Dispensary/Retail Store Business News

Delaware awards third and final MMJ business license

Omar Sacirbey  | October 25, 2016

Delaware health department officials have awarded the state’s third and final medical marijuana business license to the First State Compassion Center.

First State, which opened Delaware’s first dispensary in Wilmington in June 2015, now has control of two of the state’s three MMJ businesses.

The state’s other dispensary, Columbia Care, was awarded

Canadian pharmacy chain applies to dispense medical marijuana

Omar Sacirbey  | October 25, 2016

Canada’s largest pharmacy chain, Shoppers Drug Mart, has formally applied to the federal government to be a distributor of medical marijuana.

If Shoppers Drug Mart is allowed to sell medical marijuana by Health Canada, it would mark a major shift in Canada’s medical marijuana market.

Currently, Canadian medical cannabis patients must either grow their …

DOJ poised to dismiss longstanding MMJ dispensary case

John Schroyer  | October 24, 2016

The U.S. Department of Justice is on the verge of dismissing a 3-year-old case against Berkeley Patients Group, according to a press release from the medical marijuana dispensary.

The DOJ initiated forfeiture proceedings against the dispensary in May 2013, a commonly-used tactic at the time against many medical cannabis businesses in California. But after Congress …

Chart: Top regions for medical marijuana sales in California

Eli McVey  | October 17, 2016

By Eli McVey

Over half of all reported medical marijuana sales in California’s massive $845 million MMJ market are concentrated in just three counties, according to exclusive data obtained by Marijuana Business Daily.

The counties – Los Angeles, San Francisco and Alameda – totaled $450 million in sales over a one-year period ending in March 2016.

Chart: What’s in a cannabis company name? Not as much slang

Eli McVey  | October 10, 2016

By Eli McVey

The marijuana industry has been in a perpetual struggle to shake the “stoner” stereotype many hold of its consumers, and the businesses that comprise the industry are leading the charge against it.

Week in Review: No takers for DEA cannabis research, MA NIMBYism, Oklahoma legalization vote

John Schroyer  | October 7, 2016

By Omar Sacirbey, Bart Schaneman and John Schroyer

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has zero takers for medical marijuana-related research, Massachusetts dispensary NIMBYism could hit any rec legalization plans, and Oklahoma MMJ advocates want a 2017 vote.

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

Alaska’s recreational cannabis market just weeks from debut

John Schroyer  | October 5, 2016

By John Schroyer

The fourth recreational marijuana industry in the United States is ready for launch.

Alaska’s adult-use program is just a few weeks from the first retail sales, according to estimates by multiple sources. A number of rec shops are scrambling to open their doors, perhaps by month’s end.

The East Coast medical cannabis market: Q&A with Ted Rebholz of Temescal Wellness

Omar Sacirbey  | October 4, 2016

By Omar Sacirbey

Ted Rebholz was offered a high-level position at Harborside Health Center, but he turned it down to stay with a tech firm that was later sold to Cisco Systems.

Crossing paths with Harborside piqued Rebholz’s interest in the cannabis industry, paving the way for him to start a licensed MMJ business in New Hampshire.