Dispensary/Retail Store Business News

Effort to Expand New York’s MMJ Program Underway

Omar Sacirbey  | March 18, 2016

Several bills proposed in New York seek to expand the list of qualifying conditions, double the number of dispensaries, and allow nurse practitioners and physician assistants to recommend patients for receiving medical cannabis, according to the Journal News.

Backers hope the bills will improve the state’s struggling medical marijuana program, which has been beset …

Week in Review: Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania, OSHA Fines + Obstacles in Two States

John Schroyer  | March 18, 2016

By John Schroyer and Omar Sacirbey

Pennsylvania moves closer to legalizing medical cannabis, a New Mexico MMJ business gets hit with a five-figure fine, and crackdowns in two states highlight the dangers of operating in unregulated markets.

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

Licensing Delay Could Hurt Oregon Extract Companies

Omar Sacirbey  | March 17, 2016

The Oregon Health Authority plans to launch the licensing application process for commercial extract companies on April 1, and in the meantime, is warning medical marijuana dispensaries not to accept cannabis extracts from unlicensed processors.

The wait will likely disrupt the state’s marijuana processing industry, which makes extracted products like butane hash oil and CO2 …

OSHA Fines New Mexico Dispensary After Explosion

John Schroyer  | March 17, 2016

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined a New Mexico medical cannabis company $13,500 for a dozen violations after the agency completed an eight-month investigation into a hash oil explosion that seriously burned two employees.

The powerful explosion (see video of it in the link above) occurred at New MexiCann Natural Medicine in …

Pennsylvania Poised to Legalize Medical Marijuana

Omar Sacirbey  | March 16, 2016

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a medical marijuana legalization bill late Wednesday afternoon, greatly increasing the chances that the state will green-light the use and sale of MMJ.

The bill cleared the House by a 149-43 vote. It must now return to where it started in the state Senate, which could take it …

Dispensary Raids Ramping Up Across Michigan

John Schroyer  | March 16, 2016

In the past week, law enforcement raids against Michigan medical cannabis dispensaries have been ramping up, and storefronts all across the state have been targeted.

In total, at least 16 dispensaries have been hit by various law enforcement agencies, including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, multiple sheriff’s offices and the Michigan State Police. All …

High Prices, Dearth Of Doctors Hurting NY Businesses

Omar Sacirbey  | March 11, 2016

High prices and a dearth of certified doctors who can recommend medical marijuana continue to hurt the five companies licensed to sell MMJ in New York.

That was made painfully clear this week following a presentation about medical marijuana at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany that was attended by dozens of doctors – none of whom …