John Schroyer

Oakland may become home to big marijuana business campus

The cannabis-friendly city of Oakland, California, could wind up being home base for a host of marijuana startups, all working out of the same business campus, if a venture capital firm gets its way. According to the San Francisco Business Times, California-based Mesh Ventures is throwing $20 million into renovations for a 207,000-square-foot building it […]

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Local corruption becoming hurdle for marijuana license seekers in California

Allegations of corruption during competitive bidding for marijuana business licenses is far from a new phenomenon, especially in California, where tales of backdoor wheeling-and-dealing between companies and public officials have been circulating for years. But the state’s newly regulated market, launched in January, has brought the issue even more to the forefront, as illustrated by […]

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Embattled California marijuana CEO resigns after #PermitPatty controversy

The CEO of a California marijuana company resigned abruptly Tuesday after several days of controversy spawned by a viral video in which she appeared to be calling police to report an 8-year-old girl who was selling bottled water without a permit in San Francisco. “Alison Ettel, the CEO of TreatWell Health, has resigned, effective immediately,” the company announced […]

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Utah set to roll out medical cannabis program for terminal patients

Ahead of a possible vote in November that may initiate a much broader program, Utah’s state government will roll out a much more restrictive “right to try” medical marijuana system, but only for terminally ill patients. According to Salt Lake City TV station KSTU, the program will be run by the state Department of Food […]

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Maine proposal would give local governments more say over marijuana businesses

A proposed amendment to a sweeping medical marijuana regulatory overhaul in Maine would give local governments much more power over the cannabis industry and may result in widespread closures of caregiver shops that have sprouted up across the state. According to the Portland Press Herald, “dozens” of such caregiver storefronts have opened in municipalities around […]

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Local control could become an issue if Michigan legalizes recreational cannabis

Will local governments have the power to unilaterally ban marijuana companies if a recreational legalization ballot measure is approved in Michigan in November? The answer seems to be up in the air, according to Detroit TV station WDIV. “One interpretation says all communities are opted in automatically until they opt out. The other interpretation is […]

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MassRoots pivots again, offers medical marijuana dispensary portal

Marijuana social media company MassRoots announced Wednesday that it will offer a revamped dispensary business portal for a subscription fee, with the hope the move will generate more revenue and growth for the struggling firm. In a news release, Denver-based MassRoots said the subscriptions – which start at $420 a month per outlet with a […]

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Registered but unlicensed cannabis grow raided in Northern California

A commercial cannabis grow in California that had been legally registered and apparently attempted to obtain legal permits was recently raided by local law enforcement agents after a county ban on marijuana cultivation took effect. Calaveras County Sheriff’s deputies raided a grow in Railroad Flat and seized more than 1,300 cannabis plants, as well as […]

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Cannabis foes crow about MJ banking measure stalling in congressional committee

A pro-cannabis industry banking amendment stalled this week in a House of Representatives committee, and marijuana opponents quickly crowed that “Big Pot” had suffered a defeat. But the development illustrates the political war for marijuana reform is far from over, despite big industry names throwing serious capital at Washington DC lobbying efforts. “Allowing banking access to the […]

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US senators back medical marijuana protections in key spending bill

Members of a U.S. Senate subcommittee this week included key protections for medical marijuana businesses in a spending bill widely acknowledged to be a must-pass measure by the full chamber. The Senate panel’s action is the latest sign of widening political support for states’ rights to legalize and regulate cannabis without meddling by the federal government. […]

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