Cannabis firm Green Thumb refuses to recognize Illinois union effort

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Chicago-based Green Thumb Industries, a vertically integrated multistate cannabis company, is refusing to recognize a newly formed Teamsters unit at its cultivation facilities in Rock Island, Illinois, saying the union failed to hold a vote among GTI’s employees on the decision. “GTI respects the rights of our employees,” the company told Marijuana Business Daily in a statement, marking the first … Read More

US Senate votes to continue temporary medical cannabis protections

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The U.S. Senate on Thursday approved a spending bill that includes a provision that would continue to protect state-legal medical marijuana programs from U.S. Department of Justice interference. The provision, which would be good for a year, was included for the first time in the House fiscal year 2020 Commerce-Justice-Science bill. In the past, the provision has been tacked on … Read More

Pennsylvania residents want adult-use marijuana but frown on state-run sales

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The majority of Pennsylvania voters support legalizing recreational cannabis, but they don’t want state-run stores selling the products, according to a poll. State lawmakers recently unveiled legislation that calls for retail cannabis stores to be operated by Pennsylvania’s Liquor Control Board, a move that would heavily restrict private business opportunities. The bill was introduced just days after Democratic Gov. Tom … Read More

Canada’s cannabis market ‘comes down to execution’: Q&A with marijuana entrepreneur Chuck Rifici

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As Canada’s marijuana market enters the next phase of its evolution, serial cannabis entrepreneur Chuck Rifici expects to see a stratification of businesses that have the products consumers demand – and those that lack such merchandise. “We really started the beginning of the brand race, where the consumers are going to start seeing different types of products,” Rifici said. The … Read More