Five Things Every Cannabis Business Needs Before They Open {$excerpt:n} When it comes to small business opportunities these days, few phrases give people the old dollar-sign-eyes more than “legal cannabis”. From states like Michigan where it’s been approved for both medicinal and adult use, to places like South Carolina where legalization has been a popular…

A Look at the Rise Of The East Coast Cannabis Market {$excerpt:n} The rise of the East Coast cannabis market gained another foothold in late March 2021 when New York became the most recent state to legalize adult use cannabis, joining ranks with other Atlantic stalwarts, including New Jersey, Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, Virginia and Washington,…

Virginia Finalizes Legalization Plan {$excerpt:n} On April 7, 2021, legislators in Virginia finally came to an agreement for their adult use cannabis legalization plan. Back in February of this year, lawmakers passed a bill to legalize adult use cannabis with a launch date of 2024, but Governor Ralph Northam wanted to move quicker than that.…

Political & Corporate Lobbying Influences Emerge in Cannabis {$excerpt:n} In a press release sent out this morning, a new coalition announced their launch to “end the prohibition, criminalization, and overregulation of cannabis in the United States.” The Cannabis Freedom Alliance (CFA) says their core values include federal descheduling, criminal justice reform, “reentry and successful second…

New Mexico Poised to Legalize Adult Use Cannabis {$excerpt:n} On March 31, 2021, legislators in New Mexico reached an agreement on SB2/HB2, a bill that legalizes adult use cannabis. The bill now heads to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s desk, where she is expected to sign it. Following the conclusion of the regular legislative session, the…

New York Legalizes Adult Use Cannabis {$excerpt:n} On March 31, 2021, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed The Marijuana Revenue and Taxation Act (MRTA) into law, legalizing adult use, home cultivation and possession of cannabis for adults over 21 immediately. Upon signing the bill this morning, previous cannabis-related convictions are automatically expunged, according to the…

Implement These Tips to Quickly Fortify Cannabis Dispensaries {$excerpt:n} Based on the recent string of cannabis thefts in Portland, Oregon, the spotlight is shining even brighter on the need for enhanced security measures at cannabis dispensaries throughout the country. According to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, the Portland metro area alone has experienced more than…

FDA Issues Warning Letters on Marketing and Sale of OTC CBD Products {$excerpt:n} The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued warning letters this month to two companies concerning the marketing and sale of over-the-counter (OTC) drug products containing cannabidiol (CBD) as an inactive ingredient. The letters allege violations of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic (FD&C)…

Cannabis & Chemicals: Why Glove Sourcing is Vital {$excerpt:n} Freya Farm, a pesticide-free cannabis producer and processor located in Conway, Wash., was recently forced to issue a recall after the chemical o-Phenylphenol, listed under CA Prop 65, was found on its products. Testing traced the antimicrobial compound, known to cause cancer, back to the FDA-compliant…

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