New Jersey fills remaining slots on marijuana oversight commission

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy moved quickly to complete the five-member Cannabis Regulatory Commission, only two days after signing adult-use marijuana implementation legislation into law. State regulators now have 180 days from the bill’s enactment to develop rules and...

Marijuana trimming machine maker sues Border Patrol for impeding parts

(A version of this story first appeared at Hemp Industry Daily.) A company that produces agricultural equipment for marijuana and hemp businesses filed a lawsuit in Seattle charging the U.S. Customs and Border Protection with wrongly blocking imports from Canada...

Sales of Canadian cannabis edibles, extracts fall for first time

Canadians purchased fewer cannabis edibles and extracts last November compared to the previous month, new Health Canada data shows, ending at least 11 consecutive months of growth for the categories. In November, some 1.52 million packages of edibles were...

Missouri pushes back deadline for medical cannabis businesses to open

Missouri regulators extended the deadline for the state’s medical cannabis companies to open after the bulk of them failed to meet the one-year cutoff to be up and running. Roughly 260 of the state’s 370 licensed businesses now won’t...

Two Missouri medical cannabis applicants win permits after court battle

A pair of medical cannabis license applicants in Missouri will be able to do business in the state after winning a protracted court battle. The Missouri Administrative Hearing Commission awarded Heya Kirksville and Heya Excello medical cannabis cultivation licenses...

Sales of cannabis pre-rolls up nearly 50% in 2020 despite pandemic

Sales of cannabis pre-rolls surged nearly 50% last year in key recreational markets, defying expectations that the often-shared product would suffer during a global pandemic caused by a respiratory-related virus. Pre-rolls have become the second-fastest-growing product category as cannabis...

Everything you need to know about the Plenty Vaporizer

Portable vaporizers may be all the rage, but there's something to be said for an at-home system — especially during lockdown. While desktop vapes and plug-in devices ruled the market in the 90s and 2000s, they're now few...

Genetic editing offers marijuana and hemp companies a way to improve plant strains

The development of new genetic-editing technology offers cannabis companies a cost-effective way to make specific changes to marijuana and hemp plants – such as more disease resistance – without creating a genetically modified organism (GMO). The technology, known as...

Attorney general nominee Garland signals friendlier marijuana stance

The U.S. marijuana industry will likely have a friendlier attorney general if President Joe Biden’s pick, Merrick Garland, is confirmed as the head of the Department of Justice – based on comments the federal judge made Monday during...

Virginia OKs smokable flower in move that could spark medical marijuana sales

Virginia lawmakers overwhelmingly passed legislation that would allow smokable marijuana flower sales later this year, a reform that will dramatically boost sales in the state’s nascent medical cannabis market. Flower sales often account for roughly 50% of market sales. Gov....