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Noted Legalization Advocate Faces Business Lawsuits

Omar Sacirbey  | January 19, 2016

Travis Maurer, a prominent marijuana activist who played a major role in getting marijuana legalized in Oregon, is embroiled in legal issues over two different business ventures.

The larger of the two lawsuits involves a partnership to start a legal dispensary and associated grow site in Oregon, claiming $1 million in damages. Maurer is

The Viability of Illinois’ Medical Marijuana Program: Q&A With Bob Morgan

John Schroyer  | January 19, 2016
By John Schroyer

Bob Morgan was appointed by former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn to oversee the implementation of the state's MMJ program, which Quinn signed into law in 2013. Marijuana Business Daily spoke to Morgan recently about the challenges facing MMJ companies in Illinois and whether the program will prove viable in the long run.

Seattle Vows Delivery Services Crackdown

Omar Sacirbey  | January 18, 2016

Seattle is moving to heighten enforcement of the state’s recreational marijuana law by targeting illegal delivery services, according to KING News.

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis board has estimated that black market marijuana accounts for about 28% of overall cannabis sales in the state, and much of that is tied to delivery services.


Illinois MMJ Program Success Requires 600% Patient Growth

Omar Sacirbey  | January 18, 2016

Marijuana business owners in Illinois say they need to see 20,000 to 30,000 customers in the next six to 12 months to stabilize what they worry is a struggling industry, according to the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago.

So far, about 4,000 patients have registered for the state’s medical marijuana program, and about …

ResponsibleOhio Effort Over, Co-Founder Joins MMJ Task Force

Omar Sacirbey  | January 15, 2016

The group behind last year’s failed bid to legalize marijuana in Ohio will dissolve completely, despite vowing to take another shot at legalization in 2016.

ResponsibleOhio co-founder Jimmy Gould said the group’s leaders have determined that the best way to legalize marijuana in the state is via the legislature.

Gould and Chris Stock, …

Developer Clusters Marijuana Retail Stores in ‘Mini-Mall’

Omar Sacirbey  | January 15, 2016

While it’s common to find marijuana dispensaries and rec shops located close together in neighborhoods that meet zoning regulations for the businesses, would you want your storefront to be right next to a competitor?

A group of developers have plans to create a marijuana mini-mall in a tourist destination in Colorado, acquiring a building in …

New York MMJ Businesses Shrug Off Slow Start

Omar Sacirbey  | January 14, 2016
By Omar Sacirbey

Following an anti-climactic launch to New York’s medical marijuana program last week in which some dispensaries did not see a single patient, the state’s marijuana business license holders say they expected a slow start, and planned ahead to ensure business viability until traffic picks up at the retail stores.

Arizona Lawmakers Seek Restrictions on MMJ

Omar Sacirbey  | January 13, 2016

A pair of Arizona lawmakers are each proposing bills that, if approved, could decrease the state’s MMJ patient population.

A bill proposed by Rep. Jay Lawrence, R-Scottsdale, would prohibit naturopaths and homeopaths from recommending medical marijuana, reported. A second proposal by Rep. Kelly Townsend, R-Mesa, would criminalize marijuana possession for pregnant women, …

Oakland Dispensary Shares To Be Publicly Traded

Omar Sacirbey  | January 13, 2016
By Omar Sacirbey

Following a brutal 2015 for marijuana stocks, the cannabis investment sector has something to smile about to start the new year. The stock markets will soon welcome a U.S. dispensary to the ranks of the publicly traded: Black Oak Gallery, better known as Blüm Oakland.

Seattle Opens More Real Estate to Marijuana Shops

Omar Sacirbey  | January 12, 2016

The Seattle City Council on Monday approved new zoning regulations that would loosen zoning requirements on marijuana stores and expand the locations where they can operate, the Seattle Times reported.

The council voted to reduce buffers to 500 feet between marijuana stores and community gathering places like libraries and parks. The required buffer …