John Schroyer

IRS Refunds Tax Penalty to MMJ Dispensary

The Internal Revenue Service has agreed in a settlement to refund roughly $25,000 in fines it levied against a medical marijuana dispensary in Colorado, following a dispute that could have resulted in a precedent-setting decision by the U.S. Tax Court. The settlement came after Denver-based Allgreens, an MMJ dispensary, filed a complaint with the Tax […]

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Labor Relations Board Hears Complaint Against NJ Dispensary

This week, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) took up its second case of a complaint filed against a medical marijuana dispensary. The United Food and Commercial Workers Union, which has unionized MMJ workers in six states and Washington DC so far, lodged the complaint with the NLRB after the Compassionate Care Foundation in New […]

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Ancillary Economic Impact of MJ Industry Continues To Grow

The ancillary economic benefits of the marijuana industry are extending farther and farther into the general economy. The latest news of a financial boost comes to landlords who offer “marijuana-friendly” properties. A few years ago, property managers weren’t often questioned whether they would allow cannabis production or use in their rental properties. But that type […]

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Obama: Decriminalization, Rescheduling Progress Possible

President Barack Obama said in a recent interview that Congress may be forced to take political action on marijuana in the near future, if further reforms are passed at the state level. “We actually may be able to make some progress on the decriminalization side,” Obama told Vice News. (In the video interview, marijuana comes […]

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Rescheduling Marijuana: Panacea or Red Herring?

By John Schroyer A fair share of cannabis professionals have long believed in a relatively simply solution for the industry’s problems: Reschedule marijuana at the federal level. Despite some apparent recent progress on this front, other industry veterans think it’s not going to be quite that easy. Calls to remove the plant from its current […]

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MJ Group Says No Connection Between Cannabis and RI Fire

A medical marijuana advocacy group whose office is housed in a Providence, Rhode Island building that caught fire last week says neither it nor another cannabis organization had anything to do with the outbreak of the blaze. JoAnne Leppanen, spokeswoman for the Rhode Island Patient Advocacy Coalition (RIPAC), said Monday she’s afraid the coincidence could […]

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Former NM Gov: Washington State ‘Worst-Case Scenario’ for Rec Regs

A former governor has advice for states looking at regulatory models for recreational marijuana: steer clear of Washington State’s example. Gary Johnson, the former governor of New Mexico and current CEO of Cannabis Sativa, said recently during an interview with The Oregonian that Washington’s rec rules are the “worst-case scenario.” Johnson ran for president in […]

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Rec marijuana will go to 2016 ballot in Nevada

With the Nevada state legislature adjourning on Friday without taking action on a proposed recreational marijuana initiative, voters will now decide whether they want to legalize recreational marijuana in 2016. Backers had previously collected nearly 200,000 signatures to either force legislators to enact their initiative or put it on the ballot. When the lawmakers abstained […]

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Questions Over Who Will Run Government MJ Farm

The United States government has for decades run a marijuana farm at the University of Mississippi, but now it seems that the contract to run the farm is up for grabs. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) “could choose to move the farm elsewhere” after the contract with the university expires on Sunday, according […]

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Week in Review: Long shot Senate MMJ legalization bill a step in the right direction

By John Schroyer A bill introduced this week in the U.S. Senate could have far-reaching implications for the cannabis industry, if the measure somehow reaches President Barack Obama’s desk. Insiders admit that the bill faces an uphill political battle in Congress, despite the political momentum marijuana activists have been riding in recent years. Yet many […]

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DC Council May Use Emergency Funds to Start Rec Sales

The Washington DC City Council is looking into tapping emergency funds as a way to implement legal recreational marijuana sales in the district, despite attempts from conservative members of Congress to block marijuana reform in the nation’s capital. Councilman Vicent Orange told Marijuana Majority’s Tom Angell this week that there are “several options on the […]

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