Dispensary/Retail Store Business News

Nevada enacts plan to start adult-use marijuana sales July 1

Kevin Huhn  | June 23, 2017

Nevada’s marijuana regulators believe they have found a way around a judge’s order that threatens to block the state’s first recreational marijuana sales scheduled to begin next month.

Gov. Brian Sandoval on Thursday signed an emergency regulation intended to allow rec sales to start July 1 at some existing medical dispensaries.

Under …

Week in Review: Massachusetts rec logjam, Pennsylvania MMJ grower licensees & Oregon testing woes

Bart Schaneman  | June 23, 2017

By Omar Sacirbey, Bart Schaneman and John Schroyer

Massachusetts lawmakers propose an overhaul to a voter-approved measure to legalize recreational cannabis, Pennsylvania awards 12 medical marijuana cultivation licenses, and Oregon continues to have MJ testing issues.

Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

New York poised to add PTSD to MMJ qualifying conditions

John Schroyer  | June 21, 2017

New York’s five medical cannabis licensees are a signature away from being able to serve patients that suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The state legislature on Tuesday gave final approval to a bill that would add PTSD to the qualifying conditions list for medical marijuana in the state. The bill heads now to Gov. …

Report: Contaminated cannabis still passing Oregon tests

Bart Schaneman  | June 19, 2017

Despite strict efforts by Oregon regulators to keep pesticide-tainted marijuana from reaching store shelves, some contaminated cannabis is still slipping past the state’s testing labs.

The Oregonian, the state’s largest newspaper, recently conducted a study to determine the success of Oregon’s testing program in halting the sale of tainted marijuana.

The newspaper …

Week in Review: Vermont’s MMJ expansion, cannabis standards & Sessions’ warning

John Schroyer  | June 16, 2017

By John Schroyer and Bart Schaneman

Vermont adds dispensaries and qualifying conditions to its medical marijuana program, two standards organizations begin work on the cannabis sector, and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions tries to strip MMJ protections.

Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

Rhode Island gov wants to triple medical marijuana dispensaries 

Bart Schaneman  | June 15, 2017

Rhode Island’s governor has called for an increase in medical marijuana dispensaries in the state and a hike in licensing fees to generate another $1.5 million in revenue.

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo submitted a budget amendment June 9 calling for “no less than six licensed compassion centers,” the Providence Journal reported.

The existing three centers …

Week in Review: Tobacco + cannabis, Maryland planning restarts & Native Americans’ MMJ

John Schroyer  | June 9, 2017

By John Schroyer, Omar Sacirbey and Bart Schaneman

Massachusetts cigarette wholesalers eye recreational marijuana distribution, a Maryland court allows MMJ planning to continue, and a Seminole-owned firm partners with a cannabis investment group.

Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

Legislative deal pushes Florida’s medical marijuana program forward, with caveats

Bart Schaneman  | June 8, 2017

By Bart Schaneman

Florida lawmakers’ agreement on rules for the state’s full-fledged medical marijuana program would more than double the number of licensed MMJ companies over the next year.

But special caveats would limit the number of entrepreneurs who could get a business license.