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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.

Tell us if you think coronavirus will hit Germany’s MMJ supply

March 17, 2020

International medical marijuana supply chains appear stable for the time being despite the coronavirus pandemic, with shipments to Europe’s largest market, Germany, remaining uninterrupted. Despite more European countries going into full lockdown mode or closing borders because of the pandemic, disruption in the shipments of medical cannabis to Germany aren’t likely in the short term, according to industry experts. […]

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What are your thoughts on closing marijuana stores over coronavirus?

March 17, 2020

Organic Alternatives, a cannabis operator in Fort Collins, Colorado, closed voluntarily over worries about the spread of coronavirus – and many more marijuana shops likely could do the same soon despite the loss in sales they’ll experience. Concerns around marijuana retailers closing also could lead to a run on cannabis stores where consumers buy out […]

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Oklahoma medical marijuana shop hit by trademark suit

March 16, 2020

An Oklahoma bank filed a federal lawsuit against a Tulsa medical cannabis dispensary for trademark infringement. In a lawsuit filed in the Northern District of Oklahoma, the Bank of Oklahoma accused the Dank of Oklahoma dispensary of using a variation of the institution’s logo that it registered as a trademark in 1975, the Tulsa World reported. […]

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Maine issues conditional licenses to 31 adult-use cannabis companies

March 16, 2020

As Maine prepares for recreational marijuana sales to begin in a few months, regulators have issued 31 conditional adult-use cannabis licenses – 16 of them to retailers. In addition to the stores, the Office of Marijuana Policy said it is mailing the licenses to: Ten marijuana cultivation facilities. Four manufacturing facilities. A nursery. The agency’s director, […]

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MJBizDaily podcast: Coronavirus hits cannabis industry and more

March 13, 2020 · Updated March 16, 2020

Coronavirus dominated global headlines, including for the cannabis industry. Some of the other top headlines addressed in this week’s MJBizDaily podcast include: Washington state ups its social equity stake. Earnings madness marches on. Maine marijuana unit looks to tackle illicit MJ market. And more.

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Cannabis group’s CEO stepping down

March 12, 2020 · Updated October 9, 2020

Marijuana industry veteran Neal Levine announced on Thursday that he is resigning as the CEO of the Cannabis Trade Federation, a national coalition of MJ-related businesses.

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Poll: Top China cannabis supply chain threat amid coronavirus?

March 12, 2020 · Updated April 3, 2020

With nearly all hardware for marijuana vape products sourced from China, the coronavirus outbreak highlights how delicate the supply chain is for marijuana businesses in the sector. Industry analysts estimate 90%-95% of all components that comprise a cannabis vaporizer are manufactured in factories in Shenzhen, China, and of the remaining 5%-10% of supplies that may […]

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South Dakota tribe votes to legalize cannabis on reservation

March 11, 2020

Members of an American Indian tribe in South Dakota voted to legalize medical and recreational marijuana on their reservation, according to preliminary results from the Oglala Sioux’s election commission. The results of Tuesday’s referendum to allow MJ sales on the Pine Ridge Reservation will be certified next week. Voters approved medical marijuana by an 82% […]

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Maine marijuana unit would target illegal market

March 10, 2020

A proposed new division of the Maine Drug Enforcement agency would focus on shutting down the illicit marijuana market that competes with state-licensed MJ growers, processors and retailers. The four-person unit would be funded each year with $649,000 in revenue from marijuana taxes and licensing fees, according to the Portland Press Herald. The unit would […]

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Green Thumb inks $50 million cannabis sale-leaseback deal in Illinois

March 9, 2020

Multistate marijuana operator Green Thumb Industries on Monday announced it has sold an Illinois cultivation and processing facility to San Diego-based Innovative Industrial Properties in a sale-leaseback deal valued up to $50 million. IIP paid $9 million for the property in Oglesby, Illinois, and plans to make up to $41 million in upgrades to the property. […]

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South Dakota tribe voting on marijuana legalization

March 9, 2020

Oglala Sioux Tribe members will vote Tuesday on whether to legalize medical and recreational cannabis on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. If the vote passes, the tribe would be the first in the U.S. to sell marijuana in a state where it is otherwise illegal. Because neither South Dakota nor nearby Wyoming and Nebraska […]

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Cannabis firm BR Brands plans $43 million deal for Denver’s Dixie Brands

March 9, 2020

Connecticut-based marijuana firm BR Brands on Monday announced it will merge with Dixie Brands, a Denver manufacturer of cannabis-infused products and a consumer packaged goods company, in a $43 million reverse takeover. Under the terms of the transaction, BR Brands will own 80% of the merged company and Dixie shareholders will possess the remaining 20%. […]

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