Dispensary/Retail Store Business News

Arizona Medical Marijuana Expo: Another Weekend, Another Pot Show

The city of Tempe will host the inaugural Arizona Canna Kush Girl Contest and Medical Marijuana Expo tomorrow at the 910Live event venue. It’s a mouthful of a title that looks to tackles two different markets: Recreational (and primarily male) smokers and those who buy, sell and use pot for medical purposes. Last week’s HempCon […]

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When Buying a Dispensary Beware of Misleading Numbers, Cooked Books

Thinking about buying a medical marijuana dispensary? Be careful, as there are many pitfalls and complications that can trip you up, according to one expert who has spoken with dozens of dispensary owners and managers over the past few years. Dr. Sean Breem – who runs Medical Cannabis of Southern California, which helps patients get […]

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Chaos Descends on California Pot Industry as Feds Launch Widespread Crackdown

The federal government is taking aim at the medical marijuana community in California, warning landlords that provide space to dispensaries to end the sale of marijuana on their properties in the next six weeks or potentially face jail time. The attorneys have sent letters to some landlords and will hold a news conference later this […]

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Ominous Sign: Harborside Health Loses Battle With IRS Over Business Deductions

The medical marijuana industry is getting smacked around on all fronts these days. One of the more dire developments is coming out of Oakland, Calif., where perhaps the most well-known dispensary in the industry lost a key battle with the IRS – at least initially. Harborside Health Center, led by long-time industry advocate Steve DeAngelo, […]

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For One California Dispensary, There is Life After a Raid

Ask dispensary owners to name their biggest fear, and you’ll often get a similar response: A raid by law enforcement officials. If your business is on the up and up, you can likely avoid such a fate. But for owners who toe the line when it comes to state regulations, a raid is a very […]

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Could Alabama, N.C. Be First States in South to Legalize Medical Weed?

Look at a U.S. map highlighting states with medical marijuana laws and one thing clearly stands out: there’s a big hole in the south. It’s the one area of the country that has so far avoided legalizing the use of pot for medical reasons, and it’s not surprising given the region’s history of conservatism. That […]

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Professionalism Key to Beating Out MMC Competition

Competition in the medical marijuana industry is fierce, particularly in California and Colorado. Many dispensaries are in a race to the bottom in terms of price, offering eights for as low as $20. That’s created razor-thin profit margins for some MMCs, while others are bleeding red ink. So how can a dispensary set itself apart […]

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Voters to Get Final Say on Controversial Montana Marijuana Bill

Montana voters will decide the fate of a controversial bill enacted earlier this year that introduced strict limits and regulations on the state’s medical marijuana industry. The Montana Secretary of State’s office said organizers behind the referendum campaign gathered enough signatures to get the issue on the November 2012 ballot. The state legislature passed a […]

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Oregon Patients Paying $100 More for Medical Marijuana Cards

Starting this week, patients in Oregon will have to pay an extra $100 to obtain or renew medical marijuana cards each year – a move that could restrict the industry’s long-term growth but fill the state’s coffers in the short term. Patients who want medical marijuana card are now being charged $200 each year, double […]

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Rhode Island Gov. Chafee Nixes Plan for Cannabis Dispensaries

Attempts to start medical marijuana dispensaries in Rhode Island are dead in the water, at least for now. Gov. Lincoln Chafee announced that he will effectively pull the plug on the state’s fledgling dispensary program by nixing plans to license three planned medical marijuana centers. Chafee said that “after much internal and external discussion and […]

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From Hydroponics to Hot Girls, HempCon Caters to All Aspects of Marijuana Scene

Finally, an event focused specifically on the medical side of the marijuana community. Er, mostly focused on MMJ. HempCon 2011 kicks off in Denver this afternoon, promising to bring together industry leaders, advocates, dispensary owners, patients and attorneys for a weekend full of seminars and presentations. But don’t be fooled: Like any marijuana event, HempCon […]

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