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18 Aug San Diego police continue crackdown on illegal dispensaries

San Diego police raided two illegal dispensaries as part of the city’s ongoing effort to shutter illicit marijuana businesses.

Authorities seized 30 pounds of marijuana and $37,000 from The Healing Center, City News Service reported, and four employees were arrested. The other facility,...

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18 Aug Week in Review: Maine rec cannabis launch delayed, Maryland MMJ grow licensees & DOJ vs. DEA

By John Schroyer and Bart Schaneman

The launch of Maine’s recreational marijuana industry is delayed, a deadline passes for Maryland’s licensed medical cannabis growers, and the Department of Justice nixes a DEA decision on MJ research.

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

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17 Aug Judge says Nevada can expand pool for rec cannabis distribution

A judge cleared the way for Nevada to allow more businesses to transport cannabis from growers to stores in an effort to keep up with overwhelming demand since recreational marijuana sales began last month.

Carson City District Judge James Russell on Thursday lifted an order blocking...

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17 Aug Vancouver MMJ dispensary to get its day in court – in a year

A date finally has been set for a British Columbia courtroom to hear a case involving the first of 53 injunctions Vancouver has filed against unlicensed medical marijuana dispensaries operating within the city.

Karuna Health Foundation will serve as a “test case” for the other...

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16 Aug Several factors led to Hawaii’s flawed medical marijuana launch

By Bart Schaneman

When Hawaii's two operational medical marijuana dispensaries were forced to close just days after opening, a laboratory bottleneck was blamed for a supply disruption.

But participants in the fledgling MMJ program said the state's only functioning lab isn't at fault. Instead, they pointed to...

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15 Aug Recent New York medical marijuana licensee agrees to sale

A company that just this month won a license to grow and sell medical marijuana in New York is about to change ownership.

Citiva Medical – one of five companies to receive MMJ licenses in early August – is in the...

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15 Aug Marijuana industry may be tiring of playing the ‘strain name game’

By Omar Sacirbey

Many marijuana businesses sell goods based on strain names, but those days could be coming to an end.

More and more industry participants seemingly are starting to view strain names as unreliable indicators of a plant’s genetics and what types of cannabinoids are actually present...

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14 Aug Hawaii dispensaries run out of medical cannabis after a few days

Hawaii’s two medical marijuana dispensaries are out of product just days after opening.

Maui Grown Therapies and Aloha Green, on Oahu, can’t move flower quickly enough through the state’s testing bottleneck, and with 17,000 registered patients waiting for medical cannabis, demand has quickly outpaced supply.

Maui...

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14 Aug Judge halts Nevada marijuana regulators’ distribution plan

Nevada marijuana regulators won’t be able to issue cannabis distribution licenses to businesses other than liquor wholesalers after all.

A judge has sided with the Independent Alcohol Distributors of Nevada, who by law have exclusive rights to deliver recreational marijuana to sellers for 18 months, the...

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14 Aug Montana medical cannabis registrations skyrocketing

The number of registered medical cannabis patients in Montana has continued its steady upward pace this year, with the number of program enrollees more than doubling between December and July.

As of last month, 17,819 patients had registered with the state to purchase MMJ,...

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