May 11, 2015

Chart of the Week: Over $9M Spent in 2014 on Cannabis Advocacy

By Becky Olson & John Schroyer Four of the top marijuana-related lobbying organizations spent over $9 million on state and federal cannabis advocacy in 2014, according to representatives from the [click to continue...]

May 8, 2015

Week in Review: WA Rec Sales Balloon, NV Moves Closer to Launch + Puerto Rico Legalizes MMJ

By John Schroyer and Tony C. Dreibus Recreational marijuana sales gain some significant traction in Washington State, Nevada’s medical cannabis industry approaches the launchpad, and Puerto Rico becomes the first [click to continue...]

May 7, 2015

Rejection of Marijuana Startup at Tech Competition a Case of ‘Cannabias’?

By Tony C. Dreibus The cannabis industry has taken great strides towards entering the mainstream business world in recent years, but it apparently still has a ways to go. Case [click to continue...]

May 6, 2015

Guest Column: 5 Legal and Compliance Tips for Medical Marijuana Entrepreneurs

By Douglas Fischer Because most activities associated with medical marijuana businesses are still federal crimes, the legal issues facing entrepreneurs can seem daunting. The following five tips present a good [click to continue...]

May 5, 2015

Running a Cannabis Business in the Spotlight: Q&A With ‘High Profits’ Star Brian Rogers

By Tony C. Dreibus When CNN asked Brian Rogers and his business partner to participate in a documentary series on the tribulations of opening and operating a legal recreational marijuana [click to continue...]

May 4, 2015

Exclusive Chart: Marijuana Industry to Create $10B+ Economic Impact in 2015, $30B By 2019

By Becky Olson The U.S. marijuana industry will pump an estimated $10 billion into state and local economies in 2015, with cannabis sales via dispensaries and recreational stores accounting for up [click to continue...]

May 1, 2015

Week in Review: MA Company Wins Court Fight, NY Taking Applications + More CO Pesticide Concerns

By John Schroyer A Massachusetts dispensary company prevails over the state in a legal battle over licensing, New York begins accepting applications for just five business permits, and tens of [click to continue...]

April 30, 2015

Significant Setbacks in Cannabis Banking Slow Recent Momentum

By Tony C. Dreibus Banking has long ranked as one of the biggest hurdles for cannabis companies, but the tide seemed to be turning as 2014 came to a close [click to continue...]

April 29, 2015

Cannabis Entrepreneurs ‘Fantastic Example of What Makes America Great’ – Q&A With Steven Levitt

By Chris Walsh Steven Levitt has spoken with a half-dozen cannabis professionals over the past few years, and he’s come away with a distinct impression of the marijuana industry and [click to continue...]

April 28, 2015

Despite Crackdown, Illegal Dispensaries Still Pervasive in Los Angeles

By John Schroyer Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer has launched a crusade on illegal dispensaries, announcing this month that his office has shuttered more than 500 cannabis businesses in roughly [click to continue...]

April 27, 2015

Chart of the Week: 1,292 Marijuana Banking Relationships Terminated in 12 Months

By Becky Olson Nearly 400 banks, credit unions and other financial institutions terminated relationships with 1,292 marijuana-related businesses across the country from February 2014 through January 2015, according to information [click to continue...]

April 24, 2015

Week in Review: Oregon Rec Preview, Florida MMJ Fail + California Dispensary Lawsuit

By John Schroyer and Tony C. Dreibus Oregon officials offer a glimpse of potential business activity in the state’s recreational cannabis industry, Florida fails to pass medical marijuana reforms once [click to continue...]

Strict Oregon MJ Regs Proposal Advancing


Marijuana producers and dispensers in Oregon face a laundry list of new regulations under a [click to continue...]

Dozens of Seattle Dispensaries Could Be Shuttered

Medical marijuana dispensaries in Seattle would need to obtain a special local business license by [click to continue...]

Pennsylvania MMJ Legalization Hits Snag

Although a number of marijuana activists have pegged Pennsylvania as one of the more likely [click to continue...]

Hemp, CBD Firm Lands $6.5M in Financing From Institutional Investor


CannaVest Corp. said it has closed a $6.5 million round of financing with an unnamed [click to continue...]

Proposal Would Dampen Cannabis Business Opportunities in Anchorage

Businesses in Anchorage, Alaska, that allow patrons to smoke cannabis indoors may face legal issues [click to continue...]

OH Legalization Campaign Sabotage Allegation Tossed

A complaint filed by one marijuana legalization campaign against another in Ohio was dismissed unanimously [click to continue...]

Big MN-Backed Grower Applies for Coveted NY License

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Kyle Kingsley, MD, is hoping he’s found a way to expand his cannabis cultivation company [click to continue...]

Four WA Rec Stores Sell to Minors in Sting Operation

A quartet of recreational cannabis shops in Washington State wrongly sold marijuana to minors in [click to continue...]

New Lawsuit: CO Cannabis Baron Breaking IL MMJ Rules

Yet another lawsuit has been filed in Illinois over the licensing process in the state’s [click to continue...]

Facebook Blocks MMJ Educational Video


Medical cannabis apparently isn’t socially acceptable in Connecticut. At least, not by Facebook. A marketing [click to continue...]

Former OH Lawmaker Joins Cannabis Legalization Campaign

Former state Senate Minority Leader Eric Kearney, a Democrat from Cincinnati, has been hired by [click to continue...]

‘Worthless’ CBD Bill Heads to Texas Governor

The Texas Legislature has sent a bill allowing CBD treatments for some epilepsy patients to [click to continue...]

Debate Over New MMJ Business Restrictions in Oregon

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Just a week after one legislative committee fought to a standstill over Oregon’s medical cannabis [click to continue...]

Cannabis Cultivation Contender in Illinois Drops Lawsuit

One of several losing contenders in Illinois’ medical marijuana program has withdrawn a lawsuit it [click to continue...]

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