Dispensary/Retail Store Business News

Colorado Amendment 64 Task Force Report: Opportunities for Existing Dispensaries, Cultivators

By Anne Holland The task force responsible for suggesting regulations tied to Amendment 64 – the legalized sale of cannabis to adults – announced its formal recommendations today. True to Colorado’s fairly careful nature regarding cannabis businesses, the task force does not recommend flinging open the doors to all newcomers. However, there are some encouraging […]

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San Diego Could Become One of Nation’s Hottest Medical Cannabis Markets – Again

The national medical marijuana spotlight has focused squarely on Massachusetts ever since the state legalized MMJ in November, with consultants, law firms and other ancillary cannabis companies scrambling to get in on the ground floor of a hot new market. The launch of the first dispensaries in Arizona has also garnered a fair share of […]

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Lone NJ Dispensary Struggling to Meet Crushing Demand as Frustration Mounts Over MMJ Program

The New Jersey medical cannabis industry celebrated a major milestone in December, when the state’s first dispensary officially opened its doors and began serving patients. Now, two months later, frustration has replaced jubilation for some professionals and patients. That first dispensary – Greenleaf Compassion Center – is still the only MMJ center in the state. […]

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Weekly Wrapup: The Challenges of a Mature MMJ Market + Positive Signs From Feds

By Chris Walsh The business opportunities that arise when a state legalizes medical marijuana and allows dispensaries to serve patients have been well documented. Here’s what typically happens: There’s a mad scramble – or “green rush” – by entrepreneurs to start centers, cultivation operations, edibles companies and ancillary businesses. A whole new industry springs up […]

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31 Medical Marijuana Business Applications in Colorado Since End of Moratorium

For two years, Colorado barred entrepreneurs from starting cannabis dispensaries, cultivation sites and infused product companies under a state-wide moratorium on new medical marijuana businesses. Officials enacted the ban in 2010 to give the state some breathing room as it crafted regulations covering the burgeoning industry. But the moratorium apparently didn’t create a huge amount […]

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2 Important Medical Marijuana Court Hearings Today in Arizona, California

The medical marijuana industry scored major legal wins in Arizona and California several weeks ago, when judges in two separate cases sided with MMJ. But the victories, while important, do not mark the end of the cases. Another critical court hearing is scheduled for today in both cases, representing the next battle in a larger […]

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East Coast MMJ Update: DC Cannabis Program Advances, MA Cities Seek Delays of 6-9 Months

Some good and bad news regarding medical marijuana on the East Coast: The nation’s capital could get its first dispensary this spring, but Massachusetts might have to wait longer than expected to hit that milestone. First, an overview of the situation in Washington DC: Local health department officials have finally issued the first certificates of […]

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Weekly Wrapup: 5 Major MMJ, Marijuana Developments Light Up the Cannabis Industry

Last week was a remarkable one for the medical marijuana industry, with a handful of historic developments fueling optimism after a grueling year. Here are five of these milestones and what they mean for marijuana businesses: #1. Judge sides with MMJ in AZ: A lawsuit pitting local officials against a dispensary evolved into a hugely […]

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Q&A With Jeffrey S. Kaufman, Lead Attorney in Watershed AZ Medical Marijuana Case

In the court decision heard round the medical cannabis world, a judge upheld Arizona’s MMJ law this week and stifled an attempt by local officials to derail the state’s dispensary program. It ranks as a huge win for Arizona’s medical marijuana industry, and nearly 100 dispensaries could open over the next eight months as a […]

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