Dispensary/Retail Store Business News

Alaska recreational marijuana sales could begin in early 2017

Omar Sacirbey  | September 15, 2016

Alaska’s top marijuana regulator predicted that recreational marijuana will be available for public purchase in the state by next February.

But Alaska cannabis entrepreneurs are unhappy with that timeline, noting it’s been two years since the state’s voters approved adult-use marijuana, Alaska Public Media reported.

“I believe that by the time we arrive at February …

Michigan legislature passes MMJ industry regulations

John Schroyer  | September 14, 2016

Michigan lawmakers at long last approved a set of sweeping regulations Wednesday for the state’s sizable medical marijuana industry, paving the way for a statewide oversight and licensing system for MMJ businesses.

For years, Michigan’s legislature had failed to agree on a regulatory system that would stabilize Michigan’s MMJ trade. But lawmakers were finally able to pass a …

MA could expand medical cannabis program, boost competition

Omar Sacirbey  | September 14, 2016

Massachusetts health regulators proposed changes to the state’s medical marijuana program on Wednesday designed to boost patient numbers and make it easier for patients to compare dispensary prices.

The proposals include allowing nurse practitioners to certify patients for MMJ, a move that could expand the state’s patient pool. Regulators also proposed allowing dispensaries …

Alaska regulators approve first retail rec marijuana license

Roger Fillion  | September 12, 2016

Alaska regulators have begun approving the first retail marijuana licenses under the state’s recreational cannabis law.

Frozen Budz, the first establishment, will be located in Fairbanks, the Associated Press reported. Frozen Budz’s co-owner, Destiny Neade, hopes to open her shop by about Oct. 1, assuming she can source enough marijuana from growers.

The Marijuana Control …

AZ high court says no to letting lawyers help cannabis clients

Roger Fillion  | September 8, 2016

Arizona’s Supreme Court rejected a bid to repeal rules that threaten lawyers with disbarment if they help marijuana-related clients including businesses, a move that could have big implications if the state’s voters approve an initiative to legalize adult-use cannabis.

Arizona-based Capitol Media Services reported the high court dismissed without comment a petition to permit …

More Maryland MMJ delays possible as state seeks to boost diversity

Omar Sacirbey  | September 8, 2016

Maryland’s Medical Cannabis Commission aims to devise a plan to increase the diversity of medical marijuana license winners, a move that could further delay the launch of a program already months behind its original schedule.

“Nothing is off the table,” Commission Chairman Paul Davies told reporters this week following a meeting with Attorney General …

Weedmaps highlights difficulties facing consumer review websites

John Schroyer  | September 8, 2016

By John Schroyer

Weedmaps has long been a popular online destination for cannabis consumers seeking quality retailers, but recent press coverage questioning the company’s credibility underscores the pitfalls facing online review websites.

A Los Angeles Times article last month suggested more than 60% of the consumer reviews appearing on Weedmaps were fake.

MJ Freeway and Weedmaps partner on new service

John Schroyer  | September 7, 2016

Two big names in the cannabis industry, software company MJ Freeway and online retail guide Weedmaps, are partnering to offer a service for marijuana vendors to automatically update their online menus.

According to a press release, the two companies will offer retailers who use MJ Freeway’s seed-to-sale tracking platform an opportunity to use Weedmaps to update their …