to address cannabis odors

A Washington State Senator has introduced a bill to create a state task force that would look at the problem of strong smells associated with cannabis production and processing. SB 6089, proposed by Sen. Judy Warnick (R), would create a seven-member task force with representatives from various state…

US (NH): New effort to legalize cannabis in the state

New Hampshire has long been a battleground for cannabis reform. Over the past 12 years, New Hampshire activists have pushed the state to legalize medical cannabis and to…

US (MA): The first certified woman-owned cannabis grower and retailer

Millis cannabis company CommCan Inc., one of 11 Massachusetts cannabis businesses run by women, has been certified by the state as a woman business enterprise. The…

US (OH): MMJ testing legit, state and industry officials say

Ohio’s medical cannabis cultivators hire third-party testing labs to examine their crops before the plants are processed or sold. Although the labs and state officials cite a litany of safeguards required under state law, patients and advocates worry about conflicts of interest. "There should be a stable…

US (CA): Operators adjust to State's track and trace system

As of 12:01 a.m. on Monday morning, Jan. 6, any California cannabis business that isn’t using the state’s cannabis tracking system runs the risk of being fined or having their…

Strengthening techniques for greenhouses

Greenhouses are specially designed to provide suitable conditions which favor growth and production of plants annually. This is achieved through their unique structural characteristics which enable them to carry out their specified functions. For a greenhouse to be termed as well-designed, it must…

US: Federal cannabis reform will get another congressional hearing next week

Comprehensive cannabis reform will be at the center of another congressional hearing next week, a key committee announced on Wednesday. Two months after the House Judiciary Committee approved the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, a comprehensive cannabis legalization bill…

US (IL): State releases application for cannabis infuser, transporter, and craft grower licenses

The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) has opened the application process for Cannabis Infuser, Transporter and Craft Grower Licenses, including for social equity…

US (MA): Proposed cannabis cultivation company faces opposition

Jeering and name-calling marked a contentious Dec.19 community outreach meeting over a proposed cannabis cultivation facility on South Shaker Road. More than 80 people, some…

US (NM): New Mexico settles cannabis suit for $69,000

Expo New Mexico officials agreed to pay $69,600 to a prominent medical cannabis producer to resolve a 2017 lawsuit over what type of products could be displayed at a State Fair booth, under a settlement that was completed last summer. The settlement between Ultra Health LLC and Expo New Mexico was…

US (PA): New hemp rules may hurt early farmers but boost the industry

Hemp could rocket to become one of Pennsylvania’s major cash crops under new regulations published last week by the state Department of Agriculture. At the same time, those new regulations could inadvertently crush small farmers who still are sitting on their 2019 hemp harvest. Pioneering hemp farmers,…

US (CA): Napa County, cannabis advocates say work still needed on commercial cultivation rules

After months of debate, the two sides debating whether to allow commercial cannabis cultivation in Napa County may not be much closer to a compromise. The Napa County Citizens…

US (CA): Sonoma County supervisors agree to lift ban on commercial hemp cultivation

Sonoma County supervisors Monday took a critical step that signals they will lift a ban on hemp cultivation that would allow farmers to plant the first commercial crop in the county later this year, a decision made over objections from residents concerned about the plant’s similarity to cannabis.…

US: Growers waiting for the export curtain to lift

In a large Denver warehouse, LivWell Enlightened Health feeds its cloned cannabis plants a custom blend of nutrients, sprays them with filtered water and pumps extra carbon dioxide into the air. LivWell releases three types of insects to clear the plants of unwanted pests without the use of toxic…

US (OH): Ohio getting hemp rules ready for spring planting

The Buckeye State is among the first to receive federal approval for a statewide program to cultivate hemp. Drive through southern Ohio this summer, and you might be surprised…

US (MI): Pace of Benton Harbor's MMJ licensing questioned

Two Benton Harbor city commissioners said that the approval process for the city’s medical marijuana applications is flawed and taking too long. “We’ve been doing this since…

pressure put on Drimmelen mayor with banner and internet poll

NL: Dutch grower does not give up to grow cannabis legally

While looking for a greenhouse to start growing cannabis legally, Project C, a Dutch cannabis project that wants to participate in the government experiment Gesloten Coffeeshopketen, has for the time being received a negative response from the municipality of Drimmelen. However, the initiators just don’t…

