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Canadian MMJ Company to Expand U.S. Footprint

Omar Sacirbey  | March 14, 2016

A publicly traded Canadian medical marijuana company is boosting its U.S. presence by entering into an agreement to acquire two marijuana licenses – one production, one processing – from a cannabis company in Washington State.

Marapharm Ventures, which trades on the Canadian Securities Exchange, the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, and the over-the-counter market in the United States, said …

LA Dispensary Crackdowns Continuing

John Schroyer  | March 11, 2016

An ongoing crackdown on Los Angeles-area dispensaries, many of which are technically illegal under city and county law, was expanded on Wednesday to include unincorporated parts of the county.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to target illicit dispensaries, which have reportedly cropped up in areas such as Marina del …

Week in Review: Washington Licensing Hiccups, Florida CBD & California MJ Legalization

John Schroyer  | March 11, 2016

By John Schroyer and Omar Sacirbey

Confusion emerges as Washington State licenses more marijuana stores, Florida moves closer to expanding its limited CBD law, and a California activist tries to breathe life into a marijuana legalization measure.

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

Infused Products Maker Dixie Expands Into Nevada

Omar Sacirbey  | February 24, 2016

Colorado-based Dixie Elixirs & Edibles is expanding into yet another new state, cementing a joint venture agreement with Silver State Wellness in Las Vegas, Nevada.

It marks the fifth new market Dixie has expanded into over the last nine months and its seventh overall. The move comes as edibles companies in general attempt to expand across the country and …

CalCann Holdings Hopes to Bring Credibility to Southern California’s MMJ Industry

Omar Sacirbey  | February 18, 2016

By Omar Sacirbey

Southern California’s medical cannabis industry is one of the largest in the country, but it’s also one of the most chaotic and controversial given the proliferation of unregulated, unscrupulous dispensaries in the Los Angeles area.

CalCann Holdings hopes to change that.

California Considers 15% Medical Marijuana Tax

Omar Sacirbey  | February 10, 2016

A new bill introduced Wednesday in California would impose a 15% percent tax on medical marijuana sales to pay for state programs and enforce new regulations, according to

But the Marijuana Value Tax Act, as the bill is known, may not be the only expense MMJ businesses face, since local governments could levy …

Marley Natural Launches Cannabis Brand

Omar Sacirbey  | February 5, 2016

Marley Natural, the company owned by the family of Bob Marley, will launch its branded cannabis products on Feb. 6, which would have been the reggae legend’s 71st birthday.

The company’s cannabis strains will go on sale in three dispensaries in the Los Angeles area, and it will be in “hundreds” of retailers before the …

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.

Marijuana Business Incubator Launches in Oakland

Omar Sacirbey  | December 18, 2015

It may seem strange that California’s first cannabis business incubator just launched, but better late than never.

Based in Oakland and founded by two technology veterans, Gateway Inc. seeks to nurture both ancillary firms and companies that handle the plant, such as growers, dispensaries, and extractors.

Gateway will provide companies with $30,000 in return for …

Pioneering Marijuana Dispensary Owner Hits Comeback Trail

Omar Sacirbey  | December 15, 2015

By Omar Sacirbey

Medical cannabis pioneer Lynnette Shaw is back in business – or, at least, trying to get back in business.

In 2011, the federal government prohibited Shaw, who founded the first licensed medical cannabis dispensary in the country, from working in the marijuana industry ever again as part of a court settlement.

San Diego Dispensary Hit With Record Fine

Omar Sacirbey  | December 7, 2015

A San Diego judge has slapped a local medical marijuana dispensary with a $1.8 million fine for violating zoning regulations, ranking as the largest penalty assessed against an MMJ operation in the city’s history.

In addition to the fine levied on SoCal Holistic Health Inc., the judge issued a permanent injunction against the dispensary and its …