Dispensary/Retail Store Business News

Maryland looks to increase diversity in MMJ industry

Bart Schaneman  | April 27, 2017

Maryland will conduct a study of the state’s developing medical marijuana industry to ensure opportunities for minority participation.

Gov. Larry Hogan on Thursday directed the Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs to work together with the state’s medical marijuana commission and the transportation department on the study.

The Republican governor ordered the study in response to concerns expressed …

Alcohol, tobacco interests eyeing Michigan marijuana market

John Schroyer  | April 27, 2017

By John Schroyer

At a time when Michigan’s medical marijuana regulations are being written – and adult-use proponents are finalizing a legalization measure for the 2018 ballot – executives connected to the alcohol and tobacco industries have had a seat at the negotiating table.

PA gets hundreds of applications for medical cannabis licenses

Bart Schaneman  | April 26, 2017

Pennsylvania has received hundreds of applications from entrepreneurs interested in obtaining cultivation and dispensary licenses under the state’s new medical marijuana program.

In a live-streamed news conference, state regulators said Wednesday they had received more than 500 packages containing one or more grower or dispensary applications. The winners are expected to …

Colorado lawmakers pass bill adding PTSD to MMJ conditions list

John Schroyer  | April 26, 2017

The Colorado Legislature has approved a bill that would add post-traumatic stress disorder to its list of medical ailments that qualify patients for medical marijuana, a move that could provide a shot in the arm to the state’s MMJ industry.

The state Senate signed off on the measure Tuesday, and the bill now heads to …

Week in Review: RI rec push slows, pushback on California cannabis plan & China opportunity

John Schroyer  | April 21, 2017

By Omar Sacirbey, John Schroyer and Bart Schaneman

Adult-use legislation takes a hit in Rhode Island, California Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal for cannabis regulation faces opposition, and a marijuana-related firm sets up shop in China.

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