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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.

Juneau, Alaska, OKs on-premise marijuana edibles consumption

July 24, 2019 · Updated July 26, 2019

Alaska’s capital city approved an ordinance permitting customers to consume cannabis edibles inside licensed retail establishments. The ordinance, approved in a 6-2 vote by the Juneau Assembly, also allows marijuana to be smoked in designated outdoor areas in Alaska’s capital city, KTOO Public Media reported. The ordinance takes effect in late August. The change is […]

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MJardin expands marijuana operation into Nevada

July 23, 2019 · Updated July 24, 2019

MJardin Group, a marijuana production company based in Denver and Toronto, broadened its reach with the acquisition of its first cultivation facility in Nevada. MJardin, which trades on the Canadian Securities Exchange as MJAR, announced Tuesday it closed and transferred the license of Las Vegas-based GreenMart of Nevada. More on MJardin’s move can be found in […]

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US House Judiciary chair introduces sweeping cannabis reform bill

July 23, 2019 · Updated August 20, 2019

U.S. House Judiciary chair Jerrold Nadler and U.S. senator and presidential hopeful Kamala Harris on Tuesday filed legislation to decriminalize marijuana across the nation. If adopted, the bill could open up business opportunities for legal marijuana nationwide, similar to the federal legalization of hemp. The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act of 2019 introduced […]

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Michigan cuts fees for some future cannabis businesses

July 22, 2019 · Updated July 24, 2019

Michigan regulators lowered marijuana licensing fees for prospective business owners living in 19 cities where residents were disproportionately impacted by the war on drugs. Under the new social equity program, regulators can slash fees up to 60% for applicants with proposed marijuana establishments in minority, low-income communities, including those in Detroit and Flint, as well […]

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Naming a cannabis business isn’t as easy as it sounds

July 20, 2019

So, you’re starting a marijuana business or thinking about changing the name of your established cannabis company. It’s not as simple as making a pun playing off marijuana or incorporating words such as “420,” “canna” or “green” into a name.

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First-ever Associations Day to launch MJBizCon Week in Las Vegas

July 18, 2019 · Updated July 19, 2019

Marijuana Business Daily is kicking off this year’s MJBizCon Week in December with a new event that will showcase a global who’s who in the cannabis industry. The inaugural, daylong Associations Day on Dec. 10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center will feature nonprofits, associations and cannabis industry professionals from throughout the world. “MJBizCon’s Associations Day […]

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Utah delays awarding medicinal marijuana cultivation licenses

July 15, 2019 · Updated July 16, 2019

Prospective medical marijuana growers in Utah face a longer-than-expected wait because a state agency postponed the decision to award licenses. State regulators announced they delayed until the end of July the announcement of who will grow the state’s medical marijuana. A July 15 deadline initially had been set for the decision. Eighty-one farmers and entrepreneurs […]

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Alaska regulators quash first application for on-site marijuana consumption

July 12, 2019 · Updated July 16, 2019

Alaska regulators rejected a cannabis retailer’s application to permit customers to consume marijuana on the store’s premises, delivering a setback to the industry’s first attempt to win approval for on-site consumption. The Marijuana Control Board voted 2-2 on the application request from The Fairbanks Cut, the Anchorage Daily News reported. Approval requires a majority decision. […]

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MJBizDaily, Headset partner for exclusive cannabis retail data

July 11, 2019 · Updated November 30, 2021

Anne Holland Ventures, the parent company of Marijuana Business Daily, and Seattle-based data analytics firm Headset on Thursday announced a new partnership in which MJBizDaily can access Headset’s real-time, retail-derived industry data throughout the United States and Canada. Through the partnership, Headset and Denver-based MJBizDaily will work together to develop exclusive content for the annual Marijuana Business Factbook […]

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Ex-Home Depot CEO joins cannabis grow-supply firm GrowGeneration

July 10, 2019 · Updated November 25, 2019

Bob Nardelli, who doubled the size of Home Depot while the company’s CEO from 2000 to 2007, will serve as a strategic adviser to GrowGeneration Corp., the Denver-based cannabis cultivation company announced Wednesday. The move by Nardelli, who also was chair and CEO of Chrysler for two years, is another example of a mainstream business leader […]

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MJBizDaily opens nominations for inaugural Cannabis Industry Awards

July 9, 2019 · Updated August 28, 2019

Marijuana Business Daily is launching its inaugural MJBizDaily Awards to be held during MJBizCon Week (Dec. 7-13) in Las Vegas and has opened the nomination process to recognize the top businesses, individuals and organizations participating in this global industry. The MJBizDaily editorial staff will select the winners in the awards categories that cover different geographic regions, […]

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Harvest beefs up portfolio by buying another Arizona medical marijuana dispensary

July 8, 2019 · Updated July 9, 2019

Harvest Health & Recreation, a vertically integrated cannabis company with a market cap of roughly $1.7 billion, has grown its already large footprint in Arizona with the acquisition of another medical marijuana dispensary. Harvest, based in Tempe, Arizona, purchased Leaf Life for an undisclosed amount, but the acquisition includes a stock component. Leaf Life becomes the […]

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