September 12, 2014

Week in Review: Rec Marijuana Markets Humming Along + Hawaii MMJ Report & Lesson in Illinois

By Chris Walsh The nation’s first two recreational marijuana markets post impressive growth, a report bolsters the case for dispensaries in Hawaii and an incident in Illinois provides a valuable [click to continue...]

September 10, 2014

Appraising a Marijuana Business: Q&A With Valuations Expert Ronald Seigneur

By Chris Walsh How do you assess the value of a cannabis company? This is one of the most vexing questions for investors and marijuana business owners alike. It’s exceedingly [click to continue...]

September 8, 2014

Pinching Pennies: 5 Ways Edibles Companies Can Keep Costs in Check

By John Schroyer Though the market for edibles has soared in recent years, many producers of infused products have had a hard time keeping up with the cost of doing [click to continue...]

September 5, 2014

Week in Review: Mixed Signals in Florida + IL Prepares for Applications & Study on MMJ Delivery

By Chris Walsh Polls show differing levels of support for medical cannabis legalization in Florida, Illinois gears up for MMJ applications and a study examines the impact of marijuana delivery [click to continue...]

September 3, 2014

From Cannabis-Friendly B&Bs to Marijuana Food Trucks, New Business Models Emerge in Rec States

By John Schroyer When it comes to business opportunities, many entrepreneurs in the nation’s first recreational cannabis markets are focused on “the big three” – retail stores, cultivation sites and [click to continue...]

August 29, 2014

Week in Review: Retailers, Growers at Odds Amid Supply Shortage in Washington State

 By Chris Walsh After a rocky start to recreational marijuana in Washington State, many entrepreneurs on the front lines of the industry assumed the market would settle down fairly quickly. [click to continue...]

August 27, 2014

Study: 2 Denver Cannabis Stores Create $30M Economic Impact, 280 Local Jobs

By John Schroyer How much of an economic impact can a cannabis business have on a community? A new study offers a glimpse, estimating that a pair of retail marijuana [click to continue...]

August 25, 2014

Guest Column: Banking Relief is on the Way – Here’s How You Can Prepare

By Paula B. Givens Most cannabis-related businesses do not have a transparent and ongoing relationship with a financial institution, reflecting the fact that banks are wary of servicing the marijuana [click to continue...]

August 22, 2014

Week in Review: Lessons From Oklahoma + Concerns in Alaska & Jolt for Seattle’s Rec Industry

By Chris Walsh A medical marijuana drive fizzles out in Oklahoma, support for recreational cannabis legalization slips in Alaska and the second retail store finally opens in Seattle. Here’s a [click to continue...]

August 20, 2014

Cannabis Campaigns in Oregon, Florida Bringing Out Big Guns as November Elections Near

By John Schroyer Legalization campaigns are ramping up in the key cannabis battleground states of Oregon and Florida, where marijuana supporters are about to bring out the big guns. In [click to continue...]

August 18, 2014

Navigating Turmoil: Q&A With Executives at Edibles Manufacturer Cheeba Chews

By John Schroyer Cheeba Chews has been cruising in the fast lane for the better part of five years, building a wildly popular brand of edibles in Colorado and expanding [click to continue...]

August 15, 2014

Week in Review: Comparing CO, WA Retail Sales + Banking Progress & Media Impact in Massachusetts

By Chris Walsh Colorado and Washington State release recreational cannabis sales data, a federal official says the banking situation is getting better and media reports heighten scrutiny of the MMJ [click to continue...]

Black Market Marijuana Dealer Targets Rec Store’s Customers

Although recreational marijuana proponents often argue that legalizing and taxing cannabis will help undercut illegal [click to continue...]

Colorado Banking Co-Op Program Stalls

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An attempt to ease the lack of banking services for Colorado’s cannabis industry may prove [click to continue...]

Lawsuit Filed Over Florida MMJ Lottery Plan

Should states rely on chance to decide who gets to produce medical cannabis? A Florida [click to continue...]

Legalization Bill on Tap in New York

A Democratic state senator in New York is planning to introduce a bill next year [click to continue...]

IL Lawmaker Defends Secrecy-Shrouded Application Process

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Illinois is keeping information about applicants for medical marijuana business permits completely confidential, ostensibly to [click to continue...]

Florida MMJ Opponents Buy $1.6M in TV Ads

Opponents of the push to legalize medical marijuana in Florida recently announced a $1.6 million [click to continue...]

Politicians Openly Discuss Marijuana Issues

As the 2014 election approaches, politicians are increasingly comfortable addressing marijuana issues as part of [click to continue...]

Oregon Cities Levy Taxes in Hopes of Rec Law Passage

News about medical marijuana, pot shops and cannabis in Oregon

For many voters, a key selling point of recreational cannabis legalization is the possible tax [click to continue...]

Cannabis Industry to Impact Energy Needs of Northwest Region

A 20-year power plan covering the northeast United States is taking into account the sizable [click to continue...]

Illinois MMJ Applicants Scramble for Local Support

As the deadline approaches to submit applications for dispensary and cultivation permits in Illinois, many [click to continue...]

Latest Rec Sales Data: $7M in Washington, $30M in Colorado

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Colorado and Washington have released updated tax data associated with their respective marijuana programs. In [click to continue...]

Chile Latest Country to Make Cannabis Progress

Chile has joined a growing list of countries moving toward legalization of medical or recreational [click to continue...]

New Poll Bolsters Rec Law Efforts

A recent poll spearheaded by NBC News and Marist shows continued support among Colorado residents [click to continue...]

Report: Notable Cannabis Opponents Have Ties to Big Pharma

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Several academics and researchers who oppose cannabis have worked with pharmaceutical companies that could take [click to continue...]