January 29, 2015

IRS Memo Could Raise Cannabis Industry’s Tax Bill by ‘Millions and Millions’ of Dollars

By John Schroyer A new IRS memo about tax issues tied to cannabis companies could end up costing the marijuana industry millions of dollars annually, reducing already-slim profit margins for [click to continue...]

January 28, 2015

Guest Column: 5 Retail Design Tips for MMJ Dispensaries, Recreational Cannabis Stores

By Noel Remigio Many dispensaries and retail stores open in a rush, with the owners focused squarely on supply chain, regulatory and licensing issues. As a result, they overlook a [click to continue...]

January 27, 2015

Delays, Uncertainty Leave Illinois Medical Marijuana Entrepreneurs in the Lurch

By John Schroyer Illinois’ budding medical marijuana industry has been reeling since former Gov. Pat Quinn’s last-minute and highly controversial decision to leave office without signing off on business licenses [click to continue...]

January 26, 2015

Chart of the Week: Comparison of 2014 Investment Activity in Marijuana vs. Other Industries

By Jennifer Mann Last year was a significant one for cannabis investments. U.S.-based private equity firms, venture capitalists and major angel investors pumped $95 million into marijuana businesses in 2014 [click to continue...]

January 23, 2015

Week in Review: Arizona Market Data, Vape Lounges in New England & Rec Real Estate Boom

By John Schroyer Arizona medical marijuana sales skyrocket, vape lounges gain traction in more states and cannabis entrepreneurs trigger a real estate boom in new rec markets. Here’s a closer [click to continue...]

January 22, 2015

Growing Number of Banks & Credit Unions Catering to Cannabis Industry, But Challenges Remain

By John Schroyer The lack of access to traditional banking services is a constant concern in the cannabis world, but the narrative is finally starting to change. An increasing number [click to continue...]

January 21, 2015

Tribal Marijuana Businesses May Hurt Existing Cannabis Companies, Help Others

By Tony C. Dreibus The possibility that Native American tribes will grow and sell marijuana has some entrepreneurs concerned and others cheering. The Department of Justice said in a December [click to continue...]

January 20, 2015

Fears of Business Bloodletting, Closures as Marijuana Prices Plummet in Washington State

By John Schroyer Washington State’s recreational marijuana market is becoming an exemplar of capitalism at its simultaneous best and worst. After battling a severe shortage of cannabis when retail sales [click to continue...]

January 19, 2015

Chart of the Week: Increasing Pace of Recreational, Medical Marijuana Legalization

By Jennifer Mann If the recent past is any indication, the cannabis industry should be optimistic for legalization of both medical and recreational marijuana at the state level in 2015 [click to continue...]

January 16, 2015

Week in Review: Challenges in New Rec Markets, M&A Deal and Native American MJ Activity

By John Schroyer Alaska and Oregon begin grappling with complex issues tied to recreational cannabis, a fast-rising ancillary firm buys a big stake in another prominent marijuana-related company, and entrepreneurs [click to continue...]

January 15, 2015

After 2014 Boom, Marijuana Investments Poised for Another Big Year

By John Schroyer The rise of recreational cannabis, the federal government’s easing policies on the industry and growing public support helped fuel record investments in the marijuana sector last year. [click to continue...]

January 14, 2015

Guest Column: From Certification to Sales, a Look at How and When Nevada’s MMJ Industry Will Emerge

By Amanda N. Connor In June 2013, the governor of Nevada signed into law a bill allowing for licensed medical marijuana facilities in the state. Scores of entrepreneurs from both [click to continue...]

San Diego’s 1st Legal Dispensary Prepares for Liftoff

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After waiting more than three months for an answer, David Blair finally got the good [click to continue...]

Increased Demand for Organic Cannabis in SF

Growers and dispensaries in San Francisco are seeing a spike in demand for organic cannabis [click to continue...]

Super Bowl a Boon for Washington MMJ Business

A cannabis company in Washington State is capitalizing on the Super Bowl in a big [click to continue...]

CO Rec Stores Unloading Edibles Inventory

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In advance of new regulations for infused products in Colorado, many recreational stores in the [click to continue...]

AG Nominee Opposed to Cannabis Legalization

Cannabis businesses may face obstacles if Loretta Lynch is confirmed as the next U.S. attorney [click to continue...]

SEC Gives Green Light to Marijuana Company’s Stock Registration

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has approved a share registration by a company that [click to continue...]

Pennsylvania MMJ Efforts Get Big Boost from Governor

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The chances that Pennsylvania could become one of the next states to legalize medical marijuana [click to continue...]

Prominent Investment Firm Pumps Money Into Cannabis Tech Company

Another mainstream investment firm is hoping to cash in on the cannabis industry. Tao Capital [click to continue...]

Plan to Open 1st Alaska ‘Dispensary’ Draws Criticism

The former TV reporter who generated controversy last fall when she quit her job on-air [click to continue...]

MBank Nixes Services for Colorado MJ Companies

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Well that was quick. MBank, the Oregon-based financial institution that recently announced it would begin [click to continue...]

Florida Republican Files Proposal to Legalize Medical Marijuana

Entrepreneurs continuing the fight for medical marijuana in Florida have found an ally in Republican [click to continue...]

California Tribe Inks MMJ Deal

It’s official: Native Americans are getting into the marijuana industry. The Pinoleville Pomo Nation announced [click to continue...]

Former Illinois Gov’s List of License Finalists Revealed

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Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, who left office earlier this month without granting medical marijuana [click to continue...]

1,600+ Applicants for 10 Rec Licenses in Colorado County

How popular is the marijuana business in Colorado? Here’s one indication: A single county that [click to continue...]