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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.

Cannabis firm Green Thumb refuses to recognize Illinois union effort

October 31, 2019 · Updated November 7, 2019

Chicago-based Green Thumb Industries, a vertically integrated multistate cannabis company, is refusing to recognize a newly formed Teamsters unit at its cultivation facilities in Rock Island, Illinois, saying the union failed to hold a vote among GTI’s employees on the decision. “GTI respects the rights of our employees,” the company told Marijuana Business Daily in […]

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Massachusetts plans marijuana, tobacco vape financial impact estimate

October 31, 2019 · Updated November 11, 2019

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration on Friday plans to file a statement estimating the financial impact to small-business owners from the statewide ban on all vaping products. The Republican governor also plans a Nov. 22 public hearing on the statewide ban, which was the first in the nation. In September, Massachusetts banned the sale of […]

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Missouri cannabis group seeks vape rules

October 29, 2019 · Updated November 11, 2019

The Missouri Medical Cannabis Trade Association wants the state’s health officials to issue strict vaping regulations. The association, in a letter to the Department of Health and Senior Services, asked for rules on vaping additives, testing and labeling before legal medical marijuana sales begin in Missouri in 2020, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Nationwide, […]

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Acreage Holdings inks $72 million cannabis real estate deal

October 25, 2019 · Updated July 4, 2020

Acreage Holdings, a multistate marijuana operator, signed a sale-leaseback deal valued at more than $72 million for cannabis facilities in several states with GreenAcreage Real Estate, a real estate investment trust (REIT) that focuses on the MJ space. New York-based Acreage Holdings said on Friday it already closed deals with GreenAcreage for facilities in Florida, […]

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Cannabis giant Trulieve signs $17 million Florida warehouse leaseback deal

October 24, 2019 · Updated October 31, 2019

Innovative Industrial Properties, a real estate investment trust (REIT) that focuses on buying and leasing warehouses in the marijuana space, paid $17 million to Trulieve Cannabis for a five-building cultivation facility in Florida. Trulieve will lease back the 150,000-square-foot marijuana cultivation centers in Quincy, Florida, from IIP. The initial lease is for 10 years, with […]

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Gallup survey: Most Americans support legal marijuana despite vape crisis

October 23, 2019 · Updated November 11, 2019

The vaping crisis hasn’t dimmed Americans’ support to legalize marijuana, according to a Gallup poll released Wednesday. Roughly 66% of those polled continue to support legalizing marijuana, based on Gallup’s annual crime survey, conducted earlier this month. Since late August, the nationwide vaping crisis has claimed 33 lives and made almost 1,500 people sick, according […]

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Seeking fairness for medical cannabis firms, RI gov sues over control of state’s industry

October 22, 2019 · Updated October 24, 2019

Rhode Island’s governor is asking a judge to declare the Legislature’s control over new medical marijuana and hemp regulations unconstitutional. Gov. Gina Raimondo said Tuesday she’s suing in Superior Court because the Democratic-controlled Legislature, in provisions of the state budget, violated the constitutional guarantee of separation of powers by giving itself the right to veto, […]

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Connecticut adds medical marijuana conditions

October 22, 2019 · Updated October 24, 2019

Connecticut lawmakers on Tuesday approved medical cannabis to treat an additional five conditions, which likely will boost MMJ sales in the state. The General Assembly’s Regulations Review Committee voted to add the conditions, including Tourette syndrome and intractable neuropathic pain. Legislators also approved medical marijuana as a treatment for patients younger than 18 with those same […]

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Georgia’s limited medical cannabis program stalled

October 22, 2019 · Updated July 26, 2021

Georgia’s 6-month-old limited medical marijuana program has failed to move forward because no one has been appointed to a commission that will oversee the new industry. Politicians contacted by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution gave no reason why no one has been appointed to the Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission. More than 50 people have applied […]

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Maine requiring cannabis label for recreational products

October 21, 2019 · Updated July 7, 2020

Maine regulators adopted a symbol that will be required on marijuana products sold for recreational use, starting next year. The Maine Office of Marijuana Policy partnered with the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission to unveil a shared universal symbol for cannabis and marijuana products. The symbol, already in use in Massachusetts, features a red triangle with […]

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Massachusetts judge lets marijuana, tobacco vaping ban stand

October 21, 2019 · Updated November 11, 2019

A state judge allowed Massachusetts’ four-month ban on the sale of all vaping products to stand as a legal challenge makes its way through the courts. Suffolk Superior Court Judge Douglas Wilkins wrote in a 32-page decision on Monday that lifting the ban as requested by the vaping industry “would contravene the public interest.” Republican […]

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Marijuana firm Holistic Industries raises $55 million

October 18, 2019 · Updated October 21, 2019

Washington DC-based Holistic Industries, a multistate cannabis operator, closed $55 million in financing at a time when many other MJ firms are struggling to raise capital. Holistic Industries plans to use the $55 million to “accelerate expansion” and to better serve patients and consumers who use its cannabis products, the company said in a statement. […]

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