Local rule is undermining Massachusetts’ attempt to create equity in the cannabis industry

BOSTON — Massachusetts was the first state to create a program to diversify the cannabis industry, in hopes that legalization wouldn’t only benefit already-wealthy white men. So far, it hasn’t worked. Massachusetts identified 122 women, minorities and veterans who should have gotten first crack when marijuana became legal for adult use in 2016. Fast forward to […]

Production Ramping Up For Legal Cannabis in Illinois

Cultivators are prodding, trimming as well as pampering marijuana plants in the outskirt regions of Downstate, Illinois, in anticipation of cannabis legalization on 1 January. As per Jeremy Unruh, Pharmacann regulatory affairs director, the state offered them the authority to start producing cannabis. They have ramped up the production from now to ensure that they […]

Jamaica Making Progress on Cannabis

The Honourable Floyd Green, Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Agriculture says that an advancement is being initiated in the development of local medical marijuana industry, with effort already advanced on guidelines and regulations. He said that the Ministry currently is in the process of first draft of export/import regulations for […]

Farmersville’s first cannabis dispensary opens

VISALIA, Calif. — Token Farms was the first cannabis dispensary to get the green light from Farmersville city council earlier this year. On Thursday night, they held a test run of sorts, welcoming friends, family, and Action News cameras inside the store. Once someone walks onto the sales floor, Token Farms Owner Jennifer Mendonca says […]

Cannabis producer Hexo shutting down facilities amid deep staff cuts

Cannabis producer Hexo Corp. will shut down several facilities it operates near Niagara Falls, Ontario, as a result of 200 layoffs it announced Thursday, according to people familiar with the matter. Hexo HEXO, -5.56% HEXO, -6.04%  did not respond to phone and email requests for comment. It was not immediately clear what the impact of the Ontario facilities’ closure will […]

Miami Beach Officially Bans Public Smoking of Marijuana and Hemp

For the past three and a half months, marijuana has essentially been decriminalized in Miami. After Florida legalized hemp July 1, the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office announced it would no longer prosecute most minor marijuana charges because the substance is virtually indistinguishable from hemp. Nevertheless, the City of Miami Beach has passed a municipal ordinance to discourage […]

Legal cannabis in New Mexico closer to reality

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Making marijuana legal for anyone 21 and older in New Mexico is now in the hands of our elected officials, after a Governor-appointed work group finished drafting its recommendations for what a recreational marijuana program would look like. “In other states,the the recreational program just cannibalizes medical, and patients lose access because there’s […]

As ‘Cannabis 2.0’ kicks off in Canada, industry strangled by limited retail outlets

A year after Canada legalized use of recreational marijuana cannabis stocks have lost half their market value, and investors betting that the launch of higher-margin pot-infused drinks and other products will quickly lift shares may be in for a bumpy ride. So-called cannabis 2.0 – legalization of marijuana derivatives including edibles, beverages, extracts and vape […]

Cannabis company recalls marijuana for mold and yeast at 54 Denver dispensaries

Cannabis growers Bonsai Cultivation has recalled marijuana from stores all over the city and state because of excessively high yeast and mold counts, the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment announced Monday. Consumers who bought Bonsai brand flower, shake, trim, and pre-rolls (spliffs, joints, blunts) between April 30 and Oct. 14 could be affected. […]

American-born Israeli woman sentenced 7 1/2 years in Russia for cannabis

A 26-year-old woman with dual American and Israeli citizenship who has been jailed in Russia since April after authorities allegedly found nine grams of cannabis in her luggage, has been sentenced to seven and a half years in prison, her sister said. Naama Issachar’s sister, Liad Gold, told Fox News on Sunday that her sister […]