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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.

Mississippi marijuana advocates told to stop using President Trump’s name

The Mississippi campaign attempting to get medical cannabis legalized in the state was sent a cease-and-desist order by President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign, ordering it to stop telling voters that he backs their cause. According to the Associated Press, the Trump campaign sent the order on Oct. 12 to Mississippians for Compassionate Care, which had […]

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Harborside acquires San Francisco social equity marijuana retailer

This story has been updated with a new quote from San Francisco Cannabis Retailers Alliance President Johnny Delaplane. Oakland, California-based Harborside said it acquired a majority stake in FGW Haight, a company that in June was awarded a conditional-use permit for a retail marijuana shop in San Francisco. Under the terms of the deal, Harborside […]

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Cannabis delivery operator, trade groups sue L.A. over social equity rules

A marijuana businessman and two trade associations filed suit against Los Angeles, asking a judge to throw out a new city ordinance that devotes all MJ delivery business permits to social equity applicants until 2025. At issue are 20 delivery licenses that the city authorized in 2017 for non-social equity entrepreneurs that were supposed to […]

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Marijuana advocates seriously eye federal legalization after election

Federal marijuana legalization could be only months from becoming reality, spurring Washington DC-based MJ advocates to seriously consider a “post-prohibition” world as they map out political strategies for 2021. Several DC-based nonprofits and trade associations predict a bill to federally legalize marijuana could pass Congress in the near future – but only if Democrat Joe […]

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Sacramento, California, opens 10 retail cannabis permits for social equity

The capital city of California is adding 10 more retail marijuana storefronts to its existing 30, yet another sign that the state’s legal market is continuing to grow over time. The change stems from a unanimous vote by the City Council this week, the Sacramento Business Journal reported, a major shift for the city, which […]

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San Francisco cannabis store workers OK union-negotiated pact

The United Food and Commercial Workers Union scored another victory in the legal marijuana market when workers at a San Francisco retail store voted in favor of a UFCW-negotiated contract. According to a news release, workers at Stiiizy-Mission, located in the heart of San Francisco and operated by the Shryne Group, voted unanimously in favor […]

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US Supreme Court won’t hear marijuana legalization case

A three-year-long attempt to legalize marijuana at the federal level through a lawsuit appears to have come to a close, with the U.S. Supreme Court declining to hear the case. According to, the case – filed in 2017 by former NFL player Marvin Washington and several other medical marijuana patients – will remain dismissed […]

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With eye on election and beyond, marijuana industry spends millions on lobbying

Lobbying for cannabis reform in the U.S. Congress has evolved from a fringe issue a decade ago to a political priority that, this year alone, has absorbed more than $3 million and scores of registered lobbyists in Washington DC. And depending on how the Nov. 3 general election plays out, the marijuana lobbying landscape could […]

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Text-message ads from marijuana companies spur spam-related lawsuits

A legal and financial liability has emerged over the past two years threatening the coffers of marijuana businesses: class action lawsuits filed by recipients of unwanted text-message advertisements who allege they’re getting spammed with deals and sales. To date, at least a dozen such lawsuits have been filed across the nation since May 2018, when […]

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