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Glimpse the future: Insights from mature markets

The process of transitioning a medical cannabis market to adult-use is not without steep learning curves. But Midwestern states preparing to make the big jump don’t necessarily have to fly blind. Unlike established markets who’ve been charting unfamiliar territory…

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Oklahoma residency requirement in dispute

The Oklahoma law requiring the cannabis business owners to reside in the state for at least two years is likely to be struck down as unconstitutional, according to attorneys who represent clients in the industry.

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The vape market’s road to recovery

Once the fastest-growing product category in cannabis, vapes were the focus of the industry’s first public health crisis with the appearance of E-cigarette and Vaping Product Associated Lung Injury (EVALI) in late summer 2019. Despite seeing ups and down in the first half of 2020, in part due to the impact of COVID-19…

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MJ Unpacked Midwest: Day Two Takeaways

At 4:20, a stalwart group gathered for a happy hour farewell to MJ Unpacked Midwest. After two days of making connections and listening to refreshingly detailed and specific breakdowns of various aspects of the business, I found myself trading stories about ridiculous…

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MJ Unpacked Midwest: Day One Takeaways

On Wednesday, industry leaders convened online for the first day of MJ Unpacked Midwest, an event engineered to build relationships at an executive level. Attendees met in the virtual auditorium for a “Wake and Shake” hosted by George Jage, co-founder of MJ Unpacked…

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Glimpse the future: Insights from mature markets

The process of transitioning a medical cannabis market to adult-use is not without steep learning curves. But Midwestern states preparing to make the big jump don’t necessarily have to fly blind. Unlike established markets who’ve been charting unfamiliar territory…

Read More »
Oklahoma medical cannabis

Oklahoma residency requirement in dispute

The Oklahoma law requiring the cannabis business owners to reside in the state for at least two years is likely to be struck down as unconstitutional, according to attorneys who represent clients in the industry.

Read More »
Girl vaping cannabis

The vape market’s road to recovery

Once the fastest-growing product category in cannabis, vapes were the focus of the industry’s first public health crisis with the appearance of E-cigarette and Vaping Product Associated Lung Injury (EVALI) in late summer 2019. Despite seeing ups and down in the first half of 2020, in part due to the impact of COVID-19…

Read More »
MJ Unpacked cannabis trade show

MJ Unpacked Midwest: Day Two Takeaways

At 4:20, a stalwart group gathered for a happy hour farewell to MJ Unpacked Midwest. After two days of making connections and listening to refreshingly detailed and specific breakdowns of various aspects of the business, I found myself trading stories about ridiculous…

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MJ Unpacked Midwest: Day One Takeaways

On Wednesday, industry leaders convened online for the first day of MJ Unpacked Midwest, an event engineered to build relationships at an executive level. Attendees met in the virtual auditorium for a “Wake and Shake” hosted by George Jage, co-founder of MJ Unpacked…

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Trend Watch: New products unveiled at MJ Unpacked California

The wealth of new products unveiled at MJ Unpacked CA ranged from fast-acting THC edibles to extracts featuring live rosins and trichomes. Cannabis industry influencers converged online from Tuesday, July 14, to Thursday, July 17, in an effort to address the state of California’s cannabis social equity program, provide

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What millennials and boomers have in common

The boomer generation may have its foibles, but we can thank the olds for making pot smoking a major American pastime. So it’s no real surprise that boomers are still smoking a lot of pot. But Verilife’s 2020 survey on cannabis use shows surprising similarities in preferences–across generations.

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Strange brew: Is yeast the future of cannabinoid production?

Lygos announces a plan to produce lab-grown cannabinoids using a proprietary fermentation and processing technology that was developed by Librede, a synthetic biology company specializing in cannabinoid products. The new fermentation process enables the production of cannabinoids and…

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The truth about cats and dogs: A look at the pet CBD category

Who’s buying CBD products for their pets and what motivates them? Brightfield Group released a detailed study on the CBD for pets market, including owner demographics, pet demographics, paths to purchase, the most popular product types, and purchase habits. The results are enlightening.

