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How Much Cannabis Astroturfing Is Afoot In The UK?

How Much Cannabis Astroturfing Is Afoot In The UK?

Astroturfing is the practice, in political messaging and campaigns, of creating what seems to be a legitimate, grassroots inspired campaign that is actually bought and paid for by an industry lobby or other corporate interests. It is also clear that this practice is...

Luxembourg Announces Plans For Two Year Transition To Recreational Use

Luxembourg Announces Plans For Two Year Transition To Recreational Use

For those who have been watching, Luxembourg has played an inordinately influential role on the entire cannabis discussion in Europe for the past year. This summer, the country announced that it had plans to implement recreational use (for residents only) within two...

Who’s Afraid of Biotech Institute LLC?

Who’s Afraid of Biotech Institute LLC?

While cannabis patenting activity is still in its infancy, relatively speaking, a lot has been written already about the cannabis patenting activity of an entity called Biotech Institute LLC (BI) of Westlake Village, California.1 BI is building a sizable portfolio of...

Michigan Shuts Down Cannabis Testing Lab

Michigan Shuts Down Cannabis Testing Lab

In a state where cannabis testing labs are already hard to come by, one lab just got their license suspended, bringing the total number of testing labs in Michigan from six down to five. According to the Detroit Free Press, last week, Michigan’s Marijuana Regulatory...

Curaleaf Fined Big Time in Massachusetts

Curaleaf Fined Big Time in Massachusetts

According to Masslive.com, the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission fined Curaleaf $250,000 “for failing to disclose a change of ownership and ask permission from state regulators before completing the transaction.” The news comes just weeks after the US Food...

CannTrust Meltdown Indicative Of Summer Of Scandal To Come

CannTrust Meltdown Indicative Of Summer Of Scandal To Come

While you may not have heard of CannTrust Holdings so far, that is now about to change. A summer spectacle of double dealing and corporate greed has put this Canadian cannabis company on the global map. Unfortunately, the current meltdown underway is indicative of...

European Cannabis Summer Roundup

European Cannabis Summer Roundup

There have been many significant developments this summer in Europe that will shape the debate about reform and the legal cannabis market that trails it, for at least the next year. Here is Cannabis Industry Journal’sroundup of our biggest events and trends over...

Poland Pushes Forward On Reform

Poland Pushes Forward On Reform

Given all the fuss about newly opened markets in Europe of late (see all the hullabaloo recently in the UK), it would be remiss for anyone in the industry to forget about Poland. The Eastern European country that shares a large part of its border (if not recent...

CBD Health Claims Spur FDA Warning & Product Seizure Threats

CBD Health Claims Spur FDA Warning & Product Seizure Threats

The 2018 Farm Bill gave cannabis businesses around the country a legal path to market and sell hemp and hemp-derived products. Despite the groundbreaking law, several regulatory uncertainties remain. The FDA has been a source of many of those uncertainties, but recent...

Stillwater Labs Accredited to ISO/IEC 17025

Stillwater Labs Accredited to ISO/IEC 17025

The American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) announced earlier this month the accreditation of Stillwater Laboratories, Inc. to ISO/IEC 17025. Based in Olney, Montana, Stillwater Labs is the first laboratory A2LA has accredited to the ISO 17025...

Sweden Joins Italy In Path To Defining CBD Oil Regulations

Sweden Joins Italy In Path To Defining CBD Oil Regulations

The highest court in Sweden has weighed in on the novel food, and the darling of the Swiss marketplace, CBD conversation. Further, it has done so in a move that seems predetermined to push the so-far escalating novel food debate EU-wide. Along, of course, with what...

FDA Sends Warning Letters to Curaleaf

FDA Sends Warning Letters to Curaleaf

Curaleaf Hemp, a well-known and publicly traded cannabis company, made headlines this week for all the wrong reasons. The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) sent a warning letter to Curaleaf President Joseph Lusardi for making unsubstantiated health claims and...

The Face Of Cannabis Education In Europe

The Face Of Cannabis Education In Europe

More than a few cannabis “education companies” – mostly from Canada and the U.S. but some with Israeli ties, plus German and British efforts have targeted Europe as the next logical expansion plan in their global roadmap. These include most recently...

How Half-Baked Labels Can Destroy a Cannabis Business

How Half-Baked Labels Can Destroy a Cannabis Business

Cannabis manufacturers and consumers are currently in a honeymoon phase. Consumers love their CBD gummies and believe wholeheartedly in the benefits of cannabis-related products. But it is only a matter of time before industrious plaintiffs’ lawyers take a close look...

Medical Cannabis in Georgia:  Federal Policy Effects on State Industries

Medical Cannabis in Georgia: Federal Policy Effects on State Industries

Under the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Controlled Substance Act (CSA), drugs are classified into five distinct schedules depending upon their acceptable medical use and their overall potential for abuse or dependency. The DEA currently lists cannabis...

Tilray Imports Medical Cannabis Oil In Bulk To UK

Tilray Imports Medical Cannabis Oil In Bulk To UK

Tilray has managed to successfully import its first bulk supply of medical cannabis oil into the UK. It was a Tilray product, in fact, that was not only confiscated at the border last year – but subsequently sparked media outrage over the denial of the same to...

Environmental Sustainability in Cultivation:  Part 3

Environmental Sustainability in Cultivation: Part 3

Part 1 in this series went into a discussion of resource management for cannabis growers. Part 2 presented the idea of land use and conservation. In Part 3 below, we dive into pesticide use and integrated pest management for growers, through an environmental lens....