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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.

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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New York Senate confirms appointees to oversee adult-use cannabis industry

The New York Senate moved quickly to confirm two appointments offered by the state’s newly sworn-in governor, Kathy Hochul, to oversee the upcoming adult-use cannabis industry. According to the New York Daily News, the Senate on Wednesday night confirmed: Tremaine Wright, a former Brooklyn state assembly woman, to chair the Cannabis Control Board and the […]

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Appeals court rejects lawsuit seeking to force DEA to reschedule marijuana

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals shot down the latest legal attempt to force the federal government to loosen regulations around marijuana. According to Courthouse News Service, the three-judge panel appellate court ruled against a lawsuit filed last year that asked the court to force the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to move marijuana from its […]

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South Dakota legislators seek to make changes to medical cannabis law

A Republican-dominated panel of South Dakota lawmakers recommended several changes to the medical cannabis legalization measure that voters passed in 2020, including giving local governments the ability to ban MMJ companies entirely and eliminating home-cultivation rights. According to the Rapid City Journal, a legislative subcommittee on Wednesday issued the recommendations, which must be approved by […]

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Marijuana trade groups offer comments on Schumer’s federal legalization bill

Several national marijuana trade organizations and activist groups submitted written comments about a draft of the most recent federal marijuana reform measure, highlighting the need for lower taxes and interstate commerce. The formal comments, which were due to the U.S. Senate this week, offer 169 pages of feedback on the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act […]

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MI marijuana rules changes include new licenses, lower fees, social equity

The Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency released a set of proposed rules for cannabis business, including two new license types and reduced fees. The two new licenses include an educational research permit and a newly expanded microbusiness license, MLive.com reported. The agency is also proposing the following reduction in fees: From $6,000 to $3,000 for marijuana […]

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Massachusetts high court sides with marijuana business owner in dispute

A Massachusetts marijuana dispensary owner won a potentially landmark case when the state’s Supreme Judicial Court ruled that she can operate as a for-profit business – despite local restrictions designed to keep her shop as a not-for-profit. According to Court House News Service, Ellen Rosenfeld started her CommCan medical marijuana dispensary before the state legalized […]

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Ohio adult-use marijuana campaign cleared to begin gathering signatures

A group attempting to legalize adult-use marijuana in Ohio on Monday received a thumbs-up from the state to begin the signature-gathering process in order to place their ballot question before voters next year. The state Ballot Board certified the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol’s proposed ballot measure as a single subject, according to a […]

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Another tribe entering Michigan’s recreational cannabis market

The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians in Michigan joined the state’s recreational cannabis market. According to the Record Eagle of Traverse City, a tribal ordinance approved in 2019 by members went into effect on Aug. 29 and will allow tribal-controlled businesses to develop vertically integrated company models. Adult-use businesses will be allowed […]

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