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Las Vegas approves cannabis consumption lounge rules

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The Las Vegas City Council on Wednesday approved regulations for cannabis consumption lounges in one of the industry’s most-watched markets for cannatourism and hospitality innovation.

The seven-member board, which includes Mayor Carolyn Goodman, approved several new provisions that are more industry-friendly than initial proposals.

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Most notably, the board chose to keep a 1,000-foot buffer between consumption lounges – a requirement overwhelmingly opposed by operators and advocates – but included an option for businesses to receive a waiver from the city council to bypass the rule and allow them to cluster near one another.

That’s similar to breweries and car dealerships, which feed off each other to attract customers and boost retail.

“The proposed 1,000-foot buffer between lounges is overly restrictive and frankly unnecessary,” retail and lounge consultant Maha Haq told MJBizDaily before the council vote.

“If they are hoping to develop cannabis tourism, this buffer is

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Florida marijuana licenses overdue as adult-use vote looms

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By law, the Florida marijuana industry – the largest medical-only cannabis market in the country with $2 billion in projected annual sales – is supposed to have nearly twice as many businesses involved as are operating today.

But with state voters set to decide on adult-use marijuana legalization in November, potentially inflating the value of coveted vertically integrated business licenses, the mandated expansion of Florida’s market remains on indefinite hold.

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The state accepted applications for 22 available permits in April 2023.

More than a year later, there’s no clear answer from state officials as to when those new licenses will be issued.

“There is literally nothing coming back to applicants. Nothing,” Dustin Robinson, a Fort Lauderdale-based attorney who filed one of the 73

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Marijuana lab testing accuracy improving, study in new science journal finds

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Marijuana testing labs’ ability to detect pesticides on plant material improved over the course of a four-year study.

The study, shared exclusively with MJBizDaily and reMind in conjunction with the launch of the Cannabis and Psychedelic Science Journal (CAPS Journal), analyzed nearly 350 pesticide test results collected from accredited testing labs between 2019 and 2023.

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The number of tests found to accurately measure pyrethrin and pyrethroid compounds – common insecticides that are part of some states’ mandated third-party marijuana testing regimen – improved from 89% in spring 2019 to an overall average of 94% across all eight data points.

“The ability of ATLs (analytical testing laboratories) in the cannabis industry to detect and quantify pesticides has improved over a four-year period,” according to

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New York court issues record $15 million fine to unlicensed cannabis operator

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A New York court has ordered David Tulley to pay a $15.2 million fine for operating six unlicensed cannabis stores in Cayuga, Oswego and Wayne counties, the largest penalty levied in a multiagency effort to curb illicit operations statewide.

Tulley, the owner of the I’m Stuck stores and two additional unlicensed shops in Monroe County, had been operating without a license since early 2022, according to a news release.

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Despite receiving cease-and-desist letters from the Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) and notices of violations, he continued to operate his stores, describing them as “consulting” businesses, state regulators said.

In response to Tulley defying the cease-and-desist order, the OCM inspected his stores in June and July 2023 and seized an undisclosed amount of

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