Marijuana Dispensary & Cannabis Store News

Missouri licenses 192 medical marijuana dispensaries

It took only two days for Missouri regulators to award all 192 medical cannabis store licenses in the state. Voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2018 that requires the state’s Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) to license at least 192 dispensaries, 24 in each of Missouri’s eight congressional districts, according to St. Louis Public […]

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Alaska licenses state-approved social cannabis consumption

Marijuana stores in Alaska will be among the first in the United States where state-sanctioned on-site consumption is permitted. Alaska regulators approved licenses for the first retail stores where customers can smoke or consume marijuana products. Some cities in other states have approved MJ consumption sites. For example, the City Council in Springfield, Illinois, recently approved a […]

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California to require marijuana retailers to exhibit QR code

Citing the 2019 vaping crisis, California cannabis regulators on Thursday mandated that licensed marijuana retailers and distributors display a QR code in order to differentiate legal cannabis businesses from illicit ones. The new regulation will go into effect after it’s approved by the state Office of Administrative Law, which will likely take at least two weeks. “The […]

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First cannabis consumption site in Illinois gets nod

Illinois’ capital city approved the first social consumption marijuana establishment in the state. Illinois Supply and Provisions plans to connect the consumption space to its recreational and medical marijuana store in downtown Springfield, the Chicago Tribune reported. The company, which got the OK from the Springfield City Council on Monday, is still working out details of […]

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Illinois adult-use cannabis stores might face more shortages

Recreational marijuana sales in Illinois could be hurt by a surge in medical cannabis applications with the Jan. 1 launch of adult-use sales. More than 2,570 people applied for medical marijuana cards Jan. 1-17, nearly a 34% jump from Dec. 1-17, the Chicago Tribune reported. Regulators earlier in January warned marijuana retailers they are required to […]

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Judge sides with Missouri medical cannabis store in zoning fight

Missouri regulators cannot deny an application for a medical marijuana dispensary license before a hearing challenging zoning rules is held later this month, a judge ruled. Healing Center of Kansas City filed a lawsuit against the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services and the city of Independence contending the municipality’s zoning regulations for MMJ […]

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Illinois social equity cannabis applicants laud licensing help from consultants, technology

Many marijuana industry watchers tout the social equity program in Illinois as one of the most far-reaching and likely to succeed in the U.S. cannabis sector. However, experts also note that for all the Illinois program’s positive intent, it is still a sometimes prohibitively expensive and burdensome undertaking for any social equity applicant. With associated expenses […]

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AR rejects sale of medical cannabis licenses for unopened stores

Arkansas regulators nixed the sale of two medical marijuana dispensary licenses, displeased that the owners didn’t take significant efforts toward opening the operations. The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission unanimously voted to reject the sale of Pine Bluff Agriceuticals and Arkansas Patient Services, according to Arkansas Business. Commissioner Travis Story argued that allowing license holders to […]

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Illinois probes marijuana retailers for sourcing violations

Illinois regulators are investigating apparent violations of a regulation intended to prevent marijuana stores from sourcing marijuana from a single cultivator. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation also reminded retailers that they are required by law to keep enough product on hand for medical marijuana customers. Just over a week after the state’s […]

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San Diego restricts billboard cannabis advertising

The San Diego City Council unanimously approved a ban on marijuana billboard ads within 1,000 feet of schools, playgrounds, day care centers, youth centers and parks with playgrounds, a move supported by local marijuana businesses. Despite the law, initially proposed in October, 54% (352 of 644) of the city’s existing billboard sites will be available to […]

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Alaska recalls contaminated cannabis products from two businesses

Alaska regulators ordered a marijuana product recall after tests showed that a cultivator and retailer in the town of Houston possessed contaminated cannabis. “This is the first time contaminated products from pesticide and/or fungicides has been confirmed in Alaska marijuana products,” Glen Klinkhart, the interim director of the Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office (AMCO), wrote […]

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