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...]

July 18, 2013

Guest Column: Weed? Marijuana? Cannabis? Word Choice Crucial for MMJ Entrepreneurs

By Roy Kaufmann Ever wonder how “global warming” became “climate change?” Or how the estate tax morphed into the “death tax?” The short answer: Frank Luntz, one of the most [click to continue...]

July 17, 2013

Privateer’s $7M Funding Round Brings More Money, Investors and Credibility to Cannabis Industry

The investing side of the cannabis industry is finally starting to mature, albeit slowly and in spurts. Privateer Holdings Inc., which ranks as the first private equity fund focused solely [click to continue...]

July 16, 2013

New Hemp Beer Highlights Growing Interest in Cannabis Market Among Mainstream Businesses

The floodgates are starting to open. A growing number of mainstream businesses are looking to capitalize on the excitement tied to legalization of cannabis in Colorado and Washington, new opportunities [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...]