Dispensary/Retail Store Business News

Oregon MJ Regulators Ease Industry Rules Ahead of Deadline

Roger Fillion  | September 30, 2016

Oregon marijuana regulators on Friday announced temporary rules that will make it easier for MJ companies to comply with new rules governing testing, packaging and labeling of recreational and medical cannabis products.

Stricter rules were set to kick in on Saturday, Oct. 1. But delays in the state’s processing of regulatory applications had threatened to …

CA Gov. Signs One Medical Marijuana Bill, Vetoes Another

John Schroyer  | September 30, 2016

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed a significant piece of statewide medical marijuana legislation and vetoed another focused on Los Angeles.

Brown signed Assembly Bill 2679, which establishes statewide standards for MMJ product manufacturers, further implements regulations for the industry as a whole, and puts an end to “misguided raids” by law enforcement on …

Florida CBD Industry Inching Along, Eyeing November

Omar Sacirbey  | September 28, 2016

By Omar Sacirbey

Florida’s fledgling CBD market just launched but is proceeding at a snail’s pace, with the handful of licensed businesses hoping voters will approve a full-fledged medical marijuana program this fall.

For now, the current crop of CBD operators are hedging their bets on expanding their businesses ahead of the Nov. 8 election. 

Poll: Arkansas Voters Favor One MMJ Measure Over the Other

John Schroyer  | September 28, 2016

Arkansas could be one of three new states to legalize medical cannabis this November, and according to a new poll one of the two ballot initiatives that would do so is much more popular with voters.

An ABC affiliate reported that the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment, which is supported by Arkansans United for Medical Marijuana, …

Slow Launch Expected for Oregon’s Full Recreational Marijuana Market

John Schroyer  | September 27, 2016

By John Schroyer

Oregon dispensaries hoping to fully tap the state’s recreational marijuana market may have to wait longer than initially expected.

Many businesses had hoped to receive recreational marijuana licenses by now and start full sales in October, but it could take months for the lion’s share of them to get final approval. 

Polls Show Rec Marijuana Ahead in Maine, Nevada

John Schroyer  | September 26, 2016

Some more good news for cannabis entrepreneurs in Maine and Nevada: The latest polls in both states show a majority of voters support adult-use legalization ballot initiatives.

In Maine, a survey by the Portland Press Herald found that 53% of voters support Question 1, which would legalize recreational marijuana. The poll found 38% …

Alaska Rec Marijuana Sales Could Begin Before November

John Schroyer  | September 26, 2016

Alaska, the newest adult-use cannabis market in the United States, could begin serving customers before the start of November.

That’s according to Cynthia Franklin, the director of Alaska’s Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office, who said in an email to Marijuana Business Daily that the Marijuana Control Board is doing “an excellent job of moving toward …

Nevada Moves Medical Marijuana Card Application Online

Omar Sacirbey  | September 23, 2016

Nevada has begun allowing applicants for medical marijuana patient cards to apply online, a move that could increase the market for dispensaries by streamlining the process and therefore encouraging more people to sign up.

The move is the result of negotiations between the Nevada Dispensary Association and state officials, Riana Durrett, the association’s …