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Colorado Lawsuit Could Ripple Through U.S. Cannabis Industry

Colorado Lawsuit Could Ripple Through U.S. Cannabis Industry

A federal trial will address a couple who say having a cannabis business as a neighbor hurts their property’s value.

DENVER — A federal trial in Colorado could have far-reaching effects on the United States’ budding marijuana industry if a jury sides with a couple who say having a cannabis business as a neighbor hurts their property’s value.

The trial, which began Monday in Denver, is the first time a jury will consider a lawsuit using federal anti-racketeering law to target cannabis companies. But the marijuana industry has closely watched the case since 2015, when attorneys with a Washington, D.C.-based firm first filed their sweeping complaint on behalf of Hope and Michael Reilly.

An attorney for the business targeted by the suit plans to argue the couple’s property has not been damaged, relying in part on the county’s tax valuations of the Reillys’ land ticking up over time.

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Ottawa Valley Farm Plans to Build Cannabis Grow-Op, Spa and ‘Canna-Tourism’ Complex

The facility would grow more than 100,000 cannabis plants by 2020 and run workshops on how to grow and cook with marijuana.

Before the last federal election, the idea of openly growing pot in a field would have been dismissed as reefer madness — and illegal, too. But the Liberals won that contest, formed government, and their campaign promise to legalize recreational marijuana came to fruition this month.

The legislation has also spawned the first proposed (and legal) outdoor cannabis farm in the Ottawa Valley.

Mark Spear, a 34-year-old Ottawa native who has worked in the cannabis industry since 2014, wants to convert a 225-acre former horse and haymaking farm near Burnstown, southeast of Renfrew, into a “canna-tourism” complex that would grow more than 100,000 cannabis plants by 2020, run workshops on how to grow and cook with marijuana, and allow visitors to relax at a pot-friendly spa.

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Cresco Labs Expands Arizona Footprint With Acquisition of Cultivation, Processing and Dispensary Assets

The company’s cultivation footprint is now approaching one million square feet.

(Chicago, IL) – October 29, 2018 – PRESS RELEASE – Cresco Labs, one of the largest multi-state vertically integrated cannabis operators in the United States, has announced its acquisition of licenses and assets in the state of Arizona. This marks Cresco Labs’ second acquisition in Arizona, adding two cultivation facilities, one processing facility and one dispensary to a cultivation, processing and dispensary operation already owned near Phoenix.

“Arizona is a state closely aligned with our strategic focus on entering markets with great patient participation, sound regulatory structures and a need for consumer-focused and consistent, quality cannabis products,” said Cresco Labs CEO and co-founder Charlie Bachtell.  “At Cresco Labs, we have already successfully scaled the steepest learning curves in the most highly regulated markets such as Illinois, Ohio and Pennsylvania. As a result, we are able to replicate our process to expand into other markets expeditiously and are excited to broaden our scale in the great state of Arizona.”

Cresco has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Arizona Facilities Supply, LLC (AFS), and certain of its subsidiaries for cash and equity consideration. AFS provides management and advisory services to Encanto Green Cross Dispensary, a non-profit entity that holds a vertical license to cultivate, process and dispense medical marijuana in the state of Arizona, operates a medical marijuana dispensary in Phoenix, Ariz., and owns real property used for cultivation in Salome, Ariz. Closing of the transaction is expected to take place in the fourth quarter of 2018 or the first quarter of 2019, subject to receipt of applicable regulatory approvals.

With an established presence in Arizona, Cresco Labs holds an ownership interest in an existing operation consisting of a vertically integrated license with cultivation, processing, and one dispensary location near Phoenix. Arizona is one of the nation’s sizable medical cannabis programs with over 170,000 registered patients.

Dr. Robb Farms Leads $24 Million Investment to Build Out Three Greenhouse Cannabis Complexes in California

The 45,000-square-foot cannabis complexes will be fully operational in Desert Hot Springs by spring 2019.

October 25, 2018, Los Angeles – PRESS RELEASE – California-based Dr. Robb Farms has announced that it has broken ground on the first of three new innovative facilities transforming the landscape of cannabis. The clean cannabis company has raised a total $24 million for the development and operation of three independent 45,000-square-foot hybrid indoor cannabis farms within the Coachillin complex. Each of the independent lots will incorporate and license the Dr. Robb Farms proprietary standard operating procedures to ensure best-in-class cultivation practices developed by Dr. Robert Flannery, the first PhD in the United States with the technical training and expertise in commercial cannabis cultivation.

Each hybrid indoor cultivation facility is being built with industrial steel, MgO SIPS panels and a UV-transmitting acrylic roof. Each facility will boast leading production capabilities, producing over 1,100 pounds of premium flower per month. Each facility will be able to produce six complete grow cycles a year via its proprietary controlled environment that allows for temperature and humidity optimization, and supplemental light manipulation while also utilizing the power of natural full spectrum UV derived from the sun.

“This is a win-win for both operators and consumers as these facilities will enable us to deliver premium product at a great price,” said Flannery. “The natural UVA and UVB light allows for more complex and complete terpene and cannabinoid production which results in higher quality flower with more sophisticated taste and nose, and we have A.I.-driven micro CO2 injections, integrated pest management, improved water use and operational efficiencies which leads to decreased cost of goods sold (COGS).”

Coachillin, an advanced Cannabusiness complex in California, is a 160-acre park with a streamlined regulatory environment. When complete, the complex will feature a testing lab, contract manufacturing facility, visitor center with a dispensary, brewhouse and cannabis tasting room.

Online Tools Available for Michigan Medical Marijuana Users

Online Tools Available for Michigan Medical Marijuana Users

Patients may check the status of their application through a secure online account.

LANSING, MICH. – Michigan residents who use medical marijuana now have online tools to register and get needed certification from their doctor.

The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs says patients without a caregiver can use the internet to apply for medical marijuana registry identification cards.

They also can check the status of their application through a secure online account.

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