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Denver Extends Marijuana Moratorium Until May

John Schroyer  | November 27, 2015

Denver will extend a moratorium on new players in the city’s recreational cannabis industry until May – rather than another two years as initially proposed – to study the issue further before deciding whether to implement a longer ban.

The current moratorium that only allows existing medical marijuana businesses to get into the recreational cannabis industry …

Week in Review: Florida CBD Licenses, Alaska Marijuana Regulations & California’s Black Market

John Schroyer  | November 27, 2015

By John Schroyer

Florida announces CBD license winners as the state considers major changes to the program, Alaska debates recreational cannabis regulations, and California medical cannabis growers voice concerns over new rules.

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

Maryland License Applicants Target State’s Wealthiest Counties

Omar Sacirbey  | November 25, 2015

The hottest competition for medical marijuana dispensary licenses in Maryland is in some of the richest areas of the country.

The most competitive will be in the state’s 20th Senate District, which is part of wealthy Montgomery County and borders Washington DC, according to a breakdown of MMJ business license applications released by the Maryland …

California Wildfires Highlight Insurance Challenges, Importance of Location for Cannabis Growers

Omar Sacirbey  | November 25, 2015

By Omar Sacirbey

Wildfires raging through northern California since early summer have destroyed hundreds of cannabis farms, causing millions of dollars in damage to cultivation sites and adding complications to an industry already facing myriad hurdles.

The fires bring to the forefront several issues facing growers in unregulated medical cannabis states.

Florida Announces Winners of CBD Licenses

John Schroyer  | November 23, 2015

At long last, Florida’s health department has announced the names of nurseries that will receive cultivation and dispensary licenses as part of its CBD program.

The five companies are dispersed geographically across the state to ensure there will be CBD producers in each region of Florida.

The winners include Chestnut Hill Tree Farm in the northeast region …

Cost of MMJ Rules Could Leave CA’s Black Market Untouched

Omar Sacirbey  | November 23, 2015

Will California’s forthcoming medical marijuana regulations eliminate the state’s cannabis black market?

Not if the costs for businesses to participate are too onerous, MMJ growers and retailers say.

The regulations will cost an estimated $20 million-$50 million to implement and maintain, according to the Press-Democrat of Santa Rosa, citing a legislative analyst’s report.