Hawaii Hemp Program Delayed by Noncompliant Jamaican Seed

Hawaii’s industrial hemp cultivation program has suffered a setback after seeds imported from Jamaica not only arrived late but also failed a basic inspection, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports. The Department of Agriculture expected to begin accepting applications for the pilot program next month, but now estimate they might not open applications until February. Shelley Choy, the […]

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Aurora Cannabis and CannaRoyalty Close to International MMJ Tech Deal

Canadian cannabis firms Aurora Cannabis and CannaRoyalty have signed a letter of intent which would give Aurora exclusive rights to MüV brand products – to which CannaRoyalty holds the licensing rights – in Canada, Europe and Australia. The products covered under the agreement include: MüV Metered Dose Inhaler MüV Transdermal Patch CBD Sports Gel CBD […]

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WHO Report: No Evidence of CBD-Related Public Health Problems

The World Health Organization has released a report concluding that there is “no evidence” of “public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.” “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential. … CBD is generally well tolerated with a good safety profile. Reported adverse effects may be […]

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Canadian Provinces to Receive 75% of Cannabis Tax Revenues

Under a new deal with the federal government, Canadian provinces will receive 75 percent of taxes derived from the legalized cannabis industry after the feds initially proposed a 50/50 profit share, according to a BBC report. In October, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau proposed a 10 percent excise tax on recreational products that should not exceed […]

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Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Partners with Australian Biopharmaceutical Firm on Autism Study

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is partnering with Australian biopharmaceutical firm Zelda Therapeutics on an observational study into the effects of medical cannabis on autistic children, according to a Philadelphia Inquirer report. The study participants will already be covered under the Pennsylvania medical cannabis Safe Harbor provision. “This is truly an observational study. We’re not […]

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Conservatives in Canada Could Delay Adult-Use Implementation

Conservative Canadian senators could prevent the nation’s legalization proposal from becoming law by the July deadline, the Globe and Mail reports. Sen. Claude Carignan suggests the bill’s passage could be pushed back to the end of 2018. “I think we have to do our job properly, and that means months. … The House took eight […]

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Uruguay’s Legal Cannabis Program has 16,000 Registered Buyers

Uruguayans registered to buy legal cannabis has increased more than three-fold since July from 5,000 to 16,000, according to an Independent report based on figures from the Institute for Regulation and Control of Cannabis. The government has also raised the allowable THC content from 2 to 9 percent. In August, the government indicated more than […]

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Canadian Cannabis Firm Finalizes Acquisition of Nevada Licensed Producer

Canada-based MPX Bioceutical Corporation has received final approval from both state and municipal regulators to acquire GreenMart of Nevada in a deal worth $17.81 million. GreenMart, based in Las Vegas, holds cultivation, production, and wholesaler licenses. The GreenMart North Las Vegas facility is expected to produce approximately 1.6 million grams of flower and 85,000 grams […]

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Prince Edward Island, Canada Release Cannabis Rules & Public Opinion Survey Results

Prince Edward Island, Canada has released its provincial cannabis industry regulations and the results of a public survey used to craft the rules. The purchasing age is set at 19 – in line with the survey results which found 47 percent support for aligning it with the drinking age in the province. Eighteen percent favored setting […]

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Nova Scotia, Canada Releases Provincial Cannabis Industry Regulations

The legal purchasing age for cannabis Nova Scotia, Canada will be set at 19 and the provincial Liquor Corporation (NSLC) will sell the product through its liquor stores, according to regulations unveiled by the Nova Scotia Department of Justice. The NSLC will also oversee distribution and online sales. The number of retail locations cannabis will […]

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Canada’s First Nation Leaders Considering Cannabis Legalization on Their Own Terms

Canada’s First Nation leaders are seeking the right to govern the sale and distribution of cannabis in their communities and are working toward adapting their own tribal rules for the industry that would be unique from federal or provincial rules, according to a Globe and Mail report. During the annual Assembly of First Nations conference, […]

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Paraguay Legalizes State-Sponsored MMJ Cultivation

Paraguay’s Congress has voted to allow cannabis for medical purposes to be grown in the nation after approving state-sponsored importation of oils in May, according to a report from Reuters. President Horacio Cartes is expected to sign the measure which, if approved, will see the health ministry import seeds for the program. La Vanguardia reports […]

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British Columbia, Canada Uses Survey to Devise Adult-Use Cannabis Rules

