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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.


California’s enforcement efforts against illicit marijuana market having a so-so impact for legal businesses

Raids, arrests, seizures and fines have caught the attention of the California cannabis industry in recent months, as the state’s legal marijuana market continues to grapple with financial challenges caused by business lost to the state’s enormous number of illicit MJ companies. How big a hit to the bottom line are licensed marijuana firms taking […]

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California regulators reopen funding for cannabis social equity programs

The California Bureau of Cannabis Control is reopening the application period for cities and counties to apply for a portion of $10 million in state funds. The funds were set aside last year to support social equity programs in the cannabis industry. The grant money, which was established last year by the Legislature, was originally […]

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California marijuana track-and-trace data to remain confidential

The vast majority of California’s data from its cannabis track-and-trace system will be kept out of the public domain, according to a top state regulator. That may surprise or disappoint those in the marijuana industry who expected to get a clearer picture of the legal supply chain later this year. Licensed operators are uploading their […]

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Ionic Brands buys Zoots cannabis edibles firm for $11 million

Ionic Brands paid $11 million for longtime marijuana edibles maker Natural Extractions, which does business as Zoots Premium Cannabis Infused Edibles. As part of the stock and cash deal involving two Washington state companies, Zoots’ owners receive $855,000 in cash and more than 9.6 million shares in Ionic Brands, according to a news release. Ionic, with […]

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Unlicensed cannabis farms raided in Northern California

Authorities in Northern California destroyed more than 42,000 marijuana plants as part of an investigation into illegal cannabis farms on public and private land suspected of hurting the environment. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday that local, state and federal officials last week served 28 search warrants to marijuana farms without a permit along […]

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California seized $30 million in illegal marijuana since 2018

California authorities seized $30 million worth of unlicensed cannabis products since the rollout of the state’s legal market in January 2018, but industry insiders say that’s far short of what’s needed to stamp out the black market. The Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) worked with local law enforcement agencies to serve 25 warrants against unlicensed […]

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Former MedMen executives join high-profile marijuana companies

Two more MedMen executives have left the California-based company for other cannabis industry jobs: Toronto-based Flower One Holdings announced that Kellen O’Keefe, ex-MedMen senior vice president of business development, joined its team as chief strategy officer. Meanwhile, Acreage Holdings, a New York-based multistate operator, announced it hired MedMen’s former senior vice president of technology, Alfred Miranda, as its […]

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Second lawsuit filed over California marijuana delivery rule

A licensed California cannabis company sued Santa Cruz County, claiming the governmental body is violating state law by prohibiting deliveries from out-of-county retailers into a swath of unincorporated areas. The East of Eden Cannabis Co. lawsuit filed in Superior Court in Santa Cruz County is the latest development in a thorny legal fight over who […]

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