Marijuana Dispensary & Cannabis Store News

Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana patient count tops 100,000

Nearly 102,000 patients in Pennsylvania have received certifications from approved physicians to purchase medical marijuana, good news for the bottom line of the state’s fledgling MMJ businesses. The climb in the patient count has led to 780,000 transactions at Pennsylvania’s licensed dispensaries, according to Gov. Tom Wolf’s office. More patients are awaiting certifications, too, which […]

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NJ forecasts need for up to 90 more medical marijuana dispensaries by 2022

New Jersey needs to add 50 to 90 medical cannabis dispensaries in the next three years and more cultivation facilities to keep pace with current market demand, according to a state report issued this week that holds out the possibility of additional MMJ business opportunities. The report, released by the New Jersey Department of Health, […]

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Despite ‘monopoly’ concerns, Rhode Island’s medical marijuana program on upswing

At first blush, Rhode Island’s tiny medical marijuana market looks like a disaster for cannabis entrepreneurs: The state’s MMJ program is dominated by three vertically integrated businesses, wholesale prices are falling, and the Ocean State’s 41 stand-alone growers must battle over a small customer pie. But Rhode Island medical cannabis officials are increasingly optimistic. They […]

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Florida medical cannabis retailer to expand to 49 dispensaries

Leading Florida medical marijuana retailer Trulieve has received the go-ahead to expand its dispensaries to 49 locations throughout the state. According to the Tallahassee Democrat, this ends a lawsuit Trulieve filed against the Florida health department and the state will drop its appeal of a circuit judge’s ruling that a statutory cap limiting the number of dispensaries […]

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Unlicensed Michigan medical cannabis dispensaries allowed to stay open

Michigan regulators are permitting roughly 50 unlicensed medical marijuana dispensaries to remain open past a March 31 deadline, in compliance with a judge’s decision. The state’s Bureau of Marijuana Regulation said in a statement issued Friday afternoon that “until further order of the court,” it wouldn’t enforce the deadline against the temporary operating facilities, The […]

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Rhode Island medical cannabis sales hit new highs

Rhode Island’s medical marijuana market is posting record numbers, with the state’s three MMJ retailers on track to total about $56 million in sales this year, up $17.8 million, or 46.6%, from last year. The Providence Journal reports area doctors, including those in nearby Massachusetts, have written recommendations for MMJ to the more than 18,000 registered […]

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Detroit medical marijuana dispensary sues over licensing deadline

An unlicensed medical cannabis dispensary in Detroit has sued the state, just days before regulators are poised to shutter shops that have not obtained appropriate permits. Green Genie filed suit to allow unlicensed dispensaries to stay open past a March 31 deadline, MLive.com reported. Roughly 50 dispensaries are facing cease-and-desist orders after that deadline. For […]

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WV gov vetoes cannabis bill that would tax vertically integrated firms at lower rate

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice vetoed a medical marijuana bill because he said it “favors wholly vertically integrated businesses” by taxing them at a lower rate than stand-alone cultivators, processors and retailers. Mike Pushkin, a Democratic delegate and sponsor of the bill, told The Register-Herald of Beckley that the governor’s veto “sets back the entire […]

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L.A. mayor considers crackdown on unlicensed marijuana shops

Los Angeles is contemplating a major clampdown on illegal cannabis shops that have bedeviled the licensed industry’s bottom line. Mayor Eric Garcetti said Wednesday he is considering adding “tens of millions” of dollars to the fight against the flourishing illicit market. The mayor didn’t put a precise figure on the spending for the city’s upcoming […]

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Vireo enters Arizona medical cannabis market

Vireo Health, a Minneapolis-based cannabis group, said it is expanding into Arizona with the acquisition of Arizona Natural Remedies (ANR). Vireo declined to disclose the value of the acquisition. The company, which started trading on the Canadian Securities Exchange earlier this month, will now operate in seven states. ANR operates a dispensary in Phoenix and an Amado-based cultivation […]

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