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Competition Bringing Down MMJ Prices in New Jersey

John Schroyer  | April 11, 2016

A pair of medical cannabis dispensaries that opened in New Jersey late last year have had a significant impact on the state’s MMJ industry, helping to lower prices and boost choices for patients.

Compassionate Sciences Alternative Treatment Center and Breakwater Treatment and Wellness Center, which both opened last fall, immediately instituted price-slashing measures, the …

Detroit Dispensaries Drop Suit Against New Regs

John Schroyer  | April 11, 2016

A group of medical marijuana dispensary owners has abandoned a lawsuit challenging Detroit’s new zoning and licensing regulations.

The rules, which took effect March 1, are expected to cut the number of dispensaries in the city to as low 50 from more than 200.

March 31 was the final day dispensaries could apply for licenses to …

Maine Judge Gives Rec Initiative New Life

John Schroyer  | April 8, 2016

A Superior Court judge has sided with a campaign to legalize recreational cannabis in Maine over the secretary of state, and ruled that more than 26,000 signatures in support of a legalization ballot measure were improperly tossed out.

The ruling gives Secretary of State Matt Dunlap another three days to consider the roughly 5,000 petitions …

Sales Drop for WA Rec Shops on Oregon Border

Omar Sacirbey  | April 8, 2016

Washington State marijuana stores along the Oregon border have seen their sales plummet since their southern neighbor’s legalization program went online last October, according to The Oregonian.

For example, cannabis tax revenues in Washington’s Klickitat County, to the northeast of Portland, dropped 47% since October, when marijuana stores started opening in Oregon.

Stores …

Legislative Glitch Delaying License Approvals in Alaska

Omar Sacirbey  | April 8, 2016

A legislative obstacle to the approval of marijuana licenses in Alaska has emerged, threatening to delay the start of the state’s recreational cannabis industry.

The issue? Fingerprints.

Applicants for recreational cannabis business licenses in Alaska need to submit fingerprints to the state for a national criminal background check. The state, however, apparently doesn’t have the authority to conduct …

Week in Review: DEA Decision, Raid Response in MI & Cannabis Club Vote in DC

John Schroyer  | April 8, 2016

By John Schroyer and Omar Sacirbey

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says it will decide soon whether to reschedule marijuana, Michigan attorneys develop a defense strategy for raided dispensaries, and Washington DC city leaders vote to ban cannabis social clubs.

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

Grassroots AZ Cannabis Supporters Side With Prohibitionists

John Schroyer  | April 7, 2016

It’s not news that the cannabis community can often split, sometimes viscerally, over differing visions of legalization.

But it can become a problem if it affects plans for legalization.

This might be the case in Arizona, where a grassroots group called Arizonans for Mindful Regulation (AFMR) is taking sides with anti-marijuana forces in an attempt …

Hawaii License Applicant Partners With Union

Omar Sacirbey  | April 7, 2016

Green Aloha, one of the teams applying for a medical marijuana license on the Hawaiian island on Kauai, has struck a deal with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 480, according to Pacific Business News.

The national UFCWU represents more than 1.3 million members, including many who belong to its

Washington DC Council Bans Marijuana Clubs

Omar Sacirbey  | April 7, 2016

The Washington DC City Council has decided to ban cannabis smoking clubs following a narrow 7-6 vote Tuesday, Reuters reported.

City representatives and Mayor Muriel Bowser, who opposes the clubs, have grappled with the issue almost since District of Columbia voters approved recreational marijuana in 2014. The law, which went into effect in 2015, permits …

CA Marijuana Software Startup Lands $2M Investment

John Schroyer  | April 6, 2016

A marijuana software company that aims to streamline business services for medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivators announced on Tuesday that it has completed a $2.1 million capital raise.

California-based Meadow said it will use the money to hire more employees and continue improving its software, which is currently available to MMJ businesses in its home …