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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.

Florida, Oklahoma classify medical marijuana stores as ‘essential’

March 25, 2020

Count Florida and Oklahoma among the states in which medical marijuana dispensaries are considered “essential” businesses that can remain open during the coronavirus pandemic. A Florida statute considers medical cannabis dispensaries in the state to be an essential service such as pharmacies, the Tampa Bay Times reported. In Oklahoma, the state’s Medical Marijuana Authority posted the following message […]

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Maine’s adult-use cannabis residency rule unconstitutional, suit claims

March 24, 2020 · Updated March 25, 2020

Maine’s residency requirement for recreational marijuana business ownership violates the U.S. Constitution, according to a federal lawsuit filed against the state. Wellness Connection, based in Auburn, Maine, alleges in the suit against the state’s Department of Administrative and Financial Services that a residency requirement discriminates against both large and small companies that want to sell […]

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Denver reverses course, allows adult-use cannabis shops to stay open

March 23, 2020 · Updated March 24, 2020

The operators of adult-use marijuana stores in Denver caught a break late Monday afternoon when the city announced they can remain open. Earlier in the day, while announcing a new stay-at-home order for Denver residents in the city’s battle against the coronavirus, Mayor Michael Hancock’s order didn’t include recreational marijuana stores as essential businesses, meaning they […]

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Oregon allows marijuana curbside deliveries

March 23, 2020

Oregon marijuana regulators on Monday approved a temporary rule that allows licensed cannabis retailers to conduct limited transactions outside of their brick-and-mortar buildings. Under the interim rule – an effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus – the state’s marijuana businesses will be allowed to deliver product to a customer within 150 feet of […]

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More states say medical cannabis shops can stay open amid COVID-19

March 23, 2020 · Updated March 12, 2021

Massachusetts, Michigan and Ohio joined several other states in declaring that medical marijuana dispensaries can remain open in light of stay-at-home orders designed to help combat the coronavirus outbreak. Here is a look at what is happening in each state: Massachusetts: Medical marijuana dispensaries in the state will be allowed to stay open from Tuesday through […]

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Poll: COVID-19’s cannabis legalization impact?

March 23, 2020

The nationwide coronavirus outbreak could hamper cannabis legalization efforts along the East Coast and elsewhere, raising further questions about the launch of lucrative new adult-use and medical markets in New York and other states. Coronavirus already has caused a number of state legislatures to temporarily shut down, including ones on the East Coast that were […]

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MJBizDaily podcast: Alabama may legalize medical cannabis and more

March 20, 2020

Alabama, one of the most conservative states in the country, is moving closer to legalizing medical marijuana. Some of the other top headlines addressed in this week’s MJBizDaily podcast include: Canopy Growth closes corporate stores USDA secretary call the hemp rules a “draft” New York CBD startup delays Canadian IPO on coronavirus issues And more ??

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Colorado medical cannabis shop first to offer deliveries

March 20, 2020 · Updated May 14, 2020

The Native Roots Dandelion medical marijuana dispensary is the first in Colorado to be allowed to deliver medical marijuana under a new state law, regulators said. The state Marijuana Enforcement Division granted the delivery permit to the dispensary in Boulder, Colorado. The dispensary can deliver products only within the city of Boulder because local municipalities must […]

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Marijuana retailer Green Growth announces CEO’s departure

March 20, 2020

Green Growth Brands, a troubled marijuana retailer in the process of focusing solely on marijuana, said its CEO has stepped down, effective immediately. The outgoing CEO, Peter Horvath, came to the Columbus, Ohio, company after leading strategies for retail giants such as Victoria’s Secret, American Eagle Outfitters, DSW and Limited Brands. Horvath’s departure comes after […]

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Marijuana pioneer Hodas joins Colorado’s Wana Brands

March 18, 2020

A week after Wana Brand unveiled its entry into Canada, the Colorado-based marijuana edible maker on Wednesday announced it has hired industry veteran Joe Hodas to oversee the company’s growing marketing efforts. “With Wana’s international expansion Joe will ensure that our brand and message remain consistent while helping us deliver at the highest level on […]

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Cannabis event MJBizCon nominated as a top 50 fastest-growing show

March 18, 2020

MJBizCon, the trade show for cannabis professionals hosted by Marijuana Business Daily, has been nominated as one of the fastest-growing shows in the United States. MJBizCon was a nominee for Trade Show Executive’s Fastest 50 for 2019 in all three categories: Net square footage. Exhibiting companies. Total attendance. The 2019 show, held in December in […]

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WA allows curbside medical marijuana sales during health crisis

March 18, 2020 · Updated March 23, 2020

Washington state is allowing licensed cannabis dispensaries with medically compliant products to provide curbside service to patients in order to “promote social distancing,” according to the state’s Liquor and Cannabis Board. Dispensaries can temporarily sell to “qualified patients” outside of their businesses, but “within the licensed property line,” the agency said. However, dispensaries may not operate […]

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