Dispensary/Retail Store Business News

Denver Extends Marijuana Moratorium Until May

John Schroyer  | November 27, 2015

Denver will extend a moratorium on new players in the city’s recreational cannabis industry until May – rather than another two years as initially proposed – to study the issue further before deciding whether to implement a longer ban.

The current moratorium that only allows existing medical marijuana businesses to get into the recreational cannabis industry …

Week in Review: Florida CBD Licenses, Alaska Marijuana Regulations & California’s Black Market

John Schroyer  | November 27, 2015

By John Schroyer

Florida announces CBD license winners as the state considers major changes to the program, Alaska debates recreational cannabis regulations, and California medical cannabis growers voice concerns over new rules.

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

Maryland License Applicants Target State’s Wealthiest Counties

Omar Sacirbey  | November 25, 2015

The hottest competition for medical marijuana dispensary licenses in Maryland is in some of the richest areas of the country.

The most competitive will be in the state’s 20th Senate District, which is part of wealthy Montgomery County and borders Washington DC, according to a breakdown of MMJ business license applications released by the Maryland …

Missouri CBD Program Lacking Physician Support

John Schroyer  | November 23, 2015

The two Missouri companies that have been licensed to grow and produce CBD medicine from industrial hemp are looking at a super-slow start, mostly because neurologists in the state are hesitant to write recommendations for the drug.

Missouri is one of more than a dozen states that have legalized CBD-based medicines derived from …

Florida Announces Winners of CBD Licenses

John Schroyer  | November 23, 2015

At long last, Florida’s health department has announced the names of nurseries that will receive cultivation and dispensary licenses as part of its CBD program.

The five companies are dispersed geographically across the state to ensure there will be CBD producers in each region of Florida.

The winners include Chestnut Hill Tree Farm in the northeast region …

Oregon Tribe Eyeing MJ Industry

John Schroyer  | November 20, 2015

A Native American reservation in Oregon is weighing whether to move ahead with the creation of a 36,000-square-foot marijuana cultivation and extraction facility.

The Warm Springs Indian Reservation, roughly two hours from Portland, is set to vote on the project Dec. 17, according to the Bulletin.

If the proposal passes, the facility and a trio …

Anchorage Proposes First Rec Laws

Omar Sacirbey  | November 20, 2015

More than a year after Alaskan voters approved recreational marijuana, lawmakers in the state’s largest city have finally released their first proposed cannabis regulations governing land use and zoning.

The proposed regulations, released by the Anchorage Municipal Assembly, would require marijuana businesses to have special land-use permits. They would also prohibit any type of marijuana …

Week in Review: Canada Legalization Advancing, Application Avalanche in WA & Ohio MJ Revamp

John Schroyer  | November 20, 2015

By John Schroyer and Omar Sacirbey

Canada moves toward legalizing recreational cannabis, Washington State gets flooded with applications for new retail marijuana licenses, and the man in charge of the failed MJ campaign in Ohio promises to change his approach in 2016.

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

Vermont Report Suggests 30 Stores, ‘Lounges’ if Rec Legalized

Omar Sacirbey  | November 19, 2015

A Vermont entrepreneur group has released a report offering recommendations on how to structure a recreational marijuana industry in the hopes of influencing lawmakers behind an expected legalization push in the state Capitol next year.

The Vermont Cannabis Collaborative report recommends that the state award up to 30 licenses for retail marijuana stores. It also calls on …

Florida’s Emerging CBD Industry May Be Poised for Sizable Shift

Omar Sacirbey  | November 19, 2015

By Omar Sacirbey

Big changes could be on the horizon for Florida’s emerging – and oft-delayed – CBD industry.

Several medical marijuana bills that made rumblings this week in the state’s legislature may supplant the much-criticized CBD law passed by legislators in 2014.