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Jeff Smith

Jeff is an award-winning business journalist who has worked as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers in Colorado, Maine, New Mexico and Alabama. He also has worked as a journalist overseas in Asia and West Africa. His stories have appeared in National Geographic online and The New York Times, among other publications.

California marijuana industry opportunities on the rise

The turbulent California marijuana market is slowly moving toward stability with strong sales growth and plentiful business opportunities – despite being roiled by the coronavirus pandemic, looting from civil unrest and wildfires. That was among the messages from three sessions focused on the California market during Marijuana Business Daily’s Passholder Days Forum. The pandemic actually […]

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Copperstate Farms expands its marijuana operations in Arizona

Copperstate Farms Management is expanding its footprint in Arizona through an agreement to acquire control of two licensed medical marijuana dispensaries in North Scottsdale and Tempe. The dispensaries, Level Up, were formerly the property of Los Angeles-based MedMen Enterprises and branded as MedMen Arizona. Financial terms weren’t disclosed for the deal, which includes a 25,000-square-foot […]

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Harvest Health snags three more medical marijuana licenses in Arizona

Harvest Health & Recreation said Monday it is acquiring three vertical medical marijuana licenses in Arizona as part of a settlement with Devine Hunter, boosting the multistate operator’s market-leading dispensary total from 15 to 18. The settlement resolves litigation filed by Arizona-based Harvest in March to compel Devine to close on the sale of six […]

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Week in Review: NY medical marijuana market could slow adult use, state legalization funding, Mississippi obstacles & more

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to legalize adult-use cannabis, but the state’s heavily restricted medical marijuana program could hamper those efforts. MJBizDaily takeaway: Experts believe that New York needs to expand its MMJ program in advance of potential adult use. If not, supply and access issues could be exacerbated, making it difficult to meet […]

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Judge dismisses California cannabis racketeering suit

A federal judge dismissed a $200 million civil racketeering lawsuit filed by a Southern California cannabis farmer against another grower, ruling the claim had no standing because marijuana is illegal under federal law. The case was an unusual twist on lawsuits that have been filed against marijuana cultivators under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations […]

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Mississippi medical cannabis challenge may not be decided until after election

It looks as if the Mississippi Supreme Court won’t consider a legal challenge to a medical cannabis initiative being on the ballot – until the election is over. Chief Justice Mike Randolph filed an order Wednesday giving Secretary of State Michael Watson until Nov. 6 to respond to the challenge by Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins […]

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