Dispensary/Retail Store Business News

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.


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 …

Week in Review: Landmark Lawsuit, Disparate MJ Polling & FL Conference Wrapup

John Schroyer  | May 13, 2016

By John Schroyer and Omar Sacirbey

A lawsuit in Colorado signals a new era for the cannabis industry, polling numbers in three states paint differing pictures, and business leaders gather for the Spring 2016 Marijuana Business Conference & Expo.

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

Colorado Changes Residency Requirement for Marijuana Businesses

John Schroyer  | May 12, 2016

Now awaiting Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s signature: A bill to allow out-of-state individuals to take ownership roles in licensed marijuana companies, a major shift that could open the financial floodgates for Colorado cannabis businesses.

The measure, Senate Bill 40, was given final approval by the state legislature on Wednesday. The Cannabis Business Alliance …

Missouri MMJ Campaign Submits Petitions for Ballot Initiative

John Schroyer  | May 9, 2016

The 2016 legalization wave may have just gotten a bit bigger.

Advocates of medical marijuana legalization in Missouri have collected nearly 100,000 more signatures than required to put the issue on the November ballot.

New Approach Missouri, which conducted the petition drive, said in a press release it submitted more than 260,000 signatures to the state …