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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 government report finds regulators are unable to fully oversee the state’s marijuana market

A new audit by California’s Department of Finance found regulators have a long way to go before they have a solid handle on the state’s cannabis industry. The report concluded – despite having established a “structural foundation” for managing the legal marijuana industry – the California Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC)’s “current status and location […]

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California county raids huge illegal marijuana grow

Yet another California county raided an enormous cannabis grow, seizing a whopping 9,000 unlicensed plants. This one – which took place in wine country’s famed Sonoma County – is part of an ongoing effort against the illicit market, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Sonoma County officials have shuttered 863 unlicensed MJ grows in the past […]

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California marijuana manufacturer charged with toxic waste dumping

A California cannabis company and two of its executives face federal criminal charges for dumping 1,500 pounds of toxic waste. The charges against WellGreensCA stem from alleged violations of Environmental Protection Agency regulations. A U.S. attorney’s office has charged that Lunar Louissa, part owner of WellGreensCA, and Nadia Malloian, a company administrator, conspired to illegally […]

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Downturn in California lab-tested marijuana batches adds to confusion over state’s supply chain

The number of marijuana product batches undergoing laboratory testing in California has dipped in recent months, sparking worries among some industry officials over the health of the state’s cannabis market and the possibility that product supply is dwindling. But several insiders also were careful to note it’s too early to reach any conclusions based on […]

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Dueling recreational cannabis legalization campaigns in Montana

At least two political campaigns are underway in Montana to get recreational marijuana ballot measures before voters in 2020. If multiple measures end up making the ballot, they could split the vote and deter legalization for several more years According to the Missoulian, one of the two campaigns, MontanaCan, had already filed its ballot measure […]

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Massachusetts sets August hearings for cannabis cafes, home delivery

Proposed regulations in Massachusetts surrounding marijuana business opportunities in social consumption and home delivery are on the calendar for next month, when officials will take public testimony on both. According to, the first Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission hearing will be Aug. 14 at the Health Policy Commission in Boston. A second hearing will be […]

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California marijuana retailers charge product suppliers for shelf space, creating friction in the industry

A growing trend among California cannabis retailers to charge brands for shelf space – and, thus, access to customers – has some in the industry decrying the practice as “pay-to-play” that threatens to crowd out smaller companies from the market. According to several industry sources, the practice first cropped up in early 2018 and quickly […]

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Southern California county seizes 20 tons of illegal cannabis

Santa Barbara County, California, has the most marijuana cultivation licenses of any county in the state. It also just made a huge bust, with sheriff’s deputies seizing 20 tons of illegal cannabis and destroying 350,000 plants. That should come as good news to licensed MJ businesses in the county who have seen their bottom lines […]

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California county seizes almost 20K illegal cannabis plants in May, June

In the past month and a half, officials in one California county – assisted by members of the Army National Guard – have served multiple search warrants and seized nearly 20,000 illegal marijuana plants. It’s a reminder that the state’s ongoing crackdown continues against an unlicensed cannabis market that is undermining legal operations. The raids all […]

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