April 14, 2014

Public Companies Setting Sights on Medical Marijuana Cultivation, Edibles

By Chris Walsh Publicly traded companies in the cannabis space have traditionally shied away from handling marijuana directly, focusing instead on hemp-based products and ancillary offerings such as growing equipment [click to read more...]

April 11, 2014

Money Show Wrap-Up: Financial Lessons for Cannabusinesses

Financing, taxes and cash management – three of the most important topics for cannabis entrepreneurs – took center stage during last week’s CannaBusiness Money Show events in Boston, Chicago and [click to read more...]

April 9, 2014

New Forecast: U.S. MMJ and Recreational Cannabis Sales to Hit $8 Billion by 2018

By Anne Holland U.S. retail cannabis sales will rise more than five-fold over the next five years, from an estimated $2.2-$2.6 billion in 2014 to $7.4-8.2 billion in 2018, according [click to read more...]

April 7, 2014

Q&A With Theraplant CEO Ethan Ruby on Starting a Cannabis Cultivation Business in Connecticut

By Chris Walsh Ethan Ruby is hoping to bring relief to thousands of patients in Connecticut – and build a successful business – as the chief executive officer of Theraplant, [click to read more...]

April 4, 2014

If I Did It Over Again: Tough Lessons From Colorado’s Recreational Entrepreneurs

By Fred Dreier It’s been three months since Colorado flipped the switch on its recreational marijuana industry. During that time, the entrepreneurs at the forefront of retail cannabis have learned [click to read more...]

April 2, 2014

Guest Column: Vertical Integration Benefits Outweigh Drawbacks

By Becky DeKeuster Vertical integration is terrible for our industry. It leads to enormous burdens during the startup phase, creates mistrust between small farmers and the retail outlets that cannot [click to read more...]

March 31, 2014

Greenhouse Technology Shakes Up Economics of Cannabis Cultivation

By Fred Dreier Lured by the prospect of cutting electricity costs, more marijuana entrepreneurs are pursuing greenhouse cultivation facilities. Greenhouse manufacturers claim that their structures can save anywhere from 25% [click to read more...]

March 28, 2014

Week in Review: Extremely Limited MMJ Laws Gain Ground in Several States

By Chris Walsh Behold the rise of pseudo-medical marijuana states. Earlier this week, Utah legalized the possession and use of certain cannabis-based extracts for locals (primarily children) with severe epilepsy [click to read more...]

March 26, 2014

Oregon Medical Cannabis Businesses Prepare for Ban on Sweet Edibles

By Fred Dreier Medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon are preparing to say goodbye to sweet, sugary edibles, and dispensary owners believe that removing these popular products will hurt their business. [click to read more...]

March 24, 2014

Q&A With Steve DeAngelo: Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Program in the Spotlight

By Fred Dreier Steve DeAngelo, owner of Harborside Health Center, is also the financial backer of a Massachusetts medical marijuana dispensary operated by his brother and business partner Andrew DeAngelo. [click to read more...]

March 21, 2014

Week in Review: Digital Currencies Target Marijuana Industry, But Skepticism Abounds

By Chris Walsh Dispensaries are getting inundated with pitches from companies offering services that “solve” the industry’s banking and payment-processing woes. The latest solution being touted as a panacea: digital [click to read more...]

March 19, 2014

Marijuana Packaging Companies Compete With Differing Business Models

By Fred Dreier The glass jars, opaque bags and other packaging material that contain cannabis have become more important to dispensary businesses as the U.S. marijuana market has grown. Packaging [click to read more...]

Boston Dispensary Told to ‘Go Away’

A medical marijuana dispensary looking to set up shop in Boston can’t seem to win [click to read more...]

CO Seeks to Shut Down Raided Dispensaries

Colorado regulators recently moved to shut down four dispensaries that were targeted during a high-profile [click to read more...]

DOJ Chief ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ About Rec Cannabis Programs

The nation’s top law enforcement official said he is encouraged by Colorado and Washington State’s [click to read more...]

70+ Oregon Cities Temporarily Ban Dispensaries

More than 70 municipalities in Oregon have implemented moratoriums on medical cannabis dispensaries, limiting businesses [click to read more...]

CA Marijuana Cultivators Urged to Cut Water Use

Legal and illegal marijuana cultivators in Northern California could be draining valuable water from the [click to read more...]

Kentucky Approves CBD Extracts Law

Kentucky has joined Utah on the short list of U.S. states to legalize cannabidiol (CBD) [click to read more...]

Maryland Revives Medical Cannabis Program, Passes Decriminalization

Maryland lawmakers have revamped the state’s medical marijuana program by establishing a framework of rules [click to read more...]

Denver Rec Shop Projects $10M-$12M in 2014 Sales

The owner of one of Colorado’s largest recreational marijuana stores projects his 2014 revenues will [click to read more...]

GrowLife Trading Halted by SEC, Cannabis Stocks Drop

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has temporarily halted stock trading for GrowLife Inc. (PHOT), [click to read more...]

Boston Mayor Aims to Block Dispensaries

Boston mayor Martin Walsh will try to block the city’s two planned medical marijuana dispensaries, [click to read more...]

NJ Voters Split on Decriminalization, Oppose Rec

New Jersey voters are split down the middle when it comes to legalizing marijuana possession, [click to read more...]

Recreational Sales Rise 5%, But Actual Growth Much Bigger

Sales at Colorado recreational marijuana shops rose 5% in February to hit $15.1 million, according [click to read more...]

Oregon Registered Dispensaries Now Total 32

The Oregon Health Authority approved the registration of 10 additional dispensaries late last week, bringing [click to read more...]

Colorado Governor Lowers Cannabis Tax Forecast

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has scaled back his cannabis tax revenue estimates by about 15%, [click to read more...]