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29 Jun New Washington state cannabis regulations reflect concern about federal threat

By Bart Schaneman

Washington state’s updated marijuana rules serve notice that regulators are feeling pressure from a U.S. attorney general who opposes legalized cannabis.

The regulations guide the state’s cannabis businesses toward stricter compliance with the Cole Memo – the sector’s best...

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23 Jun Nevada enacts plan to start adult-use marijuana sales July 1

Nevada’s marijuana regulators believe they have found a way around a judge’s order that threatens to block the state’s first recreational marijuana sales scheduled to begin next month.

Gov. Brian Sandoval on Thursday signed an emergency regulation intended to allow rec sales to...

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23 Jun Week in Review: Massachusetts rec logjam, Pennsylvania MMJ grower licensees & Oregon testing woes

By Omar Sacirbey, Bart Schaneman and John Schroyer

The Massachusetts House of Representatives proposes an overhaul to a voter-approved measure to legalize recreational cannabis, Pennsylvania awards 12 medical marijuana cultivation licenses, and Oregon continues to have MJ testing issues.

Here’s a closer look at some notable developments...

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21 Jun New York poised to add PTSD to MMJ qualifying conditions

New York’s five medical cannabis licensees are a signature away from being able to serve patients that suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The state legislature on Tuesday gave final approval to a bill that would add PTSD to the qualifying conditions list for medical marijuana...

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19 Jun Report: Tainted cannabis still evading Oregon testing process

Despite strict efforts by Oregon regulators to keep pesticide-tainted marijuana from reaching store shelves, some contaminated cannabis is still slipping past the state’s testing labs.

The Oregonian, the state’s largest newspaper, recently conducted a study to determine the success of Oregon’s testing program...

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19 Jun 4 Reno MMJ dispensaries could be first in NV to sell rec marijuana

The Reno City Council approved recreational marijuana business licenses for four MMJ dispensaries, positioning them to become the first in Nevada to start selling adult-use cannabis.

Thanks to a decision by Nevada regulators, existing MMJ dispensaries are allowed to participate in an early...

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16 Jun Nevada firm picked to run LSU’s medical marijuana program

Louisiana State University selected GB Sciences, a Nevada-based marijuana company, to operate the school’s medical marijuana program, one of two in the state.

Under the arrangement, GB Sciences is required to make a minimum $3.4 million contribution or a 10% commission on gross receipts...

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16 Jun Week in Review: Vermont’s MMJ expansion, cannabis standards & Sessions’ warning

By John Schroyer and Bart Schaneman

Vermont adds dispensaries and qualifying conditions to its medical marijuana program, two standards organizations begin work on the cannabis sector, and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions tries to strip MMJ protections.

Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the...

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15 Jun Rhode Island gov wants to triple medical marijuana dispensaries 

Rhode Island’s governor has called for an increase in medical marijuana dispensaries in the state and a hike in licensing fees to generate another $1.5 million in revenue.

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo submitted a budget amendment June 9 calling for “no less than six licensed compassion...

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09 Jun Florida legislature approves new medical marijuana regulations

The two chambers of the Florida legislature finally reached a deal on medical marijuana and passed a compromise bill Friday to implement the wildly successful MMJ ballot measure that 70% of voters approved last November.

The measure is now...

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