March 17, 2014

Increasingly Competitive – and Qualified – Cannabusiness Labor Market

By Fred Dreier The disparity between jobs and job seekers at a marijuana-focused career fair in Colorado last week highlights a shift in cannabusiness labor dynamics. The event – hosted [click to continue...]

March 14, 2014

Week in Review: Fixing California’s MMJ Program Will Require Plenty of Compromise

By Chris Walsh California lawmakers will have another chance to fix the state’s broken medical marijuana industry after years of dragging their feet on the issue. Earlier this week, we [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

Guest Column: Top Technological Game-Changers for Cannabis Growers

By Van McConnon Get ready for the new era of cannabis cultivation. Technology is triggering a sea change in the way marijuana is grown, allowing cultivation sites to lower costs, [click to continue...]

March 7, 2014

Week in Review: Mainstream Investors Finally Starting to Eye Green Rush

By Chris Walsh The dam holding back massive pools of investment money from the marijuana industry hasn’t burst yet. But cracks are starting to emerge, and millions of additional dollars [click to continue...]

March 5, 2014

Underage Recreational Cannabis Sales Targeted in ‘Secret Shopper’ Program

By Fred Dreier Colorado’s Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) wants to know if retail cannabis shops and medical dispensaries are selling to underage customers. So the division – which oversees the [click to continue...]

March 3, 2014

Black Market Threat to Rec Sales Lower Than Expected: Exclusive Data

By Anne Holland The economic threat the black market poses to legalized recreational cannabis sales may have been vastly overstated. According to a new consumer market research study from the [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...]

February 24, 2014

Guest Column: Brand Names Key to Priming a Marijuana Business for National Expansion

By Mary L. Shapiro As momentum for marijuana legalization grows across the country, the national commercialization of cannabis is no longer a pipe dream. In fact, it could become a [click to continue...]

February 21, 2014

Week in Review: Colorado Trumps Washington on Recreational Cannabis, For Now

By Chris Walsh Which state will serve as a model for other markets when it comes to crafting a recreational cannabis program: Colorado or Washington? Colorado appears to be the [click to continue...]

February 19, 2014

After Banking Memos, More Questions Than Answers

By Fred Dreier The banking guidance issued Friday by the federal government has left the cannabis industry with more questions than answers. Many in the industry hoped the memos, which [click to continue...]

February 17, 2014

Concentrates Makers Struggle With Low-Level Competitors

By Fred Dreier Brandon Hamilton, owner of a Seattle-based cannabis concentrates company called WAM Oil, was concerned with the way his products were being marketed and then sold at area [click to continue...]

Chicago MMJ Clinic Plans Float for Thanksgiving Parade

You read that headline correctly. The new Illinois medical marijuana clinic Good Intentions will have [click to continue...]

Some Florida Cannabis Startups Undeterred By Election Loss

Though medical marijuana failed at the Florida ballot box earlier this month, plenty of cannabis [click to continue...]

Senator Urges Hearings on DC Rec Cannabis

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A key federal lawmaker has suggested that Congress should hold hearings on Washington DC’s new [click to continue...]

WA School District Rejects Marijuana Grower’s $14K Donation

Education officials in Prosser, Washington, have turned down a $14,000 donation from a local marijuana [click to continue...]

Ohio Firm Lands Big Bank Loan After Battling Cannabis Stigma

Even companies that don’t touch cannabis – but have clients that do – can have [click to continue...]

New Hampshire Dispensary Hopeful Pitches Plan

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New Hampshire’s first medical marijuana dispensary could open within a year in the tiny hamlet [click to continue...]

Seattle MMJ Regulations, Standards Proposed

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray outlined a plan Monday afternoon to license medical marijuana businesses and [click to continue...]

Report: CO Targeting Cannabis Businesses Violating MJ Rules

The Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division has been cracking down on cannabis businesses violating state regulations, [click to continue...]

IRS Council: Protect Tax Pros Working With MJ Industry

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A key advisory group to the Internal Revenue Service has recommended that the agency refrain [click to continue...]

More Chicago MMJ Businesses Get Local Approval

The Windy City is well on its way toward exhaling legal cannabis smoke. On Friday, [click to continue...]

Cannabis Retailers Hope to Cash in on Black Friday

Recreational marijuana businesses in Colorado will have sales just like any other retailer on Black [click to continue...]

San Diego Dispensary Applicants Trip Each Other Up

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Entrepreneurs hoping to open dispensaries in San Diego are competing aggressively with each other before [click to continue...]

Multi-State MMJ Operators Embroiled in Lawsuits, Legal Disputes

Entrepreneurs seeking cannabis licenses in multiple states have a new concern: legal issues from one [click to continue...]

CO Credit Union for MJ Businesses Could Open by New Year’s Day

Colorado marijuana businesses in need of a bank account, take heart. Banking services may soon [click to continue...]