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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.

Two more California cannabis companies disclose layoffs

On the heels of recent news that several U.S. and Canadian marijuana companies were slashing employee headcounts, two more California companies announced job cutbacks. CannaCraft and Grupo Flor both told Marijuana Business Daily they undertook cost-saving layoffs as a result of financial challenges, which along with previous downsizing disclosures by other cannabis firms might suggest larger underlying financial […]

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Experts suggest recent marijuana industry layoffs are part of a reality check; more job cuts expected

Anyone paying attention to cannabis business headlines has noticed what on its face seems a disturbing trend: At least half a dozen large companies recently announced layoffs, perhaps suggesting there’s financial trouble surrounding the marijuana industry. But those headlines don’t reveal the full story, several industry watchers told Marijuana Business Daily. Rather, recent layoffs are a […]

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Shareholders sue Canadian cannabis grower Sundial

Canadian marijuana company Sundial is facing two class action lawsuits filed in the United States by shareholders over hundreds of pounds of alleged “un-sellable” cannabis. The latest suit charged that the company failed to disclose that one client, Vancouver, British Columbia-based Zenabis Global, returned more than 1,200 pounds of marijuana worth $1.9 million (2.5 million […]

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Vaping crisis creates adult-use cannabis hurdle in Minnesota

The vaping crisis is making some lawmakers in Minnesota reluctant to support recreational marijuana legalization in the state. Cannabis opponents latched on to the outbreak as a reason for the state to slow down legalizing adult-use marijuana, according to the Star Tribune. The outbreak came at nearly the same time that marijuana advocates were rolling […]

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CEO Berman leaves cannabis firm Harborside; board chair picked as interim

One of the most well-known and longest-operating cannabis dispensary owners in the nation, California-based Harborside, announced Monday that its CEO has stepped down and a new interim chief executive officer was appointed. Andrew Berman, who has served as CEO, president and board member since January 2018, relinquished the reins of the Oakland, California-based company, effective […]

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Turmoil abounds over Los Angeles’ latest marijuana business licensing and its social equity program

Los Angeles’ latest marijuana business licensing round – which opened last month and has yet to award any retail permits – has many hopeful applicants outraged and threatening to take drastic action if major changes aren’t made. Hundreds reportedly appeared Thursday for the city’s Cannabis Regulation Commission meeting, where allegations of corruption, incompetence, and basic […]

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US Tax Court rules cannabis deductions are not allowed

The U.S. Tax Court again ruled that Section 280E of the Internal Revenue Service tax code is constitutional and cannabis companies aren’t entitled to common business deductions. The ruling centered on a plea from Northern California Small Business Assistants, which received a tax bill and penalty from the IRS for $1.5 million for the 2012 tax […]

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Judge throws out class action lawsuit against cannabis delivery giant Eaze

A class action lawsuit filed against cannabis tech platform Eaze – a major player in the California marijuana delivery world – was dismissed by a federal judge, who ordered the plaintiff to enter into arbitration with the company. U.S. District Court Judge James Donato dismissed the lawsuit brought by former Eaze customer Farrah Williams, after ruling […]

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Prospects brighten for cannabis farmers in California’s Emerald Triangle: Q&A with Humboldt Alliance’s Terra Carver

Terra Carver has lived in California’s Humboldt County nearly her entire life. Since January 2017, she’s served as executive director of the Humboldt County Growers Alliance (HCGA), a coalition she co-founded with the aim of helping longtime local marijuana farmers transition successfully into the new legal market. The first year of California’s legal marijuana market […]

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