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Women Hold Fewer Than a Quarter of LA’s Cannabis Licenses

Women-owned businesses make up roughly 13% of licensed retailers and distributors in LA, according to a Leafly analysis. Another 12% are co-owned by women.

Michigan Shutters 40 Unlicensed Medical Marijuana Businesses

Officials have shuttered 40 medical marijuana businesses that were operating without valid licenses and they’re expected to issue warnings to hundreds of others.

Massachusetts to Begin Taking Applications for Cannabis Businesses

Priority certification is being offered to applicants who hope to open cannabis businesses in communities disproportionately impacted by the drug war.

Arkansas Judge Blocks State From Licensing Medical Marijuana Growers

All five companies selected by the state had paid the $100,000 licensing fee and posted the $500,000 performance bond needed to receive the licenses.

Can LA’s Expanded Cannabis Staff Bring Equity to the Industry?

The Los Angeles City Council has agreed to scale up the city’s cannabis staff eightfold in order to speed what some critics are calling a slow rollout.

Former Congressional Aide Convicted of Taking Cannabis Bribe

The aide was working in the Compton field office of Rep. Janice Hahn in 2015 when he told an illegal cannabis shop it would be shut down if he couldn't reach a deal with owners, prosecutors say.

North Dakota Accepting Proposals From Medical Marijuana Labs

The selected lab will test marijuana for contaminants including pesticides and to ensure that levels of the cannabinoid THC are accurately labeled.

Arkansas Announces 5 Companies Picked to Grow Medical Marijuana

Arkansas took the first step toward launching its medical marijuana program, as state regulators named the five businesses they intend to license to cultivate cannabis.

Denver Approves City’s First Legal Marijuana Club

The business plans to charge an entry fee to the bring-your-own space where people can vape or consume edible cannabis products.

Tribes Cut out of California Cannabis Market Might Grow Their Own

Tribes floated the idea of setting up farms and retail sales on reservations after concluding that state rules would strip them of their right to self-governance.

After Error, Ohio Senator Seeks Review of Medical Cannabis Program

Legislation introduced by a Republican state senator would hold up grower, processor, and tester licenses until program flaws can be addressed.

Oregon Officials Struggle to ID Which Cannabis Grows Are Legal

"In order to have regulation, an agency has to have enough resources to be effective at enforcement of the regulations," the Deschutes County sheriff said. "Oregon does not have this."

California Sends ‘Several Hundred’ Warning Letters to Unlicensed Cannabis Businesses

Most of the letters, which threaten civil and criminal penalties, have gone out to retail storefronts and delivery services believed to be operating illegally.

LA’s Cannabis Office Is Woefully Understaffed, Chief Says

“We have many responsibilities and not a lot of capacity,” the department’s director told Leafly. “We’re going to at least need to quadruple our team.”

Police Say Hundreds of Illegal Cannabis Shops Operate in LA

Police have shut down eight illegal marijuana shops since Jan. 1, a pace that is unlikely to intensify as the department is focused on curbing violent crimes.

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