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John Rebchook, Staff Writer

John is an award-winning journalist who spent most of his decades-long career as the real estate editor of the Rocky Mountain News in Denver. At different times John also wrote about banking, economic development, cable TV, workplace issues, technology and national and local political issues impacting business. He has also freelanced for Marijuana Business Magazine. John also published his own real estate blog for almost seven years and was a columnist at the Colorado Real Estate Journal. Before joining the Rocky, John worked at newspapers in Wisconsin, Illinois and Texas.

MJBizDaily cannabis investor webinar on tap Tuesday

April 6, 2020 · Updated July 9, 2020

The clock is ticking to register for Marijuana Business Daily’s Investor Intelligence webinar, “State of the Industry and 2020 Trends,” which is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT on Tuesday. Investor Intelligence analysts Craig Behnke and Mike Regan will provide a framework on how to invest in the cannabis sector now for the long […]

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Colorado eases hiring process for cannabis firms eyeing casino workers

April 6, 2020

In a positive business development for Colorado’s marijuana industry, state regulators are allowing cannabis companies to hire casino workers during the coronavirus crisis without having to obtain any additional credentials. The Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division established the emergency rule easing hiring requirements for the state’s marijuana businesses because casino employees and cannabis workers undergo similar background checks, MED […]

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Illinois adult-use marijuana stores sell $110 million in first three months

April 6, 2020

Adult-use cannabis stores in Illinois sold almost $110 million in products in the first quarter of 2020, state regulators say. In March, stores sold 812,203 marijuana products for a total of $35.9 million, according to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations. Recreational retailers in Illinois sold $27.1 million, or 75.5% of total sales, […]

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Week in Review: Marijuana firms cut costs amid COVID-19, L.A. cannabis licensing audit, NYSE aims to delist CannTrust & more

April 4, 2020 · Updated April 6, 2020

Three multistate marijuana operators – 4Front Ventures, MedMen Enterprises and Acreage Holdings – announced cutbacks in bids to accelerate their paths toward profitability, even as some experts questioned the overall financial strength of the industry amid the coronavirus crisis and a contracting economic climate. MJBizDaily takeaway: There have been plenty of shakeups recently at the C-suite level […]

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MJBizDaily podcast: Marijuana firms pivot to virtual 4/20 events, New York adult-use cannabis appears stalled and more

April 3, 2020

Cannabis companies are hosting virtual 4/20 events amid COVID-19 concerns, instead of the usual monthlong parties and celebrations. Some of the other top headlines addressed in this week’s MJBizDaily podcast include: New York adult-use marijuana legalization appears stalled Colorado marijuana retailers get OK to resume in-store sales Los Angeles cannabis licensing audit finds flawed process, no […]

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Cannabis REIT inks $49 million sale-leaseback deal with Ascend

April 3, 2020

Innovative Industrial Properties, a real estate investment trust that specializes in the marijuana industry, bought a cannabis cultivation and processing facility in Massachusetts from Ascend Wellness Holdings (AWH) in a $49 million sale-leaseback deal. San Diego-based IIP paid $26.8 million to Boston-based AWH – a vertically integrated, multistate marijuana operator – for a 199,000-square-foot facility […]

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Marijuana giant Acreage cuts 120 jobs, ends deals in light of COVID-19

April 3, 2020

New York-based Acreage Holdings on Friday announced it is furloughing 122 employees and taking other cost-cutting measures, becoming the latest multistate marijuana operator to slash costs in response to the coronavirus pandemic. As part of its efforts, Acreage also disclosed in a news release the resignation of a top executive and announced it is: Scrapping […]

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Denver man sues cannabis firm for alleged spamming

April 2, 2020 · Updated April 3, 2020

A Denver man filed a lawsuit alleging that the operator of marijuana stores in Colorado, Massachusetts and Nevada violated federal telemarketing law by sending him promotional text messages without his permission. In a proposed class action suit, Bryce Abbink sued Denver-based Good Chemistry for the alleged spam promotions. According to the 13-page lawsuit, the “alleged Class […]

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Massachusetts medical marijuana workers sick with coronavirus

April 2, 2020 · Updated April 22, 2020

In what could be a warning to medical cannabis business owners throughout Massachusetts, state regulators are looking into complaints that a large MMJ company was not following social-distancing guidelines and other measures to lessen the spread of the coronavirus after two employees were diagnosed with COVID-19. One person who tested positive worked at a large […]

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Colorado marijuana retailers get OK to resume in-store sales

March 31, 2020

Colorado regulators delivered good news to the state’s recreational cannabis store operators: They can resume selling their products inside their storefronts. The state Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) bulletin informing cannabis businesses they can allow customers in their stores comes days after the governor told retailers to limit transactions to curbside pickups in an effort to reduce the […]

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