Hardware Platforms in Cannabis: A Q&A with Mike McDonald, President and CEO of Ammonite {$excerpt:n} More and more we are seeing the development of proprietary hardware platforms in cannabis. With proprietary technology in hand, manufacturers often lean on MSOs, LPs and other brand partners to grow their business through existing sales channels. We spoke with…

MCR Labs Opens Pennsylvania Location {$excerpt:n} According to a press release sent out last week, MCR Labs just opened their newest facility in Pennsylvania. The laboratory, based in Allentown, PA, began accepting and testing cannabis samples last week. A lab technician at MCR Labs weighs flower for testing. MCR Labs became the first independent cannabis…

CA Health and Safety Warning Laws Have Changed: Are You In Compliance? {$excerpt:n} A new California Proposition 65 mandate took effect on January 3, requiring health warning labels for all cannabis products sold in the state. Failure to comply with the requirements can and will result in enforcement against cannabis producers and sellers, resulting in hefty penalties. Here’s what…

Due Diligence for Suppliers & Cannabis Supply Chain Partners {$excerpt:n} Between the patchwork quilt of rules and regulations that is the modern cannabis industry, products pass through many hands before being sold to a customer. From sourcing, cultivating, manufacturing, distributing and vending, the relationships between a licensee and their vendors/partners up and down the supply…

Updates in Employment Law: CA, WA & CO {$excerpt:n} A number of laws have gone into effect in 2021 which may have a major impact on cannabis industry employers; clearly understanding the changing legal landscape is essential to avoid and limit potential liability in the new year and beyond. Below is a brief summary of…

AOAC Approves New Microbial Testing Validations {$excerpt:n} In a press release sent out this month, bioMérieux announced they have received the very first approvals in cannabis and hemp for AOAC Research Institute Performance Testing Methods (PTM). AOAC approved method validation for the detection of Salmonella and STEC (Shiga toxin-producing E. coli) in cannabis flower utilizing…

Cresco Labs Acquires Bluma Wellness {$excerpt:n} Cresco Labs, one of the largest multistate operators (MSOs) in the country, announced the acquisition of Bluma Wellness Inc., a vertically integrated cannabis company based in Florida. Cresco Labs, with roots in Chicago, Illinois, operate 29 licenses in 6 states across the United States. With this new acquisition, Cresco…

New Trade Organization Launches: The Sustainable Cannabis Coalition {$excerpt:n} According to a press release published today, a number of businesses in the cannabis cultivation market have announced they are launching the Sustainable Cannabis Coalition (SCC). The group’s purpose is to “measure, document and improve sustainable cannabis cultivation and manufacturing through education and proliferation of best…