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Insurance Costs Rising for Cannabis Firms as Unhappy Investors File Slew of Lawsuits

Canadian and U.S. cannabis companies are facing a spike in already high costs of insurance to protect top executives from personal liability, following a slew of lawsuits by disgruntled investors alleging fraud and misinformation, with more such action expected. Some …

2020 Predictions from Cannabis Industry Experts: More Insurance Business

More legalization in more states. More product liability risks. More regulations. More M&A. More of many things is what insurance professionals involved in the cannabis industry can expect in 2020. Insurance Journal asked four experts watching the cannabis and insurance …

Early Cannabis Insurance Claims Experience Differs from Expectations

It’s still early, but claims experience thus far in the cannabis insurance market is encouraging, according to one leading writer. “So far, we’re optimistic that we’re going to see that our experience is going to be better than our other …

Bill Advancing to Make Recreational Marijuana Legal in New Mexico

A proposal to legalize the sale and consumption of recreational marijuana through state-run stores in New Mexico is advancing in the state Legislature. A Senate panel on Saturday endorsed the House-approved bill that would allow possession of up to 1 …

Agents Warned About E&O Risks in Claiming Cyber, Cannabis Expertise

Insurance agents and brokers who market themselves as experts in cannabis or cyber could wind up regretting that positioning. Because both are relatively new exposures subject to changing regulations and coverages, producers marketing themselves as experts could face scrutiny, lawsuits …

Expert Sees a ‘Strong Need’ for Insurance for Cannabis Industry

There’s “still a really strong need” for specialty insurance to cover cannabis businesses as well as medical professionals prescribing cannabis, according to an attorney who specializes in the sector. Ian Stewart, a partner in Wilson Elser and chair of the …

New Specialty Offering from HUB Targets Cannabis Producers, Distributors, Retailers

Global insurance brokerage Hub International Limited (HUB) has formed a comprehensive cannabis insurance and risk services offering under its Agribusiness & Farm Specialty Practice. The new offering is designed to reduce risks in all aspects of operations for medical and …

California Commissioner Named Chair of New NAIC Cannabis Committee

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners has named California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones chair of its new Cannabis Insurance Working Group. Jones proposed that the NAIC establish this working group the NAIC’s Summer National Meeting. The reason for creating the …

Alaska Marijuana Business License Applications Outpacing System

The number of applications for marijuana business licenses is outgrowing the Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office’s approval system. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports a May 8 Marijuana Control Office spreadsheet says there are 467 applications being processed with another 46 …

Hundreds of Illegal Pot Shops Operating in Los Angeles, Police Say

Los Angeles has issued licenses to nearly 100 marijuana retailers but police estimate there are at least two times that number operating illegally in the city and undercutting those who are playing by the rules. Police have shut down eight …