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Roger Fillion

Roger is an award-winning journalist with decades of business news experience, covering everything from Wall Street regulation to the oil markets and craft brewing. He’s worked for Reuters, The Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News. He’s also worked as a freelancer for, Inc. and other publications.

Articles by Roger Fillion :

Marijuana companies lay off hundreds, retrench amid economic woes

While business around the world shuttered as COVID-19 spread, the marijuana industry was deemed “essential” in nearly 30 states and stood to gain from the pandemic.

But more than two years later, amid rising inflation and fears of a recession, North American cannabis companies are cutting hundreds of jobs, closing retail outlets and cultivation facilities or shuttering altogether.

Image depicting economic woes, layoffs, recession

Several state marijuana legalization initiatives could make fall ballot

Voters will decide whether to legalize commercial sales of adult-use marijuana in as many as five states during the November midterm elections, while medical cannabis could get on the ballot in Nebraska.

A recreational marijuana legalization referendum will be on the ballot in Maryland after state lawmakers voted in April to put the question before voters this fall.

A map showing where voters in several states could decide whether to legalize marijuana.

US House Democrats demand Senate pass its own marijuana banking bill  

With midterm elections around the corner and the U.S. Congress in a rush to clear up unfinished business, a bipartisan group of lawmakers is growing increasingly frustrated that Senate Democrats continue rejecting the SAFE Banking Act already passed by the U.S. House of Representatives.