US (NJ): Court puts new MMJ licenses on hold after NJ denied some on technical issues

The state Department of Health must halt its review of nearly 150 applicants to operate new medical marijuana businesses after denying some licenses due to a technical application issue. A two-judge panel granted them a motion for a stay in the review process Monday, after attorney Joshua Bauchner filed…

CAN (BC): Richmond pushes for cannabis air emissions standards

Richmond city council will vote whether to push Metro Vancouver to create industry-specific air quality standards for cannabis production. Since the legalization of cannabis in October 2018, Metro Vancouver has been working to create air emissions regulations for production and harvesting. The concern is…

US: Cannabis researchers limited by federal laws and regulations

Researchers are anxious to learn more about cannabis’s genetic and chemical makeup, its medical benefits and the public health risks associated with increased use of the drug. But a maze of often contradictory federal and state regulations limits how researchers can put the plant under a microscope. The…

US (NJ): 'Jersey fresh' hemp might be coming soon

Hemp could soon become as ubiquitous as corn, tomatoes or blueberries in the Garden State. And it may one day earn the right to be labeled “Jersey Fresh.” The U.S. Department of Agriculture this week approved New Jersey’s plans for hemp production. The state was among the first three to receive the…

IL: Israel's high court freezes MMJ reform

Following a petition from the Medical Cannabis Association, an Israeli nonprofit organization, Israel’s High Court of Justice issued an order temporarily freezing medical…

First lawsuit against application process already up and running

US (MO): As year ended, Missouri finally approved 60 MMJ cultivation licenses

Following a vote that approved the use of medical cannabis in Missouri, on November 2018, the state started accepting patient applications starting from July 2019. After one…

US: USDA approves first state and tribal hemp production plans

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved the first set of plans submitted by states and Indian tribes for the domestic production of hemp under the U.S. Domestic…

US (NV): Testing lab loses license after approving tainted products

Another cannabis testing lab has been closed down, at least temporarily, after state officials found pot products that were being approved for sale despite elevated levels of…

CAN (BC): Provincial program aims to help cannabis growers enter legal market

Che' LeBlanc started growing cannabis before he sat at a desk in high school. He learned the craft at the foot of his father, who was also a grower. "One of my first memories are in fact crawling up the rows of plants with the bright lights hanging above," said LeBlanc. LeBlanc lives south of Nelson,…

US (ME): New hemp rules would raise fees, change calculations for THC thresholds

Maine is proposing new hemp farming rules that would double a farmer’s per acre cost, allow them to grow indoors and change how the psychoactive element of their crop is measured in such a way that a quarter of them would not have been able to sell this year’s harvest. Maine has proposed the changes to…

US (NE): Nebraska issues 270 hemp grower licenses

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture submitted its state hemp plan to the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday. If approved, the plan, which lays out the rules and regulation for the program, calls for the state to collect $236,000 in license fees to administer the program for 270 cultivator…

US (AL): Alabama legislature’s study commission recommends medical cannabis be legalized

An official panel created by the Alabama legislature is recommending that the state legalize medical cannabis. Twelve of the 18 members of the Medical Cannabis Study Commission voted on Friday to support the passage of a bill that would establish a medical cannabis program for qualifying patients. Three…

AU: Asterion awarded medicinal cannabis licences from the Australian Office of Drug Control

Asterion Australia has received its licences for the cultivation, manufacturing and research of medicinal cannabis from the Australian Government's Office of Drug Control,…

US (NE): Nebraska submits Hemp Plan To USDA

Nebraska’s Department of Agriculture (NDA) lodged the state’s plan for hemp with the USDA last Friday for review – a significant milestone in the state’s renewed embracing of the crop. Nebraska has certainly changed its tune on industrial hemp in recent times. Only half an acre of the crop was legally…

