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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.


Weedmaps unlikely to receive fines for illicit cannabis firms’ ads – but vaping illnesses could lead to action, experts say

For legal marijuana businesses frustrated by ads for hundreds of unlicensed MJ retailers on Weedmaps, relief may not come immediately. According to the California Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) and other sources, it appears online advertising giant Weedmaps can dictate its own timeline for removing ads from its site for unlicensed marijuana shops and delivery […]

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Denver police warn marijuana businesses of ‘uptick in burglaries’

The Denver Police Department warned Colorado cannabis businesses that it’s seeing an increase in burglaries at dispensaries and is encouraging operators to report any suspicious activities. In an online bulletin, the department wrote, “Dear Marijuana Industry, (the DPD) is seeing an uptick in burglaries at marijuana facilities.” The letter outlined several suggested steps, both proactive […]

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Weedmaps reiterates pledge to drop illicit marijuana retailers; L.A. dispensary group calls for immediate fines amid vaping crisis

Online marijuana advertising giant Weedmaps has offered more details on its plan to remove unlicensed cannabis retailers from its website. But a Los Angeles-area trade organization said it’s not satisfied and is calling for regulators to impose potentially billions of dollars in fines against the company and is even calling out Weedmaps in reference to the current vaping crisis.

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Michigan dispensary swaps cannabis vape cartridges for e-cigs

In the wake of a new ban on flavored e-cigarettes, a Michigan medical marijuana dispensary hopes to lure new customers by offering free THC or CBD vaporizer cartridges to those who want to unload their prohibited e-cigarettes. The dispensary, Greenhouse, plans to give away up to $50,000 of medical marijuana products to customers who bring […]

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California marijuana banking bill dies but might return in 2020

A bill to set up a state-run banking system for California cannabis companies died after months of legislative wrangling, but the measure’s sponsor already pledges to reintroduce the bill in 2020. Senate Bill 51, sponsored by Sen. Robert Hertzberg, was one of the most closely watched cannabis industry measures in the California legislature this year. […]

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No major marijuana sales impact seen from vaping illness outbreak as MJ retailers focus on consumer education

A recent outbreak of pulmonary illnesses tied to electronic vaping devices has reportedly caused five deaths and sickened 450 people, but state-legal cannabis retailers across the United States have not yet been hit by a serious downturn in vaporizer cartridge sales as a result of public panic. Many retailers are, however, proactively trying to get […]

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Cannabis industry insiders brace for potential fallout as health officials report new vaping deaths, issue warnings

U.S. health officials were once again cautioning the public to refrain from using vaping products as related respiratory illnesses and even deaths continued to be disclosed last week. As of Friday, officials linked at least five fatalities to e-cigarettes and electronic marijuana vaping devices. The outbreak has some in the cannabis industry expecting at least a […]

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Police investigating rash of cannabis retail robberies in California capital

Police in Sacramento, California, are looking into roughly 10 break-ins at local marijuana shops in the past month, with the possibility the incidents might be connected. Such robberies apparently have escalated, according to West Sacramento TV station KOVR. Robberies have always been a problem for marijuana retailers, many of which operate on a cash-only basis […]

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Massachusetts launches initiative to get more minorities in cannabis space

Black entrepreneurs in Massachusetts who say people of color are being shut out of the lucrative marijuana industry are joining forces to close the gap. Real Action for Cannabis Equity (RACE) launched Thursday in Boston. Its founders say the coalition will work to create more opportunities in the industry for minority owners. Organizers say they’re […]

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California county shutters record illegal grow with 63,000 marijuana plants

Authorities in the famed wine country of Sonoma County, California, shut down the largest illegal marijuana grow operation in the county’s history, seizing roughly 63,000 unlicensed cannabis plants. County inspectors with the Permit and Resource Management Department on Aug. 28 came across five properties in south Santa Rosa that held a total of 63,241 illegal MJ […]

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Medicine Man Technologies’ acquisition of CO marijuana firm its ninth this year

A buying spree by Denver-based Medicine Man Technologies continues, with a deal announced Wednesday to buy Colorado Harvest Co. and its three cannabis storefronts for $12.5 million. Medicine Man Technologies said it is paying $4 million in cash and 2.8 million shares of common stock valued at $2.95 per share, equal to $8.5 million in […]

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