June 30, 2014

Cannabis Real Estate Investing: Q&A With Bill Gottlieb and Jake Schrader of Articulated Investors

By Fred Dreier Investors are flocking to the cannabis sector in record numbers as the risk of federal prosecution ebbs and business opportunities grow. But they aren’t just pumping money [click to continue...]

June 27, 2014

Week in Review: An Ugly Business Breakup + Big Pharma Coming & What to Watch in Washington

By Chris Walsh A blockbuster business deal goes up in smoke, an industry leader discusses Big Pharma’s interest in medical cannabis and Washington gears up for a historic day. Here’s [click to continue...]

June 25, 2014

Moving Day: Tips for Medical Cannabis Dispensaries Forced to Relocate

By Fred Dreier Forced relocation has become a reality for many dispensary owners in the past few years. In some cases, skittish landlords have booted cannabis tenants because of pressure [click to continue...]

June 23, 2014

Guest Column: Answers to Common Questions About Cannabis Testing

By Matt Walstatter As the cannabis industry continues to mature and new states adopt marijuana legislation, the topic of laboratory testing is arising with increasing frequency. Many markets now require [click to continue...]

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 G FarmaLabs Founder Ata Gonzalez

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

Chicago Suburbs Debate MMJ Regs

24609568_l

As the impending September timeframe looms for medical marijuana businesses to apply for operating permits [click to continue...]

Marijuana Vending Machine Comes to Denver

A medical marijuana vending machine generating plenty of buzz in the media has made its [click to continue...]

Colorado City Awards 21 Rec Shop Licenses

The third-largest city in Colorado awarded 21 licenses for cannabis shops on Thursday, paving the [click to continue...]

$25M Infusion for Kiosk Company

dollar

More good news on the financial front for cannabis businesses: A company that sells self-service [click to continue...]

DEA Cements Plan to Boost Cannabis Production

For four years, the Drug Enforcement Administration has allowed the federal government to grow a [click to continue...]

Another Lawsuit Over Dispensary Licensing in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts dispensary licensing process has evoked the ire of several applicants who feel that [click to continue...]

Advocate: Paraphernalia Sales Legal Under Florida MMJ Bill

marijuana pipe

Florida’s medical marijuana ballot measure will create an overlooked business opportunity: paraphernalia sales. Currently, it’s [click to continue...]

WA Retail Stores Fight Price Gouging

Washington State recreational marijuana shops have had it with the sky-high prices licensed growers are [click to continue...]

Investors Welcome 2 New Canadian MMJ Stocks

Two Canadian cannabis cultivation companies saw their share prices soar on the first day of [click to continue...]

Colorado Rec Tax Structure Safe for Now

coloradocannabis

Taxing recreational marijuana sales is a tricky business, as a Denver judge pointed out in [click to continue...]

Medical Marijuana Industry Burgeoning in WA Town

The town of Port Angeles, Washington, has experienced a marijuana boom in 2014. But the [click to continue...]

Oregon City’s Recall Election Tied to Dispensary

Just because Oregon is poised to legalize recreational marijuana in November doesn’t mean everyone in [click to continue...]

Applicant for Massachusetts MMJ Licenses ‘Befuddled’ by Ruling

MassHealthDepartment

A Denver medical cannabis company says it’s “befuddled” by obstacles it has encountered while trying [click to continue...]

Lawsuits Could ‘Destroy’ Rec Cannabis in Washington State

Federal versus local control over marijuana. That’s the question at the heart of two lawsuits [click to continue...]