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California bribery case highlights corruption allegations engulfing the state’s cannabis industry

When federal attorneys in California announced bribery charges last week against two Calexico city officials who allegedly accepted $35,000 in cash bribes in exchange for help obtaining marijuana business licenses, many in the cannabis industry shrugged it off as par for the course. “It’s not necessarily the norm, but it’s not far from it,” said […]

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Massachusetts marijuana stores work out curbside kinks as recreational sales resume

Recreational marijuana stores in Massachusetts launched back into action on Memorial Day, ending a two-month closure that might have collectively cost those retailers nearly $2 million per day. Massachusetts dispensary operators interviewed by Marijuana Business Daily reported strong consumer demand at reopened adult-use stores on Monday. The challenge, many said, was meeting that demand in […]

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Chart: North Dakota’s medical marijuana program gathers steam, but challenges remain

After a slow start, North Dakota’s budding medical marijuana industry appears to be finding its footing. Limited access to MMJ, the temporary closure of a dispensary in the state’s most populous city and general complications from the coronavirus pandemic still present hurdles to medical cannabis operators, however. Nearly 15 months after sales began in March […]

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Week in Review: MA adult-use cannabis stores reopening, High Times deal unravels, Acreage ‘reset’ & more

Massachusetts recreational marijuana retail stores will be allowed to reopen May 25, but sales will be limited to curbside pickup and online or telephone orders. MJBizDaily takeaway: This ends an expensive shutdown and a sore point for rec store operators in Massachusetts, who have seen counterparts across the country generally treated as essential businesses. Gov. Charlie […]

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How US cannabis growers are keeping a tight lid on costs as recession looms

As the coronavirus pandemic plunges the U.S. economy into a sharp downturn, cannabis cultivators are managing finances by rethinking capital improvements and finding any area possible to lower costs. Although demand remains strong for marijuana in many state markets, prudent cannabis cultivation executives are planning for the worst and tightening their belts. Some have become more self-reliant […]

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Can California marijuana trade groups coordinate to engage industry’s legislative gears?

More than two years into the rollout of California’s regulated recreational cannabis market, many marijuana industry associations are still struggling to work together for the common good of legal operators on objectives such as lowering state taxes, expanding the industry’s retail footprint and other strategies to improve business conditions. While the Los Angeles-based United Cannabis […]

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