Month: May 2020

UN to vote on WHO cannabis plan, MA recreational sales resume, California localities welcome marijuana & more

A document prepared by the chair of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) lays out a course to keep on track for December’s key vote on the World Health Organization’s cannabis scheduling recommendations. MJBizDaily takeaway: This is a welcome development for industry stakeholders worried about a delay arising from the coronavirus crisis. The vote […]

Here are the brands and products supporting LGBTQ organizations for Pride

The celebration and support of Pride holds a special place in the cannabis community. Due to the tireless efforts of HIV/AIDS activists who dedicated their lives advocating for the medical potential of cannabis, Proposition 215 was passed in 1996. Also known as the Compassionate Use Act, the California law was the first to permit the […]

Impact of COVID-19 on cannabis retail sales varies by state

While state cannabis markets have unique dynamics, sales generally have been strong during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Nancy Whiteman, CEO of Boulder, Colorado-based edibles company Wana Brands. During a Marijuana Business Daily webinar, Whiteman shared her company’s insights alongside broader data presented by Liz Connors, director of analytics at Seattle-based Headset. Eli McVey, MJBizDaily’s […]

Minnesota tribe approves medical cannabis with flower sales

Red Lake Nation citizens, an Ojibwe American Indian tribe in Minnesota, voted in favor of developing a medical marijuana program. Red Lake Nation News reported that 80% of the tribe said yes to a medical marijuana program that would allow the sale and use of medical cannabis flower, which the state of Minnesota prohibits. The […]

Missouri medical cannabis program moves forward amid wide-ranging probe into possible misconduct

Scrutiny of Missouri’s medical cannabis licensing recently escalated to Gov. Mike Parson’s office and a close adviser, apparently making the investigation among the first MMJ licensing probes to extend to the highest levels of state government. The legislative inquiry isn’t expected to affect the program’s rollout later this summer or fall, but it is a […]

More California towns, counties appear ready to put out welcome mat for marijuana businesses

(Click on the orange arrows to advance slideshow.) California’s legal marijuana industry has been limited by local bans in roughly two-thirds of the state, but that situation might be starting to change. More cities and counties now seem willing to open their doors to marijuana companies, in part to plug budget shortfalls caused by the […]

UN body preparing for December vote on WHO cannabis recommendations despite COVID-19

A document prepared by the chair of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) has laid out a course to keep on track for December’s key vote on the World Health Organization’s cannabis scheduling recommendations. This is positive news for industry stakeholders concerned about a possible delay stemming from the coronavirus crisis. While the […]

Arkansas medical cannabis dispensary wins trademark dispute against MSO

What’s in a name? Plenty, at least to a locally owned Arkansas medical cannabis dispensary pitted against a large multistate operator. Harvest Cannabis Dispensary, a family owned business licensed in the central Arkansas city of Conway, won a preliminary injunction prohibiting two facilities managed by Arizona-based MSO Harvest Health & Recreation from using the Harvest […]

Insurance coverage boosts Czech medical cannabis market, but country limited to one cultivator

The Czech Republic is a minor player among medical cannabis markets in Europe, but that might be about to change thanks to a recent policy alteration involving the country’s health insurance. Since Jan. 1, the Czech Republic’s public health insurance has been extended to cover medical cannabis under certain conditions. The inclusion of cannabis is […]

Massachusetts’ dispensaries have reopened with curbside pickup.

With coronavirus continuing to affect businesses around the world, the ability to still buy cannabis has been a welcome relief. And in Massachusetts, the Mass Cannabis Control Commission released guidelines allowing adult-use dispensaries to reopen on May 25 via curbside pickup as part of Gov. Charlie Baker’s phased re-opening of the state economy.  Since the […]