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Cannabis vape manufacturers turn to packaging, other measures to distinguish their products from counterfeit merchandise

Security labels, barcodes and microchips are among the measures vaporizer manufacturers are taking to differentiate their products from counterfeit knockoffs suspected to be behind more than 800 illnesses and 12 deaths tied to the nationwide vaping crisis. Last week, California-based marijuana firm KushCo Holdings entered an exclusive distribution agreement with De La Rue, a provider […]

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Historic day: US House passes cannabis banking bill with strong bipartisan support

In a landmark move, U.S. House lawmakers on Wednesday approved overwhelmingly by a 321-103 vote legislation that?would pave the way for financial institutions and insurance companies to serve state-legal marijuana businesses without fear of federal reprisal. Ninety-one Republicans voted for the measure known as the SAFE Banking Act in a showing of strong bipartisan support. […]

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Marijuana industry reaction to California’s 2019 legislative session: Some wins, but many MJ business issues still outstanding

California’s 2019 legislative session drew to a close earlier this month, and it was a lackluster year for cannabis business priorities, industry watchers noted, with no victories on issues such as tax relief, banking or the opening of more jurisdictions for business licensing. “It’s a mixed bag,” Amy Jenkins, chief lobbyist for the California Cannabis […]

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At long last: A full US House vote on a cannabis banking bill

The multibillion-dollar U.S. cannabis industry is poised to cross a historic threshold Wednesday with a scheduled?U.S. House vote on a bill that would permit financial institutions to serve state-legal marijuana businesses without fear of federal punishment. The vote would mark the first time a standalone marijuana bill has come before the full House. And it […]

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Why marijuana firms are paying attention as higher education expands MJ course offerings across the US

Cannabis businesses are taking careful note as professional marijuana courses and programs spring up at universities and other educational institutions across the country. Examples include – to name a few – Northern Michigan University, the College of Southern Nevada, the University of Denver and Florida Gulf Coast University, with colleges offering a huge variety of […]

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Week in Review: Vape crisis continues, federal cannabis bill moves, Utah licenses & more

State regulators from across the country react to the vaping crisis, a federal marijuana banking bill sees movement, Utah ups its medical cannabis licensing opportunities –?and more of the week’s top marijuana business news. States’ responses to vaping crisis State regulators nationwide have begun responding in earnest to the vaping illness epidemic, which now stands […]

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Capitalizing on marijuana markets with limited rivals: Q&A with Tilt Holdings interim CEO Mark Scatterday

Cannabis cultivation companies with a foothold in “constrained” markets – those with relatively few licenses such as Massachusetts – have a natural advantage, thanks to limited competition and marijuana supplies. Massachusetts-based Tilt Holdings is one such company. Tilt has multiple businesses that, among other things, offer cannabis-related technology and operate cultivation centers and retail stores […]

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