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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.

Why red Oklahoma is home to a booming medical marijuana market

People outside the cannabis industry might be surprised to learn that the most liberal medical marijuana market in the country isn’t California anymore. Nor is it Colorado, Oregon or another left-leaning blue state. It’s politically conservative Oklahoma. The red state has pulled a U-turn on marijuana policy since 2014, when the state’s attorney general – […]

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Upheaval often follows after legacy marijuana companies go public

After the famed Oakland, California-based marijuana dispensary Harborside went public in 2019, long-term employees noticed a change within the company: a cultural shift from the activist roots of Harborside’s founders to a more buttoned-down corporate atmosphere. They didn’t like it. “It changed, and a lot of us left because it was no longer the same […]

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Rhode Island Senate passes recreational cannabis legalization bill

The upper chamber of the Rhode Island General Assembly on Tuesday easily approved a bill to legalize recreational cannabis, and the measure now heads to the House of Representatives for final approval before it can be sent to the governor. The Rhode Island Senate approved S 598 on a 29-9 vote, according to the Washington […]

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Marijuana firm Australis Capital changes name to Audacious Brands

Marijuana operator Australis Capital said Tuesday that it’s renaming itself and will now do business as Audacious Brands. The Las Vegas-based company, which trades on the Canadian Securities Exchange under the ticker symbol AUSA and on U.S. over-the-counter markets as AUSAF, will consolidate its brands under the new moniker and is planning an acquisition spree, […]

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US Supreme Court declines to hear cannabis tax case

The U.S. Supreme Court took a pass on a cannabis business tax case, marking another legal defeat for industry advocates attempting to overturn the onerous Section 280E of the federal tax code. According to Law360, the justices decided not to hear any arguments in an appeal from Eric Speidell, owner of Colorado-based The Green Solution. […]

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Connecticut governor signs adult-use marijuana legalization into law

With his signature on Senate Bill 1201, Gov. Ned Lamont on Tuesday made Connecticut the latest state to officially legalize recreational marijuana. The Connecticut Legislature approved the bill on June 17, making the state the latest domino to fall this year after legalization victories in New York, New Mexico and Virginia. Sales are expected to […]

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