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John Schroyer

A Sacramento-based journalist, John had focused on Colorado politics for most of his career, which included covering the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver. In 2012, he covered the Amendment 64 campaign to legalize recreational marijuana for The Colorado Springs Gazette. As then-video editor for The Gazette, he was on hand for the first-ever legal recreational marijuana sale in Denver on Jan. 1, 2014. He’s been writing about the cannabis industry since joining Marijuana Business Daily over the summer of 2014.

How California’s legal marijuana market wound up in crisis mode after two years

Most industry watchers agree that California’s marijuana market problems stem from three main factors including a dual licensing system; high state and local taxes; and the ongoing success of the illegal cannabis market. Some even suggest that Proposition 64, which legalized recreational marijuana in 2016, actually strengthened the illicit sector instead of reducing its impact.

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About 20% of licensed marijuana companies in California’s capital city face temporary closure

More than a fifth of the cannabis companies in Sacramento, California, are confronting the possibility of at least a temporary suspension of operations on the first day of February. City regulators sent notices to dozens of registered marijuana businesses in December as a reminder they had not formally completed the process for acquiring a Sacramento […]

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California to require marijuana retailers to exhibit QR code

Citing the 2019 vaping crisis, California cannabis regulators on Thursday mandated that licensed marijuana retailers and distributors display a QR code in order to differentiate legal cannabis businesses from illicit ones. The new regulation will go into effect after it’s approved by the state Office of Administrative Law, which will likely take at least two weeks. “The […]

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Proposed regulatory and tax reforms in California could make life simpler for marijuana businesses

A proposed overhaul of California’s marijuana regulatory and tax collection system could mean far less headaches for licensed cannabis companies in the state. It could also indicate there’s more legislative help on the way in 2020 for California’s struggling legal marijuana market. When he announced his annual budget plan on Jan. 10, California Gov. Gavin […]

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Some Illinois adult-use marijuana shops close due to product shortages, high demand that totaled $11M in sales in first week

Illinois cannabis shops have had approximately a week to sell recreational marijuana since the state began allowing it Jan. 1, and demand has proven so extreme that – despite enjoying about $11 million in early sales – some retailers have cut off adult-use customers temporarily in order to conserve inventory. “The demand in Illinois is every […]

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