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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.

Impact of California high court medical cannabis ruling unclear for state’s businesses

San Diego failed to adequately analyze the potential environmental impacts of its medical marijuana dispensary law, the California Supreme Court ruled in a decision that might limit the discretion of local governments across the state when approving cannabis stores. The ruling came after San Diego declared its 2014 cannabis law didn’t require any environmental analysis. […]

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FBI investigating possible corruption in US cannabis industry

The FBI is looking into potential corruption in the burgeoning U.S. marijuana industry – particularly in Western  markets – and is seeking tips to investigate. “As an increasing number of states change their marijuana legislation, the FBI is seeing a public corruption threat emerge in the expanding cannabis industry,” FBI spokeswoman Mollie Halpern said on […]

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Missouri extends medical marijuana license application timeline

Missouri is giving businesses that want to run medical cannabis facilities more time to file applications. The state’s Department of Health and Senior Services extended the deadline until 4:30 p.m. CT Monday. The deadline was scheduled to end Saturday. Director Randall Williams said in a statement that the agency learned during the early days of […]

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Former MedMen executive joins cannabis competitor

Ben Cook, a former MedMen chief operating officer, joined competitor Calyx Peak, a Nevada-based marijuana company with a presence in four states. In his new role as COO of Calyx Peak, Cook will oversee the entire company’s operations in California, Massachusetts, Nevada and Ohio, according to a news release. Ed Schmults, CEO of Las Vegas-headquartered Calyx […]

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Arizona group files recreational cannabis legalization ballot measure

Arizona voters may get a chance to decide next year whether to legalize recreational marijuana, which could open up a host of new cannabis business opportunities if it succeeds. Legalization advocates said they’ve filed paperwork with the Arizona Secretary of State to put the question before voters in 2020. They’ll need to collect at least 237,645 […]

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Massachusetts marijuana company M3 Ventures fined $50K for pesticide use

M3 Ventures, a marijuana company in Massachusetts, was hit with a $50,000 fine by state regulators for using prohibited pesticides at its cultivation facility and lying about it. M3 Ventures, which does business as Triple M, is both a marijuana retailer and cultivator. The company was first forced to quarantine products by the state late […]

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Utah high court dismisses medical cannabis lawsuit, but another still alive

A lawsuit aimed at overturning a move by Utah lawmakers to replace a more liberal medical marijuana system with a more restrictive one came to an end in the state Supreme Court. But a second lawsuit is still working its way through the system. According to Salt Lake TV station KSTU, the original suit, filed by […]

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Capital for access: The developing two-way marijuana road between California and Canada

It’s no secret that the number of business relationships between American and Canadian cannabis interests has skyrocketed since federal legalization went into effect north of the U.S. border. From a high-level perspective, it’s a simple trade: money for market access. That’s particularly true in California, which has no in-state residency requirement for cannabis companies and […]

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