Health officials in Massachusetts revealed this week that six patients have suffered illnesses likely linked to marijuana vaping products purchased from dispensaries. Those reports, which are unconfirmed, are alarming, given that they stem from regulated products, and not those purchased from the illicit market.  The reported illnesses also come... Read more
An activist group in North Dakota has submitted language for an initiative petition that would legalize recreational marijuana in the state. The group, Legalize ND, turned in the required paperwork for the legalization initiative to the office of the secretary of state on Thursday. If the initiative succeeds at... Read more
The legal cannabis industry is still taking shape and evolving. In many ways, the industry is figuring itself out as it goes. And that leaves the door open for people to enter the space and do all sorts of creative or unexpected things. One of the most recent examples... Read more
Maine’s recreational cannabis industry shifted into a new gear on Thursday. The state’s Office of Marijuana Policy (OMP) opened up its application process for adult use cannabis sales licenses, and also started accepting applications for the cultivation and manufacture of marijuana. Applicants have started tearing through the paperwork in... Read more
Member Blog: The Economics Of Trespass Grows And The Legal Industry
by Jackee Riccio, Regional Field Director at the CROP Project California’s cannabis economy has not generated the cash flow that regulators were anticipating.  Current legal sales have topped $3 billion, but unregulated cannabis continues to dominate the market. This may not be surprising, as critics argue that the current... Read more
Committee Blog: What The Recent Layoffs in the Cannabis Industry Mean
by NCIA’s Human Resources Committee Many in our industry have heard about the recent layoffs announced by cannabis companies, including some of NCIA’s members, in the U.S. NCIA’s Human Resources Committee views the layoffs as an unfortunate but sometimes necessary part of business, and overall remain optimistic about the... Read more
Maine to start accepting applications for recreational pot businesses months before market is set to open
AUGUSTA, Maine — Recreational pot sales are getting closer to becoming a reality in Maine as state regulators open the licensing process for businesses Thursday. Business owners hoping to cash in can apply using an online form on the state’s website. The process for individual licenses began in November. ... Read more
Cannabis advocate-turned small town politician Jamie Cooper fought a hard race for a seat on her hometown of Grand Haven’s City Council. Her progressive platform included education on cannabis in Michigan’s emerging market, and her perspective as a woman, wife, mother, and businesswoman, for positive change in her community.... Read more
Proposed federal hemp rules would hurt Maine’s fledgling industry, state officials say
State agriculture officials are saying new federal rules regulating hemp production nationally would hurt Maine’s rapidly growing hemp industry. The rules proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture are open for public comment, and Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Commissioner Amanda Beal detailed the state’s concerns about them... Read more
Senate panel votes against New Hampshire marijuana legalization
One of New Hampshire’s top champions of marijuana legalization in the Senate changed his tune Tuesday, announcing it was not the right time to pass a sweeping legalization bill.  “I don’t think the state is ready for legalization at this time,’ said Sen. Harold French, in brief remarks before the... Read more

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