John Schroyer Archive

Measures that could grow Detroit’s medical marijuana industry go to voters

John Schroyer  | September 19, 2017

By John Schroyer

Two local ballot measures to grow Detroit’s once-sizable medical marijuana industry have overcome significant legal hurdles and will now go before voters in November.

The proposed changes, if approved by voters, would likely result in a broadening of the MJ-related business opportunities in Michigan’s biggest city.

Maryland university cancels medical marijuana courses

John Schroyer  | September 18, 2017

The University of Maryland’s School of Pharmacy has called off courses that had been scheduled for students planning careers in the medical marijuana field.

The college made the decision after “consulting with the Maryland attorney general’s office” and then decided to err on the side of caution because of marijuana’s ongoing status as …

Nevada Supreme Court halts cannabis distribution licensing

John Schroyer  | September 15, 2017

Nevada’s marijuana distribution court fight will last at least another few weeks.

On Friday, the Nevada state Supreme Court issued a temporary injunction prohibiting the Department of Taxation from issuing any more marijuana distribution licenses, in a move that could extend supply chain problems for cannabis retailers in the short term. Oral arguments …

Week in Review: Nevada MJ consumption lounges, national cannabis testing & Maine rec rules

John Schroyer  | September 15, 2017

By Bart Schaneman, John Schroyer and Omar Sacirbey

A new legal interpretation says marijuana consumption lounges don’t violate Nevada law, U.S. senators are calling for national cannabis testing protocols, and Maine releases draft rules for its recreational MJ industry.

Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

Nevada switches from MJ Freeway to Franwell tracking system

John Schroyer  | September 14, 2017

The Nevada Department of Taxation has decided to replace MJ Freeway’s Leaf Data Systems with Franwell’s METRC system for tracking cannabis inventory in the state.

The switch will be official Nov. 1, Forbes reported, but Nevada cannabis companies can still utilize MJ Freeway software to send their data to Franwell’s Marijuana Enforcement …

Washington state considering recreational marijuana home grows

John Schroyer  | September 14, 2017

In a move that could have a serious impact on Washington marijuana retailers, the department overseeing recreational marijuana in the state will consider allowing home cultivation for adult use.

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) announced in a news release that it will hold a public hearing Oct. 4 to …

Hawaii bans cash in medical marijuana dispensary sales

John Schroyer  | September 13, 2017

Hawaii said it will be the first state to require marijuana sales to be handled without cash, saying it wants to avoid robberies and other crimes involving dispensaries.

Medical marijuana dispensaries in Hawaii won’t be allowed to accept cash beginning Oct. 1 and will require people to use a debit payment app instead. The app is already an option …

‘So many things can go awry’ with Michigan’s medical marijuana plan

John Schroyer  | September 13, 2017

By John Schroyer

A sudden declaration Tuesday morning by Michigan regulators that all medical marijuana dispensaries statewide should start preparing to close by Dec. 15 made one thing clear:

The next steps for Michigan's existing MMJ businesses are more akin to a traffic roundabout than an obvious road forward.

California grounds idea of cannabis delivery via drones

John Schroyer  | September 12, 2017

Marijuana delivery is a big business in California, but companies that specialize in the niche just lost one big avenue: drones.

In recently released draft regulations, the state’s Bureau of Cannabis Control ruled that deliveries must “be made only in person by enclosed motor vehicle,” ARS Technica reported, noting that “unmanned vehicles” …

US Senate committee calls for national marijuana testing program

John Schroyer  | September 12, 2017

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee wants to establish national marijuana testing protocols, according to a new report.

However, it’s not exactly a pro-cannabis industry move.

The committee members are interested in data on cannabis to help inform “substance abuse prevention efforts, public health policy and law enforcement tactics across the federal government,” …