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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 MSNBC.com, Inc. and other publications.

It’s time for Washington to get serious about federal marijuana policy

Cannabis legalization is a standard conversation topic for state governments looking for new revenue streams, representing a monumental shift in how our society feels about cannabis.

But as states forge ahead, federal action has been absent. We must now turn our attention to answering how to regulate legalized cannabis at the federal level.

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Uber’s interest in marijuana delivery highlights sector’s potential and pitfalls

You’d think that marijuana delivery executives would quake in their shoes after the head of a ride-sharing giant recently floated the idea of getting into their line of work. But that apparently wasn’t the case after Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi told CNBC last month his company “absolutely” would explore cannabis delivery if the federal government […]

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Marijuana retailers prep for shoppers by hiring staff, keeping COVID safeguards

With more than 100 million Americans now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, marijuana retailers are adding employees and overhauling their operations in anticipation of more foot traffic inside their stores. They also are reassigning existing staffers to new jobs as well as rolling out technology to accommodate an increase in customers walking in their stores – […]

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Key US senator downplays hopes for quick action on marijuana banking bill

The head of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee threw cold water on hopes for speedy action in the upper chamber on a major marijuana banking reform bill the U.S. House of Representatives passed this week in a bipartisan vote. Sen. Sherrod Brown, an Ohio Democrat, told reporters Wednesday he’s interested in the legislation – known […]

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Retail cannabis shops offer discounts and merch, see more shoppers on 4/20

For many, 4/20 was just another date on the calendar. But for cannabis businesses and customers across the nation, Tuesday’s 50th anniversary of the unofficial marijuana holiday offered a fresh start following a tumultuous year that saw the pandemic upend retail businesses. While the coronavirus pandemic put the kibosh on live 4/20 celebrations last year […]

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How cannabis companies can vet celebrity partnerships, avoid (embarrassing) pitfalls

When Canopy Growth introduced its CBD drink brand, Quatreau, to the U.S. market on March 2, the Canadian cannabis producer also announced its newest brand ambassador: American astrologer Susan Miller. Ambassadors and celebrity partnerships are familiar terrain for Canopy, already known for its ties with Seth Rogen, Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart. And while Miller […]

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MedMen raises CA$20 million to bankroll marijuana expansion in Florida

Financially strapped MedMen Enterprises said it raised 20 million Canadian dollars ($16 million) at CA40 cents a unit to fund growth plans in Florida’s medical marijuana market. The California-based multistate operator said that under the private placement, each unit consists of one Class B subordinate voting share and one share purchase warrant that gives holders […]

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