Month: August 2020

Oklahoma appoints medical marijuana program interim director

Oklahoma’s fast-growing, business-friendly medical cannabis program is getting another new regulatory czar – at least on an interim basis. Kelly Williams, the deputy director of the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA), will serve as interim director of the regulatory agency, replacing Travis Kirkpatrick. Kirkpatrick was recently appointed deputy commissioner of prevention and preparedness at the […]

Arizona adult-use marijuana initiative wins key legal battle for November ballot

An Arizona county judge rejected a challenge to a proposed voter initiative to legalize recreational marijuana. If the ruling is upheld after expected appeals to the state Supreme Court and if enough qualifying signatures are certified by the Secretary of State in the coming weeks, recreational marijuana will appear on Arizona’s November ballot. Opponents argued […]

An in-depth look at the study that discovered THCP, a cannabinoid more potent than THC

A new cannabinoid has been discovered, and the ramifications could be massive. Scientists funded by the UNIHEMP research project have discovered a new psychoactive molecule: Δ9-Tetrahydrocannabiphorol, or THCP; and they believe that there are great scientific implications for the phytocannabinoid.  Phytocannabinoids are cannabinoid molecules that are specifically produced by plants. There are several types of […]

Biden Unity plan fails to chart a bold path forward on federal cannabis legalization

(Editor’s note: This story is part of a recurring series of commentaries from professionals connected to the cannabis industry. Joe Caltabiano is a cannabis entrepreneur and co-founder of Cresco Labs, a Chicago-based multistate operator where he served as president until he resigned in March 2020.) On July 10, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden released […]

Pollen from hermaphroditic flowers can fertilize, says study

Could pollen from hermaphroditic cannabis flowers fertilize female flowers? It seems to defy what we have long believed, but a team of Canadian researchers have found some intriguing results. To fully appreciate the significance of their findings, you have to understand basic cannabis reproductive biology. Cannabis is dioecious, meaning that male and female flowers are […]

Lack of jobless stipends’ toll on cannabis, rising Illinois MJ sales, Texas hemp firms sue state & more

It’s been a little more than a week since the $600-per-week federal jobless benefits expired, and the toll that lack of extra support could take on the cannabis industry – especially recreational businesses – might well become more apparent this month. MJBizDaily takeaway: Congress and the White House have so far failed to reach a […]

Massachusetts cannabis processor fined $120,000 for using excess ethanol

Massachusetts regulators fined a marijuana grower/processor $120,000 for selling vape cartridges in late 2018 and early 2019 that exceeded ethanol limits. The state’s cannabis tracking system flagged a transaction that showed a failed test for cartridges processed by Fitchburg-based Revolutionary Clinics. Revolutionary Clinics, which said it was unaware of the failed test, then conducted an […]

Australia sees record month for medical cannabis approvals

Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) added more than 5,500 approvals in July for unapproved medicinal cannabis products – the biggest one-month gain on record. July’s figure is 20% higher than June’s 4,630 approvals. Australia has one of the biggest federally regulated medical marijuana markets outside North America, but it’s still considered nascent. The country saw […]

How to make a cannabis-infused canna-grapefruit spritz

Cannabis beverages are a growing trend, and it’s easy to understand why. From CBD-infused coffee to THC microdose sodas, there are seemingly endless flavors and styles that can be used to make stoney signature drinks in place of traditional cocktails.  While no one is trying to take away our precious margaritas or frosé, reducing alcohol […]