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High Times Holding, owner of the iconic High Times magazine, said Friday it can’t close on its small-investor Regulation A initial public offering until its audited financials for 2019 are filed. But the Los Angeles-based company, which is trying to make a pivot into retail and brand licensing, took exception to reports that the U.S. […]

High Times marijuana stock offering delayed until audited financials are filed is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

Israel overtook Germany as the No. 1 importer of medical cannabis flower in the world so far this year, according to data compiled by Tel Aviv-based Israeli Cannabis Magazine and Marijuana Business Daily. As of July, Israeli imports surpassed 6 metric tons, Oren Lebovitch, editor of Israeli Cannabis Magazine, told MJBizDaily. He gathered the import […]

Israel passes Germany as world’s largest importer of medical cannabis flower is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

Three marijuana cultivation companies in Massachusetts will pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines for pesticide use and other violations. The state’s Cannabis Control Commission approved penalties against Garden Remedies, Healthy Pharms and The Botanist, MassLive.com reported. Each company agreed to settlements, complied with the commission’s inquiries and admitted to the wrongdoing. The fines […]

Massachusetts cannabis businesses fined for pesticide, ownership infractions is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

Employees at a cannabis cultivation facility in Massachusetts voted to unionize, a further indication that organized labor is picking up steam since the coronavirus pandemic. Workers at Mayflower Medicinals in Holliston Massachusetts, voted to join the United Food & Commercial Workers Union Local 1445, according to the Worcester Business Journal. Mayflower is owned by New […]

Massachusetts marijuana grow facility workers unionize is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

While rejecting anxiety and autism spectrum disorders, Ohio medical marijuana regulators officially added cachexia to the list of conditions for which doctors in the state can recommend MMJ for treatment. Cachexia, or wasting syndrome, is the first condition added to the MMJ qualifying conditions list by the State Medical Board of Ohio. State lawmakers set […]

Ohio adds first medical cannabis condition since program launch is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

Illinois' social equity provisions for cannabis companies are considered among the most forward-thinking in the country, yet some advocates and business insiders say the rules don't go far enough to promote minority participation in the industry.

Illinois social equity program flawed, advocates say, but it’s best in cannabis industry so far is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

There has been no shortage of signs that Canopy Growth Corporation is steering off the course set out for it by co-founders and former co-CEOs Bruce Linton and Mark Zekulin. Perhaps the biggest has been current CEO David Klein’s admission that the company will no longer pursue the development of pharmaceutical-grade cannabis products. Speaking to […]

Canopy Growth shuns pharmaceutical research is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

Could cannabinoids be used to help treat COVID-19? Many of the symptoms of the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 virus result from excessive inflammation following the release of cytokines, including acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), a severe lung injury that leads to significant morbidity and mortality, especially in older people, and the most common cause of […]

Researchers find promising link between THC and COVID-19 is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

A longtime Southern California marijuana entrepreneur and executive filed suit against Toronto-based Captor Capital - a former financial partner of MedMen Enterprises - for fraud, breach of contract and other misdeeds and is seeking at least $2.8 million in damages.

California marijuana exec sues MedMen affiliate Captor Capital for fraud, more is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

A joint Joe Biden-Bernie Sanders task force has recommended rescheduling marijuana on a federal basis, legalizing medical marijuana nationwide and allowing states to decide about recreational cannabis. The recommendations have been submitted to the Democratic National Committee’s Platform Committee in advance of next month’s scheduled Democratic National Convention, according to Politico. The proposals come short […]

Biden task force takes states-rights approach to cannabis legalization is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

Conception Nurseries, a Sacramento, California-based cannabis genetics firm, raised $15 million with the addition of approximately $12 million in a Series A funding round to help add scale and automation to its operation. According to Green Market Report, the funding round was led by New York-based cannabis data group Viridian Capital Advisors with facilitation by […]

Marijuana tissue-culture technology company raises more than $15 million is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

Oklahoma medical marijuana regulators won’t immediately enforce a stricter two-year residency requirement and a 1,000-foot school buffer zone rule that could put many dispensaries out of business in the fast-growing market. The state Attorney General’s Office said it won’t enforce the medical marijuana rules until a lawsuit challenging them plays out in court, The Oklahoman […]

Oklahoma medical cannabis regulators won’t rush to enforce new rules is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

Dutch medical cannabis shipments to Germany have partially been restored after a short delay, and some German wholesalers started receiving flower deliveries in recent days, Marijuana Business Daily has learned. MJBizDaily confirmed that at least three German wholesalers – clients of the Dutch Office of Medicinal Cannabis (OMC) – received their June order at the […]

Dutch cannabis supply to Germany partially restored after short delay is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

New Brunswick’s government-owned marijuana retailer, Cannabis NB, posted its second consecutive profitable quarter, reporting a gain of 1.4 million Canadian dollars ($1 million) for the period ended June 28. Cannabis NB is the only legal cannabis retailer in the province, which has a population of roughly 780,000. Total sales for the quarter were CA$16.3 million, […]

