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Ownership questions prompt investigations into two Ohio medical marijuana companies

7/10/19--The Ohio Board of Pharmacy, which oversees medical marijuana dispensaries, has concluded that Greenleaf Apothecaries LLC, which does business as The Botanist, and Harvest of Ohio LLC allegedly lied on their applications to sell medical marijuana in Ohio and violating rules for the state's highly regulated program. Read

Haleigh’s Hope, Inc. lab receives FDA compliant, GMP certification on manufacturing practices for all hemp CBD products manufactured by the company

7/1/19--After years of requests to obtain GMP certification, a requirement set forth by the FDA for all consumable products manufactured for commercial distribution in the United States, Haleigh's Hope, Inc. announces that the company's efforts finally paid off on May 9, 2019. After several lawsuits and successful policy changes, GMP certification is now possible for state and federally compliant cannabis manufacturing facilities. Read

MedMen expands its cannabis retail empire to Florida

6/14/19--MedMen Enterprises, one of the larger cannabis dispensary operations in the US, is zeroing in on Florida as it continues its US expansion. MedMen, which is based in Los Angeles and operates 35 medical and recreational cannabis stores in the US, opened a 7,550-square-foot medical marijuana dispensary in downtown West Palm Beach, Florida, on Friday. Read

Operator of Franklin marijuana facility to be sold

6/14/19--The Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) on Thursday approved the sale of New England Treatment Access (NETA), which operates a marijuana cultivation facility in Franklin. The sale of NETA to Surterra was the fifth change of control or ownership application approved by the CCC. Read

Medical marijuana firm seeks OK to expand

6/4/19--Alpha Foliage, one of the state’s largest medical-marijuana firms, wants to grow bigger. The company filed a petition last week with the state Office of Medical Marijuana Use seeking to increase its number of storefronts. Read

For cannabis stock Tilray (TLRY), marijuana oversupply could be a good thing

4/25/19--Finding sufficient high quality marijuana to use in its products “has been a challenge” for Tilray. In response to the challenge, the company has added about 15,000 kilograms of production capacity to its High Park Gardens facility in Canada, and is building out production capacity in Portugal to support its move into the European market. Tilray believes that oversupply will be the big trend in the Canadian cannabis market — and it doesn’t want to sink too much of its capital into expanding production of a commodity that will one day end up in oversupply. Read

The marijuana billionaire who doesn’t smoke weed

1/16/19--Brendan Kennedy’s Canadian cannabis company Tilray has unexpectedly become America’s gateway to the legal marijuana industry. Tilray sells marijuana for medical use and, more recently, recreational use. It wears the crown as the hottest IPO of 2018, returning 315% for the year and valuing the Canada-based but American-run company at $9 billion today. To stay ahead, Kennedy, who actually had an antidrug upbringing, spends a lot of time trying to predict which country will be the next to legalize marijuana, so that Tilray will be there when it does. Read

Georgia marijuana company agrees to buy New England Treatment Access

1/14/19--New England Treatment Access, one of the state’s early medical marijuana operators and the first to sell recreational pot in Massachusetts, has agreed to be acquired by Atlanta-based Surterra Wellness. This acquisition is one of the largest to date in the US marijuana industry. The deal, which is subject to approval by the state Cannabis Control Commission, comes amid a wave of consolidation in the Massachusetts marijuana industry. Read

Pot unites democrats, republicans as ex-party chiefs join Tilray

12/13/18--Michael Steele and Dean Howard, former chairmen of the Republican and Democratic parties respectively, are among the heavyweights joining a Canadian company’s effort to boost the prestige of the marijuana industry. Tilray Inc., the first marijuana company to list directly on a U.S. exchange, announced the formation of a 10-person advisory board. Read

Aurora Cannabis to acquire Mexican company following partnership deal

12/10/18--Aurora Cannabis Inc. has signed a deal to acquire Mexican company Farmacias Magistrales. The deal to buy the pharmaceutical manufacturer and distributor follows an agreement last week that saw Aurora partner with the company. Read

Queen of cannabis: Pa.’s biggest weed dealer is a brash and bold entrepreneur

12/11/18--Chris Visco, a dominant retailer of medical marijuana, is the cofounder and CEO of TerraVida Holistic Centers, a chain of three marijuana dispensaries scattered across the Philadelphia suburbs. Visco has taken an unorthodox route to the top of the Keystone State's marijuana industry. She employs nearly 80 people and hopes to open six more spa-like dispensaries next year. Read

AB InBev watching the legal marijuana market closely

10/28/18--The world’s biggest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), says it is keeping a close eye on the burgeoning marijuana market. Major brewing giants are increasingly linking up with marijuana producers as countries legalize the plant. This is partly because brewers are in some cases selling less beer where marijuana has been legalized. Read

Bill Weld: Former governor, now marijuana hype man

10/19/18--As a featured speaker at the Cannabis World Congress and Business Exposition in Boston, Bill Weld, former US attorney and governor of Massachusetts, appeared to be a hype man for Acreage Holdings. Weld actually supported marijuana for medical use as governor in the early 1990s, long before that policy had the widespread support of Americans. He also strongly endorsed the STATES Act, a bill that would repeal the federal prohibition of marijuana and allow states to set their own policies on the drug. Read


9/26/18--The Massachusetts Cannabis Business Association (MassCBA) is an independent, non-profit organization whose mission is to be the convener, voice, and advocate for the Commonwealth’s cannabis business community, including businesses providing ancillary services. Read

Starting Monday, you can shop later at Denver marijuana stores that choose 10 p.m. closing

4/24/17--Denver marijuana licensees on Monday received permission from the city to keep their stores open until 10 p.m. — a move the industry says will help it compete with businesses in some neighboring cities. Stores that offer recreational or medical marijuana sales (or both) will get the option to adjust their hours beginning May 1. Read

Getting high in the name of religion: the new church for weed smokers

4/13/17--The International Church of Cannabis in Denver, Colorado, claims to be the first venue in the world where people can legally consume cannabis in a social environment. However, cannabis consumption at the church may raise some legal issues. Colorado politicians are still considering a bill that would let local governments decide whether to allow social pot clubs. The bill would also allow any jurisdiction to ban them altogether. Read

Marijuana in the classroom in unexpected way

4/5/17--The University of Denver is bringing marijuana into the classroom in a way that's never been done before. It's the only AACB accredited business school in the country teaching a marijuana course with topics ranging from legal and political pitfalls to running your own company. Read

Embattled weed tech company MassRoots cuts jobs amid debt default

screen-shot-2016-10-10-at-10-03-57-pm9/27/16--MassRoots Inc., the cannabis-centric technology and social media company, has cut more than 40 percent of its workforce and recently defaulted on debt payments, the Denver-based firm disclosed. Read

Honest Marijuana Co. — organic cannabis grown with the earth in mind

screen-shot-2016-10-10-at-10-44-10-am9/26/16--Dope magazine writer Melissa Joy reports on her experience touring the wholesale company, Honest Marijuana. According to Joy, the quality of Honest Marijuana’s product is unreal, and nothing can compare to their garden. The company's mission is to utilize space as optimally as possible, while also employing eco-friendly methods to create their products. Read