Items tagged with cannabis and corporate capture

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Is legal weed doomed to be run by big business? [28.12.2022] If the federal government legalizes cannabis, lawmakers should beware of monopolization by national corporations, says Shaleen Title, chief executive ...
Marijuana law reached peak absurdity in 2022 [24.12.2022] Banning a plant with hundreds of industrial and medical uses was never going to work out well, but 2022 saw marijuana prohibition reach peak absurdit ...
Activists fear medical cannabis companies want in on recreational market [21.11.2022] Established medical cannabis companies could be looking to set their foot in Malta’s flegdling recreational cannabis market, according to sources. Re ...
A tale of marijuana charlatans, corruption, collusion and exploitation [16.11.2022] Through manipulating trust and exploiting public ignorance, cannabis charlatans – new and old – are trying to construct corporate empires, some of wh ...
Cannabis policy changes in Africa are welcome. But small producers are the losers [30.05.2022] Many African states that persecuted citizens for cannabis related offences for years are now promoting legal cannabis production. Over the past five ...
A cannabis monopoly asteroid is coming [01.02.2022] If you think two or three powerful companies owning and controlling the sales of all regulated marijuana sounds like a good thing, you can click away ...
Up in Smoke: Is the legal-cannabis industry on the verge of collapsing? [15.12.2021] When legalization proponents sold voters on Prop. 64 in 2016, one of their chief arguments in favor of the measure was that legal weed would yield a ...
Stand for craft: How Canada’s craft cannabis cultivators are pushing for tax reform [29.09.2021] It’s been just three short years since cannabis was legalized in Canada, but it’s already clear the nation’s exorbitant taxation on cannabis cultivat ...
What do you do with a billion grams of surplus weed? [05.08.2021] Back in 2018, during those months before Canada legalized recreational cannabis, things were good for the pot industry. Companies were being hyped as ...
Congress only has one chance to legalize marijuana the right way [01.06.2021] Congressional Democratic leaders filed a marijuana legalization bill last week aimed at remedying the injustices of the drug war. But my experience a ...
Cannabis goes corporate: Lobbyists, unions seek to shape marijuana industry [08.05.2021] The rally at the state capitol on April 20, the unofficial holiday for pot aficionados, brought out green-wigged supporters ringed in wisps of smoke. ...
Alcohol giant Diageo, Tobacco giant Reynolds, and Morgan Stanley among companies newly lobbying on cannabis [21.04.2021] The US House of Representatives passed a bill to expand cannabis industry access to banking. While a version of that bill stalled in the last Senate, ...
A Sustainable Future for Cannabis Farmers [16.04.2021] Learn how lessening the barriers for small farmers while raising them for large companies can help to steer legal cannabis markets in a more sustaina ...
A founding father of legal pot in Colorado reveals regrets [09.04.2021] I helped write Amendment 64, litigated numerous cases before and after 64 to make it a reality, and also helped design implementing regulations at th ...
Big tobacco is coming for legal marijuana [08.04.2021] Big Tobacco has been planning for this moment for decades. A 1983 industry list titled New Product Ideas, made public as part of a court settlement, ...
Mexico’s lower house approves recreational cannabis bill [11.03.2021] Mexico’s lower house has approved a bill that would legalise the recreational use of cannabis, putting the country on the path to becoming one of the ...
BAT looks beyond tobacco to Canadian marijuana [11.03.2021] British American Tobacco said it will buy a nearly 20% stake in Canada-based cannabis producer Organigram for about 126 million pounds ($175.8 millio ...
How tobacco giant Altria is becoming a cannabis company [09.02.2021] Altria, one of the world’s biggest tobacco companies, is well on its way to also being one of the world’s biggest and most influential cannabis compa ...
‘There’s no stopping the industry now’: Democratic control is a big win for marijuana [31.01.2021] Cannabis companies are positioning themselves for the greater likelihood that federal cannabis restrictions will be loosened significantly. Sales are ...
After blockbuster Aphria-Tilray merger, world’s largest cannabis company eyes U.S. market [18.12.2020] Tilray and Aphria, two of the biggest marijuana companies in Canada, announced plans to merge and create the world’s largest cannabis outfit. With ex ...
Mexico, plagued by cartel wars, on cusp of legal cannabis 'green rush' [01.10.2020] Senate majority leader Ricardo Monreal expects a law to be passed before December for recreational use of the drug, allowing regulated private firms ...
