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White House’s words won’t deter rec marijuana states

John Schroyer  | February 24, 2017

By John Schroyer

Despite ominous overtones from the White House, the eight states that have legalized recreational cannabis are proceeding full-bore, whether it’s with existing infrastructures or plans to establish new markets.

Governors and attorneys general responded in unison: They’ll honor voters’ wishes, and conduct business as usual while awaiting specific policies.

Denver MJ business owner picked for local chamber of commerce

John Schroyer  | February 24, 2017

Jake Salazar, the founder and CEO of Colorado cannabis retail chain MMJ America, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Denver.

Salazar, who is of Mexican heritage, said he is “honored” to be working alongside other Hispanic business executives at the chamber and that he’ll be …

Week in Review: White House threat, CA growers at risk & unique cannabis investment fund

John Schroyer  | February 24, 2017

By John Schroyer

The Trump administration hints at possible enforcement on recreational cannabis businesses, thousands of Northern California cultivation jobs are in jeopardy, and a new marijuana investment fund is in the works.

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

New Jersey medical marijuana program doubles patient count

Omar Sacirbey  | February 23, 2017

New Jersey’s medical marijuana program saw its patient count nearly double last year, breaking the 10,000 mark for the first time, according to an annual report released by the New Jersey Department of Health.

The jump in patients should be welcome news for New Jersey’s five operating medical marijuana dispensaries, which will likely …

White House press secretary’s full comments on cannabis

John Schroyer  | February 23, 2017

Asked twice by reporters on Thursday about the Trump administration’s approach to the legal marijuana industry, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer had the following response.

When initially asked about the disconnect between federal law and state medical marijuana laws, Spicer replied:

“There’s two distinct issues here: medical marijuana and recreational marijuana. I …

White House press secretary predicts ‘greater enforcement’ on recreational marijuana

John Schroyer  | February 23, 2017

By John Schroyer

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Thursday said there will likely be increased federal enforcement on recreational marijuana businesses.

“I do believe you will see greater enforcement of it,” Spicer said in response to a question about whether the Department of Justice will enforce federal marijuana laws.

Alaska MJ entrepreneurs find way to ship product – commercial flights

John Schroyer  | February 23, 2017

By John Schroyer

The legal marijuana industry in the United States has been built by pioneers willing to risk the wrath of authorities.

That tradition is continuing in Alaska, where a retail shop owner has pushed the legal envelope by flying across her immense state with carry-ons full of marijuana inventory for her store.

Application window opens for PA’s medical cannabis market

Omar Sacirbey  | February 22, 2017

Cannabis entrepreneurs looking to do business in Pennsylvania’s impending medical marijuana industry have one month to submit applications for licenses.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health said it will start accepting applications for grower/processor and dispensary licenses from Feb. 20 until March 20.

The non-refundable fee for growing and processing applications is $10,000; …

New Market: Once Maryland fixes problems, ample MMJ opportunities await

Bart Schaneman  | February 22, 2017

By Bart Schaneman

Maryland's medical marijuana program rollout has been rife with stumbles, delaying what could become one of the largest markets on the East Coast.

Still, industry officials and regulators are working to get the state's MMJ program on steadier footing and launched.