Thursday, March 5, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Thursday, March 5, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Canopy Closing Two Facilities, Laying Off 500, Taking $700 Million Charge (Green Market Report)

// Illinois Sold Almost $35 Million Of Marijuana In Second Month Of Legal Sales (Marijuana Moment)

// Mexican Senate commissions approve marijuana bill legalizing recreational use (Marijuana Business Daily)


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// 3 months in reported cannabis sales total $31.9M, generate $5.3M tax revenue (Oakland Press)

// Texas Cops Are Getting Ready to Bust Spring Breakers for THC Vape Carts (Merry Jane)

// Arkansas can resume issuing medical cannabis licenses, judge says (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Return of free compassion to Cali medical marijuana (Leaf Online)

// Treasury Secretary Won’t Fix Marijuana Banking Problem With Administrative Action (Marijuana Moment)

// Meet the new Boston Cannabis Board (Boston Globe)

// Philadelphia Association Of Black Journalists To Host Cannabis Conference April 4-5 (Yahoo Finance)


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Thursday, March 5, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

Marijuana Today Daily Headlines
Thursday, March 5, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Canopy Closing Two Facilities, Laying Off 500, Taking $700 Million Charge (Green Market Report)

// Illinois Sold Almost $35 Million Of Marijuana In Second Month Of Legal Sales (Marijuana Moment)

// Mexican Senate commissions approve marijuana bill legalizing recreational use (Marijuana Business Daily)


These headlines are brought to you by MJToday Media, publishers of this podcast as well as our weekly show Marijuana Today and the most-excellent Green Rush Podcast. And check out our new show Weed Wonks!


// 3 months in reported cannabis sales total $31.9M, generate $5.3M tax revenue (Oakland Press)

// Texas Cops Are Getting Ready to Bust Spring Breakers for THC Vape Carts (Merry Jane)

// Arkansas can resume issuing medical cannabis licenses, judge says (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Return of free compassion to Cali medical marijuana (Leaf Online)

// Treasury Secretary Won’t Fix Marijuana Banking Problem With Administrative Action (Marijuana Moment)

// Meet the new Boston Cannabis Board (Boston Globe)

// Philadelphia Association Of Black Journalists To Host Cannabis Conference April 4-5 (Yahoo Finance)


Check out our other projects:
Marijuana Today— Our flagship title, a weekly podcast examining the world of marijuana business and activism with some of the smartest people in the industry and movement.
Marijuana Media Connect— A service that connects industry insiders in the legal marijuana industry with journalists, bloggers, and writers in need of expert sources for their stories.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

Marijuana Today Daily Headlines
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// USDA Releases Proposed Hemp Regulations For Public Comment (Marijuana Moment)

// MedMen Loses Board Control As Gotham Green Makes Changes (Green Market Report)

// As other state officials warn of vaping dangers Iowa, AG defends vaping products for adults (Des Moines Register)


These headlines are brought to you by Curaleaf, one of the leading vertically-integrated cannabis operators in the U.S. With legal medical marijuana dispensaries, cultivation sites, and processing facilities all over the United States, Curaleaf has served more than 165,000 medical cannabis patients and looks forward to helping many more long into the future. Swing over to Curaleaf.com to learn more about this very cool company!


// L.A. should suspend vetting applications for pot shops amid concerns Wesson urges (LA Times)

// DionyMed Stops Trading, Heads For Bankruptcy (Green Market Report)

// Former Philly mayor Michael Nutter hired by cannabis company as senior advisor (Philly Voice)

// Gifting cannabis to the terminally ill becomes tax-exempt in California (Leafly)

// Saskatchewan phasing in ‘open-market system’ for cannabis store permits (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Chart: Recreational cannabis stores will be few and far between in Illinois (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Not your mom’s ginger ale: cannabis infused drinks to hit shelves in December (CTV News)


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Marijuana Today— Our flagship title, a weekly podcast examining the world of marijuana business and activism with some of the smartest people in the industry and movement.
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Former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter Named Cannabis Company’s Senior Advisor

Former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has been hired on as a “senior advisor and consultant” for Green Leaf Medical, a New Jersey company that is looking to open a 50,000 square foot cannabis production facility and dispensary in Gloucester City’s Southport waterfront area. 

The announcement surprised some who remember Nutter’s initially vehement resistance to a marijuana decriminalization measure that he eventually wound up signing into law. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the measure resulted in a 60 percent drop in marijuana possession arrests. 

But despite his perceived opposition to cannabis legalization while he served his two terms in the mayor’s office, Michael Nutter says that his one-time opposition to decriminalization was due to the fact that he actually wanted to go further when it came to cannabis access. 