CAN (QC): St. Regis Mohawk Tribe has officially given medical cannabis the green light

The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Election Board has officially certified the Dec. 14 tribal referendum on the adoption of medical and recreational marijuana regulations on the territory. The tribe says 86% of voters were in favor of the medical marijuana proposal, and 76% of voters were in favor of…

US (IL): Edgewood grow facility approved for adult-use cannabis production

The Illinois Department of Agriculture has approved all 21 cultivation centers to grow cannabis for adult use. The Department has approved the three outstanding cultivating licenses authorized under state law. Along with facilities in Elk Grove Village and Bedford Park, JG IL, LCC in Edgewood is now…

US: USDA announces pilot insurance coverage for hemp growers

USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced a new crop insurance option for hemp growers in select counties of 21 states in 2020. The pilot insurance program will provide Actual Production History (APH) coverage under 508(h) Multi-Peril Crop Insurance (MPCI) for eligible producers in certain counties…

US President says he can ignore medical cannabis protections passed by congress

In a statement attached to a large-scale funding bill he signed into law on Friday, President Trump said in effect that he reserves the right to ignore a congressionally…

US (OH): State regulators issue second mandatory recall of Ohio medical cannabis product

The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program (MMCP) is issuing a mandatory product recall. This recall was initiated by the MMCP because the product, which was destined for a processor, was erroneously packaged for sale to a dispensary. This error also means that the product has not been tested for heavy…

IN: Madhya Pradesh govt to legalise cannabis cultivation in state

The Madhya Pradesh government has decided to legalise the cultivation of cannabis in the state for medical and industrial purposes. Madhya Pradesh’s Law Minister P.C. Sharma told reporters in Bhopal that the Chief Minister Kamal Nath-led government will allow the farming of hemp - a type of marijuana -…

CAN (ON): Ontario is shelving its cannabis lottery system for dispensaries

According to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), the regulatory body that oversees the cannabis retail system in the country's most populous province, it'll begin accepting operating license applications from prospective retailers on Jan. 6, 2020. Roughly two months later, on March 2,…

CAN (ON): Health Canada issues a cultivation and processing license

MJardin Group has received its cultivation and processing license from Health Canada for “Warman,” a 120,000-square-foot retro-fitted cultivation facility located in Winnipeg, Manitoba. According to the company, phase 1 construction of the building is complete and cultivation in this area will begin…

US (ME): New hemp rules would raise fees, change calculations for THC thresholds

Maine is proposing new hemp farming rules that would double a farmer’s per acre cost, allow them to grow indoors and change how the psychoactive element of their crop is measured in such a way that a quarter of them would not have been able to sell this year’s harvest. Maine has proposed the changes to…

US (GA): Georgia MMJ program starts after 7-month wait

Georgia’s top elected leaders moved forward Tuesday with a program to provide medical marijuana to the state’s 15,000 registered patients, nearly seven months after Gov. Brian Kemp signed it into law. Kemp, House Speaker David Ralston and Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan appointed seven members to a commission that…

US (SD): Medical cannabis legalization measure officially qualifies for South Dakota 2020 ballot

A measure to legalize medical cannabis in South Dakota has officially qualified for the state’s 2020 ballot. After activists turned in more than 30,000 signatures for the petition last month, the secretary of state’s office has confirmed that the statutory measure received enough valid signatures to…

US (CA): Contra Costa County selects prospective cannabis businesses

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors has formally invited four storefront cannabis retailers and seven commercial cannabis cultivators — including some in East County — to submit land-use permit applications in anticipation of possibly being allowed to operate in unincorporated county areas. The…

US (CA): Calaveras county to begin accepting cannabis cultivation permit applications

Calaveras county will begin accepting pre-applications for cannabis cultivation permits starting at 8 a.m. on Dec. 23, 2019, the Calaveras County Division of Cannabis Control announced on Dec. 19. Applications will be accepted that day in the former courtroom next to the board chambers at 891 Mountain…

US (CA): Riverside County board dissolves committee monitoring cannabis licensing activity

