Medical Cannabis Company with Colombian Operations Begins Trading on Canada’s TSX Venture Exchange

Canada-based medical cannabis company Khiron Life Sciences Corp begins trading on the TSX Venture Exchange today under the “KHRN” symbol. While the company is based in Canada, its core operations are in Colombia, where they were one of the first companies to receive a medical cannabis license in the Latin American nation. “We are pleased […]

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Pennsylvania Judge Stalls Health Department Plan to Issue Additional MMJ Licenses for Research

A Pennsylvania judge has issued a preliminary junction against the Health Department’s plan to hand out additional licenses to cannabis growers and dispensaries that would partner for research with medical schools, the Associated Press reports. The case against the agency was brought by other licensed dispensaries in the state. The judge ruled that the research […]

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Texas Health Officials Backing Off Retail CBD Confiscations, For Now

The Texas Department of State Health Services is backing off a plan – for now – to remove CBD products off retail store shelves, the Austin American-Statesman reports. The agency proposed an inspection protocol in April that would have subjected CBD products to confiscation during inspections. Health regulators are holding off on the action while […]

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Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Xzibit-Owned Vape Cartridge Company in California

A class action lawsuit against vape cartridge manufacturer Brass Knuckles has been filed in California which alleges breach of warranty, false advertising, unfair competition, misbranding, and adulteration of the THC concentrate pens, according to the Cannabis Law Report. The lawsuit also names SC Laboratories Inc. and company owner Alvin Nathaniel Jones, better known as Xzibit, […]

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Aurora Cannabis Invests $1M in Canadian Drug Delivery Company

Canadian cannabis producer Aurora Cannabis has invested $1 million in CCT Pharmaceutical Holdings, Inc, the developers of an oral dose-specific dissolving thin film wafer drug delivery technology. The investment, with a 5 percent convertible debenture, gives Aurora a 9.14 percent interest in CTT and the agreement includes issuance of warrants enabling Aurora to increase that […]

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Ohio Board of Pharmacy Pushes Back MMJ Dispensary Licensing Meeting

The rollout of Ohio’s medical cannabis industry has been potentially delayed as the state Board of Pharmacy has canceled its meeting to discuss provisional licensing for dispensaries. The meeting, which was planned for today, has been moved to June 4-6. But that’s not the only setback: According to a WLWT5 report, there are just 89 […]

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New Jersey Legislation Would Expand MMJ Program

New Jersey Sen. Joseph Vitale has unveiled an early draft of legislation to expand the state’s medical cannabis program which would see several conditions added to the qualifying conditions list, increase the purchase amount per 30 days, and set up employment protections for the state’s registered patients, the Press of Atlantic City reports. What else […]

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Kaua’i, Hawaii Gets First MMJ Dispensary; Brings Statewide Total to Six

Kaua’i, Hawaii has its first medical cannabis dispensary now that Green Aloha, which does business under the name Have a Heart, has passed the final state Department of Health inspections. It’s the sixth dispensary to open in Hawaii and the second for Aloha Green, which also operates a dispensary in Honolulu. “Having a medical cannabis […]

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Utah Lawsuit Seeks to Block MMJ Ballot Initiative

Medical cannabis opponents in Utah have filed an emergency motion to block the ballot initiative from November ballots, the Associated Press reports. The plaintiffs of the lawsuit argue that the proposal, organized by the Utah Patients Coalition, would break federal law. The lawsuit, filed by Drug Safe Utah, names Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox as the […]

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Zimbabwe MMJ Licensing Plans on Hold Due to ‘Crazy’ Estimates

Zimbabwe is backing off medical cannabis cultivation licensing plans after receiving wildly varied estimates from the 350 applicants interested in the program, the South African reports. Deputy Finance Minister Terrence Mukupe said that too many of the applications offered far different estimates for how much land would be required to grow cannabis and how much money […]

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California Bureau of Cannabis Control Proposes Extension of Emergency Cannabis Regulations

The California Bureau of Cannabis Control has proposed the state readopt and extend the current, emergency cannabis industry regulations. Previous regulations called for the merging of the medical cannabis industry (MCRSA) and adult-use industry (AUMA) into what’s now known as MAUCRSA, governed by the Bureau of Cannabis Control. As part of the current regulations, applicants have […]

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House Committee Approves Amendment Protecting MMJ Programs

The House Appropriations Committee has passed the so-called Joyce Amendment, which restricts Department of Justice funding for prosecuting state-approved medical cannabis programs. The passage marks the first time the committee has addressed the issue, and the first time such an amendment has passed through regular order in the committee. “Today marks a victory for medical […]