“I was not opposed to decriminalizing marijuana,” he recently told a local news site. “The issue I was raising was I wanted us to do more than decriminalizing marijuana. This is medical cannabis, something that is obviously prescribed and it is legally allowed in New Jersey.”

Green Leaf Medical is one of three companies gunning for a Glouchester City marijuana license, and is competing against DEVI Holdings LLC and 57 Star LLC. It currently has operations in four states, with six facilities in total. The former Philly mayor will reportedly be working on community relations on outreach for the company. 

Michael Nutter’s Journey From Politics to Pot

Nutter was a member of the Philadelphia City Council for almost 15 years before he was elected mayor, and while serving in Philly’s highest office, from 2008 to 2015, he made reducing violent crime, promoting local businesses, and bolstering the country’s first bike share program designed for low income individuals. 

This is far from the only consulting gig he’s held since then. His visiting scholar profile at University of Pennsylvania lists 17 organizations he has advised, including the Department of Homeland Security, Airbnb, and JP Morgan Chase. 

Getting involved in the cannabis industry, Nutter said, is an extension of his civic concern, and speaks to some of his original reasons for becoming active in public policy. “One of the reasons I got into politics was to help people,” he commented. “This is just a different way of being involved.”

Green Leaf executives say that he’s being brought on not only for his influence, but also his impeccable motivation. “If you look at his track record, it’s very impressive,” says CEO Phil Goldber. “He has done some amazing things. His heart is in the right place. If he only had star power we wouldn’t have asked him to join the team.”

As Pennsylvania looks to expand its medical marijuana industry, there is also a bill in the state senate that would make adult use cannabis legal. SB 350 was proposed by two Democrats earlier this month. The bill would call for blanket expungements of past cannabis-related criminal convictions, and would limit the involvement of out of state marijuana companies to ensure priority placement for local companies. Governor Tom Wolf has called for a “serious debate” about the legalization of recreational cannabis, and recommended to state legislators that they pass decriminalization and expungement measures.

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Philadelphia University Announces New Cannabis Industry MBA Program

The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia announced last week that it would begin offering a Master of Business Administration degree program focusing on the cannabis industry. The university is currently enrolling students in the Cannabis Industry Option MBA in Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Business program and will begin conducting classes online in September.

Founded in 1821 as the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, the first college of pharmacy in North America, the University of the Sciences now offers more than 30 degree programs from bachelor’s through doctoral degrees in the health sciences, bench sciences, and healthcare business and policy fields.

Andrew Peterson, the executive director of the University of the Sciences Substance Use Disorders Institute, said in a press release that the new degree program will help train business professionals for the quickly growing legal cannabis industry.

“There are many unique aspects to the medical cannabis and hemp industries, and those in this new industry have been testing the waters for the last few years,” Peterson said. “This new program will help to formalize those teachings for those currently in the cannabis industry, entering the field, or interested in other fields associated with the industry.”

Teaching the Business of Cannabis

The new cannabis MBA program at the University of the Sciences, which the university says is the first of its kind in the United States, will be offering coursework that includes education in the business of cannabis, hemp, and dispensary operations. The option includes four elective courses that were created in partnership with the Substance Use Disorders Institute with input from cannabis industry professionals.

Coursework in the program will include Introduction to the Medical Cannabis Industry; Finance and Regulation in the Medical Cannabis Industry; Cannabis Marketing and Sales, and a project-based course where students will work to write a business plan or bring a product to market.

Peterson added that as cannabis legalization continues to spread, the new industry will see new opportunities to integrate with more conventional business sectors.

“As the industry grows, and the potential for medical cannabis to converge with the pharmaceutical industry, a specialization in pharmaceutical and healthcare business will be an asset to those in the cannabis industry,” said Peterson. “A combination of healthcare, pharmaceutical, and cannabis business knowledge and expertise will be incredibly valuable as graduates move forward in their career.”

The University of the Sciences MBA program is the second graduate degree program focusing on the cannabis industry to launch recently. In June, the University of Maryland revealed that it was launching a Master of Science in Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics degree program.

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A Philadelphia University Says It’s Offering ‘First MBA’ for the Cannabis Industry

The University of Sciences in Philadelphia announced Tuesday the launch of a Master of Business Administration option for students looking for opportunities in the cannabis industry. “We’ve seen rapid growth in an industry that needs business leaders,” said Andrew Peterson, executive director of the USciences Substance Use Disorders Institute. “Our MBA is concentrated on the pharmaceutical and health care industries, where medical cannabis fits very nicely.” Though many schools across the nation offer courses that…