Month: September 2020

5 weed products Tommy Chong can’t live without

Tommy Chong exceeds the status of cannabis celebrity. Though he and Cheech were technically the stoner celebs, rising to international stardom in the 1970s by pioneering the genre with their Cheech and Chong franchise, they’ve since surpassed such worldly roles.  50 years later, Chong functions more as a cultural monolith in the weed world and […]

Washington state’s new Marijuana Odor Task Force to tackle issue confronting broader MJ industry

Washington state regulators are believed to be among the first in the nation to take a closer look at an issue that has bedeviled cannabis growers and sparked costly lawsuits targeting the marijuana industry: odor emanating from growers and processors. The state is forming a Marijuana Odor Task Force and seeking an outside expert to […]

Medical marijuana manufacturer license up for grabs in Iowa

NEWS BRIEF Published September 10, 2020 Iowa medical cannabis regulators are opening up a license for a second cultivator/processor to replace multistate operator Acreage Holdings, which dropped out of the market earlier this year. The license could be critical for the 2-year-old program, which is struggling to be economically viable, partly because of high product […]

Czech medical cannabis sales show timid growth despite insurance coverage

Medical cannabis sales in the Czech Republic remain largely insignificant despite health insurance coverage being in place since January 2020, new data shows. Since the beginning of the year, an average of only 5 kilograms (11 pounds) of flower has been sold per month via prescription. June and July were record months with 6 kilograms […]

Nebraska high court pulls medical cannabis from ballot

NEWS BRIEF Published September 10, 2020 Nebraska voters won’t get an opportunity to legalize medical marijuana this year after a state Supreme Court ruling Thursday that the measure set to appear on the November ballot is unconstitutional. The measure would have created business opportunities to cultivate and sell medical marijuana. The court’s ruling was a […]

IRS issues new tax-payment guidance for marijuana companies

NEWS BRIEF Published September 11, 2020 To assist the national marijuana industry in paying its federal taxes, the Internal Revenue Service issued a series of guidance documents that apparently are aimed at clarifying the process for businesses. The IRS announced the guidance via Twitter on Friday and wrote on its website that “a key component […]

Nebraska advocates to seek medical marijuana vote in 2022

NEWS BRIEF Published September 11, 2020 Nebraska advocates are targeting 2022 to place medical marijuana back on the ballot after taking a crushing blow when the state Supreme Court ruled this year’s ballot initiative unconstitutional. The measure would have created business opportunities to cultivate and sell medical marijuana. Advocates pushing for medical marijuana legalization collected more […]

Nature’s huge toll on cannabis growers, Illinois social equity questions, legalization efforts & more

Washington state wildfires as seen from Big Ridge Farms in Coulee City. (Photo courtesy of Jake George) Wildfires in the West have devastated a number of marijuana farms in Oregon, Washington state and California, while an early freeze hit Colorado, threatening outdoor marijuana and hemp cultivation. MJBizDaily takeaway: It’s too early to attach a dollar […]

Medical and adult-use marijuana legalization on South Dakota ballot for November

(This story has been updated to reflect that Ohio had both medical and adult-use legalization on its 2015 ballot.) South Dakota could become the first state in the nation to simultaneously legalize medical and adult-use marijuana in November. South Dakota also is the lone state in the country’s heartland where cannabis is on the ballot […]