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Two More Members Tabbed for Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission

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Officials in Massachusetts have appointed two more members to the state Cannabis Control Commission, adding Kay Doyle, former deputy general counsel to the Department of Public Health, and Shaleen Title, co-founder of THC Staffing Group, a cannabis industry recruiting firm. Title is an attorney who specializes in cannabis regulations and co-authored the voter-approved referendum to […]

Atlanta City Council Unanimously Approves Cannabis Law Reforms

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Photograph of Atlanta city poking above the treeline, pictured from a boat on a nearby lake.Atlanta, Georgia’s City Council has unanimously passed legislation which reduces the penalties for possession of 1 ounce of cannabis to $75 and no jail time. Previously, the city municipal code called for penalties of six months in jail and a fine up to $1,000. The measure, introduced by Councilor Kwanza Hall, was supported by Atlanta […]

Florida MMJ Regulators Will Not Meet Today’s Deadline for New License Approvals

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Outdoor cannabis plants located at a CBD farm in Oregon.Medical cannabis regulators in Florida will not meet today’s legislatively-mandated deadline to approve five new licenses for the state’s expanded regime, the News Service of Florida reports. Christian Bax, the Office of Medical Marijuana Use executive director, blamed the delay on Hurricane Irma and lawsuits against the expansion plans. In a letter to legislative leaders […]

KIND Financial Adds Former Overstock.com President, Deutsche Bank COO to Advisory Board

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A business planner, iPhone, and laptop on top of table surface.Cannabis compliance and technology firm KIND Financial has added Stormy Simon, former president of Overstock.com, and Mark Gelnaw, former chief operating officer for Deutsche Bank, to the company’s advisory board. Simon brings with her a background in e-commerce, while Gelnaw has more than 35 years of experience in the financial services sector. Simon and Gelnaw […]

Canadian Abattis Bioceuticals Strikes South Korea Distribution, CBD Product Development Agreement

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Indoor cannabis farm's canopy of registered, commercial-grade plants.Vancouver, Canada-based Abattis Bioceuticals Corp. is partnering with Global Damon Pharma to distribute and sell Abattis’ hemp-based product lines exclusively in South Korea. Abattis received approval to export hemp-derived products from Health Canada last year. Rob Abenante, president and CEO of Abattis, indicated that South Korea imported about “20 to 30 tons” of hemp seed weekly […]

Bexar County, Texas Announces ‘Cite and Release’ Program for Cannabis Possession, Other Crimes

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Following plans in Harris County and Dallas, Texas to decriminalize cannabis possession up to 4 ounces, officials in Bexar County have announced their own plans for a “cite and release” program. The program would include Class A and Class B cannabis offenses — possession of up to 4 ounces; criminal mischief; Class B theft; Class […]

Dispensary Construction Resumes in Puerto Rico Following Hurricane Maria

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An aerial image of damaged homes and communities in the destructive path Hurricane Maria.Green Spirit Industries Inc. has announced that construction efforts on three of the firm’s planned Puerto Rico dispensary sites have resumed following the devastating landfall of Hurricane Maria, which has left 95% of the U.S. island territory without power. According to a press release issued by Green Spirit, the company’s planned dispensaries in Dorado, Carolina, […]

Maryland’s First MMJ Crop Sent to Testing Lab; Still No Firm Rollout Date

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Micro photograph of a trimmed cannabis nug lying on its side.Maryland’s first medical cannabis crop, grown by ForwardGro, has been sent to a testing laboratory; however, officials still do not yet have a timetable when it will be available for patients, the Baltimore Sun reports. The crop was sent to the lab to help calibrate its machines before it can be properly tested and made […]

Michigan Localities Taking Steps to Reign in & License MMJ Industry

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Michigan’s legislative changes to the state’s medical cannabis program are starting to shape the state’s industry as law enforcement officials in Grand Traverse County have served cease and desist notices to eight county dispensaries, the Traverse City Record-Eagle reports. The crackdown comes at the behest of county Prosecutor Bob Cooney, who pointed to provisions of […]

Trudeau Supports 10% Tax on Legal Cannabis Sales

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has proposed levying a C$1 tax (80 cents USD) on adult use cannabis sold for up to C$10 a gram, and a 10 percent tax on cannabis sold for more than that, according to a report from Bloomberg. Half of the tax revenues would go to provincial governments and half […]

San Diego, California On Track for Jan. 1 Adult-Use Cannabis Sales

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A cloudy May evening on Coronado Island over looking San Diego, California.San Diego, California is on track to begin adult-use cannabis sales by Jan. 1 after the City Council approved cultivation, manufacturing, and testing rules for the voter-approved industry, the Los Angeles Times reports. The council voted 6-3 in favor of the measure, which now includes provisions requiring producers to have “odor-absorbing ventilation and exhaust systems.” […]

New York MMJ Program Not Reaching Financial Expectations

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New York’s licensed medical cannabis operators are still not profitable and tax revenues are far below the $4 million earmarked in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2016-2017 executive budget, according to a USA Today analysis of Department of Taxation and Finance figures. The state collected $585,000 in medical cannabis excise taxes during the fiscal year on sales […]

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