Dispensary/Retail Store Business News

In Major Victory, Harborside Civil Forfeiture Case Dropped

John Schroyer  | May 3, 2016

A California medical marijuana dispensary has won a landmark legal case that at one point had threatened the MJ industry’s very future.

Harborside Health Center in Oakland, once in danger of being shuttered by the U.S. Attorney’s office, announced today federal prosecutors have dropped their case brought against the dispensary four years ago.

The dismissal …

Week in Review: MMJ Death Sentence in Montana, Denver Caps & Cannabis Patent Wars

John Schroyer  | April 29, 2016

By John Schroyer and Omar Sacirbey

Montana’s medical cannabis industry gets hit with a knockout punch, Denver approves new business caps, and concerns arise over the possibility of legal issues tied to patents for marijuana strains.

Here’s a closer look at several notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

Alaska Readies New Marijuana Lounge Rules

John Schroyer  | April 28, 2016

Alaska, the first state to officially sanction lounges where people can smoke or consume cannabis, has proposed new rules for how those businesses would operate, the Alaska Dispatch News reported.

If approved, the regulations would open new business opportunities for marijuana retailers – and new ways for these shops to boost revenue, create customer …

Large Tea Company Sues Small Cannabis Shop Over ‘Stash’ Name

Omar Sacirbey  | April 28, 2016

David versus Goliath?

One of the nation’s largest specialty tea companies is suing a small Oregon marijuana shop for trademark infringement over use of the name “Stash.”

The Stash Tea Co. in Tigard, a Portland, Oregon suburb, accuses the Stash Cannabis Co. in nearby Beaverton of “systematic infringement of trademarks owned by Stash Tea,”

Montana Medical Marijuana Industry to End in August

John Schroyer  | April 26, 2016

The Montana State Supreme Court has put the state’s medical marijuana dispensaries on notice: They’ll be out of business as of August 31.

The decision means Montana voters ultimately could determine the future of the state’s MMJ’s dispensaries.

The high court made its views known on Monday through a ruling on a 2011 law that …

Most Tribes Hit the Brakes on Marijuana; a Few Move Ahead

John Schroyer  | April 26, 2016

By John Schroyer

The anticipated “green rush” on Native American lands has failed to materialize, contrary to earlier signs that dozens of tribes were poised to capitalize on the opportunity to grow and sell cannabis.

The turnaround has dampened, for now, the opportunity for entrepreneurs in states without legalized medical or recreational cannabis.