April 23, 2014

Finish Line for WA Recreational Licensing in Sight, But Hurdles Remain

By Fred Dreier Washington State’s march toward retail marijuana sales is accelerating, with officials holding a long-awaited lottery this week to decide which entrepreneurs can open recreational shops. While the [click to continue...]

April 21, 2014

Q&A With Advanced Cannabis Solutions CFO Christopher Taylor on SEC Trading Halt

By Fred Dreier Cannabis companies that trade on the public markets have had a rough go of it in recent weeks. After a stellar first quarter in which many cannabis [click to continue...]

April 18, 2014

Week in Review: Anything-Goes Cannabis Policies Fading as Industry Matures

By Chris Walsh Many cannabis companies have long accepted – and at times encouraged – marijuana use by employees while on the clock, even if doing so runs afoul of [click to continue...]

April 16, 2014

Capitalizing on 4/20: Preparation, Promotions Key for Cannabis Businesses

By Fred Dreier Marijuana business owners across the country are gearing up for the industry’s biggest sales event of the year: 4/20. Dispensaries can generate three to four times their [click to continue...]

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 continue...]

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 continue...]

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 continue...]

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 continue...]

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 continue...]

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 continue...]

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 continue...]

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 continue...]

Seattle Dispensary Plan May Be Scrapped

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Seattle medical marijuana businesses may not be able to get local licenses after all, as [click to continue...]

Michigan MMJ Bills Sputter, Leaving Industry in Limbo

Michigan sheriffs reportedly helped kill legislation on Thursday that would have allowed the legal return [click to continue...]

New York MMJ Regs: $200,000 Licensing Fee, Strain Limit

Medical cannabis companies hoping to operate in New York will have to jump through several [click to continue...]

Nebraska, Oklahoma Ask Supreme Court to Nix Colorado Marijuana Law

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Nebraska and Oklahoma have filed a lawsuit with the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Colorado’s [click to continue...]

Joint-Smoking Santa Display Backfires for LA Dispensary

In a lesson on how not to advertise your medical marijuana business, a dispensary in [click to continue...]

Key Michigan MMJ Bills Come Down to the Wire

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The future of dispensaries in Michigan hangs in the balance as police groups and public [click to continue...]

High Prices Could Limit Minnesota Medical Cannabis Market

Minnesota’s medical marijuana market could be smaller than expected, as patients will reportedly have to [click to continue...]

Colorado Earmarks $8 Million for MMJ Research

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The Colorado Department of Health and Environment will devote serious money to studying the efficacy [click to continue...]

PayPal Co-Founder to Invest in Cannabis

PayPal co-founder and early Facebook investor Peter Thiel plans to pump money into the marijuana [click to continue...]

Anchorage Shoots Down Proposed Ban on Rec Sales

Alaska’s budding marijuana industry scored a significant victory Tuesday night when lawmakers killed a proposal [click to continue...]

MMJ Lounges Popping Up in Maine

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A new trend in Maine offers yet another possible offshoot business opportunity in the cannabis [click to continue...]

Hope for DC Rec Market Still Alive

It looks like hope may still be alive for a recreational marijuana market in Washington [click to continue...]

Cannabis Business Accelerator to Help 20 Startups

Startup companies focusing on the ancillary cannabis market will get a helping hand – and [click to continue...]

Ruling on Home Grows a Setback for Canadian Cultivation Companies

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A Canadian federal appeals court unanimously upheld an injunction that lets patients continue growing medical [click to continue...]