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Chart of the Week: Growth in Medical Cannabis Patient Numbers as Dispensaries Open

Becky Olson  | November 9, 2015

By Becky Olson

One of the most pressing challenges cannabis executives face in emerging markets is estimating how many new patients will sign up for a medical marijuana program once the first dispensaries open.

An analysis of trends that played out in three states this year shows that growth rates can be all over the board.

Montana’s Medical Cannabis Industry Shrivelling After Rapid, Uncontrolled Growth

Chris Walsh  | January 3, 2012

Yet another state with medical pot laws on the books is seeing its MMJ sector shrivel as the entire industry grapples with a federal crackdown, damaging court rulings, falling registered patient numbers and community backlash.

This time the contraction is taking place in Montana, where the number of registered patients has nose-dived and dozens of …

Webcast Series Takes In-Depth Look at Medical Cannabis Issues, Encourages Debate

Chris Walsh  | December 13, 2011 and will host the second installment of their four-part webcast series on medical marijuana today, featuring patients describing the medical benefits of pot and detailing their struggle to obtain the drug.

The series, called “Is it Medicine? The Medical Marijuana Debate,” aims to get the online community, patients, doctors, state officials …

MMJ Advocates Fight Back Against Calif. Cannabis Crackdown, Sue Federal Gov’t

Chris Walsh  | November 8, 2011

After getting smacked around over the past month, medical marijuana supporters in California are going on the offensive, filing several lawsuits against the federal government’s widely publicized crackdown on the state’s MMJ industry.

The lawsuits aim to stop the government’s recent push to close dispensaries via  raids and other, indirect actions, such as …

Professionalism Key to Beating Out MMC Competition

Chris Walsh  | October 5, 2011

Competition in the medical marijuana industry is fierce, particularly in California and Colorado. Many dispensaries are in a race to the bottom in terms of price, offering eights for as low as $20. That’s created razor-thin profit margins for some MMCs, while others are bleeding red ink.

So how can a dispensary set itself apart …

Oregon Patients Paying $100 More for Medical Marijuana Cards

Chris Walsh  | October 3, 2011

Starting this week, patients in Oregon will have to pay an extra $100 to obtain or renew medical marijuana cards each year – a move that could restrict the industry’s long-term growth but fill the state’s coffers in the short term.

Patients who want medical marijuana card are now being charged $200 each year,