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PA gets hundreds of applications for medical cannabis licenses

Pennsylvania has received hundreds of applications from entrepreneurs interested in obtaining cultivation and dispensary licenses under the state’s new medical marijuana program.

In a live-streamed press conference, state regulators said Wednesday they had received more than 500 packages containing one or more grower or dispensary applications. The winners are expected to be announced by the end of June.

State regulators said 258 applications have been processed. They included 132 grower/processor applicants and 126 dispensary applicants.

Dr. Karen Murphy, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, noted that the state began accepting applications for 12 grower/processor licenses and

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Canada legalization chief: Let black-market MJ growers join

The chair of the Canadian government’s marijuana legalization task force believes black-market growers should be allowed to participate in the country’s new recreational cannabis industry.

Such as move could affect business opportunities. The federal government’s proposal stipulated that newer, smaller cultivators would be given an opportunity to participate in the nation’s new rec industry, although existing licensed medical marijuana producers would get first dibs on the new licenses.

Anne McLellan, chair of the Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation, said black-market growers could make a valuable contribution to the rec industry’s development.

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Colorado lawmakers pass bill adding PTSD to MMJ conditions list

The Colorado Legislature has approved a bill that would add post-traumatic stress disorder to its list of medical ailments that qualify patients for medical marijuana, a move that could provide a shot in the arm to the state’s MMJ industry.

The state Senate signed off on the measure Tuesday, and the bill now heads to Gov. John Hickenlooper, who has not yet indicated if he will sign it into law.

If Hickenlooper does sign it, the move could result in a boost in the state’s MMJ patient registry, though many PTSD patients in the state already rely on recreational marijuana

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What the cannabis industry can learn from the natural products business: Q&A with Loren Israelsen

By Bart Schaneman

Loren Israelsen feels the cannabis industry’s pain.

For more than three decades, he’s been dealing with regulatory and commercial issues in the global dietary supplement industry, including labeling and being viewed as a fringe business. Israelsen is the president of the United Natural Products Alliance.

The Salt Lake City-based trade association represents more than 100 natural products, dietary supplements and related companies. He’s watched firsthand the issues that arise when an industry goes from the margins to the mainstream.

Israelsen – who will keynote the Marijuana Business Conference & Expo in

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What the cannabis industry can learn from the natural products business: Q&A with Loren Israelsen

By Bart Schaneman

Loren Israelsen feels the cannabis industry’s pain.

For more than three decades, he’s been dealing with regulatory and commercial issues in the global dietary supplement industry, including labeling and being viewed as a fringe business. Israelsen is the president of the United Natural Products Alliance.

The Salt Lake City-based trade association represents more than 100 natural products, dietary supplements and related companies. He’s watched firsthand the issues that arise when an industry goes from the margins to the mainstream.

Israelsen – who will keynote the Marijuana Business Conference & Expo in

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Oregon marijuana company fined $5,300 over butane explosion

Oregon regulators fined Higher Level Concentrates $5,300 for workplace safety violations following a butane-extraction explosion last year that landed one man in a Portland burn ward.

The Oregonian reported that Oregon OSHA fined the extraction company, which is based in in Astoria, for failure to:

  • Ventilate the building
  • Have an adequate electrical system
  • Obtain city permits

The accident occurred last October, when, according to a lawsuit, William “Chris” West was handling butane canisters and allowed butane gas to fill a room while another man, Jason Oei, was dabbing cannabis oil. According

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Montana close to enacting medical cannabis rules

A bill that would create a seed-to-sale tracking system, licenses, fees and regulations for Montana’s medical marijuana industry is one vote away from moving to the governor.

The Montana House gave preliminary approval to a bill to regulate the medical marijuana industry after voters last November approved lifting restrictions that severely restricted sales of MMJ by dispensaries. The Senate already approved SB 333, which now must pass a final House vote before it goes to the governor.

A key change in the bill by a conference committee will have a direct business impact. Instead of paying a

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Lawmakers approve later hours for Denver marijuana shops

Marijuana retail stores in Denver will be able to stay open an additional three hours, until 10 p.m., starting May 1.

Extending the closing time from 7 p.m. may prove profitable for Denver’s marijuana businesses. Shop owners in Colorado’s largest city have complained they are at a competitive disadvantage because retailers in other parts of the state – including municipalities adjacent to Denver – are permitted by state law to stay open until midnight.

The Denver City County voted 11-2 Monday to approve the later store hours, Denverite reported.

The council bandied about

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Marijuana Business Daily President George Jage departs company

George Jage, the president and publisher of Marijuana Business Daily since 2014, has parted ways with the company for undisclosed reasons.

The position will not be filled, but the company plans to make key strategic hires in other areas, said Cassandra Farrington, Marijuana Business Daily’s co-founder and CEO

Farrington declined to discuss specifics of Jage’s departure.

During his tenure at Marijuana Business Daily, Jage helped the company grow its events and news businesses significantly.

“George joined the team prior to the third annual Marijuana Business Conference & Expo, when the industry-leading trade show had seen great success and was set to grow into a much larger

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