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...]

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...]

Panel Differs on Impact of Rec Industry on Colorado’s Economy

Is the legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado making the state less attractive to businesses [click to continue...]

IL Municipalities Seeking Contributions From MMJ Firms

With Monday looming as the deadline in Illinois for medical marijuana business applications, a number [click to continue...]

Warren Buffett’s Subsidiary Company Testing Cannabusiness Waters

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A subsidiary company of Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate is is reportedly exploring the waters [click to continue...]

New Poll Good News for D.C. Marijuana Legalization

A ballot measure to legalize possession of marijuana in Wasington D.C. got a boost on [click to continue...]

WA Rec Shop Lottery Winners At Risk of Losing Licenses

Washington State is warning dozens of applicants for recreational marijuana business licenses that their chance [click to continue...]

Lawsuit Over ‘Pot Pavilion’ Highlights New Cannabis Business Risks

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A Colorado marijuana edibles company is under increasing heat as a lawsuit filed against its [click to continue...]

Lobbying Group Turns Tables on Overconsumption Story

The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) is using a now-infamous first person account of excessive cannabis [click to continue...]

Consultant Company Pursues IPO-Friendly Restructure

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Mjardin Management isn’t exactly an original idea, given that it’s a consulting and management company [click to continue...]

IL Gubernatorial Candidate: Auction Off MMJ Licenses

If Republican Bruce Rauner had his way, Illinois’s 60 medical marijuana dispensary permits and 21 [click to continue...]

Black Market Marijuana Dealer Targets Rec Store’s Customers

Although recreational marijuana proponents often argue that legalizing and taxing cannabis will help undercut illegal [click to continue...]

Colorado Banking Co-Op Program Stalls

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An attempt to ease the lack of banking services for Colorado’s cannabis industry may prove [click to continue...]

Lawsuit Filed Over Florida MMJ Lottery Plan

Should states rely on chance to decide who gets to produce medical cannabis? A Florida [click to continue...]

Legalization Bill on Tap in New York

A Democratic state senator in New York is planning to introduce a bill next year [click to continue...]

IL Lawmaker Defends Secrecy-Shrouded Application Process

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Illinois is keeping information about applicants for medical marijuana business permits completely confidential, ostensibly to [click to continue...]