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Cannabis Dispensaries and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, as amended (“HIPAA”) – Part I

Clients have often as asked whether HIPAA applies to the cannabis industry. As with anything else in healthcare, the answer can be complex. HIPAA was enacted in 1996 to help protect a patient’s healthcare information. While HIPAA is expansive, to the extent state law is more restrictive or protective, then state law will control in …

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Vaping Products Mail Ban Postponed? – How Will This Vaping Crisis Effect the Marijuana Industry

Anyone in the industry selling vape pens and their other products is affected by this law. Simply put, this new regulation might wreck a lot of companies and leave its employees jobless or with reduced pay. Postal services like FedEx and UPS have accepted the regulations and have put a stop to shipping products that …

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Beyond THC % – The Top Cannabis and Hemp Test Results You Should Look at First

The future of the current industry rests on several companies’ willingness to carry out more than a potency test.  For example, some years back a significant percentage of hemp crops in Florida failed to yield. The growers were unable to ascertain the cause because tests were not carried out on samples before planting. The cost …

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Cannabis firm MassRoots entering metal-recycling business via $14M deal

Cannabis-centric social media platform MassRoots said it’s broadening its business model through the acquisition of a metal-recycling company in a mainly stock-based deal valued at $14 million. Empire Services operates 10 facilities in North Carolina and Virginia, according to a news release. MassRoots said it has executed a letter of intent with the company and …

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How Cannabis Went From Straining A Family To Bringing Them Together

Patti Kornoelje says that when her son Casey Kornoelje was a teenager, she worried about the direction in which he seemed to be heading. He had multiple encounters with law enforcement over marijuana use, which led to cannabis-related convictions and changed the trajectory of his career. But, Patti says, sometimes certain doors open for a …

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Pennsylvania renews medical marijuana grower’s permit after nearly two years

A Pennsylvania marijuana cultivator could soon be growing again, almost two years after regulators revoked the company’s business license. Agrimed, which was purchased by Arizona-based multistate operator Harvest Health & Recreation shortly before the revocation, and the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Office of Medical Marijuana reached a settlement that allows for the conditional renewal of …

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