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors voted to dissolve its Ad-Hoc Commercial Cannabis Committee, which was tasked with monitoring the progress of issuing cannabis sales and cultivation licenses, eliciting pro and con comments from speakers who appeared before the board. The committee was formed in…

US (MO): Missouri awards first medical cannabis business licenses to 10 testing facilities

Missouri on Thursday awarded the first state licenses for medical cannabis businesses to 10 companies that will conduct safety and potency tests of cannabis products.  The license winners were the highest scoring among 17 applicants to the Department of Health and Senior Services, the state agency responsible…

Senate blocks legalisation of 'cannabis light'

Italy wants to triple domestic production of MMJ

Medical cannabis production in Italy may triple in 2020 as the government aims to lesser its reliance on imports, according to Marijuana Business Daily. The only organization with the license to cultivate medical cannabis in Italy, Stabilimento Chimico Farmaceutico di Firenze (SCFF), was recently…

US (CA): California Legislative Analyst's Office publishes cannabis tax adjustment report

The California Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) recently published their cannabis tax report, Adjusting California’s Cannabis Taxes, recommending adjustments to the state’s…

US (CA): Bureau of Cannabis Control's survey to assess online licencing authorities portals

To All Bureau of Cannabis Control Interested Parties: Nearly three years ago, Proposition 64 marked the beginning of California’s three state cannabis licensing authorities: The Bureau of Cannabis Control, the California Department of Food and Agriculture and the California Department of Public Health.…

US (CA): Sonoma County supervisors OK changes to speed up cannabis grows reviews

Sonoma County supervisors Tuesday voted to streamline approvals for cannabis farms to address the county’s struggle to permit commercial pot cultivation three years after…

US (MD): Banking laws for MMJ businesses 'must change'

From a little distance, it looks like Phil Goldberg has a thriving business. He has about 150 investors who have poured $27 million into the company. He has about 200…

US: USDA gives public more time to comment on hemp regulations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is extending the public comment period on proposed hemp regulations that was initially set to expire at the end of December. “USDA is…

US: Cannabis amendments stripped from congressional spending bills

House Democrats failed to get a number of cannabis-related provisions attached to large-scale spending legislation after negotiations with the Senate. Reform advocates hoped that the Republican-controlled Senate would agree to adopt measures from a House-passed version of an appropriations bill that…

How compliant is your cannabis?

The international cannabis scene is many things, but one thing is for sure as the industry heads into 2020 – regulation, inspection, and certification are in the room, and further in a way so far unseen in either Canada or Europe so far. Why is this trend now clearly on the horizon for the next year, if not a few more beyond…

CAN (BC): Health Canada awards cultivation, processing, and medical sales license

Liberty Leaf Holdings' subsidiary, Just Kush Enterprises, has been issued standard cultivation, standard processing and sale for medical purposes licences from Health Canada under the Cannabis Regulations in respect to the company's fully constructed, cannabis cultivation facility situated on 13 acres in…

Zambia has approved export of cannabis to boost economy

Zambia has legalized the production and export of cannabis for economic and medicinal purposes, the government’s chief spokeswoman said on Monday, becoming the latest country to shift its position on the drug to give its finances a boost. The approval for the export of cannabis was granted at a special…

US (NY): Gov. signs hemp regulations bill

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has signed a bill to establish rules and regulations for the sale of hemp and CBD in the state. Cuomo described the state’s hemp industry as “exploding” and said the state regulations will ensure the industry’s “long term viability” and protect consumers. “By establishing a…

US (PA): Odor from White Haven based cannabis facility prompts neighbors' complaints

A marijuana growing facility in White Haven reeks so intensely that many neighbors say they can’t open their windows in the summer without feeling sick. The acrid stench from Standard Farms’ greenhouses can be detected up to a half-mile across the community. Complaints were routine at borough meetings,…

US (WV): Applications for MMJ operations to open

Nearly three years after its unorthodox passage in the West Virginia Legislature, the application period for medical cannabis growers, processors and dispensaries opens up this week. But the specific details on how the medical cannabis program will work are still being worked out, causing delays.…

