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Chart: 8 new marijuana markets slated to launch in 2018

Eli McVey  | March 27, 2017

By Eli McVey

Get ready for the next iteration of the green rush.

The marijuana industry is poised to grow by leaps and bounds in 2018, when at least eight of the 11 states that passed significant medical or recreational cannabis measures last year are expected to start sales.

Industry officials encouraged as Florida’s medical cannabis law takes shape

Omar Sacirbey  | March 23, 2017

By Omar Sacirbey

After months of uncertainty, Florida’s new medical marijuana program is starting to come together and industry officials believe the number of MMJ business licenses will be expanded beyond the seven companies currently licensed under the state’s CBD-focused program.

Court-appointed receivers an option for troubled marijuana companies

John Schroyer  | March 22, 2017

By John Schroyer

Business partnerships in the cannabis industry have become increasingly common. But what happens when such a partnership goes down the tubes and the parties wind up in court?

In that situation, who’s left to run day-to-day operations?

What’s in a strain name? Q&A with Canndescent CEO Adrian Sedlin

Bart Schaneman  | March 21, 2017

By Bart Schaneman

Walk into any marijuana outlet and you'll find jars of flower strains with names like Golden Goat, Ghost Train Haze or Robert Plant.

Such names convey minimal information to novice consumers, forcing them to do further research before they can purchase any cannabis. California-based cultivator Canndescent is trying to simplify that experience.

Chart: Licensing bottlenecks hamper growth of Massachusetts MMJ program

Eli McVey  | March 20, 2017

By Eli McVey

Still reeling from a sluggish start statewide, Massachusetts’ medical marijuana program also is hindered by local-level licensing bottlenecks that have allowed just a handful of dispensaries to open to serve nearly 35,000 MMJ patients throughout the state.

Week in Review: Sessions’ cannabis remarks, Oxford MMJ research & odd pairing in MA

John Schroyer  | March 17, 2017

By John Schroyer, Bart Schaneman and Omar Sacirbey

Attorney General Jeff Sessions again criticizes marijuana without offering a clear policy plan, Oxford University receives millions to study medical cannabis, and Massachusetts liquor store owners are eyeing the rec MJ market.

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

Cannabis public use measures could spur MJ sales, businesses

Bart Schaneman  | March 16, 2017

By Bart Schaneman

From Alaska to Massachusetts, a number of states are weighing measures to allow people to consume cannabis in public places such as clubs and other venues.

Legalizing cannabis clubs and other venues for public consumption could spur MJ sales and create new business opportunities, said industry officials.

An industry in flux: Cannabis mergers, acquisitions on the rise

John Schroyer  | March 15, 2017

By John Schroyer

Cannabis industry mergers and acquisitions have been on the rise over the past year, and industry watchers say the number of sales and transactions is almost certain to continue as the marijuana trade at large matures.

Marijuana’s taxing situation: Q&A with political activist Grover Norquist

John Schroyer  | March 14, 2017

By John Schroyer

Grover Norquist, the clean-cut, conservative keeper of the anti-tax pledge signed by nearly half the sitting members of Congress, defies pretty much every stereotype of marijuana supporter there is.

But he has been a vocal ally of the cannabis industry for more than a decade.

Chart: Marijuana business licensing backlog in Alaska

Eli McVey  | March 13, 2017

By Eli McVey

Despite having legalized adult-use cannabis in 2014, Alaska’s recreational marijuana industry is taking much longer than expected to begin realizing its potential.

An understaffed state regulatory agency has been slow to license new businesses, and significant amounts of red tape at the local level have prevented some licensees from opening their doors.

Week in Review: Los Angeles marijuana vote, Canada rec rollout & new cannabis standards

John Schroyer  | March 10, 2017

By John Schroyer, Omar Sacirbey and Bart Schaneman

Los Angeles voters approve a groundbreaking marijuana initiative, Canada adult-use legalization may take longer than anticipated, and an influential standards-setting group eyes cannabis.

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