Omar Sacirbey

Maine appoints head of adult-use marijuana program

Maine hired Scott Lever, the state’s deputy commissioner of Health Services, to oversee its recreational cannabis program. In his previous position, Lever was in charge of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, which once oversaw the state medical marijuana program. In 2017, he testified against a recreational marijuana bill before the legislative committee […]

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New Jersey medical cannabis patient count surges 150% since January 2018

New Jersey’s medical marijuana program has seen a 150% increase in the number of patients participating since Gov. Phil Murphy took office early last year, a development that has no doubt bolstered sales at the state’s MMJ businesses. The program has added 25,500 patients since January 2018 and now has more than 42,500 patients participating, […]

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Suspended Massachusetts medical marijuana store allowed to open again

A medical cannabis dispensary in Acton, Massachusetts, that was ordered by the state to temporarily close, has been given permission to reopen its doors. Massachusetts marijuana regulators had ordered Mass Wellspring to close on Feb. 7 because of several stated violations. “We have worked diligently to update our policies, security coverage and labeling to comply with the […]

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The power of cannabis product branding and development: Q&A with Papa & Barkley CEO Adam Grossman

Adam Grossman developed a marijuana-based pain balm that succeeded where other medicines and the local hospital failed, quelling a debilitating back pain that left his father bedridden. It was “an empowering experience” that Grossman turned into an infused cannabis business with a strong sense of brand – Papa & Barkley. Papa refers to Grossman’s father, […]

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Seattle firms merge, plan combined cannabis tracking tech company

Dauntless, a 6-year-old company that develops point-of-sale and tracking software for the cannabis industry, acquired Soro, a cannabis sales and customer relationship management company. The two businesses, both based in Seattle, plan to create a platform that serves growers, packagers and retailers across the United States, according to GeekWire. Terms weren’t disclosed. For more on […]

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Did the first medical cannabis drive-thru in New England just open?

What is thought to be the first medical marijuana dispensary drive-thru window in New England started doing business this month in Brattleboro, Vermont. About 10 medical marijuana customers per day have used the drive-thru window since Southern Vermont Wellness opened it March 6, said Bridget Conry, marketing director for the dispensary. The MMJ business serves […]

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Repeal of smokable medical cannabis ban clears Florida Senate

Florida currently prohibits smokable medical marijuana products – which poses a significant drag on the state’s MMJ businesses’ sales potentials. So, many of those firms are welcoming news that the state Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill that would allow patients to use smokable forms of medical cannabis. The state House will vote on its version […]

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Cannabis firms offer stock options, poach job candidates: Q&A with recruiter Karson Humiston

When Karson Humiston founded the Denver-based cannabis recruitment agency Vangst in 2015, she’d call prospective candidates herself. Today, Vangst has about 75 employees and offices in Los Angeles, Oakland, Seattle and Boston. And the company is getting flooded with about 500 resumes a day, far too many for Humiston, the CEO, to handle. Underscoring the […]

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Medical cannabis sales in Maine drop for second year in a row

Medical marijuana sales declined in Maine for the second straight year, a decrease that some dispensary owners blame on unfair competition both from the black market and patients growing their own product. According to the Portland Press Herald, tax data shows the state’s eight licensed dispensaries brought in $23.5 million in sales in 2018, down […]

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Law firm analysis: 79% of MA marijuana business contracts with municipalities illegal

In review performed by the Boston law firm Gersten Saltman, nearly four out of five of the so-called “host community agreements” between local governments and cannabis firms in Massachusetts are illegal, The Boston Globe reported. The cannabis-centric law firm’s analysis of 77 of the contracts found that 79% either required businesses to make payments to municipalities […]

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MA police find marijuana extract samples outside lab serving most dispensaries

Local police found hundreds of vials with extracted cannabis in a dumpster behind a Massachusetts marijuana testing lab that provides services for almost all the state’s medical cannabis retailers. MCR Labs, headquartered in Framingham about 20 miles west of Boston, was one of the first two labs in Massachusetts approved by the state’s Cannabis Control […]

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