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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.

Colorado marijuana edibles company Wana Brands sued over alleged information theft

Wana Brands, a high-profile Colorado edibles maker, has been sued for allegedly stealing confidential business information from a marijuana company that says it was duped into believing it would be acquired. LP Capital, a Colorado extraction company that makes MJ-concentrated vape cartridges, claims in a lawsuit it suffered more than $5 million in damages from lost revenue […]

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Maryland approves 7 more medical cannabis dispensaries

Maryland regulators approved seven additional medical marijuana dispensaries and one processor, their latest step to expand the state’s recently launched MMJ industry. The state now has almost 50 licensed dispensaries, The Sun reported. More than 40 are open, according to the newspaper, a sign that the state’s long-delayed MMJ program is gaining traction. Eventually, 102 MMJ […]

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Maine lawmakers sign off on recreational cannabis bill

The Maine state House and Senate have approved legislation to allow legal adult-use marijuana sales in the state, likely by 2019 or 2020. According to the Portland Press-Herald, lawmakers apparently have enough support to override a potential veto by Republican Gov. Paul LePage, who torpedoed an earlier rec implementation bill last year. Legislation had been held […]

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Ex-House Speaker Boehner – a former cannabis opponent – joins MJ firm’s board

Former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner joined the advisory board of Acreage Holdings, a New York company with marijuana cultivation, processing and dispensing operations in 11 states. Boehner, a Republican, has been a longtime opponent of marijuana reform. Industry insiders and analysts said his change of political heart has the potential to energize and influence national marijuana […]

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