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California’s legal marijuana businesses blow whistle on unlicensed operators

A number of permit-holding marijuana retailers in California view unlicensed competitors as serious threats.

While fully compliant cannabis retailers across California are being forced to pass high tax rates on to their customers, some brazen unlicensed dispensaries advertise that they don’t pay state or local taxes, meaning their marijuana is far cheaper than prices at law-abiding shops.

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Four takeaways as Big Alcohol makes another foray into Canada’s cannabis market

Industry observers have predicted more moves by Big Alcohol into the Canadian marijuana market. And that business forecast continues to prove on point with the groundbreaking announcement that North America’s largest wine and spirits distribution company signed an agreement to become the exclusive product distributor for one of Canada’s largest licensed cannabis producers. Under the agreement, […]

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Chart: Colorado recreational marijuana sales boom in month of March

Recreational marijuana sales in Colorado eclipsed $105 million in March 2018, the highest monthly total for adult-use sales in the program’s history. The record-breaking month is part of a broader, seasonal trend playing out in Colorado’s rec market, where sales have consistently spiked in early spring, midsummer and around holidays. Seasonal sales trends are common […]

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Powerful congressional panel puts medical marijuana protections in federal budget

In a historic maneuver that signifies growing support in Washington DC for medical marijuana, a key congressional committee voted Thursday to continue to protect lawful state MMJ programs from federal interference or prosecution. The House Appropriations Committee approved, by a bipartisan voice vote, an amendment by Rep. David Joyce, an Ohio Republican and former prosecutor, […]

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What Canada’s top CEOs say about cannabis ‘commoditization’

While a shortage of marijuana is expected to precede any glut by a number of years, the potential for cannabis commoditization is already a consideration for many licensed cultivators in Canada. Greg Engel, CEO of New Brunswick-based Organigram, said commoditization, at least as it relates to cannabis, boils down to two things: Excess supply over […]

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