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Organigram sends first shipment of dried flower to Israel

A leading Canadian cannabis producer now distributes to Israeli medical pioneer Canndoc. Both companies have established themselves as pioneering producers. The shipment is part of Organigram’s multi-year deal with Canndoc and is estimated to be worth approximately $2.4M CDN. Organigram will provide a guaranteed 3,000 kg of dried flower…

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Robot dogs? Grapefruit USA will use AI to optimize operations

Robotic Assistance Devices (RAD) has entered into an agreement to develop custom solutions for Grapefruit USA, which holds manufacturing and distribution licenses in California and Illinois. Grapefruit USA will employ RAD’s robotic technology to meet industry challenges by using artificial intelligence video analytics.

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Carole Vallone replaces McCormack on Cresco Board

The cannabis brand and retail giant announced its second female board member. Vallone will serve alongside Michele Roberts, the Executive Director of the NBA Players Association, who was elected in April. The company also announced that Brian McCormack, vice chairman of the board, has…

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IIP Expands Real Estate Partnership with Cresco

Innovative Industrial Properties closed on the acquisition of a gigantic cannabis facility in Massachusetts. The property is 118,000 square feet and includes cultivation space, a processing facility, and a dispensary that will serve adult use and medical patients.

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MJ Unpacked cannabis trade show

MJ Unpacked Midwest: Day Two Takeaways

At 4:20, a stalwart group gathered for a happy hour farewell to MJ Unpacked Midwest. After two days of making connections and listening to refreshingly detailed and specific breakdowns of various aspects of the business, I found myself trading stories about ridiculous…

Read More »

MJ Unpacked Midwest: Day One Takeaways

On Wednesday, industry leaders convened online for the first day of MJ Unpacked Midwest, an event engineered to build relationships at an executive level. Attendees met in the virtual auditorium for a “Wake and Shake” hosted by George Jage, co-founder of MJ Unpacked…

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Columbia Care continues rapid expansion in West and Midwest

September has been a busy month for cannabis giant Columbia Care. On September 1, the company gained major bragging rights when it announced it had acquired The Green Solution (TGS), the largest vertically integrated cannabis operator in Colorado. But this proved just the start of a rapid…

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IIP expands footprint in Florida

Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. (IIP) continues to expand its footprint. Today the real estate investment trust announced that it has closed on the acquisition of a property in Lakeland, Florida. The purchase price was approximately…

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With Good News Cresco is on an upswing

The launch of Good News is just the latest in a string of expansions from the comany, which is already one of the largest vertically integrated multi-state operators in the United States. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Cresco has continued to open…

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Amyris Scales First Fermentation-Based CBG

Amyris, a synthetic biotechnology company specializing in cosmetics, flavors, and fragrances, has successfully scaled up production of Cannabigerol (CBG), a non-psychoactive cannabinoid. Often referred to as “the stemcell of cannabinoids,” CBG is the precursor from which all other cannabinoids are synthesized and is purported to…

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Avail launches study on treating PTSD with cannabis

Ontario’s Avail Cannabis is launching a study to identify the optimal cannabinoid profile and therapeutic dose of medical cannabis oil for military veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In light of COVID-19 public health guidelines regarding social distancing, patients will participate in the study remotely…

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Oklahoma lab under investigation for allegedly falsifying results

The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority and the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs are investigating F.A.S.T laboratories after allegations of false test results. Both agencies confirm that they are investigating the lab, which has its headquarters in Oklahoma City. But, as Tulsa World reports…

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Lab partners: Researching the endocannabinoid system

Vyripharm International partners with Tapei’s National Yang-Ming University to research the endocannabinoid system.The partnership will facilitate the investigation of the role of CB1 receptors as a diagnostic and therapeutic target in PTSD and TRD. The two institutions intend to work together to develop…

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