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 read more...]

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 read more...]

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 read more...]

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 read more...]

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 read more...]

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 read more...]

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 read more...]

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 read more...]

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 read more...]

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 read more...]

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 read more...]

February 14, 2014

Breaking: Feds Release Banking Guidance

by CannaBusiness Media Staff The federal government on Friday cleared the way for banks to work with marijuana businesses, removing a major hurdle that has tripped up the cannabis industry [click to read more...]

DOJ Chief ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ About CO, WA Cannabis Programs

The nation’s top law enforcement official said he is encouraged by Colorado and Washington State’s [click to read more...]

70+ Oregon Cities Temporarily Ban Dispensaries

More than 70 municipalities in Oregon have implemented moratoriums on medical cannabis dispensaries, limiting businesses [click to read more...]

CA Marijuana Cultivators Urged to Cut Water Use

Legal and illegal marijuana cultivators in Northern California could be draining valuable water from the [click to read more...]

Kentucky Approves CBD Extracts Law

Kentucky has joined Utah on the short list of U.S. states to legalize cannabidiol (CBD) [click to read more...]

Maryland Revives Medical Cannabis Program, Passes Decriminalization

Maryland lawmakers have revamped the state’s medical marijuana program by establishing a framework of rules [click to read more...]

Denver Rec Shop Projects $10M-$12M in 2014 Sales

The owner of one of Colorado’s largest recreational marijuana stores projects his 2014 revenues will [click to read more...]

GrowLife Trading Halted by SEC, Cannabis Stocks Drop

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has temporarily halted stock trading for GrowLife Inc. (PHOT), [click to read more...]

Boston Mayor Aims to Block Dispensaries

Boston mayor Martin Walsh will try to block the city’s two planned medical marijuana dispensaries, [click to read more...]

NJ Voters Split on Decriminalization, Oppose Rec

New Jersey voters are split down the middle when it comes to legalizing marijuana possession, [click to read more...]

Recreational Sales Rise 5%, But Actual Growth Much Bigger

Sales at Colorado recreational marijuana shops rose 5% in February to hit $15.1 million, according [click to read more...]

Oregon Registered Dispensaries Now Total 32

The Oregon Health Authority approved the registration of 10 additional dispensaries late last week, bringing [click to read more...]

Colorado Governor Lowers Cannabis Tax Forecast

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has scaled back his cannabis tax revenue estimates by about 15%, [click to read more...]

Florida MMJ Gold Rush: 60+ Businesses Launch

More than 60 new medical marijuana-related businesses have been incorporated in Florida over the past [click to read more...]

Holder ‘Glad’ to Work With Congress on Reclassifying Marijuana

United States Attorney General Eric Holder didn’t mention cannabis in his officially planned remarks Friday [click to read more...]