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Major California Rec Legalization Initiative Filed

John Schroyer  | October 5, 2015

We’re still a long way from the 2016 general election, but one of the more prominent groups hoping to legalize recreational cannabis in California next year has put a key piece of its plan in motion.

The Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform, which is headed by Oaksterdam University’s Dale Sky Jones, filed its …

Founder of Prominent Cannabis Lab Forced Out

John Schroyer  | October 5, 2015

Genifer Murray, a longtime staple of Colorado’s marijuana industry, was recently forced out of her position as CEO and director of CannLabs, a company she founded in 2010.

According to filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, there was an acrimonious split between Murray and the board of directors.

CannLabs, a publicly traded …

Doctors’ Group Calls for MJ Reform

John Schroyer  | October 5, 2015

Cannabis advocates have a new and perhaps unlikely ally: the American Academy of Family Physicians.

The group last week passed two new resolutions into its platform, with one calling for the decriminalization of recreational cannabis and the other calling on the federal government to re-categorize marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule II.

The organization, which …

7 Denver Cannabis Shops Busted for Selling to Minors

John Schroyer  | October 2, 2015

Denver Police announced this week that seven cannabis stores in the city were cited for selling to minors as part of a wide-ranging sting operation, giving the city’s recreational marijuana industry a black eye.

As a result of the sting – which involved 30 shops – the overall compliance rate for the state’s marijuana industry …

On Eve of Rec Sales in Oregon, Concerns Over Local Restrictions

John Schroyer  | September 30, 2015

By John Schroyer

Come Thursday, Oregon medical cannabis dispensaries will be able to start selling marijuana to recreational consumers.

While many dispensary owners are bracing for a big spike in foot traffic, some are worried that new laws at the local level will sap some of their momentum.

Six Tips for Hiring, Retaining Employees in the Cannabis Industry

John Schroyer  | September 29, 2015

By John Schroyer

Although the marijuana industry is booming, the vast majority of cannabis-related companies are still small businesses employing anywhere from a handful of workers to a couple dozen.

So hiring – and retaining – the right employees is absolutely critical.