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Oregon Could Levy 20% Sales Tax on Recreational Marijuana

Tony C. Dreibus  | June 9, 2015

Cannabis businesses in Oregon could pay up to 20% in state and local sales taxes on recreational cannabis transactions under a tentative deal reached by lawmakers.

The agreement – which is still subject to change – would allow Oregon to collect a 17% tax on marijuana sales, while cities and counties could  levy a 3% …

Increasing Union Membership Presents New Opportunities, Challenges for Cannabis Industry

John Schroyer  | June 9, 2015

By John Schroyer

A growing number of marijuana workers have unionized in recent years, adding a new dynamic to a rapidly growing – yet still relatively young – industry.

The United Food and Commercial Workers Union, one of the largest labor organizations in the country,

Illinois Group: Women Have Prime Opportunity in Marijuana Industry

Tony C. Dreibus  | June 8, 2015

A group of Illinois women believe female entrepreneurs have a good chance of succeeding in the cannabis space because they’re not hindered by the old-boy networks that dominate other industries.

Dina Rollman, a Chicago attorney and co-founder of Illinois Women in Cannabis, told the Chicago Sun-Times

U.S. Cannabis Companies Putting Mexican Growers Out of Business

Tony C. Dreibus  | June 8, 2015

Cannabis growers, processors and retailers in the United States are doing something the Drug Enforcement Administration never could: putting Mexican marijuana dealers out of business.

About a third of marijuana consumed in the U.S. is now produced domestically, up from a sixth in past years, United Nations data show. The high quality of marijuana grown …

Medical Marijuana Regulatory Bills Advance in California

Tony C. Dreibus  | June 5, 2015

The California Senate and Assembly have passed separate bills that would establish rules on the medical marijuana industry, reviving hope that the state will find a way to push through MMJ regulations this year.

One of the primary differences between the measures involves who will oversee the industry.

The state Senate voted 26-13

Week in Review: NY Application Deadline, Cannabis Insurance Woes + Big Obstacle in New MMJ Market

John Schroyer  | June 5, 2015

By John Schroyer and Tony C. Dreibus

The number of medical cannabis patients in Minnesota may be much lower than expected, businesses scramble as a major insurance company backs away from cannabis, and New York’s application window comes to a close.

Here’s a closer look at several notable developments in the marijuana industry over the …

Louisiana Close to Legalizing Medical Marijuana, With Big Unknowns

Chris Walsh  | June 5, 2015

Louisiana appears poised to legalize some form of medical marijuana sales, but it’s unclear what potency levels the state would permit, and advocates say the entire program could prove to be unworkable.

A bill that would allow the sale of non-smokeable forms of cannabis through up to 10 dispensaries statewide

MMJ Patient Growth Slows to a Crawl in Illinois

Tony C. Dreibus  | June 4, 2015

Illinois has released the latest tally of approved medical marijuana patients in the state, and the figure is a bit disheartening for companies awarded licenses to grow, process and sell medical cannabis.

While the number of patients certified to purchase MMJ has climbed to 2,500 – …

Colorado Rec Industry to Benefit From Marijuana ‘Tax Holiday’

Tony C. Dreibus  | June 4, 2015

Colorado will have a special “tax holiday” on Sept. 16 where cannabis consumers won’t have to pay the state’s 10% tax on recreational marijuana, which could lead to a spike in business rivaling traditional cannabis events such as 4/20 or Black Friday.

The move stems …

Nevada Could Pave the Way for New Cannabis Banking Options

Tony C. Dreibus  | June 4, 2015

By Tony C. Dreibus

Medical marijuana companies in Nevada might get some banking relief in the future, with a little help from the state.

An amendment to a bill that’s now before Nevada’s governor calls for the creation of new savings and loan institutions that could potentially