The British Columbia, Canada government has laid out some of the details for how it will regulate adult-use cannabis sales in the province, setting the legal purchasing age at 19 and, like other provinces, leaving distribution to the government via BC Liquor Distribution Branch. Private companies will be able to run the retail side; however, […]

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Canadian MMJ Company Strikes Deal with Nation’s Largest Pharmacy Firm to Sell Cannabis Products

Canadian medical cannabis company Aphria Inc. and the nation’s largest provider of pharmacy products and services, Shoppers Drug Mart, have entered into an agreement that will see the drug store chain sell Aphria-branded products through their online portal. “We have an impeccable record cultivating and producing high-quality, medical-grade cannabis,” said Vic Neufeld, CEO of Aphria, […]

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Israeli Police to Charge Small Illegal Cultivators with Minor ‘Personal Use’

According to a leaked internal memo outlined by Haaretz, police in Israel are set to begin treating small quantity cannabis cultivation as relatively minor “personal use,” instead of the more serious “possession not for personal use” or “growing a dangerous drug” which those caught growing either one plant or a whole field have traditionally been […]

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CanniMed Takes ‘Poison Pill’ in Attempt to Thwart Aurora Takeover

In the midst of the hostile takeover attempt by Aurora Cannabis, CanniMed Therapeutics has adopted a shareholder rights plan – or “poison pill” – preventing Aurora from buying more shares or entering in any new lock-up agreements with current shareholders. According to a press release, the purpose of the plan is to ensure CanniMed shareholders […]

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Newfoundland and Labrador Government Release Cannabis Industry Rules

The Newfoundland and Labrador government has released their provincial cannabis regulations, setting the legal purchase age at 19 and allowing private businesses to sell to consumers. The Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation will distribute products to retailers, set prices, issue industry licenses, and set fees. Neither public consumption nor co-location with alcohol is permitted under […]

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Canadian Legalization Bill Passes House of Commons, Moves to Senate

Canada’s federal cannabis legalization bill has passed the House of Commons 200-82 and now moves to the Senate for consideration, according to a report from the CBC. The support included leaders from the NDP, Green Party, and Conservative MP Scott Reid – despite an attempt by his party to send the measure to the Commons […]

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Canopy Growth Acquires Saskatchewan Hemp Cultivator

Canopy Growth Corporation, a licensed medical cannabis producer in Canada with interests and operations in seven countries, is set to acquire Saskatchewan-based hemp cultivator Green Hemp Industries Ltd. Following the completion of the deal, expected late next month or early January, Canopy will operate approximately 300 acres of existing hemp production and the company anticipates […]

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Canadian Cannabis Industry Investor to Acquire Two California Firms

Canadian medical cannabis industry investor and operator CannaRoyalty Corp. has agreed to acquire two California cannabis companies, part of their expansion strategy into the state. The firm will take over Kaya Management Inc., the exclusive manufacturer and license holder of rights for Bhang brand vaporizer products in California, and Alta Supply Inc, which distributes the […]

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Aurora Announces Deals to Acquire Quebec MMJ Producer, Greenhouse Design Firm

Aurora Cannabis announced deals to acquire two companies on Thursday – H2 Biopharma Inc., a late-stage Canadian medical cannabis production applicant, and Larssen Ltd., a greenhouse design firm. In total, Aurora will pay $25 million for H2, with an initial $10 million payment; all of which will be paid through the issuance of Aurora common […]

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Saskatchewan Govt. Cannabis Survey Finds Support for Home-Grow, Online & Retail Sales

A survey by the Saskatchewan government has found strong support for cannabis sales to be conducted both in retail stores and online once legal sales begin in the country, and 45 percent of respondents want those stores run by the government. The survey received 34,681 responses – the most of any survey previously conducted by […]

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Canadian Government Releases Cannabis Legalization Details

The Canadian government has released proposed federal regulations, clarifying some details of the program as provincial governments begin releasing their own draft rules. What’s in the proposal? Provisions for small, craft cannabis producers, 10 milligram limits on allowable THC content in edibles, and 30 milligram-per-milliliter of THC in oils. Single-use products, such as pre-rolls, cannot […]

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Aurora Posturing for Hostile CanniMed Takeover After Initial Bid Rejected

CanniMed has rejected Aurora Cannabis’ unsolicited takeover offer; however, Aurora is now planning a hostile takeover by offering investors Aurora stock worth C$24 per CanniMed share, according to a Bloomberg report. The deal is valuing CanniMed stock 57 percent higher than its Nov. 14 closing price, and investors holding 38 percent of CanniMed shares have […]

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