Month: April 2020

US Justice memo suggests cannabis research held up amid flawed process

A 2018 U.S. Justice Department opinion released as part of a court settlement explains why the Drug Enforcement Administration has delayed acting on marijuana research applications and is now revising its rules. The Justice Department legal memo concluded that the DEA violated international drug laws by not physically possessing the marijuana grown for research purposes, […]

Scientists Create New Method to Store Marijuana Pollen on a Long-Term Basis

Researchers have developed a way to determine the viability of pollen germination in marijuana plants, as well as a simple method of storing cannabis pollen for long periods of time, according to a new study. For marijuana cultivators, the results could prove useful, helping them avoid potentially costly mistakes in the process and ensuring consistency […]

Illinois delays awarding 75 recreational marijuana licenses

Illinois will postpone the allocation of 75 additional business licenses for adult-use cannabis stores because of the coronavirus emergency, meaning existing operators will remain in command of the fast-growing market for the time being. The delay beyond the original May 1 award date was expected because Illinois’ governor issued a modified stay-at-home order that begins May […]

Five top considerations before acquiring a cannabis cultivation site

(Editor’s note: This story is part of a recurring series of commentaries from professionals connected to the cannabis industry. Amy Steinfeld is co-chair of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck’s marijuana and industrial hemp industry group. Jack Ucciferri is a law clerk for the firm.) Beware of getting caught up in the race to secure a cannabis […]

Denver cannabis advisory group to examine social equity, diversity deficiencies

Marijuana regulators in Denver have formed an advisory group that includes industry officials to recommend licensing and policy changes that could help diversify the city’s cannabis space and provide more equitable access to the market. The 24-person working group, which also includes city officials, trade groups, activists and others, will start by looking at new […]

Michigan wholesale medical marijuana prices fall on flood of caregiver product

Wholesale prices for medical cannabis plummeted in Michigan after a change in regulations that prevents caregivers from selling into the recreational market caused them to offload large amounts of flower. Several cannabis industry experts say that, before the change in the law, wholesale pounds of medical marijuana flower were selling for around $4,000 a pound. […]

Local rules trump Michigan’s medical cannabis law, state high court says

Michigan’s medical marijuana law does not overrule certain zoning powers of local governments, the state Supreme Court ruled Monday. An ordinance in Byron Township, south of Grand Rapids, bars registered caregivers from growing marijuana at a commercial property. The state appeals court ruled that the ordinance conflicted with Michigan’s medical marijuana law, which allows cultivation […]

US wholesale cannabis prices end 2019 firm, then fluctuate in first four months of 2020

Wholesale cannabis prices ended 2019 on a strong note across the United States – good news for growers after a brutal 2018 – but the first four months of 2020 have provided far less certainty for cultivators. According to the U.S. Spot Index from Cannabis Benchmarks, prices peaked in mid-February. Since then, the volume-weighted average […]