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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.

Los Angeles hit with another marijuana social equity lawsuit

Another group of frustrated social equity marijuana applicants filed a lawsuit against Los Angeles. In this suit, eight companies and individuals – led by Angel City Partners – contend business applications they filed in September 2019 for social equity retail storefront licenses were for some reason ignored. According to, the lawsuit – filed Oct. […]

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Mississippi voters say yes to medical cannabis legalization

Learn more about the state of the industry at MJBizCon 2020. Mississippi on Tuesday became the latest state to legalize medical cannabis during the 2020 election, following in the footsteps of South Dakota. Voters gave an enthusiastic thumbs-up to a pair of pro-medical marijuana ballot measures: The first asked if they wanted to legalize MMJ. The […]

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MedMen sues Pasadena, California, over rejected retail cannabis application

California-based MedMen filed suit against the city of Pasadena, claiming that its application for a cannabis retail location was improperly disqualified. According to the Pasadena Star-News, MedMen called the city’s decision “arbitrary, capricious and unlawful” and chalked up the ruling as sour grapes from a competitor, Sweet Flower. The city moved to disqualify MedMen – […]

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Marijuana MSO 4Front enters $30M sale-leaseback deal to pay down debt

Multistate operator 4Front Ventures is utilizing a $30 million sale-leaseback transaction to rid itself of debt to a corporate lender, the company said. The all-cash deal with California-based Innovative Industrial Properties (IIP) involves the sale of cultivation and production facilities owned by 4Front in Tumwater, Washington. and Georgetown, Massachusetts. IIP will then lease the facilities […]

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Missouri official predicts recreational marijuana legalization vote in 2022

The director of Missouri’s medical cannabis program expects adult-use marijuana to be on the state’s ballot in two years. Lyndall Fraker, the director of the state’s medical marijuana program, told Kansas City TV station WDAF that he believes the legalization of medical marijuana was a steppingstone to full legalization. “I think that was the intent […]

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Drop in political funding by MPP illustrates shift toward marijuana trade groups, MSOs

The Marijuana Policy Project has long been a leader in funding cannabis reform at the state and federal levels, but the current election season demonstrates that MPP’s role is shifting in a significant way – toward a more collaborative position with industry trade associations and large MJ companies. That’s clear just by looking at the […]

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Nevada cannabis companies face penalties for violations

Two Nevada marijuana companies might lose their business licenses and incur fines from state authorities for alleged violations of industry regulations. The case appears to represent a new push by regulators to crack down on cannabis companies in the state that don’t abide by all the rules. During a meeting of the Nevada Cannabis Compliance […]

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L.A. opens licensing round amid waning interest among cannabis entrepreneurs

Los Angeles might be losing its luster – for marijuana entrepreneurs, that is. Long considered the largest cannabis market in the world, and with a customer base that would be the envy of any business owner, L.A. on Tuesday opened its latest marijuana business licensing window. The application process is open to social equity applicants […]

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San Diego goes to court to collect marijuana business taxes

San Diego filed what appears to be a first-of-its-kind lawsuit to force a local cannabis grower to pay taxes the city says the business owes. Grizzly Peak Farms, which is based in Oakland, owes San Diego roughly $10,000 in unpaid city taxes for marijuana products it delivered to retail shops in the city between January […]

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