Bart Schaneman

Online marijuana marketplace Tradiv to shut down at end of year

Online cannabis marketplace Tradiv is closing its doors on Dec. 31 after the once promising Colorado tech company stumbled badly. Co-founder Geoff Doran said in an email to Marijuana Business Daily the company is closing because of the “missteps along our journey, some of our own making and some beyond our control.” He declined to […]

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Sweet Leaf undercover sting targeted budtenders for cannabis sales practices

The Denver Police Department’s undercover sting operation targeting Denver-area Sweet Leaf marijuana dispensaries netted 13 arrests involving the retail chain’s employees, some of whom may face felony charges for alleged improper sales practices. Many of those arrested were budtenders. They are accused of selling adult-use marijuana in amounts exceeding the 1-ounce limit allowed under state law, […]

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Push continues in Las Vegas for public marijuana consumption

Las Vegas is inching toward public cannabis consumption lounges, which would be a boon to marijuana businesses selling to tourists with no legal space to smoke. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Councilman Bob Coffin has proposed an ordinance that would allow the city to permit marijuana consumption lounges. Here’s what you need to know: Bryan Scott, […]

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Marijuana retail chain operator Sweet Leaf forced to shut down in Denver area

Sweet Leaf, one of Colorado’s largest marijuana retail chain operators, had all of its Denver-area stores shuttered by city authorities on Thursday and 12 people were arrested as part of the raids.

Twenty-six of the vertically integrated company’s licenses have been suspended, according to Dan Rowland, the spokesman for the Denver Department of Excise and Licensing.

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New Mexico medical marijuana businesses see big spike in patient pool

New Mexico saw a 77% increase in registered medical marijuana patients in the past year, giving the state’s dispensaries a significantly larger pool from which to attract customers. New Mexico’s registered patients totaled 45,347 as of Nov. 30, a net gain of 19,650 over the previous year, according to the Las Cruces Sun-News. Here’s what you need […]

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North Dakota taking feedback on medical cannabis regulations

North Dakota health officials are gathering public input about proposed medical marijuana rules as the state prepares to launch its MMJ program. Health officials plan to hear from prospective dispensary operators who want to comment at meetings in six cities over the coming week, according to the Williston Herald. North Dakota Department of Health officials conducted two […]

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Uruguay ups THC limit as recreational cannabis customer base grows

Uruguay’s government has increased its THC limit for recreational customers from 2% to 9%, meaning the country is a step closer to a full-strength adult-use program. Five months after the launch of recreational cannabis sales, more than 16,000 Uruguayans have registered to buy marijuana, The Independent reported. Roughly 5,000 had signed up for the rec program […]

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California opens online system for temporary marijuana business licenses

California is taking applications to license its emerging legal marijuana industry. The state on Friday kicked off the process of considering temporary licenses for what is expected to be thousands of retailers, distributors and testing labs in the new marketplace. Top state cannabis regulator Lori Ajax says the opening of the online system moves the […]

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Maryland medical marijuana commission hires executive director

Only days after legal medical marijuana sales began in Maryland, the state’s MMJ commission has hired a new director. Joy Strand, a hospital executive, is replacing Patrick Jameson, who resigned in November. Jameson took the post in April 2016, succeeding Hannah Byron, the commission’s first executive director. Here’s what you need to know: Strand had […]

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California’s new marijuana regulations will hurt small farmers, two lawmakers say

In a bid to protect family farms, two California legislators are seeking revisions to the state’s marijuana cultivation regulations. State Sen. Mike McGuire and Assemblyman Jim Wood support a 1-acre cap on grow sites to prevent small farmers from being pushed out by corporate farming operations, the Los Angeles Times reported. A cap of licensed […]

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Oklahomans will vote on medical marijuana in 2018

Oklahoma’s governor plans to set an election date for a medical marijuana ballot measure after the start of the new year. Supporters of an initiative petition to ask voters to legalize MMJ gathered enough signatures last year to schedule a statewide referendum on the measure, known as State Question 788. If approved by voters, the measure would: […]

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Recreational cannabis legalization gains momentum in Delaware

Delaware is making progress toward becoming the first state to legalize recreational marijuana through legislation, according to a leading cannabis advocate. The Adult Use Cannabis Task Force, formed after a July resolution by the General Assembly, has met monthly to study the possibility of rec legalization. “Progress is definitely being made, and we are one step closer […]

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