The CEO of a licensed Simcoe, Ont., cannabis producer says he hopes to create an experience similar to that of a winery or brewery, except with marijuana.
Geoff Hoover expects Thrive’s farm-gate retail store, the first in Canada, will bring the product a little more quickly to consumers by allowing purchase of the company’s two branded products directly on-site.
“We actually have our team in the store that’s been making and producing these products and they’re highly knowledgeable about the product,” Hoover told Global News.
On Monday, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed off on the state’s medical cannabis bill, SB 46, making Alabama the 36th state to legalize medical cannabis.
Gov. Ivey thanked Sen. Tim Melson and Rep. Mike Ball for leading efforts on legalization over the years.
In a press release, the Governor stated, “As research evolves, Sen. Melson and I discussed how critical it is to continue finding ways to work on this to ensure we have a productive, safe and responsible operation in Alabama.”
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BETHLEHEM TWP., Pa. – A proposed Easton Avenue medical marijuana dispensary has drawn fire from several Bethlehem Township residents who say they’re concerned the dispensary is not suitable for the area.
Harvest of Northeast PA LLC is requesting conditional use approval from the township to renovate the site of a former Fulton Bank located at 3301 Easton Avenue. Harvest already appeared before the township’s planning commission in April for the conditional use.
The marijuana dispensary company now has to go before the township zoning hearing board for a variance before going back to commissioners for final conditional use approval. Those meeting dates have yet to be determined.
Officials said the building is on an undersized lot for the proposed plan. Plans call for a 3,400-square-foot renovation at the site. The business, if approved, would be open seven days a week between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. and would have a total of 14 parking spaces. Developers hope to begin construction in July and have the dispensary in service by the end of the year.
“We’re excited about the opportunity to expand our Pennsylvania footprint in Bethlehem,” said Lauren Niehaus for Harvest of Northeast PA LLC.
However, several residents voiced their concerns during Monday night’s
For those not following the saga of retail cannabis in Vallejo, the headline was jarring: “Mega dispensary to go into the old Food 4 Less on Sonoma Boulevard.”
The planning commission in March approved the transfer of a cannabis retail license to V-Town Farms, which wants to take over the existing license of HTP Group. Vallejo has allowed a total of 11 dispensaries to open here, but V-Town Farms would not only be the largest in Vallejo but the largest in the entire state of California.
Soon after the V-Town deal was done, another cannabis dispensary, California Collective Care (CCC), along with consultant Ammericann Development, appealed the planning commission’s decision.
Cannabis Lobbyist Max Del Real, a mover and shaker in the canna-biz for over a decade, is serving as CCC’s spokesperson. He told the Times-Herald that opening a giant retailer here will “harm and/or close down” the 10 other mom-and-pop operations in town.
The V-Town Farms site will indeed be big, with a little over 17,000 square feet earmarked for the business. The space will have retail, manufacturing, and distribution, but no cultivation.
Martin Wesley, one of the owners of V-Town, told the city that it could bring in over $2
Republican Gov. Kay Ivey of Alabama signed a bill on Monday that legalizes the medicinal use of cannabis in the state. The measure, Senate Bill 46, was passed by the Alabama House of Representatives earlier this month after being approved by the state Senate in February. The Alabama medical marijuana legalization measure goes into effect immediately, although providers will have to be licensed by the state before legal medicinal cannabis sales begin.
“This is certainly a sensitive and emotional issue and something that is continually being studied,” Ivey said in a statement about the legislation. “On the state level, we have had a study group that has looked closely at this issue, and I am interested in the potential good medical cannabis can have for those with chronic illnesses or what it can do to improve the quality of life of those in their final days.”
Under the newly signed Alabama medical marijuana bill, doctors are now permitted to recommend cannabis for their patients with one of about a dozen serious medical conditions including seizures; spasticity associated with certain diseases
The Mississippi Supreme Court on Friday struck down a medical marijuana initiative, Initiative 65, that succeeded at the polls in the November election, overturning the will of nearly 70% of the state’s electorate in the process. The Supreme Court justices ruled in a 6 to 3 decision that Mississippi’s voter initiative process is constitutionally flawed, effectively dooming any future voter-led ballot measures until a remedy is passed by the legislature.
In November, Mississippi voters approved Initiative 65, a measure that would have legalized medical marijuana use, production, and sales. To qualify the initiative for the statewide ballot, supporters of the measure collected enough voter signatures in each of the five congressional districts that existed when Mississippi’s initiative process was drafted in the 1990s. Under that constitutional provision, Section 273, no more than 20% of the signatures necessary to qualify initiatives for the ballot could come from any single congressional district.
However, Mississippi now has only four congressional districts, after losing one seat in the House of Representatives following the 2000 census. So, supporters of the ballot initiative relied on a legal opinion previously issued by former Mississippi Attorney Jim Hood and collected 20% of the required total from each of the five