Tony C. Dreibus

Washington State Official Who Helped Implement Rec Laws Stepping Down

The deputy director of Washington State’s Liquor and Cannabis Board, who had a vital role in crafting the law governing the state’s recreational industry, is stepping down. Randy Simmons will leave the LCB for a senior administrator position with the state Department of Revenue at the end of August. After a difficult legislative session in […]

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Charlotte’s Web Goes On Sale In the UK

CW Botanicals, manufacturers of a CBD oil popular in the United States for treating severe forms of epilepsy, has partnered with a UK company to launch sales of Charlotte’s Web in the United Kingdom. It became legal to sell the oil in the country last month, and can also be used as a dietary supplement […]

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Local Concerns in Maryland Travel a Well-Worn Path

Industry officials in Maryland are navigating local community concerns about cannabis businesses, following a storyline which has played out in many other states rolling out MMJ programs. A standing-room crowd gathered at the Maryland Association of Counties conference on Thursday to hear county leaders discuss regulations governing the state’s MMJ program. At particular issue is […]

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Massachusetts Dispensary Accidentally Shares Patient E-mail Addresses

Massachusetts’ first and (thus far) only dispensary accidentally shared patients’ e-mail addresses with other patients, potentially violating the Department of Public Health rules on patient confidentiality. Alternative Therapies Group (ATG) sent an e-mail to 157 people, listing their addresses in the carbon copy, or CC, field rather than the blind carbon copy, or BCC, field, […]

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Illegal Dispensaries Hurting Canada’s Licensed Producers

The CEO of Tilray, a licensed medical cannabis producer in Canada, says the failure of Vancouver to regulate unlicensed dispensaries is negatively affecting the company’s business results. Greg Engel said the proliferation of federally illegal dispensaries in British Columbia “has been a challenge,” according to a report in the Georgia Straight. Only 7% of the […]

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Leafly Founders Leverage Experience for New Cannabis Venture

By Tony C. Dreibus

Cy Scott, Scott Vickers and Brian Wansolich started Leafly about five years ago, when cannabis was not a topic discussed at cocktail parties.

Now they’re taking that hard-won experience building a successful cannabis company to tackle a new challenge.

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Tacoma to Shut Down Majority of its 60+ Dispensaries

Dispensaries in Tacoma, Washington, will receive letters from the city this month ordering them to close within 45 days, though a handful that meet specific criteria may be allowed to continue operating at least for awhile. The Tacoma City Council made the decision this week to shut down most of the area’s 60-plus unregulated dispensaries, […]

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$35M ‘Weedery’ Planned for Denver

A company behind two dispensaries and three grow sites in Colorado is moving forward with plans to build a $35 million “weedery” in Denver that will feature large-scale cultivation facilities, a performance space, bar, gift shop and retail cannabis store. American Cannabis Partners (ACP) hopes to create something similar to a winery or a brewery […]

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Secondary Market for MMJ Business Licenses Developing in Nevada

By Tony C. Dreibus

A number of companies and wealthy entrepreneurs are hoping to purchase provisional medical cannabis licenses – or acquire the businesses that won them – in Nevada under a new law allowing the transfer of MMJ permits, creating a potentially lucrative secondary market.

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$60K MMJ campaign helping boost doctor participation in CT

A $60,000 campaign to get more doctors on board with Connecticut’s medical cannabis program appears to have been somewhat successful so far, as the number of physicians registered to recommend MMJ has risen nearly 8% since the effort began.

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Proposed MJ Regulations in Alaska Draw Criticism

Some cannabis advocates and entrepreneurs in Alaska have expressed concern that officials are leaning too heavily on Colorado and Washington State to craft rules for recreational marijuana businesses.

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