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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.

More California marijuana companies sue state over revoked licenses

At least four California marijuana companies have sued the state after regulators revoked their provisional business licenses, alleging they were treated unfairly and not allowed to appeal the revocations to an independent mediator. Moreover, the newly launched Department of Cannabis Control is ramping up company inspections and enforcement efforts, setting the stage for additional lawsuits […]

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Governor’s recall-election wins means status quo for California cannabis sector

California Gov. Gavin Newsom eased the concerns of some in the cannabis industry Tuesday night when he won in a landslide over conservative activists who had forced an off-year recall election. With roughly two-thirds of the ballots counted, the Associated Press reported, Newsom was winning easily by 30 points. His victory likely ensures things will not […]

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California authorities struggle to curb illicit marijuana operators who challenge legal firms

A recent $1 billion bust on the outskirts of Los Angeles County unearthed the vast scope of California’s underground marijuana market and the challenges of reining in illegal operators who are undercutting the state’s licensed cannabis businesses. The July raid in Antelope Valley was the largest enforcement operation in L.A. County history, costing taxpayers more […]

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South Dakota rejects some restrictive medical marijuana proposals

Lawmakers in South Dakota approved a vast majority of proposed medical marijuana industry regulations submitted by the state health department, but they rejected several specific rules that would have restricted the MMJ program. According to the Associated Press, the state Legislature’s Rules Review Committee on Monday signed off on most of the 124 pages of […]

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Lawyer with cannabis industry ties, ex-New York senator picked for MJ board

An attorney with reportedly deep expertise in both the U.S. and Canadian cannabis industries and a former state senator were appointed to the board that will oversee New York’s upcoming recreational cannabis market. Adam Perry of the Hodgson Russ law firm was selected for the New York Cannabis Control Board by the state’s assembly speaker, Carl […]

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CA lawmakers approve hemp regulatory bill that divided marijuana sector

A long-debated bill to establish new hemp rules in California – but which drew the ire of business owners in both the hemp and marijuana sectors – has gained final approval from state lawmakers. The measure, Assembly Bill 45, easily passed both the state Senate and Assembly this week. It is now on its way […]

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California cannabis regulators issue new, consolidated industry rules

The newly merged California Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) on Wednesday released a 197-page draft of cannabis industry regulations, including allowing broader sales of branded merchandise and sharing product samples among those in the supply chain. The release of the new draft regulations kicks off a new public comment period before the rules are expected […]

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California marijuana industry divided on Gov. Newsom recall

As California Gov. Gavin Newsom battles for his political life with a recall election looming next week, the state’s marijuana industry remains divided on whether to fully back the incumbent. Newsom’s uncertain future has some wondering about the ramifications for California cannabis businesses if the governor were to lose and become the first chief executive […]

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Final vote expected on California bill that might impact cannabis companies

A bill in the California Legislature that could have major ramifications for marijuana and hemp companies in the state is expected to get a final vote this week. The measure in question – Assembly Bill 45 – has been in the works for years as marijuana businesses have been prohibited from selling hemp goods and […]

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