January 29, 2015

IRS Memo Could Raise Cannabis Industry’s Tax Bill by ‘Millions and Millions’ of Dollars

By John Schroyer A new IRS memo about tax issues tied to cannabis companies could end up costing the marijuana industry millions of dollars annually, reducing already-slim profit margins for [click to continue...]

January 28, 2015

Guest Column: 5 Retail Design Tips for MMJ Dispensaries, Recreational Cannabis Stores

By Noel Remigio Many dispensaries and retail stores open in a rush, with the owners focused squarely on supply chain, regulatory and licensing issues. As a result, they overlook a [click to continue...]

January 27, 2015

Delays, Uncertainty Leave Illinois Medical Marijuana Entrepreneurs in the Lurch

By John Schroyer Illinois’ budding medical marijuana industry has been reeling since former Gov. Pat Quinn’s last-minute and highly controversial decision to leave office without signing off on business licenses [click to continue...]

January 26, 2015

Chart of the Week: Comparison of 2014 Investment Activity in Marijuana vs. Other Industries

By Jennifer Mann Last year was a significant one for cannabis investments. U.S.-based private equity firms, venture capitalists and major angel investors pumped $95 million into marijuana businesses in 2014 [click to continue...]

January 23, 2015

Week in Review: Arizona Market Data, Vape Lounges in New England & Rec Real Estate Boom

By John Schroyer Arizona medical marijuana sales skyrocket, vape lounges gain traction in more states and cannabis entrepreneurs trigger a real estate boom in new rec markets. Here’s a closer [click to continue...]

January 22, 2015

Growing Number of Banks & Credit Unions Catering to Cannabis Industry, But Challenges Remain

By John Schroyer The lack of access to traditional banking services is a constant concern in the cannabis world, but the narrative is finally starting to change. An increasing number [click to continue...]

January 21, 2015

Tribal Marijuana Businesses May Hurt Existing Cannabis Companies, Help Others

By Tony C. Dreibus The possibility that Native American tribes will grow and sell marijuana has some entrepreneurs concerned and others cheering. The Department of Justice said in a December [click to continue...]

January 20, 2015

Fears of Business Bloodletting, Closures as Marijuana Prices Plummet in Washington State

By John Schroyer Washington State’s recreational marijuana market is becoming an exemplar of capitalism at its simultaneous best and worst. After battling a severe shortage of cannabis when retail sales [click to continue...]

January 19, 2015

Chart of the Week: Increasing Pace of Recreational, Medical Marijuana Legalization

By Jennifer Mann If the recent past is any indication, the cannabis industry should be optimistic for legalization of both medical and recreational marijuana at the state level in 2015 [click to continue...]

January 16, 2015

Week in Review: Challenges in New Rec Markets, M&A Deal and Native American MJ Activity

By John Schroyer Alaska and Oregon begin grappling with complex issues tied to recreational cannabis, a fast-rising ancillary firm buys a big stake in another prominent marijuana-related company, and entrepreneurs [click to continue...]

January 15, 2015

After 2014 Boom, Marijuana Investments Poised for Another Big Year

By John Schroyer The rise of recreational cannabis, the federal government’s easing policies on the industry and growing public support helped fuel record investments in the marijuana sector last year. [click to continue...]

January 14, 2015

Guest Column: From Certification to Sales, a Look at How and When Nevada’s MMJ Industry Will Emerge

By Amanda N. Connor In June 2013, the governor of Nevada signed into law a bill allowing for licensed medical marijuana facilities in the state. Scores of entrepreneurs from both [click to continue...]

Professor Projects Next 5 States to Legalize Rec

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California, Illinois, New York, Nevada and Vermont could become the next states to legalize recreational [click to continue...]

Sheriffs File Lawsuit Over Colorado Legalization

Sheriffs from three states have filed a lawsuit against Colorado over recreational marijuana, presenting another [click to continue...]

Another Nat’l Poll Finds Majority of Americans Favor Legalization

Some more good news for cannabis activists and businesses: A respected national poll taken every [click to continue...]

Insurance Firms Urged to Craft MJ Policies

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Mainstream insurance companies should start crafting policies to cover legal marijuana businesses as the industry [click to continue...]

DC Bans Consumption at Private Clubs

In a bid to curtail premature business opportunities tied to recreational marijuana, city leaders in [click to continue...]

$36 Million Raised for Ohio MJ Legalization

A group in Ohio has already raised $36 million for a proposed ballot measure that would [click to continue...]

PharmaCann Poised to Hold Most IL Licenses

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After a medical marijuana company abandoned its cultivation license on Monday in an area west [click to continue...]

WA Could Outlaw Marijuana Vending Machines

Washington State entrepreneurs hoping to sell marijuana through vending machines or drive-up windows took a [click to continue...]

Cannabis Producers Have New Worry: Stoned Rabbits

Cannabis businesses face opposition from anti-marijuana advocates worried about the drug falling into the hands [click to continue...]

Nevada Senator: Secrecy in MMJ Licensing Process a ‘Disaster’

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Nearly 40% of the 519 businesses that applied for medical cannabis business licenses in Nevada [click to continue...]

Florida’s Second Stab at CBD Rules Questioned

Florida is having a hard time figuring out rules for its CBD industry. The state [click to continue...]

Maine Medical Cannabis Sales Total $16.2M

Dispensaries in Maine sold an estimated $16.2 million worth of medical cannabis last year, while [click to continue...]

Oregon Agency Weighs in on MMJ, Rec Rules

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Oregon could keep medical marijuana completely separate from recreational cannabis when retail sales begin next [click to continue...]

Missouri Awards Hemp Cultivation Licenses

Missouri has joined the growing number of states legalizing CBD-based medicines. The state awarded cultivation [click to continue...]