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Judge halts Nevada marijuana regulators’ distribution plan

Nevada marijuana regulators won’t be able to issue cannabis distribution licenses to businesses other than liquor wholesalers after all.

A judge has sided with the Independent Alcohol Distributors of Nevada, who by law have exclusive rights to deliver recreational marijuana to sellers for 18 months, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

The ruling came the day after the Nevada Department of Taxation said it planned to open up the market to meet the high demand marijuana businesses have encountered since legal recreational marijuana sales started July 1.

The judge said the alcohol distributors are owed their due process

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Montana medical cannabis registrations skyrocketing

The number of registered medical cannabis patients in Montana has continued its steady upward pace this year, with the number of program enrollees more than doubling between December and July.

As of last month, 17,819 patients had registered with the state to purchase MMJ, up from just over 8,000 at the end of 2016.

The trend equates to about 1,300 new medical marijuana cardholders a month, the Billings Gazette reported.

Montana’s MMJ program has been on the upswing since voters approved a ballot measure last November to formally legalize dispensaries and other

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Utah medical marijuana campaign to start gathering signatures

A statewide campaign to legalize medical marijuana in Utah took another step toward making the 2018 ballot after backers got the green light to begin circulating petitions.

The Utah Patients Coalition – the organization that launched the campaign earlier this summer – will need 113,143 signatures to qualify for next year’s ballot, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. The signature drive is to begin this week.

The campaign’s goal is to hit that mark by January, although its deadline won’t be until April.

Under the terms of the initiative, smoking cannabis would still be banned, but production and sale

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Utah medical marijuana campaign to start gathering signatures

A statewide campaign to legalize medical marijuana in Utah took another step toward making the 2018 ballot after backers got the green light to begin circulating petitions.

The Utah Patients Coalition – the organization that launched the campaign earlier this summer – will need 113,143 signatures to qualify for next year’s ballot, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. The signature drive is to begin this week.

The campaign’s goal is to hit that mark by January, although its deadline won’t be until April.

Under the terms of the initiative, smoking cannabis would still be banned, but production and sale

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Chart: Wholesale marijuana sales spike in Alaska in response to increased production

By Eli McVey

Sales of wholesale marijuana have skyrocketed in Alaska, driven by new cultivators coming online and existing growers expanding their production to alleviate a supply shortfall.

The jump in sales comes as retailers and infused product manufacturers – which had been hit by the supply crunch – are buying up all the cannabis that cultivators can produce to ensure their retail shelves are adequately stocked.

Retailers and infused product manufacturers purchased a record 860 pounds of cannabis in June, an 87% increase from May. It marks the strongest month of wholesale marijuana sales since Alaska rolled

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Chart: Wholesale marijuana sales spike in Alaska in response to increased production

By Eli McVey

Sales of wholesale marijuana have skyrocketed in Alaska, driven by new cultivators coming online and existing growers expanding their production to alleviate a supply shortfall.

The jump in sales comes as retailers and infused product manufacturers – which had been hit by the supply crunch – are buying up all the cannabis that cultivators can produce to ensure their retail shelves are adequately stocked.

Retailers and infused product manufacturers purchased a record 860 pounds of cannabis in June, an 87% increase from May. It marks the strongest month of wholesale marijuana sales since Alaska rolled

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Aphria teaming with Nuuvera to build large Ontario greenhouse

One of Canada’s biggest cannabis cultivators, Aphria Inc., is partnering with an upstart Canadian producer to build a 1 million-square-foot MJ greenhouse in the Ontario town of Leamington.

Aphria (TSE: APH) said in a news release it also is pumping 2 million Canadian dollars ($1.6 million) into its new partner, Nuverra Corp., through a share purchase. Nuuvera is in the final stages of the Health Canada review process to become a licensed producer.

Leamington, a small Canadian municipality about an hour from Detroit, could be home to more than 2 million square feet of cannabis greenhouse space. Earlier this year,

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Nevada to look beyond alcohol firms for cannabis distribution

After deciding there aren’t enough liquor distributors interested in transporting marijuana, Nevada regulators will start issuing licenses to companies that aren’t alcohol wholesalers.

Deonne Contine, executive director of the state tax department, said the “capacity of only liquor wholesalers to serve the market seems lacking,” according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The agency will now review approximately 80 applications it received in May from other businesses seeking to distribute cannabis in the state.

Nevada’s recreational law approved in November called for alcohol distributors to transport marijuana for the first 18 months of the program. However, few liquor

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Ohio medical marijuana growers face licensing delay

Ohio regulators don’t expect to issue the state’s first medical marijuana cultivator licenses until around November, at least a month later than growers expected.

The new timeline could delay the startup of the state’s MMJ program beyond the planned September 2018 launch date, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported.

The state Department of Commerce’s announcement Thursday immediately drew concern from the National Cannabis Industry Association of Ohio.

The association president said Ohio cultivators will face difficulties getting the necessary local zoning approvals under the adjusted timeline.

The growers association had anticipated cultivators having about a year before the

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New York expands available medical cannabis products

New York’s medical marijuana dispensaries will soon be allowed to sell ointments, lozenges and chewable tablets.

The proposed regulations are intended to expand a program that’s been limited by its restrictions on allowable forms of cannabis – no smokable flower, for example – and small patient pool.

The Department of Health is also hoping to increase the number of participating physicians by cutting in half – to two hours – the time it takes a doctor to become registered to recommend medical marijuana, the Poughkeepsie Journal reported.

New York has only 1,155 registered

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