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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.

Missouri medical marijuana complaints spike 70%

March 2, 2020

Licensing appeals by medical marijuana companies that were denied licenses to operate in the state have reached more than 800, roughly a 70% increase in about two weeks. At least 845 appeals have been filed with Missouri’s Administrative Hearing Commission. That is about a 69% jump from late February, when more than 500 appeals had […]

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Cannabis giant Curaleaf enters Colorado by buying edibles firm

March 2, 2020

Multistate marijuana operator Curaleaf Holdings on Monday said it will expand into the Colorado market by buying BlueKudu, a Denver-based producer of cannabis chocolates and gummies. Financial terms were not disclosed. The acquisition will give Massachusetts-based Curaleaf a foothold in one of the biggest marijuana markets in the country. “Colorado is the second-largest cannabis market […]

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Minnesota floats idea of central regulatory office for marijuana, hemp

March 2, 2020

Minnesota regulators want legislators to launch a one-stop office that would oversee all aspects of medical marijuana – as well as a potential adult-use MJ market. The office also would oversee the state’s fast-growing hemp and CBD market. A central office, among other things, would help the state deal with unregulated and mislabeled products, according to […]

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Founder Andy Williams exits cannabis firm Medicine Man Technologies

February 28, 2020 · Updated August 17, 2020

Marijuana pioneer Andy Williams announced on Friday he is leaving Denver-based Medicine Man Technologies, the vertically integrated MJ company he founded in 2014. Williams, who was president and vice chair, is leaving Medicine Man to focus on cannabis medical and genetic research, the company said in a release. He also will pursue new opportunities in […]

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Union takes action against iAnthus marijuana subsidiary in MA

February 28, 2020

A labor union filed a complaint with Massachusetts regulators alleging that multistate cannabis operator iAnthus Capital Holdings violated state law. In its filing to the state Department of Labor Relations, Local 1445 of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union said New York-based iAnthus issued written warnings to two pro-union employees at a cannabis cultivation […]

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Southern California cannabis growers sued over odors

February 28, 2020

Multiple marijuana growers in Southern California have been sued by residents of a city in south Santa Barbara County that charge smells from greenhouses led to health issue. The growers need to seal their greenhouses and use “carbon-based filtration methods,” according to the lawsuit filed by residents of Carpinteria, a small seaside community. The plaintiffs allege in […]

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Vermont House advances recreational marijuana bill

February 27, 2020

The Vermont House of Representatives on Thursday took the next procedural step to legalize adult-use cannabis sales in the state. A marijuana legalization bill that the House passed in a 90-54 vote a day earlier, was approved Thursday by the chamber in a voice vote on the third reading. The bill now goes back to the […]

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Multistate cannabis operator MedMen reports $96 million loss

February 27, 2020 · Updated February 28, 2020

California-based MedMen Enterprises, a once-thriving multistate marijuana retailer, released a “grim” quarterly financial report that detailed a whopping $96.4 million net loss in its fiscal 2020 second quarter. That loss was 49.3% greater than the $64.6 million loss the company reported during the same period in 2018. Its most recent quarter ended Dec. 28, 2019. On a […]

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Judge temporarily halts Arkansas medical marijuana licensing

February 26, 2020

An Arkansas judge has temporarily stopped the state from issuing more medical marijuana licenses in response to a lawsuit filed by a cannabis firm whose MMJ dispensary license application was rejected by regulators. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen granted a temporary restraining order sought by Medicanna. The Pine Bluff-based company sued the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission […]

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California cannabis delivery giant Eaze raises $35 million

February 26, 2020

Eaze, a big player in California’s marijuana delivery industry, said it raised $35 million in its bid to become a vertically integrated company and launch its own cannabis retail brands. The raise, which comes after the San Francisco-based company laid off about 20% of its workforce last October, comes in two forms: A $20 million Series […]

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Regulators want funding to speed up Massachusetts marijuana licensing

February 25, 2020

Massachusetts regulators are seeking additional money from the state in order to cut in half the time required to obtain a cannabis business license. The Cannabis Control Commission’s goal in the next budget year is to cut the average time for an initial license review from 121 days to 60 days, the State House News Service […]

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Pennsylvania approves four firms to grow cannabis for research

February 25, 2020

Four more medical marijuana companies – including multistate operator Curaleaf – have been approved by Pennsylvania regulators to grow MMJ that state universities can use for research. Curaleaf, which is based in Massachusetts but seeking a license to sell medical marijuana in Pennsylvania, is contracted to grow MMJ for the Perelman School of Medicine at the […]

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