CAN (ON): Manufacturing facility receives GMP certification

MediPharm Labs has announced that the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (the “TGA”) has notified the Company that its Canadian manufacturing facility meets the requirements for Good Manufacturing Practice for Medicinal Products (“GMP”). The TGA is the branch of the of the Australian…

CAN: Grower receives Health Canada's approval for licensing of 16 additional cultivation rooms

Organigram Holdings has received Health Canada’s approval for the licensing of 16 additional cultivation rooms under the Cannabis Regulations. The expanded license was effective as of December 12, 2019. "The new cultivation rooms represent approximately 13,000 kg/yr1 of increased target cultivation…

US (IL): Two more cannabis cultivation centers approved for Illinois

Two more cultivation centers for adult-use cannabis were approved for the state of Illinois. The Illinois Department of Agriculture announced the approval on Tuesday. Cannabis will be legal in the state, beginning January 1, 2020. Ataraxia in Albion and Shelby Count Community Services in Shelbyville are…

US (AZ): State lawmakers asked to consider limits on proximity of hemp fields to cannabis operations

State lawmakers are being asked to weigh whether the concerns of cannabis farmers about the potency — and value — of their crops should allow them to put limits on those who…

US (CA): Oakland council votes to reduce taxes for cannabis businesses

Despite opposition by Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, the Oakland City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday night to give final approval to a tax reduction for the city's largest…

UY: Uruguay senate approves new bill to regulate access to medical cannabis

To help put a definitive end to persisting illicit cannabis markets, Uruguay's senate has passed a new bill to regulate medical cannabis. The bill, "A Comprehensive Law for the Promotion and Access to Medical and Therapeutic Cannabis," was introduced into Congress by the "Ir" sector of the “Frente…

US (DC): Democratic senators request update on federal steps towards critical medical cannabis research

Oregon’s Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden joined six of their Democratic colleagues in writing to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), to request an update on the issuance…

US: GOP lawmakers introduce bill to legalize medical cannabis

Two Republican state lawmakers have introduced a bill that would legalize medical marijuana, saying it's time for Wisconsin to join the majority of the country in giving patients the option. But already, the state Senate's top Republican said he doesn't support the bill and leaders in both houses of the…

CAN (ON): Ontario's cannabis retail lottery in question after year of legalization

Ontario is thinking about changing the lottery system being used to award cannabis retail licenses after the first year of legalization saw only 24 outlets open, with critics panning the lack of access for consumers. The province has sold $216.8 million of cannabis in the first year of legalization…

US (TX): Texas hemp plan outline sent to USDA

Sid Miller, Commissioner of the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), announced that the Texas Hemp Program outline has been sent to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for approval. This document, and the changes to state rules that establish the new program, must be approved and finalized before…

US (ME): Concerns expressed to USDA on interim final hemp rule

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry issued its comments to the USDA on the Interim Final Hemp Rule, expressing concerns with proposed requirements that have the potential to adversely affect the growth of the hemp industry in Maine. The comments come after a thorough analysis…

US (CA): Cannabis rules, a maze of bureaucracy

Cannabis cultivation certainly is not new to Sonoma County. People have been secretly growing a plant or two for years in basements, closets and sheds. Small boutique gardens, where locals grew a few plants of award-winning cannabis were once whispered about. Now, with cannabis laws changing on local,…

US: Hemp rules panned by growers, lawyers, lawmakers

As of early December the USDA has received more than a thousand comments from growers, lawyers, lawmakers, processors, and the general public on their interim industrial hemp regulations. While most agree that it is important that the agency charged with regulating the emerging sector is doing its work,…

CA: Canadian facility failed inspection for EU quality certification last year

A facility operated by Vancouver-based Zenabis Global Inc. failed an inspection to receive a key European Union certification last year, hindering the cannabis producer’s ability to ship medical cannabis to the continent. Regulators in Malta published a "statement of non-compliance with GMP [good…

US (WA): Smaller operation hope to benefit from Liquor and Cannabis Board proposal

