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Week in Review: MO besieged by medical cannabis permit appeals, lawmakers push back against SAFE Banking, record CO marijuana sales & more

Rejected medical marijuana license applicants appeal Missouri regulators’ decisions, Republican legislators ask key U.S. senator to oppose MJ banking measure, Colorado cruises past $1.75 billion in cannabis sales in 2019 – and more of the week’s top marijuana business news. Missouri MMJ licensing tumult Medical marijuana license applicants in Missouri that failed to win permits have deluged […]

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Licensing appeals overwhelm Missouri’s medical marijuana program, point to widespread MJ industry concern about scoring fairness

Challenges by rejected medical cannabis license applicants have inundated Missouri regulators, despite state efforts to avoid such a mess by hiring an independent third-party scorer. Rejected small-business applicants complain that arbitrary scoring processes shut them out of a market designed to remain largely locally owned, while multistate cannabis operators (MSOs) won a big chunk of the licenses. The […]

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Pay to play: Cannabis brands fork over cash for retail shelf space

The increasingly competitive cannabis market is fostering a pay-to-play mentality among both marijuana retailers and the brands they carry. Known as slotting fees, the practice requires brands to pay anywhere from $500 to $15,000 a month for premium space on marijuana retailers’ store shelves. Cannabis industry experts recommend marijuana brands build the fees into their […]

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Marijuana cultivator’s CO2 partnership with craft beer brewer saves money, makes MJ firm more eco-friendly

Two of Colorado’s most high-profile industries – cannabis and beer – recently joined forces under a state-supported pilot project aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions. It’s cheaper – about a 10th of the cost – for cannabis businesses to buy carbon dioxide (CO2) from craft beer companies rather than a commercial CO2 distributor that charges […]

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Chart: New York’s medical marijuana program grows, but future business opportunity hinges on adult-use legalization

While New York’s medical cannabis patient registry increased by more than 23,000 in 2019, growth has slowed significantly because of various market factors leading to a low consumer participation rate. Less than 1% of New York residents have signed on as medical marijuana patients, due in part to restrictions on cannabis product forms and limited […]

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