Dispensary/Retail Store Business News

Health department delaying Hawaii’s medical cannabis market

Most of Hawaii’s medical marijuana dispensaries are ready to do business, but they’re awaiting action by the state’s Department of Health. A year after Hawaii’s licensed dispensaries were allowed to open by law, at least three of the eight have product ready for market and six have been approved to cultivate marijuana, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported. […]

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Alaska moves closer to onsite recreational marijuana use

Alaska is making strides toward becoming the first state in the nation to allow customers to consume marijuana in recreational shops. The state’s Marijuana Control Board voted 3-2 Friday to begin drafting rules for onsite consumption, Alaska Dispatch News reported. The regulations would range from where and how much marijuana can be consumed on premises […]

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Nevada recreational marijuana market harming MMJ businesses

Nevada’s fledgling recreational marijuana market has led to significant cannabis price hikes that may be hurting the state’s medical MJ industry. Medical marijuana prices “have almost doubled” in parts of Nevada, raising concerns that unaffordable medical cannabis may force patients to the illicit market, according to Las Vegas TV station KTNV. Emily Wilson, an MMJ […]

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Uruguay to begin recreational cannabis sales July 19

Legal sales of adult-use marijuana in Uruguay will begin next week at a limited number of pharmacies, and more than 5,000 people have registered as customers. Recreational marijuana will be available starting July 19 in 5-gram amounts at 16 pharmacies nationwide, the South American country’s Cannabis Regulation and Control Institute said in a statement. The cannabis […]

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Delaware removes barrier to MMJ access for PTSD patients

Delaware’s governor signed a new law to make it easier for those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to obtain medical marijuana, a move likely to boost MMJ sales in the state. Although PTSD was already a qualifying condition in the state, those patients were previously required to get authorization from a psychiatrist before being allowed […]

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Nevada licenses first rec MJ distributors, eases transport rule

Nevada regulators on Thursday licensed the first two recreational marijuana distributors in the state, then rewrote a regulation to speed up the processing of transport permits.

The moves are expected to help alleviate concerns that Nevada’s cannabis retailers will run out of supplies because of unexpectedly strong demand since the state’s adult-use industry launched July 1.

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New Hampshire adds chronic pain, PTSD to medical MJ conditions

New Hampshire has added chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to the list of qualifying conditions for the state’s medical marijuana program, a move that could significantly boost the state’s struggling MMJ industry. New Hampshire’s governor recently signed House Bill 160 adding the two conditions, according to Foster’s Daily Democrat. A January report by New Hampshire’s health […]

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No applicants yet for Arkansas’ medical MJ business licenses

Would-be medical cannabis growers and dispensary owners in Arkansas have been able to submit applications for business permits for the past week and a half, but none have done so yet. Of course, hopeful marijuana businesses still have more than two months until the Sept. 18 deadline to apply for the five cultivation licenses and […]

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North Dakota eyes spring 2018 start for medical cannabis sales

Medical marijuana sales in North Dakota would begin next spring under the state’s tentative timeline for its MMJ industry. The state health department plans to open the application process for growers and dispensaries in early August and close it at the end of September. The agency would review applications in October and make selections in […]

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Merger creates one of Arizona’s biggest medical marijuana firms

Harvest, a multistate medical marijuana company based in Tempe, Arizona, has merged with Modern Flower of Guadalupe to create what Harvest said is the largest MMJ operator in the state. The deal is the latest in what is expected to be a period of heavy M&A activity in the cannabis industry. The merger with Modern […]

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Puerto Rico enacts new medical cannabis law

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello has signed into law an updated medical marijuana statute after deciding a previous MMJ legalization measure wasn’t thorough enough. Roughly 20 medical marijuana dispensaries are already operating on the island, according to a count on Weedmaps. The dispensaries began opening for business in January after the island’s health department promulgated industry rules a year […]

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