Category: Cultivation

‘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 […]

California county raids huge illegal marijuana grow

Yet another California county raided an enormous cannabis grow, seizing a whopping 9,000 unlicensed plants. This one – which took place in wine country’s famed Sonoma County – is part of an ongoing effort against the illicit market, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Sonoma County officials have shuttered 863 unlicensed MJ grows in the past […]

Most wholesale cultivators competing on marijuana quality

Many wholesale cannabis growers choose to compete on quality, even while market forces favor growers who can reliably supply low-cost cannabis. Nearly half of U.S. cultivators are attempting to make high-quality flower their key differentiator, according to the recently released 2019 Marijuana Business Factbook. But with flower sales on the decline, the market likely will […]

Utah selects growers, CBD comment period ends, NJ to post MMJ apps & more

Here are some notable stories and events in the cannabis industry to watch for in the coming days: AND THE WINNERS ARE … : The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, which is overseeing cannabis cultivation under the state’s new medical marijuana law, plans to award up to 10 grow licenses by Monday. Applications became […]

Cannabis plants don’t have to fall prey to mold, powdery mildew

Published 1 min ago | By Bart Schaneman Danny Murr-Sloat, founder of AlpinStash, monitors plants for microbial growth at the company’s cannabis grow in Lafayette, Colorado. (Photo courtesy of AlpinStash) (This is an abridged version of a story that appears in the July issue of Marijuana Business Magazine.) Microbials such as powdery mildew and mold […]

California lab-tested marijuana batches downturn adds to confusion over state’s supply chain

The number of marijuana product batches undergoing laboratory testing in California has dipped in recent months, sparking worries among some industry officials over the health of the state’s cannabis market and the possibility that product supply is dwindling. But several insiders also were careful to note it’s too early to reach any conclusions based on […]

Social media challenges continue for cannabis firms

After what seemed to be a brief hiatus, social media giants are once again suspending – and outright deleting – the accounts of marijuana companies. Some industry officials say this is a result of spiteful competitors flagging posts and reporting pages to the platforms’ moderators, costing businesses thousands of dollars in lost time and labor when […]

California county seizes almost 20K illegal marijuana plants in May, June

In the past month and a half, officials in one California county – assisted by members of the Army National Guard – have served multiple search warrants and seized nearly 20,000 illegal marijuana plants. It’s a reminder that the state’s ongoing crackdown continues against an unlicensed cannabis market that is undermining legal operations. The raids all […]

Vireo Health expands into Puerto Rico

Vireo Health, a Minneapolis-based multistate marijuana operator, said it is expanding into Puerto Rico, the company’s 11th state or territory of cannabis operations. Vireo will have the opportunity in Puerto Rico to run a cultivation and processing facility plus up to six dispensaries on the island. Christian Gonzalez, a native of the territory who has […]

45 marijuana firms join forces to set industrywide environmental, ethical goals

An alliance of 45 large marijuana businesses wants the public to know they’re good corporate citizens. The Global Cannabis Partnership, which includes Canada’s Canopy Growth Corp., issued guidelines aimed at minimizing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting ethical conduct and responsible cannabis use. The emerging marijuana industry is “in a unique position to set a new […]