March 29, 2013

Draft MA Medical Marijuana Rules: High Barriers to Entry, But Opportunities for Out-of-State Players

Entrepreneurs who want to open a dispensary in Massachusetts would need to have significant financial resources  – including $500,000 in an escrow account – and submit detailed plans covering everything [click to continue...]

March 28, 2013

Cannabis Legislative Roundup: Marijuana Momentum Building in Several States

March has been a particularly good month for the marijuana movement, with cannabis legislation making sizable gains across the country. It now appears that several states have a realistic shot [click to continue...]

March 27, 2013

Audit Could Lead to Increased Oversight of Medical Cannabis Industry in Colorado, Other Changes

Lawmakers across the country often hold up Colorado’s medical marijuana program as a model for the rest of the nation, lauding the state’s comprehensive set of rules and regulations on [click to continue...]

March 26, 2013

1st AZ Dispensaries, Generating Millions of Dollars in Revenues, Brace for More Competition

For many businesses, it takes years to grow revenues beyond six figures and climb into the black. But some of the first dispensaries to open in Arizona have already managed [click to continue...]

March 25, 2013

Weekly Wrapup: Marijuana Market Numbers + Puzzling Choice for WA Cannabis Consultant?

By Chris Walsh Medical cannabis is often portrayed as one of the fastest-growing businesses in the United States, an industry experiencing exponential growth as it churns out overnight millionaires at [click to continue...]

March 22, 2013

Q&A With Abattis CEO Mike Withrow on Canadian Company’s Expansion into US Cannabis Market

To the uninitiated, “kombucha” may sound like the name of the latest dance craze sweeping the nation, or perhaps something you’d respond to by saying “bless you.” But it’s actually [click to continue...]

March 21, 2013

Exclusive: US Medical Marijuana Sales to Hit $1.5B in 2013, Cannabis Revenues Could Quadruple by 2018

By Chris Walsh Retail medical cannabis sales in the United States could hit an estimated $1.3 billion-$1.5 billion in 2013, growing 10-15% from last year as the industry recovers from [click to continue...]

March 20, 2013

Proposal Would Create Comprehensive Regulations on California Cannabis Dispensaries, Growers

Several years ago, California was the undisputed heavyweight of the medical marijuana industry, home to 2,000-plus dispensaries that generated an estimated $1.3 billion or more in marijuana sales annually. But [click to continue...]

March 19, 2013

Lawmakers in Oregon & Nevada Look to Legalize, Legitimize Cannabis Dispensaries

Bills to legalize medical cannabis dispensaries are now on the table in Oregon and Nevada – two states that have had MMJ laws on the books for years but do [click to continue...]

March 18, 2013

Washington State Selects Botec Analysis Corp. as Finalist for Marijuana Consulting Contract

By Chris Walsh The Washington State Liquor Control Board will announce Tuesday that it has tentatively selected Botec Analysis Corp. to provide cannabis-related consulting services tied to the emerging recreational [click to continue...]

March 18, 2013

Weekly Wrapup: Medical Marijuana Moving Forward in MA + Snapshot of Dispensary Startup Costs

Something monumental is happening in Massachusetts: The state is actually moving forward with medical marijuana regulations at a surprisingly rapid pace. Last week, the state’s health department released its near-term [click to continue...]

March 16, 2013

Dave McMichael: Professional Packaging Crucial for Dispensaries, Edibles Companies

By Dave McMichael If we expect a watchful public to embrace the many benefits of our products and accept us as valuable contributors to our community, we need to stop [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...]

Medical Marijuana Inc. Files $100M Lawsuit Over ‘False’ Claims

Medical Marijuana Inc. has filed a lawsuit in California against several businesses – including a [click to continue...]

WA Puts Sales Data for Rec Businesses Online

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Want to track sales of individual marijuana stores, cultivators and processors in Washington State? Easy [click to continue...]

Cole to California: Regulate the MMJ Industry

The author of the 2013 Cole Memo has a clear message for California: “If you [click to continue...]

Former Israel MMJ Exec Tapped by Cannabis Consultancy

A national cannabis consulting firm has brought on a key architect of Israel’s medical marijuana [click to continue...]