New Brunswick retailer Cannabis NB posts second profitable quarter is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

Clever Leaves, an international cannabis company with its main operations in Colombia, said Thursday it obtained EU-Good Manufacturing Practice certification “to produce Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API), semi-finished and finished cannabis products for medical purposes” in its Colombian facilities. The certification is “expected to broaden Clever Leaves’ ability to serve international markets,” according to the news release. […]

Clever Leaves claims first EU-GMP cannabis certification in Latin America is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

Pennsylvania’s medical cannabis market, praised for its smooth operation, is expected to nearly double to $400 million-$500 million in sales this year and reach $1 billion in sales within three or four years. Buoyed by the market’s success, current licensees have become acquisition targets even in the current tough economic climate – with deal prices […]

As Pennsylvania’s medical cannabis sales soar, recreational market prospects brighten is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

The Los Angeles City Council’s decision to double the number of social equity retail marijuana licenses was the result of a court room settlement, according to a plaintiff in the lawsuit. Madison Shockley III, an actor turned entrepreneur, told Marijuana Business Daily that L.A.’s permit increase from 100 to 200 for a licensing round that […]

L.A.’s 100 extra retail marijuana permits a result of settlement, plaintiff says is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

Roughly a half-dozen companies with ties to the cannabis industry received $3.5 million to $8.7 million from the federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program designed to help small businesses keep workers employed during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Law360, the following ancillary companies received the PPP loans based on a government database made public this week: […]

Handful of cannabis-related firms received coronavirus stimulus money is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

In California’s ongoing battle against the illicit cannabis market, the state’s central tax collection agency served a dozen tax warrants to illegal marijuana retailers in Southern California in recent weeks. Roughly $1 million in underground marijuana products and about $100,000 in cash was seized during the actions, which were taken in conjunction with the state […]

California enacts tax warrants in fight against illicit marijuana businesses is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

Federally licensed producers in Canada are stockpiling more cannabis than ever, new figures from the Canadian government show, indicating that some producers are in store for more financial pain as the market looks for equilibrium. Deeper industrywide cuts might still be needed for the large producers to shed excess production, even as the industry continues […]

Canadian cannabis inventory soars to new high, indicating more pain ahead for producers is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

Bad news continues to pile up for California-based MedMen Enterprises. After the multistate operator’s founders stepped down from leadership roles in January, their replacements have continued to struggle to right the ship, and just last month, MedMen lost a medical marijuana business license in Virginia. Recently, MedMen has been further hit with: A lawsuit filed in […]

More hurdles for marijuana MSO MedMen in Arizona, California – and in court is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

Oklahoma medical marijuana regulators are administering laboratory testing after a three-month grace period to ensure enough licensed labs are in place amid the coronavirus pandemic. The mandatory testing requirements apply to all marijuana products sold by a grower or processor. The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority lists 21 licensed labs across the state for a market […]

Oklahoma now enforcing medical cannabis product testing is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

A temporary emergency order allowing Ontario’s private-sector cannabis retailers to engage in curbside pickup and delivery will be allowed to expire, the provincial government said Tuesday – even though the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over. “As our province carefully moves towards recovery, the (emergency order) to temporarily allow for cannabis retail curbside pickup and […]

Ontario set to end cannabis delivery, curbside pickup despite ongoing pandemic is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

Mexican authorities plan to finalize medical cannabis regulations in the next two months, the Secretariat of Health of the country said in a news release. The General Health Law of Mexico, amended in mid-2017, authorized cannabis for medical use – including products high in THC. However, that amendment did not create any specific rules or […]

Mexico to implement 3-year-old medical cannabis law as full legalization delayed is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

COVID-19 changed the way many businesses operate – and the cannabis industry is no exception, according to data available exclusively in the latest Marijuana Business Factbook. The 2020 edition, available now, takes a deeper look at how the pandemic impacted the industry, including shifts in consumer behavior and preferences. Understanding how and what customers want […]

2020 Marijuana Business Factbook studies sales trends, COVID-19 impact is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

Nebraska medical marijuana advocates gathered more than 182,000 signatures for an initiative petition campaign, despite challenges stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. Organizers needed only 122,000 signatures to place medical marijuana legalization on the November ballot, more than 10% of the eligible voters in the state, according to the Lincoln Journal Star. Signature-collection efforts were put […]

Nebraska medical cannabis legalization well on its way to voters in November is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

Nevada’s Cannabis Compliance Board is getting up and running this month in a transition of oversight power from the original industry regulator, the state Department of Taxation. According to KUNR Public Radio, the new board will be in charge of company site inspections, overseeing marijuana lab testing and more. The transition began last year at […]

New regulatory agency takes reins of Nevada’s marijuana industry is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

Denver-based Schwazze, formerly Medicine Man Technologies, said it has terminated acquisitions of two Colorado marijuana businesses – cultivator Los Sueños Farms and concentrates company Dabble Extracts. Schwazze, a vertically integrated operator, said in an investor news release it moved quickly on the deals and, thus, did limited due diligence after Colorado enacted a law last […]

Schwazze walks away from two Colorado cannabis deals is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

Jamaica is preparing to lower entry barriers to the medical cannabis industry for small and subsistence farmers. A proposed new permit would cut fees for those farmers and allow for variations to strict infrastructure and security requirements. The Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) is undertaking consultations on the draft policy, called the Cultivator’s (transitional) Special Permit […]

Jamaica to lower cannabis industry entry barriers for small farmers is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

1.) Businessman sentenced to prison for involvement in black market marijuana organization

A California businessman described as the mastermind behind an illegal marijuana trafficking organization was sentenced to 12 years in prison for conning people out of money and shipping drugs out of state.

