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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.

Nevada suspends cannabis company’s cultivation license

Nevada regulators said Friday they suspended the cannabis cultivation license of Green Cross of America, effective immediately, calling the operation a “threat to public health and safety.” According to a news release, inspectors from the Nevada Cannabis Compliance Board visited the company’s grow in Pahrump on Wednesday and found more than 400 marijuana plants that […]

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Colorado recreational marijuana prices may rise if voters OK tax hike

A ballot question is going before Colorado voters in November that, if successful, would raise the state taxes on recreational marijuana products and potentially create a new barrier for adult-use sales. The measure, Initiative 25 – also called the Learning Enrichment and Academic Progress Program Initiative (LEAP) – was approved for the Nov. 2 election […]

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Colorado AG warns of marijuana market ‘disruption’ if US reform isn’t done right

In a wide-ranging letter to members of Congress, Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser warned there could be “potential resulting disruption” to the existing state-legal marijuana markets if federal legalization isn’t structured carefully. In particular, Weiser singled out the suggested 25% national marijuana tax rate included in Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s recently introduced bill, the […]

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FBI investigating Nevada cannabis business licensing process, report says

Federal agents have been scrutinizing the Nevada cannabis licensing process to determine if any corruption was involved in the awarding of business permits. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, FBI agents have been speaking with Nevada marijuana industry executives for at least a year. The investigation is focused on potential “pay-to-play” situations that might have […]

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Idaho high court overturns law that may have hindered marijuana measures

The Idaho Supreme Court overturned a new law that would have made it harder for independent campaigns to get their own ballot measures before voters, including a potential medical marijuana legalization question. According to the Associated Press, the state’s high court rejected the law and found that it undermined the rights of Idaho voters. The […]

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Judge orders New Mexico to lift medical cannabis purchase restrictions

A New Mexico state district court judge ordered that purchase limits for medical cannabis patients should be increased to conform with the new recreational marijuana law approved by lawmakers this year, a move that could result in a sales boom for dispensaries. According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, District Court Judge Benjamin Chavez issued […]

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US Supreme Court passes – again – on hearing IRS marijuana lawsuits

The U.S. Supreme Court confirmed for a second time that it will not enter the legal fray between a number of marijuana businesses and the IRS. According to Law360, the nation’s highest court again declined to hear appeals from Standing Akimbo and Eric Speidell, who owns The Green Solution and other marijuana businesses, in a […]

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More than 70% of New Jersey towns ban adult-use marijuana retail

The number of New Jersey communities opting out of the legal marijuana industry has increased dramatically in recent weeks, reaching almost three-quarters of the municipalities in the state. According to the USA Today Network, roughly 71% of New Jersey towns – about 400 of them – have approved local ordinances that ban adult-use marijuana businesses. […]

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Illinois marijuana lotteries over, but legal fights make future uncertain

The third and final lottery of the summer for Illinois’ quickly expanding adult-use marijuana market resulted in the awarding of 75 new retail permits. But there’s still a good bit of uncertainty as to what will happen next: A court order from a judge overseeing an ongoing lawsuit might force the licenses to be put […]

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Schumer’s marijuana reform bill would create industry winners and losers, experts say

Since Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer unveiled a draft of his federal marijuana legalization bill in July, questions have begun percolating about what cannabis businesses stand to win or lose should the groundbreaking legislation become law. Longtime industry experts agreed that big, well-capitalized companies stand to reap the most gains in a post-federal legalization world, […]

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California county offers $10,000 grants to cannabis farmers

Officials in Humboldt County, California, launched a program to help bolster the community’s struggling – but legal – cannabis farmers. According to the Eureka Times-Standard, county officials have authorized $2 million in grant monies for marijuana growers to be dispersed in $10,000 increments “per service” for those who qualify. The program is called Project Trellis. […]

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