Dispensary/Retail Store Business News

Chart of the Week: Cannabis-Touching Firms Finally in Vogue With Investors

Becky Olson  | October 5, 2015

By Becky Olson

For years, most investors interested in the cannabis space avoided companies that actually touch the plant in favor of “safer” ancillary businesses that provide products and services to the industry or consumers.

That’s starting to change rapidly.

7 Denver Cannabis Shops Busted for Selling to Minors

John Schroyer  | October 2, 2015

Denver Police announced this week that seven cannabis stores in the city were cited for selling to minors as part of a wide-ranging sting operation, giving the city’s recreational marijuana industry a black eye.

As a result of the sting – which involved 30 shops – the overall …

New Wrinkle With California MMJ Regs

John Schroyer  | October 1, 2015

A serious wrinkle has emerged with statewide medical cannabis regulations recently passed by the California Legislature: they could conceivably force every dispensary in Los Angeles to close.

That’s because the new rules require both a city and a state permit for dispensaries to keep operating, and

Report: Recreational Prices Stabilizing in Colorado

John Schroyer  | September 30, 2015

After dropping sharply in the first part of 2015, recreational marijuana prices in Colorado have somewhat stabilized in recent months, according to a survey of cannabis stores.

The survey, spearheaded by the research firm Convergex, found that prices for an eighth of …

On Eve of Rec Sales in Oregon, Concerns Over Local Restrictions

John Schroyer  | September 30, 2015

By John Schroyer

Come Thursday, Oregon medical cannabis dispensaries will be able to start selling marijuana to recreational consumers.

While many dispensary owners are bracing for a big spike in foot traffic, some are worried that new laws at the local level will sap some of their momentum.

Boom in Nevada Patient Base

John Schroyer  | September 28, 2015

It looks like Nevada’s medical cannabis dispensaries will have plenty of customers to keep them busy.

There’s been a major uptick in the state’s MMJ patient base this year, with the total surging from around 8,000 at the start of 2015 to 10,119 at the end of August,

Chart of the Week: How Marijuana Patients and Consumers Locate Dispensaries, Rec Stores

Becky Olson  | September 28, 2015

By Becky Olson

Marijuana retailers often face huge hurdles when trying to attract customers due to strict regulations on advertising and marketing in many markets.

So how do patients and consumers find dispensaries and recreational shops to visit?

Week in Review: Progress in New Jersey, More WA Rec Licenses Up for Grabs + Snoop Triples Down

John Schroyer  | September 25, 2015

By John Schroyer

The fourth medical cannabis dispensary in New Jersey prepares to open, Washington State gears up to accept applications for new recreational marijuana permits, and a celebrity unveils plans to start a marijuana-related business.

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

WA to Begin Accepting Applications From Dispensaries Next Month

John Schroyer  | September 24, 2015

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) announced Wednesday that it will begin accepting applications for recreational marijuana licenses from existing dispensaries on Oct. 12, with no cap on the number of permits to be issued.

The new licensing process is the latest step in the …

Cannabis Manifesto, California Regulations & the 2016 Elections: Q&A With Steve DeAngelo

John Schroyer  | September 23, 2015

By John Schroyer

Steve DeAngelo’s new book, titled “The Cannabis Manifesto,” hit store shelves on Tuesday.

The mostly autobiographical work focuses largely on the social justice side of reforming marijuana laws, but there’s a host of insight and advice that cannabis business owners can glean from its pages.