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Growing without synthetic pesticides: Q&A with Fleurish Farms’ Ethan Rubendall

By John Schroyer Grower Ethan Rubendall is arguably an extremist: He refuses to use chemicals on his cannabis plants, opting instead for all-natural techniques to fight pests. He argues his approach – including the use of plant-based sprays and aphid-repelling crops like chickpeas – is more effective than the potentially toxic chemicals other MJ growers use.

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Weedmaps highlights difficulties facing consumer review websites

By John Schroyer Weedmaps has long been a popular online destination for cannabis consumers seeking quality retailers, but recent press coverage questioning the company’s credibility underscores the pitfalls facing online review websites. A Los Angeles Times article last month suggested more than 60% of the consumer reviews appearing on Weedmaps were fake.

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Washington MJ company sets sights on Kroger, other mainstream retailers

By John Schroyer A Washington State marijuana entrepreneur may be close to getting her low-THC cannabis-based health and beauty product line on the shelves of retail titans such as Kroger-owned grocery stores. If successful, the development would further push cannabis-based products into the mainstream retail world.

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Week in Review: Growth potential in New York, Oregon rec market red hot & MI stumbles

By John Schroyer New York’s health department recommends doubling the size of the state’s medical marijuana industry, Oregon recreational applications flood in as adult-use sales skyrocket, and Michigan’s MJ legal limbo may persist a few more years. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

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Big shift in store for Los Angeles medical cannabis businesses

By John Schroyer Significant changes are on the way for Los Angeles’ sprawling, largely unregulated medical marijuana industry. City lawmakers are expected to place a measure on the local ballot next year to reform existing rules and create a new regulatory framework for the MMJ industry.

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Week in Review: Big legal victory, nervous credit union & unrequited love in MA

By Omar Sacirbey and John Schroyer The marijuana industry scores a big legal victory, a credit union in Alaska gets cold feet, and a Massachusetts city nixes a controversial business deal with a medical cannabis dispensary. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

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