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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.

Harvest Health settles Ohio medical marijuana dispute for $500,000

March 6, 2020 · Updated June 15, 2020

Multistate marijuana operator Harvest Health & Recreation must pay a $500,000 to settle a social equity misrepresentation charge from Ohio regulators before it can open three medical marijuana dispensaries in the state. The penalty, one of the largest ever assessed to a marijuana operation in Ohio, settles the allegation that Arizona-based Harvest misrepresented the minority […]

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Rhode Island poised to triple number of medical marijuana dispensaries

March 6, 2020

Rhode Island regulators are expected in the coming weeks to announce the licensing application period for six new medical cannabis dispensaries. The new licenses awarded by the Department of Business Regulations will be assigned using a lottery system, according to Providence TV station WPRI. Currently, Rhode Island has only three operating dispensaries, called compassion centers in […]

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Poll: Is coronavirus, or something else, your top cannabis business concern?

March 6, 2020 · Updated March 16, 2020

As the coronavirus rattles broader stock markets around the world, it is also making it even harder for cannabis companies to raise money from investors in an already-tight funding environment. But some marijuana financial experts see a possible silver lining for investors: an opportunity to buy, or at least get a chunk of, some companies […]

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Utah’s top medical marijuana regulator is stepping down

March 5, 2020

Less than a week after the first medical marijuana dispensary in Utah opened its doors, the state’s top cannabis regulator announced he is resigning. Andrew Rigby, director of the state’s medical marijuana and industrial hemp program, is leaving his post later this month, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. Rigby, who took the job in early 2019, […]

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New Michigan rule could increase business for cannabis growers

March 5, 2020

Michigan regulators agreed to phase out medical marijuana caregivers, a move that could generate more business for the state’s licensed cannabis growers and processors. Authorized caregivers who grow cannabis have been the biggest supplier of marijuana products to retailers. Starting Oct. 1, medical cannabis caregivers will be prohibited from selling product to licensed businesses, the Marijuana Regulatory […]

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Massachusetts’ capital city gets new marijuana board

March 4, 2020 · Updated March 17, 2020

With Boston about to see the opening of its first recreational marijuana store, the mayor on Wednesday staffed the city’s new Cannabis Board. Mayor Martin Walsh appointed five members to the panel that will issue marijuana business licenses and advise his office on cannabis regulations and policies, The Boston Globe reported. The Cannabis Board consists […]

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Arkansas can resume issuing medical cannabis licenses, judge says

March 4, 2020

A medical marijuana dispensary applicant in Arkansas lost a legal challenge to obtain an MMJ license, which means the state can restart the permitting process. In response to Medicanna’s lawsuit contending regulators had broken Arkansas rules by awarding an MMJ license to a company that had scored lower on its application, a Pulaski County Circuit […]

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Maine’s recreational marijuana launch delayed until June

March 3, 2020

Adult-use cannabis sales in Maine will likely kick off in June, three months later than initially anticipated. Recreational sales were expected to begin in March. But a state revenue forecasting committee telegraphed the delay by changing the date it projects the first sales tax revenue from marijuana to arrive, the Portland Press Herald reported. The process to […]

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More than 35,000 in Missouri approved to buy medical cannabis

March 3, 2020

In a sign of strong demand that bodes well for the nascent medical marijuana market in Missouri, regulators already have approved more than 35,000 patient registrations. Medical cannabis sales won’t begin in Missouri until late summer at the earliest, but 35,532 patients have successfully registered to use MMJ to treat certain qualifying conditions. The number of registered […]

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Green Growth Brands returns its focus to marijuana

March 3, 2020 · Updated May 26, 2020

Ohio-based Green Growth Brands is exiting the CBD market to focus exclusively on running its marijuana operations. Green Growth Brands agreed to sell an 80% stake in its chain of CBD kiosks in malls to The BRN Group of New York for an undisclosed price. Green Growth Brands CEO Peter Horvarth told analysts the company can […]

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Feds subpoena records from CA marijuana firm Weedmaps and others

March 3, 2020 · Updated April 24, 2020

Prosecutors for a U.S. attorney’s office in California issued a grand jury subpoena for records related to 30 marijuana companies, including the parent of Weedmaps. Although the purpose of the investigation by the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of California is unclear, according to MarketWatch, a subpoena was issued to Ghost Management Group, which […]

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Marijuana giant Cresco Labs’ co-founder resigns as president

March 2, 2020 · Updated June 9, 2020

Joe Caltabiano, the co-founder of multistate marijuana operator Cresco Labs, on Monday announced he has resigned as president of the Chicago-based company, becoming the second high-profile founder to step down from a top post in less than a wee

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