Dispensary/Retail Store Business News

Chris Walsh: How Will Dispensary Owners Fare if Weed is Legalized?

The drumbeat tied to the legalization of marijuana in Colorado is growing in intensity and will only get louder as we head into 2012. At the forefront of these efforts is Sensible Colorado, an organization hoping to get an initiative on the ballot next year asking voters to make the use and possession of pot […]

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Lots of Interest Among Colorado Investors in Pot Dispensaries, Marijuana Businesses

A group of investors interested in the medical marijuana industry gathered in Denver yesterday for a meeting spearheaded by CDS Management Services, Vicente Consulting, Centennial Seeds and CSSB Private Bank. The turnout was strong, with several dozen people on hand in a conference room at the swanky Oxford Hotel. The level of participation in the […]

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Colorado Dispensaries, Vendors Active in Medical Marijuana Meeting Scene

It’s been a busy week on the meetings and networking front. I’m quickly learning that there’s no shortage of opportunities to meet others in this industry here in Denver, which many regard as the capital of the nation’s medical marijuana scene. You’d certainly get that impression with the lineup of events this week. As we […]

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Learn How to Start a Medical Marijuana Dispensary in California via iTunes

If you’re looking to grow and sell pot for medical purposes in California, you might want to shell out about $10 for this audio tutorial on iTunes. We were a bit skeptical about the quality and usefulness of the product – developed by Westin Bros. Publishing and called How To Start a Medical Marijuana Dispensary […]

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Medical Marijuana Industry Group Meeting a Treasure Trove of Info for Dispensary Owners

Tonight we’ll be attending a meeting in Denver organized by the Medical Marijuana Industry Group, better known as MMIG, to chat with some industry players and learn more about the legal landscape for the sector in Colorado. The group hosts monthly meetings to give its members information, networking opportunities, regulatory compliance training and some quality […]

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Bills Add Up for Dispensary Owners With Medical Marijuana in Spotlight

We interviewed a dispensary owner in Denver last Friday for a future piece in our online publication and was shocked at the costs involved in this business. “I’m sitting here looking at a wall of bills right now, and I have about $70,000 due soon,” the owner said at one point during the interview. “Myself […]

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Newest Insurance Product: ‘Pot Raid Coverage’ for Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Partnerships with key suppliers? Check. Attorney? Check. Security system? Check. Raid insurance? Che….wait, what? There’s a whole host of things you need to start – and to continue operating – a medical marijuana dispensary. You might want to add “pot raid coverage” to that list. Yes, there actually is an insurance product out there to […]

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Let the Weed Business Battle Begin: Lawsuit by Marijuana Dispensaries a Monumental Affair

Here’s an interesting development on the legal front: Two dispensary owners in Montana are suing the federal government over raids conducted earlier this year, claiming that the moves were unconstitutional, “exceeded the government’s authority and pre-empted the state’s medical marijuana law.” Whoa. This is a big development. The legal landscape in the medical marijuana industry […]

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Unionization Efforts Among Medical Marijuana Workers Expand Outside California

Two of the nation’s largest and most influential unions are quickly carving a niche in the medical marijuana industry – a move that could benefit dispensary owners. Several employee groups in the sector have unionized under the Teamsters and the United Food and Commercial Workers banners over the past year. Those covered include dispensary employees, […]

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