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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.

Cannabis firm Acreage, Maine partner might sue over state residency requirements

The largest medical marijuana company in Maine threatened to sue the state if it doesn’t alter course on proposed residency requirements for recreational cannabis business permits. According to the Portland Press Herald, MMJ provider Wellness Connection has financial ties to New York-based multistate operator Acreage Holdings, and the recreational rules as currently written would prohibit […]

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California lawmaker wants Apple to start carrying apps from legal cannabis firms

In a bid to help reverse the trend of Big Tech’s unfriendliness to marijuana-related smartphone apps, a California lawmaker who represents Silicon Valley recently sent a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook asking that the company’s app shop carry cannabis apps from licensed businesses. State Assemblyman Evan Low, a Democrat from a suburb neighboring San […]

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MedMen investors file to move lawsuit against cannabis firm into arbitration

After filing suit against MedMen in January alleging serious mismanagement and a breach of fiduciary duty – and asking a court for nearly $220 million in damages – two early investors in the California marijuana company announced this week they’ve withdrawn their lawsuit and are seeking arbitration. Daniel Petrocelli, attorney for plaintiffs Brent Cox and […]

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New lawsuit alleges marijuana delivery giant Eaze engaged in payment processing fraud

Cannabis tech platform and delivery giant Eaze Solutions is facing a new legal challenge to its business model, this time from a Canadian competitor that also runs a delivery platform in California. Toronto-based DionyMed filed suit against Eaze in San Francisco County Superior Court, alleging the California company uses wire and bank fraud to process credit and […]

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California cannabis trade group threatens to sue L.A. over lack of enforcement against illegal shops

Unlicensed marijuana shops still plague Los Angeles’ legal cannabis operators, and the California Minority Alliance (CMA) said it may sue the city attorney’s office if the agency doesn’t step up enforcement efforts against illicit businesses. The organization sent a letter to L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer seeking more enforcement against illegal shops, which some estimate still […]

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The similarities between liquor and cannabis: Q&A with ex-Mike’s Hard Lemonade exec Anat Baron

Self-described “natural born risk-taker” Anat Baron made her mark as an executive with Mike’s Hard Lemonade and helped drive the startup beer competitor to national prominence between 2001 and 2004. For the past seven years, the entrepreneurial-minded Baron has been working on a new technology platform that she’s hoping will be ready to launch by […]

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A dozen US governors ask congressional leaders to back federal marijuana reform

A bipartisan coalition of 12 governors from states that have legalized medical or recreational cannabis sent a letter to congressional leaders, asking for their support in getting a major marijuana reform bill through the U.S. House and Senate. The governors of California, Colorado, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont and Washington state […]

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Google says no to cannabis-related service apps in its play store

Tech giant Google banned all marijuana-related apps from its play store, meaning Android phone users now won’t be able to download apps that facilitate home delivery or other services. The ban went into effect May 29, the Digital Journal reported, and Google said in a statement: “We don’t allow apps that facilitate the sale of […]

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Medical marijuana extracts ruling could open a business gateway in Arizona, experts say

The Arizona Supreme Court handed the state’s medical cannabis industry a significant legal win this week by ruling that extracts – including concentrates, edibles and other infused products – are legal. So, do licensed medical marijuana businesses expect an immediate shift in day-to-day business operations now they can legally sell the products? “We’ve been selling extracts […]

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