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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.

Marijuana Business Daily makes Inc. 5,000 list for fourth straight year

August 13, 2019 · Updated August 14, 2019

For the fourth year in a row Marijuana Business Daily appears on Inc. magazine’s list of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the United States. MJBizDaily ranks at No. 1,421 on the 2019 Inc. 5,000 list, which will officially be released Wednesday by Inc. Last year, MJBizDaily was ranked No. 837; in 2017, the company was […]

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Headset, Pax Labs team up in marijuana data deal

August 12, 2019 · Updated August 13, 2019

Seattle-based Headset, a provider of data and analytics to the cannabis industry, announced Monday it entered into a partnership with Pax Labs, a consumer technology brand that designs and develops vaporizers. Among other benefits, the relationship will provide real-time insights that enable San Francisco-based Pax Labs and its partners to make better business decisions, according […]

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Denver law firm creates cannabis, industrial hemp industry group

August 12, 2019 · Updated August 13, 2019

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, a Denver-based law firm and lobbying giant, said it has created a marijuana and industrial hemp industry group. The firm launched the group to focus on marijuana and industrial hemp as they become more “mainstream,” according to Brownstein Hyatt. The group will be co-chaired by Melissa Kuipers Blake, a shareholder in […]

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Marijuana company Sol Global to rebrand with new name

August 9, 2019 · Updated August 13, 2019

Toronto-based Sol Global Investments, which is increasingly focusing on the U.S. cannabis market, is changing its name to Bluma Wellness as part of a rebranding strategy. Bluma is an ancient Hebrew word meaning to flower, bloom or blossom, according to the company. This not the first name change for the company. In 2018, the firm […]

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Aphria latest major Canadian cannabis company to turn a profit

August 1, 2019 · Updated August 14, 2019

Aphria on Thursday became one of the rare Canadian cannabis companies to report a net profit by posting record net revenues of 128.6 million Canadian dollars ($97.3 million) in its fiscal fourth quarter, a whopping 969% increase from a year earlier. Revenues also jumped 75% from the third quarter. As a result of the company’s […]

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Tennessee treasurer orders state pension fund to sell marijuana investment

August 1, 2019 · Updated August 5, 2019

Tennessee’s treasurer has ordered the state’s pension fund manager to sell stock in a marijuana company after learning about the investment. Treasurer David Lillard said he was unaware of the investment until he was contacted by the Chicago Sun-Times. The newspaper reported that more than a dozen public pension funds invested in marijuana through a California-based […]

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7 Oklahoma cannabis shops file suit, seek release from ‘Facebook Jail’

July 31, 2019 · Updated August 1, 2019

Seven Oklahoma medical marijuana dispensaries have sued Facebook, claiming the social media giant placed them in “Facebook Jail” for posting about their operations. The lawsuit by the Oklahoma dispensaries is the latest of a flurry of complaints by cannabis companies against Facebook and other social media sites, such as Instagram. “Facebook Jail” is when a […]

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Dixie Brands’ board loses two Auxly marijuana executives

July 29, 2019 · Updated July 30, 2019

Two top executives at the Canadian-based Auxly Cannabis Group resigned from the board of Dixie Brands, a Denver-based maker of cannabis-infused products. Hugo Alves, the president of Auxly, and Michael Lickver, senior vice president of strategy for the Vancouver, British Columbia-based cannabis company, announced their resignations Monday. No reason for their departures was given in a Dixie […]

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Arizona attorney general OKs digital medical cannabis payments

July 29, 2019 · Updated September 3, 2021

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich approved a trial program allowing digital payments to medical marijuana dispensaries,  a move that could significantly influence the way the state’s unbanked MMJ firms transact business in the future. Brnovich noted in a news release that an Arizona startup, Alta, will allow cash-intensive businesses to make and receive digital payments without a […]

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British tobacco giant invests CA$123 million in Canadian cannabis firm Auxly

July 26, 2019 · Updated July 30, 2019

Imperial Brands said it will invest 123 million Canadian dollars ($93.4 million) in a British Columbia cannabis company, the United Kingdom tobacco giant’s latest foray into the marijuana industry. With the investment, Imperial is taking a 19.9% stake in Auxly Cannabis Group, an international cannabis company based in Vancouver, British Columbia. The two companies also […]

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Second medical marijuana crop planted in Louisiana

July 26, 2019 · Updated July 29, 2019

Southern University’s medical cannabis grower planted its first marijuana seeds, marking the second MMJ crop planted in the state. The two crops represent an important step in allowing the fledgling MMJ industry to take root in the state. Officials of the Baton Rouge university said seeds were planted this week by Ilera Holistic Healthcare. The […]

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Oklahoma cannabis firm faces copyright lawsuit

July 25, 2019 · Updated July 26, 2019

A Canadian children’s entertainment company filed a lawsuit accusing a medical marijuana dispensary chain based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, of copyright infringement. Toronto-based Nelvana Enterprises’ suit, filed in federal court in Tulsa, alleges that Treehouse Dispensaries “willfully copied and is using a confusing similar imitation” of a logo it has employed in children’s television programming since […]

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