(This story has been updated to include comments from the California Department of Food and Agriculture.) A California Senate panel on Wednesday advanced a bill – dubbed a “Band-Aid” by one sponsor – in a last-minute bid to prevent thousands of marijuana companies from being temporarily forced out of the legal market and causing chaos…
California state marijuana regulators announced Friday they are accepting grant applications from cities and counties that are implementing social equity programs for local cannabis businesses. The state’s Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) will award $10 million to qualifying jurisdictions by June 30 as part of a growing movement to repair social harms done by the…
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is abolishing the board that considers medical cannabis licenses, a decision she based on the group’s struggle to make timely decisions. A new body – the Marijuana Regulatory Agency – will conduct the licensing for both the medical cannabis market and the state’s emerging recreational marijuana program, the Detroit Free Press…
New Hampshire’s House gave preliminary approval on Wednesday to a bill legalizing a recreational marijuana industry that would allow an unlimited number of licenses statewide. A similar bill passed the House last year before dying in the Republican-controlled Senate. Democrats, who added legalization to their party platform last year, now control the Senate as well.…
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North Dakota’s first medical marijuana dispensary opened for business Friday in a Fargo mini-mall, but potential customer numbers remain relatively low. The state began accepting applications in October from residents for medical marijuana cards, but only 122 people were certified as of this week, according to state regulators. North Dakota expects that number to climb…
Switzerland has proposed a pilot project to study the economic and health impacts of non-medical cannabis use, but any change in the country’s laws to create a sustainable adult-use cannabis industry could be years away. According to an amendment of Switzerland’s Narcotics Act currently before the country’s Parliament, the pilot project would allow up to…
The “full impact” of product for sale from Aurora Cannabis’ first major marijuana greenhouse in Canada won’t be realized until the end of June, 2½ years after construction started on the massive 150 million Canadian dollar ($113.7 million) facility. Canada’s largest cannabis companies, and the 840 potential competitors in the licensing pipeline, face significant capital…
Edmonton, Alberta-based Aurora Cannabis advanced its strategy to attain “early mover advantage” in countries with nascent medical marijuana markets with an agreement to acquire a majority interest in a Portuguese license applicant. Under the terms of the agreement, Aurora will acquire a 51% ownership stake in Gaia Pharm – based in Funchal – to establish…