Joey Pena

Joey has covered the cannabis industry as a freelance writer for Marijuana Business Magazine since 2016. He joined the team in 2018 as a full-time retail and infused products reporter. He was a journalist in San Diego for seven years and covered sports, breaking news, local and state politics, and business for daily and weekly newspapers, a weekly newsmagazine and a startup daily news website.


Nevada is poised to create cannabis compliance board

Nevada legislators passed a bill to create a board that will oversee the state’s legal marijuana industry. The Cannabis Compliance Board will be tasked with establishing requirements for marijuana delivery services and studying MJ consumption lounges. Here’s what you need to know: The board would be barred from legalizing and licensing lounges. The bill prohibits a […]

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New York governor says legalization of adult-use cannabis unlikely this year

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he doesn’t believe it’s feasible for lawmakers to legalize recreational marijuana in 2019. The Democrat told reporters he doesn’t see sufficient support to pass the measure in the state Senate. Cuomo said he backs the legalization of marijuana but the issue remains controversial for many legislators. And he noted […]

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Massachusetts regulators agree to take hard look at cannabis social use sites

In a move that could eventually open new marijuana business opportunities, the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission narrowly agreed with a working group’s recommendations that the state should further explore licensing social MJ consumption sites. The recommendations, approved 3-2 by the commission: Allow for a test of social consumption sites in 12 volunteer communities, including five that […]

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Oklahoma health regulators to begin inspecting medical cannabis businesses

The Oklahoma health department will begin inspecting manufacturers and dispensaries that produce or sell food and beverage products infused with CBD and medical marijuana. Those businesses are required to have food licenses and the grace period for getting them has passed, health officials told Oklahoma City TV station KFOR. To read more about the department’s […]

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Oregon marijuana regulators could soon have the ability to deny new grow licenses

Oregon’s oversupply of cannabis has prompted lawmakers to attempt to give the Oregon Liquor Control Commission more leeway to deny new cultivation licenses based on supply and demand. A bill that passed the Senate and is now before the House would not only reduce the huge surplus but would prevent diversion of unsold legal marijuana into the […]

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California legislator scraps bill to hike number of cannabis retail licenses

California Assemblyman Phil Ting has shelved a measure to increase the number of marijuana retail licenses in the state, having lacked the two-thirds vote he needed to pass the bill. Assembly Bill 1356 would have required some cities and counties that had banned commercial cannabis to open their doors to the industry. Ting plans to reintroduce […]

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New Jersey Senate votes to advance medical cannabis expansion bill

The New Jersey Senate voted 33-4 on Thursday to advance a bill that would boost medical marijuana sales and create new business opportunities in the state. Before the vote, the Senate amended Assembly Bill 10 to allow marijuana workers to join unions. Now, the measure will go back to the Assembly for a vote to […]

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Former US Rep. Rohrabacher joins cannabis firm BudTrader’s advisory board

Former U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a Republican from California who lost his House seat to Democrat Harley Rouda in 2018, announced on Twitter that he has become a shareholder and advisory board member for BudTrader, an online advertising platform for marijuana products, services, jobs, equipment and more. I'm proud to announce I've joined https://t.co/ya09tKK9hc as a […]

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Arizona Supreme Court rules medical marijuana extracts, infused products legal

The Arizona Supreme Court unanimously ruled that cannabis extracts – including concentrates, vaporizer cartridges and infused food and beverages – are legal and the state’s medical marijuana dispensaries can sell them. In doing so, the court handed a win to the state’s booming medical marijuana industry. Some Arizona retail shop owners and marijuana product manufacturers feared the […]

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Multistate medical cannabis firm forced to close in North Dakota, refund $21,000

A North Dakota-based private clinic that provided evaluations for medical marijuana has been forced to close and repay $21,800 to patients who ultimately did not receive their medical marijuana cards. The action against Green Health Docs – which operates clinics in Maryland, Missouri, Ohio and Oklahoma – underscores the demand for medical marijuana in North […]

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Chart: Arkansas medical marijuana sales top $353,000 via just two dispensaries, outpacing initial OH sales

Sales of medical marijuana in Arkansas are off to a strong start, with patients purchasing more than 50 pounds of cannabis in nearly 5,000 transactions in the first week dispensaries were open. The initial sales eclipsed those in Ohio, which has nearly four times the population. With sales underway, the Arkansas market could grow at a […]

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