Marijuana Dispensary & Cannabis Store News

Connecticut Dispensary License Winners Chosen: Openings Set for Late Summer

Connecticut awarded its first six medical marijuana dispensary licenses yesterday.  The dispensaries are hoping to open in late summer or early fall, pending harvests from the state’s four licensed cannabis growers. Initially, the state had only planned to award no more than five licenses in total state-wide. However, registered patient numbers have risen dramatically, from […]

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If I Did It Over Again: Tough Lessons From Colorado’s Recreational Entrepreneurs

By Fred Dreier It’s been three months since Colorado flipped the switch on its recreational marijuana industry. During that time, the entrepreneurs at the forefront of retail cannabis have learned valuable lessons about how to operate in the new market. Everyone in the retail cannabis industry made mistakes during the industry’s first days and weeks. […]

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Guest Column: Vertical Integration Benefits Outweigh Drawbacks

By Becky DeKeuster Vertical integration is terrible for our industry. It leads to enormous burdens during the startup phase, creates mistrust between small farmers and the retail outlets that cannot accept their product, and limits client selection and strain diversity. This was going to be the focus of my column, based on our experiences in […]

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MyECheck Announces Payment Processing Deal to Serve Dispensaries

By Anne Holland MyECheck (OTC Pink: MYEC), a provider of mobile payment processing via electronic checks, has announced a software licensing agreement with Itonis, Inc. (PINKSHEETS:ITNS) to handle point of purchase transactions via a mobile app for medical marijuana retail sales. Does this mean dispensaries across the US will now be able to accept checks? […]

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San Francisco Votes to Shrink ‘Buffer Zone’ Around Schools

San Francisco’s “green zone” of medical marijuana dispensaries could be about to grow. The city’s Planning Commission recently voted to shrink the buffer zone between marijuana businesses and schools from 1,000 to 600 feet. The move could allow more businesses to open outside of the quadrant of southern and eastern San Francisco called “SoMa,” where […]

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Las Vegas Officials Predict MMJ Real Estate Boom

Old warehouses and unused commercial spaces in Las Vegas may soon be worth their weight in gold. With Nevada’s medical marijuana industry soon to take hold in Sin City, officials there predict there will be a rush to buy up industrial real estate for cultivation and processing space. Clark County Commission Chair Steve Sisolak said […]

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CA Supreme Court Clears Way For Local Bans

Local governments in California can now ban medical marijuana businesses and private growers with the backing of the state’s Supreme Court. On Wednesday, the California Supreme Court denied a petition by medical marijuana advocates who hoped to overturn an appellate court’s decision to allow local governments to ban all medical marijuana businesses. The decision could […]

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Canadian MMJ Investment Firm Raises $9 Million

Investor interest in Canada’s medical marijuana industry looks to be extremely strong. Canadian investment company PharmaCan raised $9 million in private investments for its medical marijuana projects during its most recent round of financing. According to PharmaCan’s CEO Paul Rosen, the company has now raised more than $10 million in marijuana investments during the last […]

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Oregon Medical Cannabis Businesses Prepare for Ban on Sweet Edibles

By Fred Dreier Medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon are preparing to say goodbye to sweet, sugary edibles, and dispensary owners believe that removing these popular products will hurt their business. They are concerned that other forms of cannabis sold as replacements – tinctures, capsules and other forms of edible cannabis – will not sell as […]

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Q&A With Steve DeAngelo: Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Program in the Spotlight

By Fred Dreier Steve DeAngelo, owner of Harborside Health Center, is also the financial backer of a Massachusetts medical marijuana dispensary operated by his brother and business partner Andrew DeAngelo. He’s had an up-close and personal view of the widely criticized application process in that state and has been the target of significant media attention […]

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Las Vegas, Clark County Clear Way for Dispensaries

On Wednesday, the Las Vegas city council voted 5-2 to establish regulations for marijuana dispensaries, which effectively ends the six-month moratorium on the businesses there. City staff will have until early summer to draw up final zoning regulations for the businesses, which will then be put to another vote this summer. The number of dispensaries […]

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Marijuana Packaging Companies Compete With Differing Business Models

By Fred Dreier The glass jars, opaque bags and other packaging material that contain cannabis have become more important to dispensary businesses as the U.S. marijuana market has grown. Packaging can create a dispensary’s brand identity and help market specific strains and products. And under many states’ marijuana laws, packaging must meet defined child-resistant standards. […]

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