June 20, 2014

Week in Review: New Market in New York + Unorganized Crackdown in LA & Telling Crime Stats

By Chris Walsh New York finally goes green, a development highlights how unorganized the Los Angeles dispensary crackdown has been and crime stats show that fears over recreational cannabis are [click to continue...]

June 18, 2014

Florida Entrepreneurs Taking Leap of Faith on MMJ Legalization, but Some Hedging Their Business Bets

By Fred Dreier Florida is months away from voting on a measure to legalize medical marijuana, but entrepreneurs are already spending big bucks to start cannabis businesses. Some have purchased expensive [click to continue...]

June 16, 2014

Building a National Edibles Brand: Q&A With GFarmaLabs Founder Ata Gonzalez

By Fred Dreier Ata Gonzalez has lofty ambitions for GFarmaLabs, the edibles company he founded late last year with his wife. His goal: develop a national brand by selling the [click to continue...]

June 13, 2014

Week in Review: How Not to Advertise a Cannabis Business + Hershey Lawsuit & Roller Coaster in NY

By Chris Walsh A cannabis company employs a controversial advertising tactic, a lawsuit shows that the mainstream corporate world is finally taking marijuana seriously and an MMJ legalization bill advances [click to continue...]

June 11, 2014

Battling Back: Advice for Challenging Cannabis Licensing Lotteries, Application Processes

By Fred Dreier A growing number of states are implementing strict cannabis laws that limit the number of marijuana businesses, using lotteries or complex scoring systems to determine who gets [click to continue...]

June 9, 2014

Guest Column: Robbery Prevention in the Cannabis Industry Rooted in Customer Service

By Tony Gallo In Colorado, thieves have used everything from bear spray to circular saws to rob cannabis stores in recent months. In California, dispensaries have been the targets of [click to continue...]

June 6, 2014

Week in Review: Colorado’s Status as Cannabis Hub Grows + Huge Interest in Canada’s MMJ Market

By Chris Walsh Colorado continues to attract out-of-state cannabis operations, Canadian entrepreneurs clamor for cultivation licenses and a report examines Big Tobacco’s interest in the marijuana industry. Here’s a closer [click to continue...]

June 4, 2014

Minnesota Medical Marijuana Market ‘Weird New Frontier’ for Cannabis Industry

By Fred Dreier Cannabis advocates are still celebrating Minnesota’s recent decision to legalize medical marijuana. But business consultants and industry experts are trying to wrap their heads around the unique [click to continue...]

June 2, 2014

Cultivation & Conservation: Easy Ways for Marijuana Grows to Cut Water Usage

By Fred Dreier Water usage has become a focal point in the cannabis industry this year, with cultivators across the country battling droughts and water restrictions. Growers in California have [click to continue...]

May 30, 2014

Week in Review: CBD Laws Fuel Historic Vote + CA Weighs Cannabis Regs & No Gold Rush in Minnesota

By Chris Walsh New CBD laws play an important role in a historic House vote, one medical cannabis bill sputters in California while a competing measure advances, and entrepreneurs discuss [click to continue...]

May 28, 2014

Guest Column: Deep Pockets, Persistence Required to Start a Medical Cannabis Dispensary in Illinois

By Troy S. Radunsky These are exciting times for medical marijuana in Illinois. The state is about a year away from allowing patients to legally purchase and consume medical cannabis [click to continue...]

May 23, 2014

Week in Review: Bank to Gamble on MMJ + Unusual Licensing Process & Cannabis Stocks Under Fire

By Chris Walsh A bank indicates it will roll out the welcome mat for medical marijuana businesses, Nevada’s largest county reveals a “Shark Tank”-esque process for evaluating MMJ applicants and [click to continue...]

Seattle Dispensaries, MMJ Growers Could Get Reprieve

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Medical marijuana businesses in Seattle could get until 2016 to obtain licenses with the state. [click to continue...]

63 License Applications in Las Vegas

Las Vegas received 63 applications for medical cannabis business licenses by Wednesday’s deadline, according to [click to continue...]

PTSD Study Could Move Forward, With Lead Researcher

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A federally approved project to research the use of marijuana for treating post-traumatic stress disorder [click to continue...]

Minnesota Names Medical Cannabis Czar

Minnesota’s medical marijuana program now has a leader. Michelle Larson, who held various executive roles [click to continue...]

Moody’s: WA Rec Sales Could Fall Short of Projections

Initial recreational cannabis sales in Washington State could fall “well short” of expectations due to [click to continue...]

Oregon Recreational Marijuana Bill Approved for Ballot

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Oregon voters will get another shot at legalizing recreational marijuana. The state announced Tuesday that [click to continue...]

Infused Products, Extracts Guidelines Released

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) released business guidelines today tied to the manufacturing, packaging, [click to continue...]

IL Hospital Voices Interest in Dispensing Marijuana

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A hospital in Chicago has gone public with its desire to dispense medical cannabis. Executives [click to continue...]

Bid to Overturn San Jose MMJ Regs Falls Short

A last-ditch effort to block restrictive regulations on medical cannabis businesses in San Jose, California, [click to continue...]

Poll Shows Views on CO’s Rec Program Evolving

Colorado residents still favor the state’s recreational marijuana law, however their support has dropped slightly [click to continue...]

VT Moves Forward With Marijuana Legalization Study

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Rand Corp. is set to begin a study on the possible impacts of marijuana legislation [click to continue...]

Illinois Expands MMJ Program

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation expanding the list of qualifying conditions for the [click to continue...]

Cheeba Chews Returns to Colorado Market

Cheeba Chews is back in business. The Colorado-based company – which makes a popular line [click to continue...]

WA Product Shortages Could Last Months

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When will Washington State’s recreational marijuana industry have enough product to satisfy demand? One cultivator [click to continue...]