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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 continue...]

March 20, 2014

Las Vegas, Clark County Clear Way for Dispensaries

On Wednesday, the Las Vegas city council voted 5-2 to establish regulations for marijuana dispensaries, which effectively ends the six-month moratorium on the businesses there. City staff will have until [click to continue...]

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 continue...]

March 12, 2014

Warehouse Cultivation Space at a Premium

Warehouses have become the preferred cultivation centers for Colorado's cannabis industry, and growth of that industry has put a premium on industrial space in Denver. In Denver, the industrial vacancy [click to continue...]

March 12, 2014

4 Take-Aways From the Massachusetts Mess

By Fred Dreier While lawyers and lawmakers argue over Massachusetts’ medical marijuana licensing process, the cannabis industry faces an important question: What can it learn from this mess? To help [click to continue...]

March 10, 2014

Florida, Illinois Attract Medical Marijuana Consultants

Medical marijuana consultants are seeing business opportunities in Florida and Illinois, even though the industry has yet to establish dispensaries in either state. In Illinois, no fewer than 12 medical [click to continue...]

March 5, 2014

New Jersey Says MMJ Program Working Just Fine

New Jersey's three operating dispensaries can adequately meet current demand for medical cannabis despite complaints that patients are having difficulties accessing the drug, according to progress reports issued by the [click to continue...]

March 5, 2014

More Than 300 Apply for Oregon Dispensary Licenses

Hundreds of entrepreneurs have applied for dispensary licenses in Oregon over the past two days, reflecting high levels of interest in the state's emerging regulated medical cannabis industry. Oregon's health [click to continue...]

March 3, 2014

Thousands Apply for Licenses to Work in CO’s Rec Industry

People are still lining up around the block to work in Colorado's recreational marijuana industry. According to the state's Marijuana Enforcement Division  (MED), the office sees between 70-90 people each [click to continue...]

February 28, 2014

‘Reasonable Cause’ in Maine Marijuana Labor Case

It appears there could be some truth to allegations that the largest marijuana provider in Maine violated labor laws. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has found "reasonable cause" that [click to continue...]

February 28, 2014

Week In Review: Promoting Good Recreational Consumer Etiquette

By Fred Dreier Colorado’s retail marijuana industry has enjoyed overwhelmingly positive press through its first two months, with the program’s better-than-expected sales figures and optimistic tax projections grabbing headlines. But [click to continue...]

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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...]

Illinois Cultivation Group Misses Opportunity

Several cannabis entrepreneurs who teamed up to secure approval for a marijuana cultivation center in [click to continue...]

MMJ Application Process Kicks Off in Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Health has opened up the application process for the state's two [click to continue...]

Closures, Fines Follow Oregon Dispensary Inspections

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The Oregon Health Authority has levied significant fines on non-compliant dispensaries and has proposed revoking [click to continue...]