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2.) Northern California police seize more than 1,700 pounds of processed cannabis, five suspects arrested

A cannabis bust on June 25 led to the arrest of five people and law enforcement seizing more than 1,700 pounds of processed cannabis.

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3.) Ticker: CCC says don't change pot tax; Google selects Mississippi site; Mortgage rates hit another low 

Changing the way Massachusetts taxes legal marijuana could produce more revenue for the state, but it could also disrupt the fledgling cannabis industry, a report found.

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4.) Marijuana raids ongoing in Mesa, Teller, El Paso and Las Animas counties

In Teller County, the sheriff's office reported raids in Colorado Springs, Divide and in Las Animas County where two people were arrested and three properties were searched in a 14-hour operation.

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5.) How a Colorado hotel owner got Ice-T to produce his documentary

The film is currently available to rent on streaming platforms.

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6.) How a Colorado hotel owner got Ice-T to produce his documentary

The film is currently available to rent on streaming platforms.

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7.) The struggle to enter California's cannabis market: 'So much heartache, so much pain'

Linda Grant sold weed in the streets of East Oakland for 35 years before California legalized marijuana in 2016. She’s been “going through hell” trying to open a licensed business ever since.

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8.) Southern California counties clear 100,000 cannabis convictions by July 1 deadline

District attorneys challenge some cases, while advocates say clearing marijuana cases is part of greater racial justice reform efforts.

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9.) Colorado Gov. Jared Polis says pardons for marijuana convictions can start in 90 days

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed a bill into law Monday that allows him to mass-pardon Coloradans with minor marijuana possession convictions, but he has not said exactly how the process will work.

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11.) Not your typical grow house: Bay Area buyers paid cash, moved in the marijuana

A marijuana raid in Merced County allegedly found an extensive growing operation in an unlikely-looking home.

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12.) No study needed: Stoned drivers pose deadly threat

The Associated Press recently disclosed the results of two new studies attempting to determine the impact on traffic deaths in states that have legalized recreational marijuana.

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13.) Over 10,700 illegal marijuana plants eradicated in Humboldt County

More than 10,700 pot plants were eradicated in Humboldt County during an investigation of illegal cannabis cultivation in the Dinsmore area, authorities said Thursday.

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14.) 2019 Monterey County Crop Report lists leaf lettuce in top spot, cannabis in fifth

The 2019 Monterey County Crop Report released Tuesday shows the overall production value of the agriculture industry in the county was up 3.5% to $4.4 billion.

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15.) Recreational pot laws may boost traffic deaths, studies say

Laws legalizing recreational marijuana may lead to more traffic deaths, two new studies suggest, although questions remain about how they might influence driving habits.

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16.) Recreational marijuana laws may boost traffic deaths, studies say

Laws legalizing recreational marijuana may lead to more traffic deaths, two new studies suggest, although questions remain about how they might influence driving habits.

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19.) Colorado lawmakers let governor mass-pardon marijuana possession convictions

The governor would be able to mass-pardon marijuana convictions for possession of 2 ounces or less if he signs a bill that gives him that authority.

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20.) Reward offered after San Jose man goes missing in Mendocino County

A search of the greenhouse property during a raid last month turned up no sign of Medina.

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21.) Despite legalization, people of color still disproportionately targeted for marijuana, new studies say

Marijuana legalization has been touted as one way to unravel the consequences of the war on drugs, but two new studies suggest that the communities most harmed by the nearly 50-year crusade — namely people of color — are not reaping the benefits.

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22.) San Jose man kidnapped from Mendocino County marijuana grow site, sheriff's office says

The suspect allegedly threatened to shoot the 23-year-old victim if he didn’t pay $30,000

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23.) Denver's marijuana businesses lack diversity in ownership and employment, city study finds

The majority of Denver’s cannabis-focused businesses are owned and staffed by white residents, leading to a lack of opportunities for people of color to get involved in the industry, according to a city study released Monday.

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24.) Study: Cannabis was used at biblical site in Israel

Once the cannabis and animal feces were set afire, the waste could have allowed a slow, low temperature burn that was conducive to group inhalation, the study suggested.

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25.) Security Guard at San Jose's largest dispensary tests positive for COVID-19

A security guard at San Jose’s largest marijuana dispensary, Caliva, has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a company spokesperson.

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