John Schroyer

California hands out first 20 temporary state cannabis business licenses

California has issued the first of what will likely be many temporary business permits, in advance of the Jan. 1 launch of the state’s regulated cannabis industry. The 20 licenses granted Thursday include temporary permits for nine different companies, and all but one applied for multiple license types. For instance, eight of the permits went to […]

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Ohio medical marijuana license applicant sues state over ‘racial quota’

A multistate medical marijuana company that lost out in the race for one of a dozen large-scale MMJ cultivation licenses in Ohio is suing the state over what it claims is an unfair “racial quota.” According to The Plain Dealer, PharmaCann Ohio is asking a state court to order that the 12 available large cultivation […]

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MassRoots board resigns; Dietrich reinstated as CEO

In the latest development in the MassRoots saga, three members of the board of directors have resigned, and former CEO Isaac Dietrich has been reinstated under the terms of a deal struck between the four of them.

“I am back at MassRoots,” an elated Dietrich told Marijuana Business Daily on Wednesday.

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San Diego DA, marijuana businessman agree to settlement in criminal case

James Slatic and his San Diego cannabis distribution company have apparently come out on top in a nearly two-year fight with the district attorney’s office. The DA has agreed in a settlement to return nearly $300,000 to Slatic that was seized in January 2016 when law enforcement agents raided Med-West Distribution, Slatic’s San Diego cannabis company, the […]

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Second Ohio medical cannabis consultant draws scrutiny

The system for awarding the precious few medical cannabis cultivation licenses in Ohio was already under the microscope after the revelation that a judge had a felony drug conviction. And now it’s come to light that a second consultant involved in scoring MMJ grow applications has ties to one of the permit winners. Keoki Wing, who was […]

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Oregon marijuana company tries to grow brand through cycling sponsorship

As more and more marijuana companies look for ways to get their brand name out in front of the public, an Oregon cannabis business has decided one way to do that is to sponsor a local cycling team. Oregon-based cultivator Grown Rogue is backing the Portland Olympia Beer Cycling Team, according to a news release. The […]

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Ohio recreational marijuana campaign unveiled for 2018

A new statewide ballot measure campaign will take a second stab at legalizing recreational marijuana in Ohio. According to a news release from Ian James – a key player in the ill-fated 2015 ResponsibleOhio legalization campaign – a statewide ballot issue push is underway. The drive will be spearheaded by Jimmy Gould, founder and chairman of […]

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Michigan releases medical cannabis licensing applications

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs on Friday revealed its full medical marijuana licensing applications. The applications had previously been a missing cog in the permitting process that is set to begin Dec. 15. The state’s Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation earlier this week released emergency rules that will govern the MMJ industry. […]

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Tax court ruling on 280E case could come this month

A ruling from the U.S. Tax Court on whether the 280E provision should not apply to state-licensed marijuana businesses could come before the end of the year. The case – which was tried in mid-2016 by San Francisco attorney Henry Wykowski – has the potential to reshape the U.S. cannabis industry by making law-abiding MJ companies […]

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Key federal medical cannabis protection gets stay of execution – again

The only current federal statute protecting medical marijuana businesses from U.S. law enforcement agencies has been extended again, this time until Dec. 22. The Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment – previously known as Rohrabacher-Farr – will remain in federal law for at least another two weeks under a budget deal passed by Congress Thursday afternoon. The budget bill, […]

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