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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.

Chicago marijuana firm inks $29 million real estate deal

October 17, 2019 · Updated July 4, 2020

Revolution Global, a Chicago-based cannabis company, will more than double the capacity at its flagship cultivation facility in Illinois after securing $28.75 million in funding from Freehold Properties, a Las Vegas-based real estate investment company. The doubling of size is in anticipation of a huge increase in demand when recreational marijuana sales begin in Illinois on […]

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Los Angeles attorneys group creates cannabis law practice area

October 10, 2019 · Updated October 11, 2019

The Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) approved a new law practice section specifically focused on marijuana, a move that could make it easier for a cannabis business operator to find a lawyer knowledgeable in the fast-growing and complex MJ industry. California is the largest legal marijuana market in the world and attorneys are “increasingly […]

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REIT inks $42 million deal with LivWell for Michigan marijuana warehouse

October 10, 2019 · Updated October 11, 2019

Innovative Industrial Properties, a real estate investment trust (REIT) focused on the cannabis industry, bought a warehouse in Michigan from LivWell Holdings in a $42 million sales-leaseback deal. San Diego-based Innovative Industrial paid $19 million to LivWell Michigan for the 156,000-square-foot warehouse in Warren, Michigan. LivWell Michigan, whose parent is Denver-based LivWell Holdings, will pay […]

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New Frontier Data paying $10 million for cannabis research firm

October 9, 2019 · Updated October 10, 2019

New Frontier Data, a privately owned data analytics firm in Washington DC that focuses on the cannabis industry, plans to pay roughly $10 million for a Denver-area company in the same field. New Frontier Data reached an agreement to buy Zefyr, based in Greenwood Village, Colorado, in a cash and stock deal. The acquisition will […]

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San Diego preparing to restrict cannabis billboards

October 2, 2019 · Updated October 4, 2019

San Diego is expected to crack down by year’s end on billboards advertising marijuana, a move supported by much of the cannabis industry. The proposed rule would ban cannabis billboard ads within 1,000 feet of schools, public parks, playgrounds, day care centers or youth centers, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. The restrictions would apply to […]

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New Jersey cannabis trade group investigating itself

September 25, 2019 · Updated September 30, 2019

The New Jersey Cannabis Industry Association (NJCIA) paid $7,500 to an outside consultant to investigate potential “ethical concerns” within its own operations. reported that a three-member subcommittee recommended hiring an “independent, outside professional” to present its investigation to the full board. The specific allegations were not mentioned in a letter from the subcommittee, but […]

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Australian capital legalizes recreational marijuana

September 25, 2019

Australia’s capital is the first part of the country to legalize recreational marijuana for personal use. The Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly voted on Wednesday to legalize possession by adults of up to 50 grams (1.8 ounces) of dried marijuana and cultivation of two marijuana plants beginning Jan. 31. The assembly is the local government […]

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Walmart pulls plug on all e-cigarette sales as vaping crisis roils marijuana industry

September 20, 2019 · Updated December 18, 2019

Walmart said Friday that it will stop selling electronic cigarettes at its namesake stores and Sam’s Clubs following a string of mysterious illnesses and deaths related to vaping. Walmart’s decision comes in the wake of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) launching a criminal investigation into the vaping health crisis, bringing added scrutiny to the […]

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Phoenix authorities bust cannabis vape operation

September 19, 2019 · Updated September 20, 2019

Law enforcement authorities found about 1,100 packaged vape cartridges in a raid of a suspected marijuana and THC vape cartridge operation in north Phoenix. The raid comes as hundreds of illnesses and seven deaths across the country are being linked to e-cigarettes and marijuana vaping devices, in both the legal and illegal markets. The vape cartridges […]

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Two plead guilty in Massachusetts marijuana license extortion case

September 18, 2019 · Updated September 19, 2019

Two men who authorities allege extorted money on behalf of the mayor of Fall River, Massachusetts, from companies seeking to obtain a state license to operate cannabis retail businesses have pleaded guilty. Antonio Costa, 51, of Fall River, and David Hebert, 54, of Westport, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of extortion, conspiracy […]

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Oregon cannabis retailers pulling vaping products in wake of health scare

September 13, 2019 · Updated November 11, 2019

Marijuana stores in Oregon began taking vaping products off their shelves and offering returns on previously purchased vape pens. The move comes amid a nationwide scare over severe lung illnesses and deaths tied to electronic cigarettes, the latest sign that the health-care scare is having an impact on the vaporizer industry. Vaping sales have pulled […]

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Medicine Man Technologies announces 11th cannabis buy

September 12, 2019 · Updated September 16, 2019

Denver-based Medicine Man Technologies on Thursday announced its 11th marijuana business acquisition of the year – a $5.1 million cash and stock deal for Canyon, an infused edibles manufacturer. Medicine Man Technologies will pay no more than $2.6 million in cash for the 10-year-old Canyon, which also is based in Denver. The number of shares paid […]

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