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John Schroyer

A Sacramento-based journalist, John had focused on Colorado politics for most of his career, which included covering the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver. In 2012, he covered the Amendment 64 campaign to legalize recreational marijuana for The Colorado Springs Gazette. As then-video editor for The Gazette, he was on hand for the first-ever legal recreational marijuana sale in Denver on Jan. 1, 2014. He’s been writing about the cannabis industry since joining Marijuana Business Daily over the summer of 2014.


Missouri to Start Taking Hemp Cultivation Applications

Cannabis growers of a different stripe can begin submitting applications to the Missouri government next month for licenses to cultivate hemp. Missouri is one of several states that passed legislation this year permitting the cultivation and use of high-CBD, low-THC cannabis for the treatment of epilepsy. On Nov. 3, the state’s Agriculture Department will begin […]

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Backlash Sinks Proposed Edibles Ban in Colorado

Colorado edibles manufacturers can let out a sigh of relief. A proposal on Monday to ban nearly all marijuana-infused edibles in the Centennial State was torpedoed almost as quickly as it arose after word of the suggestion spread across the Internet and social media like wildfire, generating national headlines and an immediate backlash from the […]

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3 Chicago Dispensary Hopefuls Get Local Green Light

Several businesses have taken a big step forward in their quest to open medical marijuana dispensaries in Chicago. City zoning officials awarded special use permits last week to three groups seeking dispensary licenses. The trio still must win approval from the state, but obtaining local permits is a key part of the overall process. Surprisingly, […]

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San Francisco Delays Decision on New Dispensary

San Francisco, which was at the forefront of the medical marijuana movement a decade ago, has developed a case of cold feet when it comes to a proposed expansion of its MMJ industry. The city’s Planning Commission has decided to wait until December to make a decision on whether a fourth dispensary can open in […]

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Oregon Judge: Towns Can Ban Dispensaries

An Oregon judge has decided that towns and counties have the right to ban or restrict dispensaries under the state’s medical marijuana laws, a ruling that sets an important legal precedent just weeks before residents weigh in on recreational cannabis. The town of Cave Junction, in the southwestern part of Oregon, sued the state last […]

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WA Puts Sales Data for Rec Businesses Online

Want to track sales of individual marijuana stores, cultivators and processors in Washington State? Easy – just look online. The Washington Liquor Control Board has begun publishing all sales activity on its site in an effort to help banks and credit unions keep an eye out for possible illegal activity – and decide which marijuana businesses […]

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Cole to California: Regulate the MMJ Industry

The author of the 2013 Cole Memo has a clear message for California: “If you don’t want us prosecuting (marijuana users) in your state, then get your regulatory act together.” U.S. Deputy Attorney General James Cole made that comment in an interview with the Los Angeles Times after announcing earlier this week that he plans […]

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Former Israel MMJ Exec Tapped by Cannabis Consultancy

A national cannabis consulting firm has brought on a key architect of Israel’s medical marijuana program to serve on its executive team. Mimi Peleg – who helped implement and manage Israel’s state-run MMJ program – will serve as the director of training for California-based MedMen, the company told Marijuana Business Daily. Peleg was the director […]

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14 Marijuana Labs Participate in ‘Proficiency’ Test

Yet another sign that the marijuana industry is maturing: 14 cannabis labs from across the country recently participated in a test to determine THC concentrations in blind samples. The Intra-lab Comparison and Proficiency Test was part of “an effort to help promote quality assurance in a previously unregulated and fast-growing industry,” according to a press […]

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San Diego Approves 1st Dispensary

Let the rebirth of San Diego’s medical marijuana industry begin. On Wednesday, the city granted initial approval to what could become the first legal dispensary in San Diego since officials established new regulations earlier this year. A hearing official determined that the dispensary – A Green Alternative – meets all the necessary criteria for approval. […]

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CA City Cuts Power, Water to Dispensaries

Can medical marijuana dispensaries continue operating without electricity and water? In Anaheim, California, the answer appears to be no. The city, which banned dispensaries over a year ago, is taking the drastic step of cutting off utilities to businesses violating the ban. The strategy is working: Nine dispensaries shut down last month and eight more […]

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