Joey Pena

Utah medical marijuana advocates challenge new compromise law in court

Advocates in Utah are suing to block a compromise agreement legalizing medical cannabis, saying it wrongly guts a measure approved by voters last month. The compromise bill, which was signed into law by the governor, has more restrictive business provisions than the voter-approved measure. The lawsuit asks a judge to set aside the overhaul and […]

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Facebook, Instagram deactivate accounts for some MA cannabis businesses

Facebook and Instagram accounts for at least six marijuana companies in Massachusetts have reportedly been deactivated, including Cultivate and New England Treatment Access (NETA), which were the first two stores in the state allowed to begin selling recreational cannabis on Nov. 20. Cultivate Chief Operating Officer Robert Lally told community members at a meeting held to discuss traffic snarls […]

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Massachusetts marijuana regulators approve more recreational retail licenses

The first day of adult-use cannabis sales in Massachusetts reportedly went smoothly Tuesday, and regulators continued to approve final retail licenses in an attempt to keep the industry in the state moving forward. Steven Hoffman, chairman of the state’s Cannabis Control Commission, told The Boston Globe he expects more retail, cultivation and manufacturing licenses to […]

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Iowa doctors show hesitance about low-THC medical cannabis program

Fewer than 600 patients have been approved to participate in Iowa’s low-THC medical marijuana program, largely because doctors there are uneasy about certifying patients to get access to the medicine. And that’s not particularly good news for cannabis businesses in the state. Under Iowa’s low-THC cannabis program, products cannot exceed 3% THC. Only about 325 of the […]

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Proposed rule changes could have big impact on California’s cannabis businesses

The newest draft of California’s permanent marijuana business regulations could, if adopted, produce financial fallout and a licensing logjam for a variety of cannabis companies – from edibles makers and retailers to delivery businesses and growers. In particular, the proposed rules – released last month by state regulators – could: Shrink the revenues of companies […]

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Pro-cannabis candidate Nessel wins Michigan’s closely watched AG’s race

In a victory for Michigan’s upcoming adult-use marijuana program and the cannabis businesses that will serve it, Democrat Dana Nessel defeated Republican Tom Leonard in the state attorney general’s race. Nessel was a vocal supporter of Proposal 1, the ballot question that legalized recreational cannabis. Leonard opposed the measure but told the press he’d uphold […]

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Michigan OKs recreational marijuana, creating potential $1.7 billion market

Michigan voters approved an adult-use cannabis initiative Tuesday, CNN projected, making the state the first in the Midwest to pass adult-use marijuana legalization. Nationally, Michigan is the ninth state to approve a full-fledged recreational marijuana program that permits commercial cultivation and sales. Marijuana Business Daily projects Michigan’s recreational cannabis market will generate $1.4 billion-$1.7 billion in […]

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CO agencies balk at Denver social marijuana consumption task force findings

Five Colorado state agencies have come out against a Denver task force’s recommendations that would ease restrictions on businesses applying for cannabis social consumption licenses. Applicants for marijuana social use licenses across the United States have been paying careful attention to what’s going on in the Mile High City since voters approved public cannabis consumption […]

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CA busts on illegal marijuana operations continue: Thousands more plants seized

More enforcement actions indicate that state and local authorities in California continue to step up efforts to crack down on black-market cannabis operations, a development that could help licensed businesses that have long complained that illicit operators undercut their sales. Here’s a roundup of some of the latest enforcement news from California: Detectives with the […]

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In reversal, WA state permits production of cannabis gummies, hard candies

Washington state regulators Friday abruptly reversed a recent decision halting the production of certain marijuana edibles and will now allow infused product makers to manufacture state-approved gummies and hard candies, a spokesman for the state’s Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) told Marijuana Business Daily. The reversal – which came after fierce industry opposition – will no doubt […]

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Alaska plans changes to how it taxes marijuana in response to industry concerns

Alaska is revising how it taxes cannabis to address concerns raised by local MJ industry executives, a move that will make distinctions between different types of bud. The current excise tax per wholesale ounce of cannabis bud or flower is $50 in Alaska, according to the Marijuana Business Factbook 2018. That rate – equivalent to […]

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