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Pennsylvania taken to task over MMJ application revisions

Pennsylvania’s fledgling medical marijuana program is clearly going through some growing pains.

The state’s Office of Open Records has ruled that Pennsylvania’s Department of Health hasn’t made a “good faith effort” when deciding if the information on applications for medical marijuana permits was improperly redacted.

The incident comes on the heels of a pair of legal challenges against the state’s Office of Medical Marijuana involving the MMJ licensing process.

The health department has until Sept. 18 to provide a timeline for when it will make available a more complete review of the 450-plus cultivation/processing and

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San Diego approves new marijuana business regulations

San Diego’s City Council approved regulations to allow cultivation, testing, production and distribution of marijuana products by business operators that obtain conditional use permits.

Such activities would be allowed in light and heavy industrial zones of San Diego, City News Service reported.

According to The San Diego Union-Tribune, the council also:

  • Eliminated a proposed cap – two marijuana businesses per each of the city’s nine council districts – that would have allowed for only 18 businesses. Instead, the council set a citywide limit of 40 cannabis businesses.
  • Rejected a rule prohibiting marijuana businesses from operating within 100

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British Columbia premier eyes role for private cannabis retailers

Premier John Horgan said British Columbia will be ready for cannabis legalization next summer and signaled private entrepreneurs may play a role in the retail sector – unlike in Ontario, which favors a government-run model.

In a radio interview on The Jon McComb Show, Horgan suggested the province could carve out space for private dispensaries to participate in the legalized cannabis market.

The premier said he wants to “make sure a distribution system is in place that benefits those who want to participate as entrepreneurs.”

British Columbia, the third most-populous province in Canada, is home to a thriving

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Michigan medical MJ dispensaries given three months to close

Michigan’s chief regulatory affairs agency is giving the state’s unlicensed medical marijuana dispensaries until Dec. 15 to “wind down” their operations.

Continuing to operate after Dec. 15 would be “a potential impediment to licensure,” Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs threatened in a news release.

Dec. 15 is significant because it’s the day Michigan regulators will start accepting applications for business licenses to operate under the state’s new MMJ regulations.

The agency also said it will work with the state attorney general’s office to draft emergency rules it expects to submit in November. Those rules would establish regulatory

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California grounds idea of cannabis delivery via drones

Marijuana delivery is a big business in California, but companies that specialize in the niche just lost one big avenue: drones.

In recently released draft regulations, the state’s Bureau of Cannabis Control ruled that deliveries must “be made only in person by enclosed motor vehicle,” ARS Technica reported, noting that “unmanned vehicles” such as self-driving cars also are likely to be banned.

The new rule dashes the hopes of multiple tech startups, such as Eaze, MDelivers and Trees Delivery, ARS Technica noted, which had all either promised or mused about the possibility of drones providing cannabis home

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U.S. Senate committee calls for national marijuana testing program

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee wants to establish national marijuana testing protocols, according to a new report.

However, it’s not exactly a pro-cannabis industry move.

The committee members are interested in data on cannabis to help inform “substance abuse prevention efforts, public health policy and law enforcement tactics across the federal government,” according to the report.

The committee is calling for the National Institute on Drug Abuse to work with the Drug Enforcement Administration and other law enforcement arms to “facilitate and ultimately fund a National Testing Program for Schedule I Marijuana-Derived Products in U.S. distribution.”

According

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Slow-moving Massachusetts a concern for recreational marijuana launch

By Omar Sacirbey

Many Massachusetts cannabis advocates are worried that a regulatory agency heavy on members who voted against legalization may try to undermine the state’s nascent recreational marijuana industry.

But a far bigger worry, it seems, is that “in Massachusetts, things tend to move really slow.”

Those are the words of Kris Krane, managing partner of 4Front Ventures, a Boston-based canna-centric consulting firm.

He’s among industry observers who are more worried about Massachusetts’ adult-use rollout being hindered by the state’s timeline and potential manpower issues than the newly appointed Cannabis Control Commission’s politics.

“I’m not concerned

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‘We’re going to have a shortage’ – New Canada LPs won’t be ready to meet rec marijuana demand

By Matt Lamers

Canadian regulators have been approving new marijuana producers at a speedier clip, but it may not be enough to avert a supply shortfall when the nation’s recreational cannabis market rolls out next summer.

Few, if any, of Canada’s newest licensed producers (LP) will be in a position to seriously meet demand for recreational cannabis next July, when legalization is slated to go into force across the country, according to industry insiders.

That’s because, after a producer is licensed to cultivate marijuana, one to two years usually elapse before an LP gets a permit to sell

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New legal opinion: Nevada public cannabis consumption lounges OK

Nevada marijuana entrepreneurs take note: Businesses in your state are not prevented by law from establishing a public cannabis consumption lounge or hosting an event that allows recreational MJ use.

That’s according to a new legal opinion from the Legislative Counsel Bureau that was requested by state Sen. Tick Segerblom, the Nevada Independent reported.

Marijuana consumption lounges have been a hot topic in the state, particularly in Las Vegas, where casinos and hotels don’t allow social use of cannabis.

Opening up opportunities for public cannabis consumption would benefit the city’s

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Pennsylvania medical marijuana licensing process faces legal tests

Pennsylvania has two legal challenges to deal with regarding licensing decisions for hotly contested medical marijuana business permits.

Two lawsuits were filed Friday against the state’s Office of Medical Marijuana:

  • BrightStar Biomedics is challenging the cultivation license given to Pennsylvania Medical Solutions, a subsidiary of Minnesota-based Vireo Health, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. BrightStar takes exception to the fact two former Vireo employees are under criminal investigation for allegedly smuggling marijuana oil across state lines.
  • Keystone ReLeaf alleges the state’s license application scoring was unfair and seeks an injunction to halt the licensing process.

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