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High Prices, Dearth Of Doctors Hurting NY Businesses

Omar Sacirbey  | March 11, 2016

High prices and a dearth of certified doctors who can recommend medical marijuana continue to hurt the five companies licensed to sell MMJ in New York.

That was made painfully clear this week following a presentation about medical marijuana at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany that was attended by dozens of doctors – none of whom …

LA Dispensary Crackdowns Continuing

John Schroyer  | March 11, 2016

An ongoing crackdown on Los Angeles-area dispensaries, many of which are technically illegal under city and county law, was expanded on Wednesday to include unincorporated parts of the county.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to target illicit dispensaries, which have reportedly cropped up in areas such as Marina del …

Week in Review: Washington Licensing Hiccups, Florida CBD & California MJ Legalization

John Schroyer  | March 11, 2016

By John Schroyer and Omar Sacirbey

Confusion emerges as Washington State licenses more marijuana stores, Florida moves closer to expanding its limited CBD law, and a California activist tries to breathe life into a marijuana legalization measure.

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

Organic Cannabis Association Offering Pesticide-Free Certification

John Schroyer  | March 10, 2016

The Colorado-based Organic Cannabis Association announced this week that it’s now offering a first-of-its-kind certification for any growers who want to stamp their product as 100% free of residual pesticides.

The process for certification is a voluntary one, and is only immediately available for Colorado companies, according to a press release. But it comes at …

Rec and MMJ Infighting Continues in Massachusetts

Omar Sacirbey  | March 10, 2016

A battle in Massachusetts between recreational marijuana supporters and some of their medical marijuana counterparts is getting increasingly heated, and could have ramifications for rec legalization in the state.

The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol announced its intention to protest the opening of the Commonwealth Alternative Care dispensary in Cambridge, because the company head …

Aspen Sold More Cannabis Than Alcohol for Two Months in 2015

Omar Sacirbey  | March 9, 2016

The seven cannabis storefronts in the tourist mecca of Aspen, Colorado, combined to overtake the alcohol industry in terms of sales during both March and April of last year, according to statistics provided by the city’s Finance Department to the Aspen Times.

Marijuana sales were slightly behind those of alcohol sales for the year, …

Testing Lab Suspends Operations

Omar Sacirbey  | March 9, 2016

Testing Technologies in Poulsbo, Washington State, has hit pause on its cannabis testing services after firing its science director, alleging that potency values were “pulled from thin air” and that tests for contaminants were inaccurate.

The company’s CEO, Larry Ward, announced the situation in a letter to customers, according to the Seattle Times.