Cannabis: A rush to corporate capture? [30.09.2020] Finance minister Tito Mboweni expects the newly legal cannabis industry to pour an estimated R4 billion into the government’s dwindling tax coffers w ...
eSwatini: A brief tale of two laws [18.09.2020] The U.S. company Stem Holdings reported in 2019 that it had “received preliminary approval to become the only licensed growing farm and processing pl ...
Cannabis Regulation and Development [09.09.2020] Significant policy shifts have led to an unprecedented boom in medical cannabis markets, while a growing number of countries are moving towards the l ...
King Mswati, Stem Holdings and the multi-billion political dagga cold war [01.08.2020] King Mswati allegedly entered into a deal with Stem Holdings and manipulated provisions of the Prevention of Organized Crime Act (POCA) by unleashing ...
Regulating Drugs: Resolving Conflicts with the UN Drug Control Treaty System [29.11.2019] There are good reasons to legally regulate drugs markets, rather than persist with efforts to ban all non-medical uses of psychoactive substances. Re ...
Inside the Walmart of weed [23.11.2019] With Canada the largest nation to completely legalize marijuana, the world’s most valuable pot company, Canopy Growth Corp., founded in 2013 and now ...
Small-scale outdoor growing is firing up Legalization 2.0 [23.10.2019] Mark Spear might be a thorn in the side of the Canadian weed industry. Or he may be a heel. He certainly stands out when it comes to gently pissing o ...
The unbearable whiteness of weed: Canada’s booming cannabis industry has a race problem [02.08.2019] The Canadian cannabis industry is booming. From giant industrial operations such as Canopy Growth to smaller “luxury” cannabis retailers, to an array ...
Auxly Cannabis stock soars as British tobacco giant Imperial takes 20% stake [25.07.2019] British tobacco company Imperial Brands is getting into the cannabis business with a $123 million investment in Auxly Cannabis, the Canadian company ...
Through all the smoke, the cannabis industry needs to develop a bigger vision [10.05.2019] The cannabis industry can build a better and regenerative culture, rather than falling into the same old tired and destructive human and corporate pa ...
Can marijuana create a path to justice? [02.04.2019] The fight to legalize marijuana has never been easy, as evidenced by the recent collapse of months-long efforts in New Jersey and New York. A key iss ...
'Legalize marijuana without corporatized marijuana,' says New York mayor Bill de Blasio [03.02.2019] New York Mayor Bill de Blasio supports Governor Andrew Cuomo's pledge to legalize recreational marijuana, but he doesn't want the the market to be ov ...
Why the future of marijuana farming could be craft weed [21.11.2018] There are plenty of predictions about how cannabis farming is poised to go corporate, but Big Marijuana is not inevitable, says Ryan Stoa, a professo ...
Let’s cultivate laws for a cannabis industry centred on uplifting the rural poor [19.09.2018] The Constitutional Court judgment on cannabis probably made a lot of people happy because, across all sectors of society, people smoke weed and have, ...
California's top marijuana regulator talks about what to expect Jan. 1, when legal pot market opens [25.12.2017] California's legal pot market opens for business on Jan. 1. The day will be a milestone, but what exactly will happen then and, especially, in the we ...
Lawmakers, pot growers say California's marijuana cultivation rules favor big corporate farms [18.12.2017] California’s new rules allowing marijuana cultivation favor large corporate farms despite a promise in Proposition 64 that small growers would be pro ...
How big tobacco, alcohol and pharma companies could enter the cannabis industry [06.11.2017] The entrance of Constellation Brands in the cannabis industry has broken the insulation around cannabis companies — it is now incumbent upon the indu ...
Toronto pot shop raids: Huge success or costly attack? [07.04.2017] Shut down, Mayor John Tory told marijuana shop owners, or face “whatever enforcement mechanisms” the city can muster to extinguish the “wildfire” spr ...
'Commercialization won out': will legal marijuana be the next big tobacco? [30.10.2016] Candi CdeBaca voted to legalize the free sale of marijuana in Colorado four years ago because she thought it would be good for her Denver neighborhoo ...
The goal of legalized cannabis shouldn’t be corporate gold [15.07.2016] As the government crawls towards legalization with the appointment of a task force, my tempered enthusiasm has started to wane, replaced by dismay. I ...
The goal of legalized cannabis shouldn’t be corporate gold [14.07.2016] Canada has a tradition of overregulation and one can already sense that the government is poised to place a myriad of restrictions on production and ...
Stir it up: Bob Marley to headline corporate cannabis brand [17.11.2014] The Marley family and a Seattle-based private equity firm announced the creation of Marley Natural, "a premium cannabis brand rooted in the life and ...

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