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Vermont Rec Bill Ready to Go

John Schroyer  | December 15, 2015

Lawmakers behind an effort to legalize recreational cannabis in Vermont via the legislature have crossed their T’s and dotted their I’s.

A bipartisan measure has been drafted and is ready to be introduced as soon as the 2016 legislative session begins. The proposal would allow for up to 86 storefronts – or about six per county …

Ex-Prosecutor, Caregiver to Lead Hawaii’s MMJ Program

Omar Sacirbey  | December 15, 2015

A former prosecutor and medical cannabis caregiver will be the inaugural head of Hawaii’s medical marijuana dispensary system.

Margaret “Peggy” Leong served as Hawaii’s deputy attorney general from 1997 to 2007, according to Pacific Business News. Leong has provided legal advice for Hawaii’s Human Services, Health, and Education departments, as well as the …

13 Legal Challenges Filed Over Florida CBD Licenses

John Schroyer  | December 15, 2015

Florida’s CBD program has hit another snag.

On Friday, three of the 24 applicants for Florida’s five CBD business licenses filed legal complaints challenging the state health department’s decisions in the permitting process.

One company even accuses the state of nepotism, since four of the five nurseries selected for licenses have principals “who served on …

Colorado Marijuana Sales Dip Again

Omar Sacirbey  | December 14, 2015

After setting records in July and August, recreational and medical marijuana sales in Colorado have decreased for two consecutive months, a possible sign that the heady days of growth are coming to a close.

Overall sales fell by nearly 16% in October on a month-over-month basis, coming in at around $80 million. That followed a …

Testing Rules Could Mean Big Price Increase in Oregon

John Schroyer  | December 14, 2015

New state regulations requiring that commercial cannabis – both medical and recreational – be tested for pesticide contamination could result in a major price increase in Oregon’s marijuana market.

The Oregon Health Authority has thus far released a list of 59 pesticides that labs will have to test flower for before harvests can …

New York MMJ Program Lacking Doctors

Omar Sacirbey  | December 14, 2015

New York’s five licensed medical marijuana companies say they will be ready to open dispensaries next month when the state’s MMJ program officially launches.

The dispensaries might not have many customers to serve, however, as the state’s physician certification and patient registration processes are not yet complete, according to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.

Thus far, …

Florida Rec Campaign Calls it Quits

John Schroyer  | December 11, 2015

A four-month-old campaign in Florida to legalize recreational cannabis at the ballot next year is pulling the plug.

“Due to time constraints, it has become obvious we will not be able to collect the needed number of verifiable petitions in time to qualify for the 2016 election,” campaign manager Michael Minardi, of Regulate …

Delaware Seeks Bids for Two More Dispensaries

John Schroyer  | December 11, 2015

Slowly but surely.

That seems to be the motto for numerous East Coast medical marijuana markets that have taken a long time to get off the ground.

One of the slowest has been Delaware, which legalized MMJ in 2011 but didn’t see its first dispensary open until just this past June. Now, however, the state …

Washington DC Reconsiders Smoking Ban

Omar Sacirbey  | December 11, 2015

Marijuana businesses could see expanded opportunities in Washington DC if local lawmakers allow a ban on smoking in businesses or public to expire.

Opponents of the ban, which effectively means that marijuana can only be consumed at home, testified recently that the city shouldn’t be in the habit of banning an activity in private …

Week in Review: Strong Illinois MMJ Sales, Positive Merrill Lynch Report & British Firm’s U.S. Expansion

John Schroyer  | December 11, 2015

By John Schroyer and Omar Sacirbey

Illinois medical cannabis sales start off on a positive note, Merrill Lynch takes an in-depth look at the marijuana industry, and a British MMJ company boosts production in anticipation of a U.S. expansion.

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

Vaporizer Startup Names Former Keurig Exec as New CEO

John Schroyer  | December 10, 2015

A new vaporizer company based in Boston has named Dave Manly, a former senior vice president with the coffee brewing system producer Keurig, as its new chief executive officer.

The Massachusetts-based CannaKorp, which produces a vaporizer system called the CannaCloud, made the announcement in a press release Thursday. Manly was an executive with Keurig for …