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Pennsylvania Health Department Restricts Access to MMJ Application Scorer Info

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has restricted public access to information about who scored applications for the state’s medical cannabis industry as part of a batch of temporary regulations, according to a PennLive report. The law already bars applicants from obtaining the names of the scorers, but not the general public or journalists. The Office […]

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Canada’s Maricann to Acquire Malta’s Medican Holdings in Stock and Cash Deal

Maricann Group Inc. has agreed to acquire Medican Holdings Ltd, whose subsidiary Medican Research Group is one of six companies that has received a medical cannabis license in the Republic of Malta. The cash-and-stock deal is worth $10.1 million, comprised of $7.6 million in common shares at no less than $2.35, and $2.5 million in […]

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Passed-Over MMJ Dispensary Sues Louisiana Board of Pharmacy

A lawsuit by a would-be medical cannabis dispensary could delay sales in New Orleans, Louisiana. According to a WVUE report, RX Greenhouse has sued the state Board of Pharmacy over their decision to give the city contract to H&W Drug Store, which was ranked fourth – RX Greenhouse was ranked first. H&W has been in business […]

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Michigan to Regulate CBD as MMJ

Michigan regulators have announced that CBD products – even those derived exclusively from industrial hemp – are subject to regulation under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act and the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act. “Cannabidiol (CBD) comes from the marihuana plant. Based on the statutory definitions related to “marihuana” found in the Michigan Public Health Code […]

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West Virginia Treasurer Outlines Proposals to Offer Financial Services to MMJ Firms

West Virginia Treasurer John Perdue has sent a letter to Gov. Jim Justice outlining two plans to provide the state’s medical canna-businesses access to financial services. The first option is a “loop” system; the second a state-owned bank. The “loop system” proposal would provide two options or a combination of both. A “closed-loop” which would […]

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Colorado Cannabis Sales in March Highest Yet in 2018

According to Colorado state Department of Revenue data, cannabis sales in March reached $105,945,278 — up from $85,869,215 in February and $88,729,914 in January. In the first three months of 2018, cannabis sales in the state have totaled $365,686,695. Denver County led the state in sales: the county totaled $34,757,371 in March. Arapahoe County, whose largest […]

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Illinois’ Cresco Labs Wins Industry’s First Healthcare Marketing Report Advertising Award

Illinois-based Cresco Labs has won a Healthcare Marketing Report National Healthcare Advertising Award – the first cannabis company to receive the honor. The company won the Silver Award for their education-based “State of Relief” campaign. Cresco said the goal of the poster campaign was “to try and normalize the cannabis industry for those seeking relief […]

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Salt Lake County, Utah DA Plans to Vote ‘Yes’ on MMJ Ballot Initiative

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill has indicated he will vote in favor of the ballot initiative to legalize medical cannabis in Utah, the Deseret News reports. The support comes as Gov. Gary Herbert and the Utah Medical Association strongly oppose the reforms. “This is not about recreational marijuana, that is not what I […]

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NFL Denies Free Agent Therapeutic Use Exemption for Cannabis

The National Football League has denied free agent running back Mike James an exemption for using cannabis as a painkiller, NBC Sports reports. James, a 2013 sixth-round Tampa Bay Buccaneers draft pick, applied for a therapeutic exemption to use cannabis – which is banned by the league – but officials turned him down. James is […]

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Georgia Gov. Signs Bill to Add PTSD, Intractable Pain to MMJ Program

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has signed the bill adding post-traumatic stress disorder and intractable pain to the state medical cannabis program, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. However, lawmakers failed to pass any broad expansion to the limited low-THC program. Patients still have no in-state access. The program allows enrollees to possess the cannabis oil but does […]

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Study: New York MMJ Patients Reduced Opioid Intake, Saved Money on Meds

Medical cannabis patients in a New York study reduced their use of opioids and spent less money on their prescription medications, according to researchers at GPI Clinical Research and the University of Buffalo School of Pharmacy. The study, titled “Preliminary evaluation of the efficacy, safety, and costs associated with the treatment of chronic pain with […]

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House Committee Advances Measure Allowing VA to Study MMJ

The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee has unanimously voted to advance a measure to allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to research medical cannabis, according to a Stars and Stripes report. The bi-partisan measure was introduced last month by the committee’s ranking Democrat, Rep. Tim Walz, and Republican committee chairman Rep. Phil Roe, who is also […]

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