Dispensary/Retail Store Business News

Las Vegas Sets Zoning Rules for Cannabis Businesses

Las Vegas will allow dispensaries to set up shop in commercial zones, provided they are at least 1,000 feet from schools and 300 feet from parks, community centers and churches. The new rules – approved by city council officials Wednesday night – also pave the way for dispensaries to locate on certain areas of Fremont […]

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4% Surcharge, Sales Tax on Massachusetts MMJ Proposed

Medical marijuana dispensaries in Massachusetts would be subject to a 4% surcharge on revenues under a plan introduced by a local lawmaker. The legislator – Sen. Brian Joyce, D-Milton – is also seeking to assess the state’s standard 6.25% sales tax on transactions involving medical cannabis, edibles and other infused products. The moves would boost […]

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New Mexico Patient Numbers Dip

New Mexico’s medical marijuana program is struggling to grow its patient base, and some believe it’s due to the challenging process of registering for an MMJ card. A spokesman for New Mexico’s Department of Health said 1,385 patients joined the program during the first quarter of the year, however 1,528 patients left during that period. […]

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Judge Rejects Request to Halt MA Licensing Process

Efforts to license medical marijuana dispensaries in Massachusetts could be back on track soon. A state judge has rejected a request by three unsuccessful dispensary applicants to halt the licensing process, which came under fire earlier this year. The companies – 1 Releaf Inc., Apex Compassion & Wellness Center and the Striar Center for Compassionate […]

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Canadian Olympic Snowboard Champ Hopes to Create ‘Amazon’ of MMJ

Former Olympic snowboarder Ross Rebagliati, who famously tested positive for THC after winning a gold medal in 1998, is trying to become Canada’s most successful marijuana entrepreneur. Rebagliati’s company, called Ross’ Gold, has established a joint venture with a Toronto business to distribute and market medical cannabis across Canada. The new firm has submitted a […]

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Arizona Dispensary Turned Down By Charities

Some charities in Arizona apparently don’t want anything to do with the medical marijuana industry, which is creating challenges for non-profit dispensaries looking to unload excess cash and gain community support. Cindy Abbott, who operates The Holistic Center dispensary in the Phoneix area, told a local TV station that she’s struggled to find organizations willing […]

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Oregon Dispensaries Casting Wide Net to Lure Patients in Cities With Moratoriums

By Fred Dreier Many dispensaries jockey for customers on a highly local level, targeting patients who live or work nearby. But medical marijuana centers in Oregon – one of the latest states to legalize dispensaries – are finding they can boost business substantially by casting a much wider net. A proliferation of dispensary moratoriums

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New Jersey Dispensaries Grapple With Low Patient Counts

New Jersey’s medical marijuana industry is struggling to gain traction, with dispensary owners saying the state’s process for registering patients is severely limiting the market. Just six months after opening, Compassionate Care Foundation in south New Jersey has only attracted 600 or so patients. The number is far lower than the 5,000 patients Compassionate Care […]

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Delaware Dispensary Program Lagging

Marijuana advocates in Delaware believe the state continues to drag its feet in implementing a 2011 law that legalized medical marijuana dispensaries. The state’s governor approved a plan last year to allow a single pilot medical marijuana dispensary to serve the state’s 55 patients. The dispensary will be allowed to grow up to 150 plants […]

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1st Illinois Dispensaries Will Likely Launch in 2015

The first dispensaries in Illinois might not launch until well into next year, months later than many entrepreneurs envisioned after the state passed its medical marijuana law in 2013. “It’s going to be spring or early next summer before patients have access to this medicine,” Ali Nagib of the National Organization for the Reform of […]

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Banking Progress in Colorado, Washington

Banking relief for cannabis businesses in Colorado and Washington state may be within reach. In Colorado, the state Legislature has approved the country’s first-ever banking system for cannabis businesses, while in Washington a major credit union announced it will open accounts for recreational marijuana growers and processors. The Colorado bill – which needs a final […]

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