Cannalytics Becomes First Accredited Cannabis Lab in Puerto Rico {$excerpt:n} In a press release sent out this week, A2LA announced they have accredited Cannalytics to ISO 17025:2017. With the finalized accreditation in December 2020, Cannalytics is the first cannabis testing laboratory in Puerto Rico to get accredited to the standard. Jorge Diaz, owner and director…

Flower-Side Chats Part 1: A Q&A with Sam Ghods, CEO of Connected {$excerpt:n} Flower continues to be the dominant product category in US cannabis sales. In this “Flower-Side Chats” series of articles Green interviews integrated cannabis companies and flower brands that are bringing unique business models to the industry. Particular attention is focused on how…

New Guidance on Waste Disposal for Hemp Producers {$excerpt:n} On January 15, 2021, the USDA published its final rule on US hemp production. The rule, which becomes effective on March 22, 2021, expands and formalizes previous guidance related to waste disposal of noncompliant or “hot” crops (crops with a THC concentration above .3 percent). Importantly…

Jazz Pharmaceuticals to Acquire GW Pharma {$excerpt:n} Last week, GW Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: GWPH) announced they have entered into an agreement with Jazz Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: JAZZ) for Jazz to acquire GW Pharma. Both boards of directors for the two companies have approved the deal and they expect the acquisition to close in the second quarter of…

Learning from the First Wave Part 2: California’s Cannabis Supply Chain and Vertical Integration, with a Grain of Salt {$excerpt:n} Part One of this series took a look at how the regulated cannabis market can only be understood in relation to the previous medical market as well as the ongoing “traditional” market. Part Two of the…

EU Adds CBD To Its List Of Legal Cosmetic Ingredients {$excerpt:n} Up until now, only synthetic CBD was expressly allowed as a cosmetic ingredient in the European Union’s database. On February 4, the European Union (EU)’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs added cannabidiol (CBD) “derived from extract or tincture or resin…

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…

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