Dispensary/Retail Store Business News

Marijuana companies could soon face major upheaval at federal level

John Schroyer  | July 26, 2017

By John Schroyer

Life could get a lot harder for the marijuana industry in the next two months, with advocates warning that a pair of cannabis business-protecting federal policies could be in serious jeopardy.

At issue is what action the federal government may take involving the precarious 2013 Cole Memo and expiring Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment.

Cannabis delivery services soar in Nevada after rec rollout

Bart Schaneman  | July 24, 2017

Marijuana delivery services are in strong demand since Nevada’s recreational cannabis sales began on July 1, with industry officials predicting more growth ahead thanks to the strength of the new adult-use market.

Armen Yemenidjian, owner of Essence dispensary in Las Vegas, told the Las Vegas Sun delivery orders have surged since adult-use marijuana …

Alaska marijuana board proposes ban on certain rent deals

Omar Sacirbey  | July 24, 2017

Alaska marijuana regulators have proposed barring marijuana businesses from giving landlords a cut of their sales revenue in lieu of rent, overriding objections from MJ industry officials.

In a 3-2 vote last week, the Alaska Marijuana Control Office (AMCO) cited concerns that the practice would give non-marijuana business license holders – the landlords – …

Washington state’s marijuana advertising rules commence

Bart Schaneman  | July 21, 2017

Advertising will become even more difficult for marijuana businesses in Washington state this weekend when new restrictions take effect.

Starting Sunday, cannabis businesses statewide must start following advertising rules primarily intended to protect children from marijuana, TV station King 5 reported.

The law mandates that marijuana signage must clearly denote that …

Health department delaying Hawaii’s medical cannabis market

Bart Schaneman  | July 18, 2017

Most of Hawaii’s medical marijuana dispensaries are ready to do business, but they’re awaiting action by the state’s Department of Health.

A year after Hawaii’s licensed dispensaries were allowed to open by law, at least three of the eight have product ready for market and six have been approved to cultivate marijuana, …

Nevada recreational marijuana market harming MMJ businesses

Omar Sacirbey  | July 17, 2017

Nevada’s fledgling recreational marijuana market has led to significant cannabis price hikes that may be hurting the state’s medical MJ industry.

Medical marijuana prices “have almost doubled” in parts of Nevada, raising concerns that unaffordable medical cannabis may force patients to the illicit market, according to Las Vegas TV station KTNV.

Emily …

Uruguay to begin recreational cannabis sales July 19

Kevin Huhn  | July 14, 2017

Legal sales of adult-use marijuana in Uruguay will begin next week at a limited number of pharmacies, and more than 5,000 people have registered as customers.

Recreational marijuana will be available starting July 19 in 5-gram amounts at 16 pharmacies nationwide, the South American country’s Cannabis Regulation and Control Institute said in a statement.

The cannabis …

Delaware removes barrier to MMJ access for PTSD patients

John Schroyer  | July 13, 2017

Delaware’s governor signed a new law to make it easier for those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to obtain medical marijuana, a move likely to boost MMJ sales in the state.

Although PTSD was already a qualifying condition in the state, those patients were previously required to get authorization from a psychiatrist …