Dispensary/Retail Store Business News

Nebraska MMJ Legalization Supporters Abandon Petition Drive

Roger Fillion  | May 23, 2016

Advocates of legalizing medical marijuana in Nebraska have abandoned a petition drive to put the measure on the November ballot, saying they lacked time and money.

The petition effort surfaced after a bill legalizing medical cannabis failed in the legislature  in April. Now advocates of MMJ legalization will have to wait at least …

Chart of the Week: Illinois’ Medical Marijuana Market Gaining Steam

Chris Walsh  | May 23, 2016

By Marijuana Business Daily staff

After a relatively slow start, the medical marijuana industry in Illinois is finally seeing some sizable growth – both in retail sales and patient counts.

Monthly medical cannabis sales via dispensaries have ballooned by 83% since January, reaching $2.2 million in April alone.

U.S. House Paves Way for Veterans to Get Easier MMJ Access

Omar Sacirbey  | May 20, 2016

The medical marijuana market moved towards a significant expansion and greater legitimacy after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to allow Department of Veterans Affairs doctors to recommend medical marijuana to veterans in states where it’s legal.

The 233-189 vote overturns an Obama administration gag order from a year ago that prohibited VA doctors in …

Week in Review: Maryland Medical Marijuana Downshift, Toronto Crackdown & MA Logjam

John Schroyer  | May 20, 2016

By Omar Sacirbey and John Schroyer

Maryland’s fledgling medical marijuana program downshifts, Toronto dispensaries brace for a crackdown, and a licensing bottleneck in Massachusetts throws the state’s MMJ program into disarray.

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

Maryland’s MMJ Industry Won’t Launch Until 2017

John Schroyer  | May 17, 2016

Correction: An initial version of this story reported that the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission on Tuesday announced a further delay in the program’s implementation. That was inaccurate.

The East Coast’s largest medical marijuana program is scheduled to launch by next summer, later than first planned and a setback for hundreds of MMJ applicants in the …

Toronto Marijuana Dispensary Crackdown Looming

John Schroyer  | May 16, 2016

Dozens of unlicensed medical cannabis dispensaries in Toronto are about to get a major wake-up call.

The city – estimated to have at least 78 storefront dispensaries – will begin issuing “hefty fines for zoning bylaw violations by the end of the month,” the Toronto Sun reported. Dispensaries are against the law in Toronto.

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WA Study: Licensed Growers Meet Demand

Omar Sacirbey  | May 13, 2016

The amount of marijuana allowed to be grown by state-licensed producers in Washington State is enough to meet the state’s medical and recreational demand, according to a study released May 13 by the Cannabis Law and Policy Project at the University of Washington Law School.

The group estimated that between 1.7 million and …