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Health department delaying Hawaii’s medical cannabis market

Most of Hawaii’s medical marijuana dispensaries are ready to do business, but they’re awaiting action by the state’s Department of Health.

A year after Hawaii’s licensed dispensaries were allowed to open by law, at least three of the eight have product ready for market and six have been approved to cultivate marijuana, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.

However, the dispensaries are waiting on the Department of Health to approve the state’s three testing labs – PharmLabs Hawaii, Clinical Laboratories of Hawaii and Steep Hill Labs – and MMJ inventory needs to be tested for purity and potency

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Marijuana advocacy group Drug Policy Alliance hires director

One of the nation’s top marijuana reform organizations, Drug Policy Alliance, has a new leader.

DPA’s board of directors on Tuesday unanimously selected Maria McFarland Sanchez-Moreno to serve as executive director, according to a news release.

McFarland Sanchez-Moreno – currently a co-director of Human Rights Watch’s U.S. program – replaces Ethan Nadelmann.

Nadelmann stepped down as head of the New York-based nonprofit on May 1 after leading the organization for 17 years.

McFarland Sanchez-Moreno – who will take the DPA helm on Sept. 5 – has roughly 13 years of drug policy experience with Human

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Marijuana advocacy group Drug Policy Alliance hires director

One of the nation’s top marijuana reform organizations, Drug Policy Alliance, has a new leader.

DPA’s board of directors on Tuesday unanimously selected Maria McFarland Sanchez-Moreno to serve as executive director, according to a news release.

McFarland Sanchez-Moreno – currently a co-director of Human Rights Watch’s U.S. program – replaces Ethan Nadelmann.

Nadelmann stepped down as head of the New York-based nonprofit on May 1 after leading the organization for 17 years.

McFarland Sanchez-Moreno – who will take the DPA helm on Sept. 5 – has roughly 13 years of drug policy experience with Human

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San Francisco to create licensing unit for recreational cannabis, MMJ

San Francisco is expected to create a city marijuana office to serve as a central contact point for the municipality’s recreational and medical marijuana programs, state regulators and the public.

If approved Tuesday by the city’s Board of Supervisors, the Office of Cannabis’ duties will include developing and managing the licensing of all marijuana-related businesses in San Francisco, handling customer complaints and providing policy analysis, TV station KCBS reported.

In addition to overseeing the adult-use market that California’s slated to launch in 2018, the Office of Cannabis will absorb the medical marijuana duties

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A Canadian growth strategy: Q&A with Canopy CEO Bruce Linton

By Omar Sacirbey

Canada’s biggest medical marijuana producer, Canopy Growth in Smith Falls, Ontario, serves more than one third of the nation’s MMJ patients and generated 203 million Canadian dollars ($160 million) in revenue last year.

But the company also lost CA$16.7 million.

How? An aggressive expansion plan.

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Alaska moves closer to onsite recreational marijuana use

Alaska is making strides toward becoming the first state in the nation to allow customers to consume marijuana in recreational shops.

The state’s Marijuana Control Board voted 3-2 Friday to begin drafting rules for onsite consumption, Alaska Dispatch News reported.

The regulations would range from where and how much marijuana can be consumed on premises to restrictions on ventilation.

The public will have 60 days to comment on the proposed rules, which would make Alaska a pioneer in onsite consumption. Both the state of Maine and the city

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Massachusetts lawmakers strike recreational cannabis deal

Massachusetts lawmakers finalized changes to the state’s recreational marijuana law on Monday, essentially splitting the difference on their conflicting proposals on tax rates and whether voters or politicians can OK cannabis businesses.

Highlights of the deal were released by a six-member conference committee that spent several weeks trying to resolve differences between the House and Senate.

House and Senate negotiators reached an agreement that would allow retail MJ sales to be taxed at a maximum 20% rate.

The compromise language bridges the gap between a House proposal to raise the total tax on marijuana to a mandatory

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Nevada recreational marijuana market harming MMJ businesses

Nevada’s fledgling recreational marijuana market has led to significant cannabis price hikes that may be hurting the state’s medical MJ industry.

Medical marijuana prices “have almost doubled” in parts of Nevada, raising concerns that unaffordable medical cannabis may force patients to the illicit market, according to Las Vegas TV station KTNV.

Emily Wilson, an MMJ patient, told KTNV she knows patients who have stopped going to dispensaries and are turning to the black market because of higher medical cannabis prices.

Lissa LaWatsch, the general manager of Las Vegas’ ReLeaf Dispensary, acknowledged to the TV station her business

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Marijuana Business Daily expands into Canada

Marijuana Business Daily has expanded into Canada by hiring a full-time reporter to write in-depth stories and analysis about the country’s fast-growing cannabis industry.

Matt Lamers, who has worked as a reporter and editor at newspapers and magazines in several countries, will focus on writing for Canadian marijuana business executives, investors and entrepreneurs looking to get involved in the industry.

He is based in the Toronto area.

The move marks Marijuana Business Daily’s first move expansion outside the United States.

While the publication’s U.S.-based reporters have covered Canadian cannabis business developments in the past, the focus largely has been on how

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