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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.


CA anti-illegal marijuana campaign drives buyers toward licensed firms only

Aiming to slow illicit cannabis sales that are undercutting the nation’s largest licensed market, California is kicking off a public information campaign – Get #weedwise – that encourages consumers to verify their purchases are tested and legal. Advertisements will be hitting social media sites and billboards promoting a state website, CApotcheck.com, where shoppers can quickly check […]

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Only five applicants for 123 social equity marijuana permits in Massachusetts

Despite a well-intentioned social equity program in Massachusetts that aims to provide a pathway into the cannabis industry for victims of the war on drugs, few have jumped at the opportunity. Only five entrepreneurs have turned in business license applications, though 123 permits are up for grabs, according to Masslive.com. The situation may reflect the high […]

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Here’s why nobody is happy with the current state of the Los Angeles marijuana industry

Los Angeles marijuana czar Cat Packer did an impromptu Oprah Winfrey impersonation during an appearance at a Mendocino County retreat earlier this month when asked what she’d do with an unlimited budget and staff. “Everyone would get licenses!” the director of the Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation said with a smile, spurring the audience to […]

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45 marijuana firms join forces to set industrywide environmental, ethical goals

An alliance of 45 large marijuana businesses wants the public to know they’re good corporate citizens. The Global Cannabis Partnership, which includes Canada’s Canopy Growth Corp., issued guidelines aimed at minimizing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting ethical conduct and responsible cannabis use. The emerging marijuana industry is “in a unique position to set a new […]

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Report: PA medical cannabis rollout marred by ‘errors and irregularities’

A new investigative report published Friday concluded that Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana industry rollout was beset with problems to the point that it could provide legal ammunition for license applicants who did not receive approval but still want to get into the industry. Pennlive.com reported there were “significant errors and irregularities” in the application scoring process, in […]

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Michigan accelerates medical marijuana business licensing

In the past month and a half, the state of Michigan has dramatically increased turnaround times for processing and approving medical cannabis business license applications. In May alone, the new state Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) ruled on 213 medical cannabis business permit applications, the Detroit Free Press reported. That’s up from an average of 95 […]

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MedMen opens its first Florida medical cannabis dispensary

Multistate operator MedMen on Friday announced the opening of its first Florida medical marijuana dispensary, in West Palm Beach – the first of 12 such planned storefronts in the state. The California-based company said in a news release it’s also planning upcoming Florida dispensaries in Orlando and Key West. MedMen could eventually open as many […]

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Los Angeles seeking advisers for cannabis social equity program

The Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation (DCR) issued a request for qualifications as it searches for consultants to help shape what is thought to be the largest municipal marijuana social equity program in the nation. The agency is looking for “consultants to develop and conduct business development curriculum, training, business, licensing and compliance assistance, and […]

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California doesn’t plan to raise marijuana excise tax in July

Although the California cannabis industry probably won’t see any state-level tax relief anytime soon, at least the excise tax won’t go up in July. The state Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) confirmed in an email to Marijuana Business Daily that the 60% markup rate that provides the basis for California’s 15% excise tax will […]

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Maryland extends cannabis business license application period to June 24

Maryland’s Medical Cannabis Commission is extending the application period for cultivation and processing licenses because of technical glitches. Applicants will now have until June 24 to get paperwork filed, because the commission’s online filing system wasn’t working for many of the 160-plus applicants who tried to meet the previous May 24 deadline, according to The […]

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