Dispensary/Retail Store Business News

4th Vermont Marijuana Dispensary to Open in Brattleboro

The Vermont Department of Public Safety has conditionally approved a medical marijuana dispensary in the town of Brattleboro. The dispensary – called Southern Vermont Wellness, Inc. – will be the fourth and final MMJ center to open in the state as part of Vermont’s medical marijuana program, which was signed into law in 2011. Vermont […]

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3 Keys to Operating a Successful Rural Medical Cannabis Dispensary

Dispensaries in rural towns face a series of business challenges that shops in cities and other urban areas do not. From unfriendly small-town politics to zoning issues, regulatory obstacles have driven most of the business into cities. But even when regulations are thin, rural shops often struggle due to small patient counts, a lack of […]

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2nd Dispensary (Finally) Opens in New Jersey

New Jersey’s second medical marijuana dispensary opened Monday in the township of Egg Harbor, roughly five miles west of Atlantic City. The clinic, called Compassionate Care Foundation, grows all of its marijuana in a former warehouse of Trump Casinos. The move ends a monopoly on the market held by Greenleaf Compassion Center, the only other […]

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Solano County Could Reverse Dispensary Ban

Government officials in Solano County, California, will meet next week to discuss reversing a ban on medicinal marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas of the county. Located in the Northeast Bay Area, the county currently outlaws dispensaries in unincorporated areas; however, MMJ centers exist anyway in the cities of Vallejo, Fairfield, Suisun City and Vacaville. The […]

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‘Dry’ Counties Expected in Oregon

Some municipalities in Oregon are preparing to block medical marijuana dispensaries as the state prepares for state-sanctioned sales. Cities like Medford and Myrtle Creek are changing municipal laws to prevent dispensaries from obtaining business licenses, according to the Associated Press. Others could file lawsuits in federal court, arguing that the drug is federally illegal. Marijuana […]

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How Washington DC Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Overcome Harsh Business Conditions

Washington DC’s medical marijuana industry is off to a slow start, with surprisingly low patient numbers, minimal participation by doctors and stringent regulations causing headaches for the first crop of dispensaries. To cope with the difficult climate, dispensaries are focusing on one-on-one client engagement, community involvement and in-house advocacy.

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Draft Recommendations Could Wipe Out Many WA Medical Cannabis Businesses, Hike Costs for Others

Most existing medical marijuana operations in Washington could go out of business if the state adopts draft recommendations released this week, while others would have to shell out hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional expenses to continue operating. The draft regulatory recommendations, issued by a work group Monday afternoon, seek to fold Washington’s medical […]

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Oregon Dispensary Fee Proposals: $2,000-$6,000 to Obtain MMJ Business License

Dispensaries in Oregon might have to plunk down thousands of dollars to apply for and obtain a business license to operate in the state. A committee tasked with hammering out specifics of Oregon’s new dispensary law discussed the issue at a recent meeting, with members floating proposals that would put the cost of getting a […]

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