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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.

Pabst Blue Ribbon entering cannabis market with infused seltzers

Another major brewer is jumping into the marijuana sector. Pabst Blue Ribbon on Wednesday announced the formal launch of Pabst Labs, a new licensed marijuana business in California that will produce and sell THC-infused, nonalcoholic seltzer beverages. The line of drinks, called Pabst Blue Ribbon Cannabis Infused Seltzer, will initially be distributed in a “select” […]

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Los Angeles’ next cannabis licensing window will start Oct. 20

The next round of marijuana business licensing in Los Angeles will begin Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. PT, the city’s Department of Cannabis Regulation announced Monday. The application window currently has no scheduled closing date. Licenses available through the upcoming round will be for delivery companies, distributors, nonvolatile manufacturers and testing labs. However, the agency […]

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Cannabis edibles maker Bhang settles potency lawsuit

A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit against infused products manufacturer Bhang Corp. for allegedly misrepresenting the THC and CBD content of its chocolate products and breaching consumer-protection laws in California.

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A new Arizona adult-use cannabis market may offer limited business opportunities

Even if Arizona voters back recreational marijuana legalization on Nov. 3, don’t expect a wide-open cannabis market with lots of new business licenses immediately up for grabs in the Southwest state. That could change over time, depending on the state’s population growth and other factors. But at the outset, Proposition 207 would allow only the […]

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Michigan completes phase-out of medical cannabis caregivers

Michigan regulators finished phasing out all medical marijuana caregivers as part of the state’s retail cannabis supply chain, leaving all responsibility for MJ production in the hands of licensed growers. According to Ann Arbor radio station WUOM, a transition that began in March was finally completed Wednesday. While caregivers will still be allowed to operate […]

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Maryland awards three marijuana cultivator licenses, eight for processors

Maryland regulators handed out 11 long-awaited cultivation and processing business permits. The state’s Medical Cannabis Commission licensed three cultivation and eight processing companies on Thursday, The Baltimore Sun reported. The cultivation permits went to Viola Maryland, Herbiculture Cultivation and MAS Alliance. The processing permits went to Herbiculture Manufacturing, Organic Remedies MD, Bouquet Labs, Element MD, […]

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L.A. suburb engaging in kickback scheme for cannabis permits, suit says

A lobbyist allegedly working with city officials in the Los Angeles suburb of Commerce has been soliciting kickbacks in exchange for help with obtaining marijuana business licenses, according to a new lawsuit filed by a cannabis company. Law360.com reported that From The Earth applied to Commerce for several cannabis business licenses but said its bid […]

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Democrats’ COVID-19 relief bill contains cannabis banking

Buried deep in the U.S. House Democrats’ latest $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief package, announced Monday, is a key provision that will delight cannabis businesses: the Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking (SAFE) Act. According to NORML, the main provisions of the proposed law – which would help marijuana businesses gain access to banking services – were […]

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Ohio lawsuit: Regulators ‘punting’ on medical marijuana program expansion

An Ohio medical marijuana grower filed a lawsuit against state regulators alleging that government overseers have been hamstringing the MMJ program’s growth, despite clear demand for more business services. According to Law360com, Fire Rock sued the state Department of Commerce over its failure to either grant or deny an application filed in February for the […]

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Montana recreational marijuana ballot measure would allow only local operators

Montana voters will decide in November if they want to join the growing list of states with adult-use marijuana, and if they do, the market will be one of a shrinking number that allow only in-state residents to comprise the industry. The ballot measure would also set the first 12 months of recreational sales aside […]

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Massachusetts marijuana retailer sues state over licensing delays

A Massachusetts cannabis company filed suit against the state, alleging that unnecessary delays on one of its business licenses has cost it $1.2 million. According to the Boston Business Journal, Northeast Alternatives filed suit against Massachusetts cannabis regulators in Suffolk Superior Court on Sept. 14, asking a judge to force the state’s Cannabis Control Commission […]

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