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Major Canadian licensed producer Organigram recently announced a CAD$10-million investment into Montreal’s Hyasynth Biologicals. The investment is earmarked to ramp up the company’s quest to produce cannabinoids, and even terpenes through a fermentation process using genetically modified yeast. “As a proven technology, the use of bioreactors is an infinitely scalable process which should allow Hyasynth...
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Proponents of Denver's UTOPIA Wellness Spa and Cannabis Club appealed to the Denver City Council, June 11, for "regulatory relief" after the Council denied their application over being 19-feet too close to a childcare center. Utopia founder Cindy Sovine told Council she had spent thousands of hours "pouring over every...
In an unexpected development, conservative republican Senate leaders have written a provision protecting state medical marijuana laws into Fiscal Year 2019 spending legislation for the U.S. Department of Justice. The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies approved it on Tuesday. A full committee vote is...
This past Thursday, Senators Cory Gardner and Elizabeth Warren introduced a bipartisan bill to protect states that have legalized marijuana from federal intervention. Shortly thereafter, President Trump, in a Q&A session with reporters held on the White House lawn, said that he would probably support the bill if it...
In a “shot heard around the world” moment, the Canadian Senate has voted in favor of new legislation which ends a nearly 100-year prohibition in the Great White North and legalizes the use of marijuana nationwide, making Canada the first major country to do so. The upper chamber Senate...
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UN Releases Marijuana Review The UN-powered World Health Organization’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD) has announced the upcoming release of a report discussing evidentiary findings on the plant’s medical value. In an earlier report, the WHO called CBD a low-risk cannabinoid which provides positive health benefits. Here are some of the...
California is a big state with big problems when it comes to black market cannabis. Although legal adult-use sales began five months ago in the Golden State, experts estimate that more than three-quarters of sales in the state are still illicit. But a joint effort between federal and state...
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West Hollywood city officials are expecting thousands of applications to flood into that city with the May 31 deadline close for eight new retailers (RMJ and MMJ), five delivery services and sixteen social consumption licenses. Applicant business plans will be reviewed by a five-member screening committee which will examine design...
This week in cannabis news, Utah initiative makes the ballot, 1,000 CA retailers asked to cease and desist, Florida appeals smokables ban ruling, Feds allege organized crime rings in cannabis states, and CannaCon to take place this weekend in Detroit. Let's get into it. 1,000 Cannabis Retailers Asked To Cease...
A Florida judge ruled that the state’s ban on smokable forms of cannabis is unconstitutional. The ban on smoking medical marijuana was added by lawmakers into a bill passed last year which implemented a constitutional amendment passed by voters in the Sunshine State. A spokesman for the Florida Department...
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Last month, Florida Representative Matt Gaetz, an avid Trump supporter, introduced the bipartisan Medical Cannabis Research Act of 2018. This week, he hosted an event on Capitol Hill to push for government research of medical cannabis. According to a report in the Tampa Bay Times, Gaetz has said, "A lot of people think...

Genetically Modified Yeast To Produce Cannabinoids On an Industrial Scale

Cannabiz News Briefs – June 15, 2018

Conservative Senators Move To Protect MMJ States