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No major marijuana sales impact seen from vaping illness outbreak as MJ retailers focus on consumer education

A recent outbreak of pulmonary illnesses tied to electronic vaping devices has reportedly caused five deaths and sickened 450 people, but state-legal cannabis retailers across the United States have not yet been hit by a serious downturn in vaporizer cartridge sales as a result of public panic. Many retailers are, however, proactively trying to get […]

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Cannabis industry insiders brace for potential fallout as health officials report new vaping deaths, issue warnings

U.S. health officials were once again cautioning the public to refrain from using vaping products as related respiratory illnesses and even deaths continued to be disclosed last week. As of Friday, officials linked at least five fatalities to e-cigarettes and?electronic marijuana vaping devices. The outbreak has some in the cannabis industry expecting at least a […]

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Week in Review: New L.A. cannabis retail permit round, MMJ license race hot in MO, IL restricts electricity/water use for MJ growers & more

Los Angeles opens the next marijuana licensing round for 100 retail permits,?Missouri growers and dispensary licensee applicants face fierce competition, Illinois restricts cannabis electricity and water use for MJ growers – and more of the week’s top cannabis business news. 100 MJ retail permits up for grabs in L.A. The rush is on for another […]

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Cannabis firms, policymakers must work hand-in-hand, ex-Canadian prime minister says in MJBizConINT’L keynote

Marijuana companies must take an active role in working with policymakers, says former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell. Businesses can impact cannabis public policy by providing the knowledge needed to help policymakers dismiss old language and beliefs about cannabis and replace that with new knowledge. That was one of the messages Campbell had for cannabis […]

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Curaleaf, Surterra among big spenders on federal marijuana lobbying

The marijuana industry has spent about $2 million so far this year lobbying for federal cannabis reform in Washington DC, and more than half that money has come from individual MJ-related companies. Businesses and lobbying organizations said the investments are critical in helping lawmakers and federal regulators understand the importance of cannabis-related issues. They are […]

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New proposals could aid small growers in saturated market: Q&A with Washington state’s top regulator, Rick Garza

Washington state regulators are considering several proposals to help cannabis growers – particularly smaller cultivators – compete in a market beset by challenges, including low wholesale prices and overproduction. The state’s Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB), which regulates the marijuana licensees, recently announced draft legislation the agency is considering requesting for the upcoming 2020 legislative […]

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