Dispensary/Retail Store Business News

Now Hiring: Nevada Brings On Facility Inspectors

Nevada continues to implement its rules governing medical marijuana dispensaries, and last week an official confirmed that the state will soon hire six inspectors and one supervisor to oversee the facilities. The team will regulate activities at roughly 150 facilities, including 66 dispensaries planned for the state. The seven individuals are part of a team […]

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More Dispensary Raids in SoCal

Authorities in Southern California continue to target marijuana dispensaries. On Wednesday, police in Pomona, California raided the People’s First Wellness Center and seized marijuana flowers and edibles, as well as computer equipment, cellphones and paperwork. Police said they could charge the business owner for zoning violations and operating without a business license. Pomona is part […]

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Email Marketing Under Attack in R.I.

Rhode Island’s attorney general has put the kibosh on email marketing campaigns for the medical marijuana industry there. Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin contacted the Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center to denounce the company’s direct email marketing campaigns, which had promoted discounts on medical marijuana products during the Holidays. The dispensary has stopped the campaigns. […]

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20 Dispensary Licenses Approved in Massachusetts

Massachusetts awarded its first medical marijuana dispensary licenses on Friday, approving 20 applications in a move that will jump-start the state’s MMJ industry. The first centers could start serving patients as early as this summer, though in other new medical marijuana states it has taken longer than expected for centers to open. Marijuana Business Daily […]

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Priceline of Cannabis Launches

A new website aims to shake up the marijuana market in several states by offering Priceline-style marijuana deals at local dispensaries. Wikileaf.com allows patients and recreational customers to specify how much they want to spend in general on cannabis. It then returns a list of offers from nearby dispensaries, based on how many grams you […]

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Updated: MMJ Will Be on FL Ballot

Florida’s state Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of existing language for a medical marijuana ballot measure. The decision was the final hurdle to ensuring the initiative will appear on the November ballot. On Friday, the Florida Division of Elections certified enough signatures to qualify the initiative. These developments make the state a key […]

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Frustration Mounts in Los Angeles as Illegal Dispensaries Defy Prop D

When Los Angeles passed a measure banning most dispensaries in the city last spring, the few MMJ centers allowed to remain open expected to see rapid growth, increased pricing power and a more stable business climate. But none of the expected benefits of the new law – called Proposition D – have materialized. If anything, […]

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Pharmacists Increasingly Want Piece of MMJ Pie

Pharmacists could take a more prominent role in the medical cannabis industry down the road as new MMJ states consider the best way to dispense the drug to patients. On Tuesday, several leading pharmacists in Illinois expressed interest in trying to tap the state’s new medical marijuana industry after a colleague pitched the idea to […]

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Washington Bill Would Preserve MMJ Industry

Medical marijuana advocates in Washington State have proposed a bill that would allow the state’s MMJ industry to keep functioning after the implementation of I-502, the law that legalized recreational marijuana. The new measure, called House Bill 2233, would create a mechanism for licensing and regulating medical marijuana dispensaries as well as cultivators, and it […]

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San Jose Group Pushes Regulations Over Shut-Downs

Medical marijuana advocates in San Jose, California, want the local government to regulate their industry instead of shutting it down. On Monday, an advocacy group called the Silicon Valley Cannabis Coalition filed an initiative for a November ballot proposal that would prevent city leaders from closing most of the 80 or so dispensaries operating within […]

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Credit Card Companies Easing Up on Cannabis Industry?

Dozens of recreational marijuana stores in Colorado are allowing customers to purchase cannabis with credit cards or ATM cards. The news has sparked discussion within the industry, as credit card companies have previously maintained a hard line against working with cannabis businesses. The reason for the rise in credit card usage could be because Visa […]

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