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board is seeking to allow smaller cannabis growers to increase their size, along with proposing legislation to also help patients, and protected classes within the industry. Washington’s cannabis producers are divided into three categories, which each can…

Brazil approves MMJ rules, blocks cannabis cultivation

Brazilian pharmaceutical regulator Anvisa on Tuesday approved regulations for the roll-out of medicinal cannabis-based products but in a separate vote blocked a proposal to…

US: Federal regulators lift hemp industry banking barriers

The number of banks in the United States willing to lend to hemp producers can be counted on one hand. That is about to change. Federal and state bank regulators announced Tuesday that they were scrapping a burdensome requirement that banks said kept them away from the hemp business. Banks will no longer…

NZ: New Zealand Government will hold a referendum on cannabis legalization

The New Zealand Government will give the public the opportunity to vote on legalization of recreational cannabis. The Government has also released a draft Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill for public consideration. This draft bill will allow the public to get a better idea of what the proposed…

BR: Brazil approves medical marijuana rules, blocks cannabis cultivation

Brazilian pharmaceutical regulator Anvisa on Tuesday approved regulations for the roll-out of medicinal cannabis-based products but in a separate vote blocked a proposal to allow domestic medical marijuana plantations. Anvisa’s approval of rules to regulate the nascent medical marijuana market represents…

US: Federal hemp-growing rules under review

The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service recently released an interim final rule regarding the establishment of a Domestic Hemp Production Program. The Nevada Department of…

US (WI): Governor Evers signs legislation advancing Wisconsin hemp regulation

On Nov. 26, 2019 Governor Evers signed into law 2019 Wisconsin Act 68, taking the next step in Wisconsin’s transition from the industrial hemp pilot program to the permanent regulatory structure authorized by the 2018 Farm Bill. The new law, dubbed the Growing Opportunities Act, was approved by the…

TH: Health Minister pushes for growers to grow cannabis

Thailand’s Public Health Minister has proposed farmers be allowed to grow cannabis plants under a joint scheme with the state. Anutin Charnvirakul, who is also deputy prime minister, said he has signed a draft regulation on allowing farmers to grow cannabis. The regulation will be examined by the Council…

European Medicinal Cannabis Association

"EU should adopt German GMP standards"

The lack of commonly accepted Good Manufacturing Practices and standards within the cannabis industry ultimately damages the industry itself. On the one hand, it does not…

US (ME): Topsham selectmen to consider cannabis cultivation proposal

A medical cannabis caregiver has submitted plans to the town for growing up to 2,000-square-feet of cannabis along Route 201. Ryan Holmes, the owner of Sundog Caregiving LLC and a registered caregiver with the state, needs a cannabis business license from the town. Next week, selectmen will hold a public…

US (AR): Inactive MMJ retail licenses may be revoked

Arkansas officials say they may consider revoking medical cannabis licenses for dispensaries that aren’t open by June. Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control officials regulate…

US (WI): Growers continue to adjust to changing hemp program

While this year’s five-fold increase in hemp farmers made it clear Wisconsinites are enthusiastic about the state’s budding hemp program, the growth from 2018 created some logistical challenges for the state agriculture department — specifically when it came time to test all the crops. “I think we…

US: DEA finalizes plan to grow 3.2M grams of cannabis in 2020

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) finalized its plans to authorize the cultivation of 3,200,000 grams of cannabis for research purposes next year—a 30 percent increase from 2019’s quota. DEA initially proposed 2020 production quotas in a notice published in the Federal Register in September. This…

US (MO): MMJ producers eye Callaway County

Medical cannabis entrepreneurs are eyeing Callaway County for their next venture. Five growers and five dispensaries hoping to set up shop within Callaway County applied for licenses with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services before the Aug. 17 deadline. The evaluation period for the…

US (IA): First anniversary of Iowa MMJ sales marked with questions about future

Sunday is the first anniversary of Iowans being able to buy medical cannabis products in the state. On paper, things look promising: an expanding list of qualifying medical conditions under the program, 300 to 450 new patients each month, and more than $2 million in sales. But as stakeholders mark the…


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