August 5, 2013

Week in Review: Cannabis Industry Marches Across Nation + Another Entrepreneur With Grand Plans

The last eight months have been remarkable for the medical marijuana industry, at least when it comes to dispensaries launching in new areas. Four states – Arizona, New Jersey, Rhode [click to continue...]

August 2, 2013

6 Questions for Privateer Holdings CEO Brendan Kennedy on the Current Investment Climate

Ancillary cannabis startups received some good news on the funding front last month when Seattle-based Privateer Holdings announced that it closed a $7 million round of funding. The private equity [click to continue...]

August 1, 2013

Court Ruling Gives Some AZ Dispensaries Reprieve, But More Uncertainty & Delays Ahead

The medical marijuana industry in Arizona has scored another victory in the courtroom that will have positive repercussions for some cannabis entrepreneurs, at least in the near term. A county [click to continue...]

August 1, 2013

Update: Illinois Governor Signs MMJ Bill, Creating Hundreds of Business Opportunities

Note: This is an updated version of a story that first ran Wednesday Welcome to the medical marijuana club, Illinois. State Gov. Pat Quinn (pictured) signed a medical cannabis bill [click to continue...]

July 30, 2013

First 3 Washington DC Marijuana Dispensaries Open, But Initial Market Size is Miniscule

The first dispensaries have finally opened their doors in the nation’s capital, jump-starting a new MMJ market and representing a symbolic step forward for an industry that is still deemed [click to continue...]

July 29, 2013

Week in Review: Raids Renew Crackdown Fears + Hefty Interest Rates the Norm for MMJ Industry

Just when you thought the federal crackdown on medical marijuana had become a thing of the past, the government launches one of its largest coordinated raids so far this year. [click to continue...]

July 26, 2013

Private Investors Charging 25% Interest Rate to New Jersey MMJ Dispensary

William Thomas, CEO of Compassionate Care Foundation, reports that he was able to raise $1.5 million from private investors to fund a dispensary and cultivation center scheduled to open this [click to continue...]

July 25, 2013

Quality Standards, Certification Program for Medical Cannabis Businesses to Debut in Fall

Americans for Safe Access will launch a standards and certification program for medical cannabis businesses across the country this fall, a long-overdue move that could boost the industry’s legitimacy, credibility, [click to continue...]

July 24, 2013

New England Holds Cannabis Business Potential, Despite Limited Market Size and Heavy Regulations

The Green Wave has washed over all of New England. On Tuesday, New Hampshire became the last state in the northeastern corner of the country to pass medical cannabis laws, [click to continue...]

July 23, 2013

Business Buzzkill: Second-Largest City in Colorado Bans Recreational Marijuana Sales

Marijuana business opportunities in Colorado will be much more limited than many entrepreneurs initially envisioned when voters legalized cannabis for adult use back in November. The second-largest city in the [click to continue...]

July 22, 2013

Weekly Wrapup: Cannabis Funding Picture Brightens + CO Moving Forward With Retail Regs

Looking for money to get your cannabis idea off the ground or take your MMJ company to the next level? Dust off your suit jacket, refine your business plan and [click to continue...]

July 19, 2013

Landmark Cannabis Study Could Shape Medical Marijuana Business Regulations in Future

A five-year study on medical cannabis use spearheaded by a federal government agency could have lasting repercussions for the MMJ industry, both positive and negative. The National Institutes of Health [click to continue...]

Feds Raid Pair of Dispensaries in LA

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The Drug Enforcement Administration raided a pair of medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles on [click to continue...]

Seattle Church Sues to Close Rec Shop

Remember the church in Seattle that began staging protests outside the city’s second legal recreational [click to continue...]

San Diego Shuts Down 4 More Dispensaries

San Diego is continuing its quest to close down illegal medical marijuana dispensaries. Four more [click to continue...]

Russian Cannabis Firm Buys Ebola.com for $200K

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This may be the strangest marijuana-related story you read all week. A Russian cannabis company [click to continue...]

WA Sheriff: Rec Marijuana is Working

A Washington State sheriff has a message about marijuana for Oregon voters. “The sky hasn’t [click to continue...]

Uruguay Presidential Candidate Would Scale Back Legal Marijuana

The first country in the world to fully legalize the sale and possession of recreational [click to continue...]

Seattle Warns 330 MMJ Businesses to Get Licenses

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Obtain a state permit or shut down. That’s the gist of a letter Seattle’s Department [click to continue...]

Nevada Will Weigh Rec Marijuana

Nevada lawmakers will tackle the recreational marijuana issue early next year, whether they’re ready to [click to continue...]

CO Awards $250K Grant to THC Breathalyzer Developer

A Colorado company attempting to develop THC breathalyzers is getting some help from the state [click to continue...]

Missouri to Start Taking Hemp Cultivation Applications

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Cannabis growers of a different stripe can begin submitting applications to the Missouri government next [click to continue...]

Backlash Sinks Proposed Edibles Ban in Colorado

Colorado edibles manufacturers can let out a sigh of relief. A proposal on Monday to [click to continue...]

3 Chicago Dispensary Hopefuls Get Local Green Light

Several businesses have taken a big step forward in their quest to open medical marijuana [click to continue...]

San Francisco Delays Decision on New Dispensary

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San Francisco, which was at the forefront of the medical marijuana movement a decade ago, [click to continue...]

Oregon Judge: Towns Can Ban Dispensaries

An Oregon judge has decided that towns and counties have the right to ban or [click to continue...]