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Week in Review: Florida’s restrictive plan, slow returns in NH & Pennsylvania app processs

John Schroyer  | January 20, 2017

By Bart Schaneman, Omar Sacirbey and John Schroyer

Florida’s draft medical marijuana rules would bar new entrants, New Hampshire dispensaries have a ways to go before breaking even, and Pennsylvania releases MMJ business applications.

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

Trump, Sessions + the future of the cannabis industry: Q&A with Steph Sherer

John Schroyer  | January 19, 2017

By John Schroyer

Steph Sherer has a good read on the pulse of cannabis politics, having spent years in Washington DC lobbying on behalf of medical marijuana patients and fighting for national MJ reform as executive director of Americans for Safe Access.

With Donald Trump's presidential inauguration imminent, she's not optimistic about the cannabis industry's near-term future.

Two of Washington’s largest recreational marijuana chains on the selling block

John Schroyer  | January 17, 2017

By John Schroyer

Washington state’s two top-selling cannabis retailers are for sale.

Main Street Marijuana owner Ramsey Hamide and Uncle Ike’s owner Ian Eisenberg, who own three storefronts apiece, have united in an attempted joint sale of both companies, they told Marijuana Business Daily on Monday.

Week in Review: Sessions’ sleight of hand, scofflaws in CA & risky business in NY

John Schroyer  | January 13, 2017

By John Schroyer, Bart Schaneman and Omar Sacirbey

Attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions plays his cannabis-enforcement views close to the vest, dispensaries sidestep California’s adult-use law, and an L.A. marijuana company attempts a risky rescue in New York.

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

New career, MMJ-rec tensions and cannabis under Trump: Q&A with pioneer Becky DeKeuster

Omar Sacirbey  | January 11, 2017

By Omar Sacirbey

Becky DeKeuster went from being a Catholic high school teacher to a cannabis pioneer who co-founded the Wellness Connection of Maine.

DeKeuster helped Wellness Connection earn a reputation for caring service and left her mark nationally on an industry trying to find its footing. She's now switching gears again.

Alleged ‘attack’ takes down MJ Freeway’s software, causing chaos for marijuana retailers

Chris Walsh  | January 8, 2017

By Chris Walsh

MJ Freeway’s widely used software platform for cannabis businesses crashed over the weekend and remains down for most customers, creating ripples across the marijuana industry.

The outage has sent 1,000 marijuana retailers in 23 states scrambling to handle everything from sales and inventory management to regulatory compliance issues.

Week in Review: Poorly trained MMJ workers, AR’s medical fees & Puerto Rico in business

Bart Schaneman  | January 6, 2017

By Omar Sacirbey and Bart Schaneman

A study shows that many dispensary employees are improperly trained, Arkansas announces fees to set up MMJ cultivation facilities, and Puerto Rico’s medical cannabis industry is open for business.

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

The marijuana industry under Trump: Q&A with Congressman Ed Perlmutter

John Schroyer  | January 4, 2017

By John Schroyer

Ed Perlmutter, a Colorado Democrat, has been a strong proponent of the cannabis industry during a Congressional stint that started in 2006.

While witnessing firsthand the growth of Colorado's marijuana industry, Perlmutter has sponsored several pro-cannabis measures in the House, including legislation to increase banking access for MJ-related companies.

A look ahead: Issues facing marijuana professionals in 2017

Omar Sacirbey  | January 3, 2017

By Omar Sacirbey

The marijuana industry is not only beginning a new year, it’s starting a fresh era in which it could flourish with opportunity or regress under a White House that could resurrect the crackdowns and raids of the past.

We examine seven of the top issues the industry could face in 2017.