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Alaska Governor Names 5 to Marijuana Control Board

Tony C. Dreibus  | July 2, 2015

Five Alaskans were appointed to a board that will craft laws governing the state’s recreational marijuana industry.

Gov. Bill Walker named a police chief, a former director of Alaska’s Division of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, a city council member and two representatives from the Coalition for Responsible Cannabis Legislation to the state’s new

Denver MJ Growers Major Contributor to Rise in Energy Use

Tony C. Dreibus  | July 2, 2015

Marijuana cultivation facilities have been specifically identified as a key contributor to Denver’s increasing electric use, undermining the city’s goal of reducing energy usage.

Electricity use in the city has been rising at a rate of 1.2% a year, the Denver Post reported, citing city officials. About 45% of that increase comes from …

New York Could Reveal MMJ License Winners Soon

John Schroyer  | July 2, 2015

The New York Health Department may announce winners of the five medical cannabis licenses up for grabs in the state as soon as Friday, according to a report in Fortune.

The move would give companies enough time to start their operations and begin growing medical cannabis so they can meet demand when sales …

Oregon Rec Rules Materializing, Early Sales Possible

Tony C. Dreibus  | July 1, 2015

Rules governing Oregon’s recreational marijuana market are taking shape, with state lawmakers sending two bills establishing regulations on the industry to the governor.

At the same time, the state Senate has passed a proposal that would allow adult-use sales to start on Oct. 1, moving the bill to the House.

One of the measures awaiting …

Fifth New Jersey Dispensary Given Green Light

John Schroyer  | June 30, 2015

And then there were five…dispensaries allowed to grow medical cannabis in New Jersey, that is.

Compassionate Sciences was granted a license to begin growing and dispensing medical cannabis on Monday by the state Health Department, according to

For months, New Jersey had only three operational access points for patients, although the 2010 …

On Eve of Launch, Minnesota’s MMJ Companies Optimistic Despite Tiny Patient Base

Tony C. Dreibus  | June 30, 2015

By Tony C. Dreibus

Low patient numbers, limited consumption options and hesitant doctors rank as some of the biggest challenges facing Minnesota’s medical marijuana industry, which is slated to launch Wednesday when the first two dispensaries in the state open.

As of June 25, just 65 patients had been authorized to purchase medical marijuana, according …

New York Cannabis Firm Buys Oregon Utility Building for $3M

John Schroyer  | June 29, 2015

In another sign of the marijuana industry’s growing national reach, a New York-based real estate firm focused on the cannabis industry has spent $3 million on an industrial building in one of Oregon’s largest cities.

The firm, Kalyx Development, has purchased a 107,000-square foot building from the water and electric agency in Eugene, Oregon,