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John Rebchook, Staff Writer

John is an award-winning journalist who spent most of his decades-long career as the real estate editor of the Rocky Mountain News in Denver. At different times John also wrote about banking, economic development, cable TV, workplace issues, technology and national and local political issues impacting business. He has also freelanced for Marijuana Business Magazine. John also published his own real estate blog for almost seven years and was a columnist at the Colorado Real Estate Journal. Before joining the Rocky, John worked at newspapers in Wisconsin, Illinois and Texas.

Grassroots Cannabis inks $19.7 million sale-leaseback deal

February 19, 2020 · Updated March 18, 2021

NewLake Capital Partners is buying and leasing back 10 marijuana retail stores in six states from Chicago-based Grassroots Cannabis in a deal valued at up to $19.7 million. NewLake, which also is headquartered in Chicago, has closed on six of the sale-leaseback deals with Grassroots’ parent company, GR Companies. The company plans to purchase the […]

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Scatterday appointed CEO of marijuana tech firm Tilt Holdings

February 19, 2020 · Updated February 20, 2020

Tilt Holdings, a Massachusetts-based cannabis company with a focus on technology, on Wednesday installed Mark Scatterday as permanent CEO. He had served as the company’s interim CEO since May 2019. In another move, Tilt announced that Chief Operating Officer Tim Conder also will serve as company president. Scatterday told Marijuana Business Daily last September that, in his interim […]

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Colorado marijuana sales soar to $1.75 billion in 2019

February 19, 2020

Colorado’s recreational and medical cannabis retailers sold a record $1.75 billion in product last year, increasing the state’s total to a whopping $7.79 billion since the 2014 launch of adult-use sales. Adult-use and medical marijuana sales in the state increased 13% from 2018, according to figures the Denver Post obtained from Colorado’s Marijuana Enforcement Division. […]

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New Mexico banning nonresident medical cannabis sales

February 18, 2020 · Updated May 6, 2020

In a move that could hurt sales at medical marijuana dispensaries in New Mexico, the state is ending the program that allowed MMJ cards for nonresidents. The Legislature approved a bill phasing out the nonresident program in midyear. The legislation is supported by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. More than 600 people from Texas, Arizona and […]

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Republican legislators urge key US senator to oppose marijuana banking

February 18, 2020

A dozen Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives are urging U.S. Senate Banking Committee Chair Mike Crapo to oppose legislation that would allow financial institutions to provide banking services to the marijuana industry. The 12 legislators voted against the so-called SAFE Banking Act last September, though the measure was approved by the full House in an overwhelming 321-103 […]

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Nevada’s new cannabis regulatory board is taking shape

February 17, 2020 · Updated February 18, 2020

A former state Supreme Court justice and an ex-gambling regulator have been appointed to Nevada’s new state marijuana industry oversight board. Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak announced that: Retired Justice Michael Douglas will chair the Cannabis Compliance Board. Retired Nevada Gaming Control Board Chair Dennis Neilander will help create the five-member regulatory body. Those appointments come on the […]

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Iowa board rejects two medical marijuana conditions

February 17, 2020 · Updated February 24, 2020

In a setback for Iowa’s small and limited medical cannabis program, state regulators rejected recommendations to add two more qualifying conditions for those who could be treated with MMJ. The Iowa Medical Cannabidiol Board turned down recommendations to change the state’s medical marijuana laws to allow treatment for panic disorders and attention deficit disorders, according […]

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Colorado cannabis firms top sponsors of highway advertising

February 17, 2020 · Updated February 18, 2020

Marijuana companies are now the single largest sponsors of Colorado highway cleanups, leveraging a loophole in the state’s strict limits on marijuana advertising. MJ companies are sponsoring two-thirds of the roads maintained by Clean Colorado program, which allows them to put their names on signs along the roads. According to Adopt a Highway Maintenance, 51 marijuana stores, manufacturers, […]

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Nevada cannabis testing lab fined $70,000 for inflating THC levels

February 14, 2020

A Nevada marijuana testing lab inflated THC levels on cannabis products by as much as 10%, according to a settlement agreement approved by state regulators. Certified Ag Labs, which runs a marijuana testing facility in Sparks, was suspended by regulators last November for reporting inaccurate THC results. Marijuana with higher THC levels typically carries a premium […]

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Alabama lawmakers to consider medical marijuana bill

February 13, 2020

A Republican state senator introduced a bill to legalize the sale of medical cannabis in Alabama. The legislator, Sen. Tim Melson, also sponsored a medical marijuana bill in 2019. That measure was approved by the Senate but failed in the House, according to AL.com. Despite being a conservative state, Alabama is considered a likely candidate to legalize medical […]

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New Mexico plan to legalize recreational cannabis sales is derailed

February 13, 2020

A key Senate subcommittee in New Mexico voted against legalizing the sale of adult-use marijuana in the state, likely killing any chance of legislation being adopted this year. The committee voted 6-4 against a proposal that would have permitted recreational marijuana sales in every city and county in the state. Two Democrats joined Republicans in […]

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