Month: July 2019

Kansas City medical marijuana market attracts 74 applicants for 24 licenses

Only a third of the applicants to sell medical marijuana in the Kansas City area will receive licenses from the state this year, reflecting stiff competition as marijuana firms look to enter one of Missouri’s most lucrative markets. Lyndall Fraker, director of Missouri’s new medical marijuana program, told the Kansas City Star that Kansas City’s […]

Oklahoma medical cannabis businesses prepare for ‘necessary’ rules

Oklahoma medical marijuana companies are on the verge of facing new regulations that will increase compliance costs. Expanded costs are expected in a wide range of operations, including: Seed-to-sale tracking and package labeling. Product testing. Waste management. The regulations require MMJ businesses to have installed inventory tracking systems by late August and devote more resources […]

Everything You Need to Know About the PAX 3

Back in 2012, when the adult-use cannabis market was in its infancy, a San Francisco-based startup called Pax Labs (Actually, Ploom at the time) released a portable loose-leaf vaporizer that would end up shaping the future of weed consumption.  At the time most vaporizers were bulky, stationary devices like the iconic Volcano. PAX 1 was […]

West Hollywood Cannabis Cafe, First in the U.S., Announces Opening Date

The first-of-its-kind weed restaurant in America, Lowell Farms: A Cannabis Cafe in West Hollywood, California, has announced its opening date of September 1, 2019. It was granted final approval in a unanimous vote July 16, 2019, by the West Hollywood Business License Commission. The commission approved its application unanimously, and the license is good for […]

Bipartisan lawmakers offer federal bill to break medical cannabis research logjam

Published 1 min ago | By Jeff Smith A bipartisan group of U.S. congressional lawmakers introduced a bill Wednesday to accelerate medical cannabis research, a step that could potentially bolster support for federal marijuana reform. “Forty seven states have legalized some form of cannabis, yet the federal government is still getting in the way […]

‘Breakdown’ in Washington state cannabis commerce over traceability system update costs businesses thousands

An outage of Washington state’s seed-to-sale traceability system prevented hundreds of cannabis producers, processors and retailers from conducting business-to-business transactions over the past four days. The outage, which started Saturday night and ended Wednesday morning, resulted in significant lost sales, according to some of the state’s marijuana businesses. “People are losing hundreds of thousands of […]

Utah drops residency restriction for medical cannabis growers

Utah regulators eliminated a proposed residency requirement for the 10 medical marijuana cultivation licenses the state is set to award in late July, which could result in possible out-of-state ownership. The announcement came in a bulletin dated July 15, although the proposed rule change itself was filed on June 30, according to documents. A spokesman […]

California government report finds regulators are unable to fully oversee the state’s marijuana market

A new audit by California’s Department of Finance found regulators have a long way to go before they have a solid handle on the state’s cannabis industry. The report concluded – despite having established a “structural foundation” for managing the legal marijuana industry – the California Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC)’s “current status and location […]

Cannabinoids Without Cannabis? Yes, and These Everyday Foods Have Them.

While cannabis remains illegal in certain parts of the world, phytocannabinoids, endocannabinoids, and plants that mimic the effects of cannabis are legally sold and grown all around us. Not only found in your cannabis plant, these compounds can also be found in other plants with these cannabimimetic, meaning similar to cannabis, effects to enjoy some […]

Cannabis banking lands landmark Senate committee hearing

A key U.S. Senate panel will meet next week to consider steps that could make it easier for marijuana companies to obtain banking services, a move that could pave the way for crucial MJ reform. The July 23 Senate Banking Committee hearing – which took industry officials by surprise – includes Sens. Jeff Merkley, an Oregon Democrat, […]