Columbus, Ohio MMJ Clinics Open Without Products on Shelves

Medical cannabis clinics are beginning to open their doors in Columbus, Ohio, though the industry’s medical cannabis products aren’t ready and, in fact, haven’t even been planted yet. Instead, businesses have doctors on-site who are meeting with future patients and helping people sign up for Ohio’s new medical cannabis program. “Our goal is to get […]

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Ohio MMJ Market Delayed, Sales Won’t Launch on Sept. 8

Cannabis patients in Ohio won’t have access to medicine by the September 8 deadline for launching the program due to delays in the licensing process for the state’s 25 growers, according to a Cincinnatti.com report. While licenses have been issued, cultivators can’t actually start growing until they have passed inspections with the Ohio Department of Commerce. […]

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Michigan Extends Deadline for Unlicensed Canna-businesses to Remain Operational

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs is allowing unlicensed medical cannabis dispensaries to remain open until Sept. 15 without risking future licensing eligibility. Operators had faced a June 15 deadline; however, regulators have been slow in issuing licenses under the new regime approved by lawmakers in 2016. According to LARA, the extension allows […]

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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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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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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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Massachusetts Cannabis Regulators Mistakenly Approve, Then Rescind, 10 Retail Cannabis Applications

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission mistakenly approved 10 priority certification retail cannabis applications that were supposed to be denied, according to a State House News Service report. The CCC had approved 146 such applications but Executive Director Shawn Collins admitted that 10 of those were approved in error. “Upon further review, we’ve identified a number […]

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Saskatchewan Canada Opens Cannabis Wholesale Permits

The Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority is now accepting applications for wholesale cannabis permits and licensed producers. There is no limit in the province on the number of wholesale permits, but those permittees can only sell to retailers and not to the general public. Wholesale permit fees run $5,000, including a $2,000 non-refundable application fee […]

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Maryland Legislature Passes MMJ Expansion Bill to Address Lack of Minority-Owned Firms

Maryland’s Senate and House of Delegates passed a bill over the weekend to issue seven additional medical cannabis cultivation and 13 processing licenses, the Baltimore Sun reports. The bill includes language which would force regulators to consider race and barriers for minorities, including women, with the issuance of those licenses. The bill’s passage addresses the […]

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No Laboratories Apply for Guam MMJ Testing License; Program on Hold

Not a single company has applied for a medical cannabis testing license in Guam, putting the start of the program on hold, the Associated Press reports. The program was approved by voters in 2014 and Gov. Eddie Calvo approved the regulations last February. The law requires potency and safety testing. Department of Public Health and […]

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Massachusetts Regulators Receive 200+ Applications in First 24 hours

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission has received more than 200 adult-use cannabis industry applications since they began accepting some applications on Tuesday, the State House News Service reports. Presently, the agency is only accepting applications from current medical cannabis dispensary owners who wish to sell their products to adults 21-and-older and empowerment applications. The majority […]

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Massachusetts Begins Accepting Some Adult-Use Cannabis Applications

Starting today, the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission will begin accepting applications for priority certification as registered marijuana dispensaries and economic empowerment applicants. Those granted priority certification will be allowed to apply for commercial applications on Apr. 16; all other license types will start their application process on May 1 or June 1, depending on the […]

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Michigan Sends More MMJ Dispensary Cease-and-Desist Letters, Still Haven’t Issued a License

Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory affairs have sent cease and desist letters to more than 200 medical cannabis businesses throughout the state over the last two weeks, despite regulators failing to issue a single operator license in the year-and-a-half since the medical cannabis program reforms were signed into law. According to a Detroit Free […]

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Iowa Awards First CBD-Only Dispensary Licenses

The Iowa Office of Medical Cannabidiol has awarded its first dispensary licenses to three companies to operate five locations throughout the state under the CBD-only law passed by the Legislature in 2017. Licenses have been offered to: HAH IA LLC, which will operate dispensaries in Council Bluffs and Davenport as Have a Heart Compassion Care […]

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Arkansas Attorney General Appeals Court Ruling to Halt MMJ Cultivator Licensing

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has appealed the decision by Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Wendell Griffen to declare the state’s medical cannabis cultivation licenses “null and void,” KASU reports. The case will be heard by the state Supreme Court, although it’s unclear when the body will hear the case. In the ruling, Griffen said […]

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Arkansas Judge Rules MMJ Cultivation Licenses ‘Null and Void’

Arkansas Judge Wendell Griffen has declared the state’s medical cannabis cultivation licenses “null and void” finding that the state Medical Marijuana Commission disregarded the licensing rules in the voter-approved amendment, according to a 40/29 report. In the ruling, the judge said that the commission failed to verify the sites’ distances from schools, churches, and daycares, […]

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Michigan Regulators Deny First Two MMJ Industry Licenses

The first two applications for Michigan’s new medical cannabis business licenses – one dispensary and one transport service – were both rejected by the state cannabis licensing board, the Detroit Free Press reports. The vote was 2-2 and the fifth member of the board was absent and couldn’t break the tie. The applications were for […]

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Licensing for Some Massachusetts Rec. Cannabis Businesses Opens Apr. 2

Licensing for some prospective Massachusetts retail dispensaries will begin on Apr. 2 as the state will open up the process for priority certification, which includes any dispensaries that have secured final or provisional licenses through the Department of Public Health and Economic Empowerment Applicants. The priority licensing will run until the 16th, when priority applicants […]

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Michigan Officials Shut Down 40 MMJ Businesses Who Did Not Apply for Licenses

At least 40 medical cannabis dispensaries throughout Michigan were ordered by state officials and the Michigan State Police to stop operating as the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs begins its crackdown on dispensaries that did not apply for a license by the Feb. 15 deadline, the Detroit Free Press reports. LARA spokesman David Harns […]

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Washington State Budget Includes $100K for Hemp Program

Washington state’s budget includes $100,000 to license hemp farmers and market hemp products, according to a Capital Press report. The funding – $187,000 less than requested by the Department of Agriculture – allows the program to continue for another year; however, the agency has not yet resumed licensing producers. The program has been on hold […]

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Arkansas Approves Five MMJ Cultivators

Arkansas has approved five companies to cultivate medical cannabis under the state’s voter-approved measure, including one which counts former state Attorney General Dustin McDaniel among its investors, according to a WREG report. The state received a total of 95 applications. Who’s in? Natural State Medicinals Cultivation in Jefferson County Bold Team LLC in Woodruff County Natural […]

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Ohio Bill Would Put Hold on and Force MMJ License Review

Legislation introduced in Ohio would prevent the final medical cannabis licenses from being awarded but does not include language to delay the Sept. 8 deadline to roll out the program required by the law, according to a Toledo Blade report. The move comes two days after six medical cannabis applicants sued the state claiming regulators […]

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Six MMJ Cultivator Applicants Sue Ohio

Six medical cannabis cultivator applicants are suing Ohio claiming that regulators didn’t follow their own rules in scoring and awarding the 12 licenses to grow cannabis for the state program, Cleveland.com reports. The lawsuit aims to block the state from awarding the licenses. Among the claims: Scores for at least 14 of the applications were […]

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Aurora Sky Facility Receives Health Canada MMJ Cultivation License

Aurora Cannabis Inc. has received a cultivation license from Health Canada for its under-construction, 800,000-square-foot facility at the Edmonton International Airport, dubbed Aurora Sky. The facility will be able to produce more than 100,000 kilograms (220,462 pounds) of cannabis annually. “The licensing of Aurora Sky is a game changing milestone for the cannabis industry and […]

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