Dispensary/Retail Store Business News

Maryland County Wants Out of MMJ Program

Omar Sacirbey  | December 16, 2015

Another Maryland county wants to leave the state’s medical marijuana program, and this one is willing to sue to get its way.

The Calvert County board voted 4-1 this week to ask state lawmakers to give counties the option of banning marijuana dispensaries and growing facilities within their borders, according to the Washington Post.

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Vermont Rec Bill Ready to Go

John Schroyer  | December 15, 2015

Lawmakers behind an effort to legalize recreational cannabis in Vermont via the legislature have crossed their T’s and dotted their I’s.

A bipartisan measure has been drafted and is ready to be introduced as soon as the 2016 legislative session begins. The proposal would allow for up to 86 storefronts – or about six per county …

Vancouver Narrows Dispensary Permit Field to Eight

Omar Sacirbey  | December 15, 2015

Vancouver has selected eight dispensaries to advance to the next stage of the city’s licensing process, whittling down the list from the 11 that cleared the first round in October.

City officials have mailed letters to neighbors of the dispensaries, giving them a chance to voice their concerns or support by Christmas Eve, according …

Colorado Marijuana Sales Dip Again

Omar Sacirbey  | December 14, 2015

After setting records in July and August, recreational and medical marijuana sales in Colorado have decreased for two consecutive months, a possible sign that the heady days of growth are coming to a close.

Overall sales fell by nearly 16% in October on a month-over-month basis, coming in at around $80 million. That followed a …

Testing Rules Could Mean Big Price Increase in Oregon

John Schroyer  | December 14, 2015

New state regulations requiring that commercial cannabis – both medical and recreational – be tested for pesticide contamination could result in a major price increase in Oregon’s marijuana market.

The Oregon Health Authority has thus far released a list of 59 pesticides that labs will have to test flower for before harvests can …

New York MMJ Program Lacking Doctors

Omar Sacirbey  | December 14, 2015

New York’s five licensed medical marijuana companies say they will be ready to open dispensaries next month when the state’s MMJ program officially launches.

The dispensaries might not have many customers to serve, however, as the state’s physician certification and patient registration processes are not yet complete, according to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.

Thus far, …

Delaware Seeks Bids for Two More Dispensaries

John Schroyer  | December 11, 2015

Slowly but surely.

That seems to be the motto for numerous East Coast medical marijuana markets that have taken a long time to get off the ground.

One of the slowest has been Delaware, which legalized MMJ in 2011 but didn’t see its first dispensary open until just this past June. Now, however, the state …

Illinois Dispensaries Rack Up $801K in Sales

John Schroyer  | December 10, 2015

Dispensaries in Illinois recorded $801,000 in medical cannabis sales since the program launched in early November, according to the first official figures released by the state.

Illinois now has 16 licensed dispensaries, although only about half are open. Those dispensaries served 1,713 …

Week in Review: Waiting Game in Maryland, Industry vs. Activism & Good News for New Market

John Schroyer  | December 4, 2015

By John Schroyer and Omar Sacirbey

Maryland pushes back a decision on medical cannabis business permits, a prominent Marijuana Policy Project official resigns over the industry’s newfound influence on activism, and Minnesota expands its MMJ conditions list.

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