Marijuana Dispensary & Cannabis Store News

Chart: Sales of cannabis products spiked over Mother’s Day, Father’s Day weekends

Retail data reveals sales spikes in several marijuana categories over Mother’s Day and Father’s Day weekends, highlighting differences in gender-based cannabis gift-giving in states that have legalized adult use. Data from Seattle-based analytics firm Headset shows that sales increased 35% to 80% in several product segments over Father’s Day and Mother’s Day weekends in California, […]

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NM health department bars out-of-state patients from buying medical marijuana

Changes to regulations governing New Mexico’s medical marijuana program have led the state’s health department to declare that patients from other states cannot buy medical cannabis there. The rule extends to out-of-state patents who are enrolled in a legal MMJ program and have registered in New Mexico. In response, one of the state’s largest cannabis companies, Ultra Health, […]

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Marijuana Business This Week: Cannabis oil in Georgia, early MMJ access in MA, finalizing hemp regs in Alaska & more

Here are some notable stories and events in the cannabis industry to watch for in the coming days: STRIKING OIL: A Georgia law making it legal to produce and distribute cannabis oils with a THC cap at 5% goes into effect Monday, giving the state’s more than 9,500 registered medical marijuana patients better access to […]

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Week in Review: IL gov signs historic cannabis bill, MA moves on MJ cafes/delivery, new CA vape cartridge symbol rules & more

Illinois’ governor makes his state the first to legalize recreational marijuana through its Legislature, Massachusetts moves forward with cannabis cafes and deliveries, California requires a universal symbol on vape pens, the hemp sector makes big inroads – plus other important news from around the industry. Illinois marks a marijuana first Illinois officially became the first […]

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California marijuana retailers charge product suppliers for shelf space, creating friction in the industry

A growing trend among California cannabis retailers to charge brands for shelf space – and, thus, access to customers – has some in the industry decrying the practice as “pay-to-play” that threatens to crowd out smaller companies from the market. According to several industry sources, the practice first cropped up in early 2018 and quickly […]

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Social media challenges continue for cannabis firms – sometimes costing thousands in lost investment

After what seemed to be a brief hiatus, social media giants are once again suspending – and outright deleting – the accounts of marijuana companies. Some industry officials say this is a result of spiteful competitors flagging posts and reporting pages to the platforms’ moderators, costing businesses thousands of dollars in lost time and labor when […]

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50% of Ohio’s registered medical marijuana patients not buying, citing high cost

More than 42,000 medical marijuana patients in Ohio have signed up since the program went live in January, but half of those registered haven’t purchased cannabis because it is too pricey. A tight supply as a result of a lack of licensed cultivators, processors and dispensaries is keeping prices steep at retail stores, though costs have […]

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Cannabis company Vireo Health expands into Puerto Rico

Vireo Health, a Minneapolis-based multistate marijuana operator, said it is expanding into Puerto Rico, the company’s 11th state or territory of cannabis operations. Vireo will have the opportunity in Puerto Rico to run a cultivation and processing facility plus up to six dispensaries on the island. Christian Gonzalez, a native of the territory who has […]

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45 marijuana firms join forces to set industrywide environmental, ethical goals

An alliance of 45 large marijuana businesses wants the public to know they’re good corporate citizens. The Global Cannabis Partnership, which includes Canada’s Canopy Growth Corp., issued guidelines aimed at minimizing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting ethical conduct and responsible cannabis use. The emerging marijuana industry is “in a unique position to set a new […]

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Rhode Island budget proposal seen as setback to medical marijuana growers

Amid ongoing complaints that Rhode Island’s three medical cannabis  dispensaries control the market – making it difficult for stand-alone cultivators to succeed – the state’s lawmakers released a budget that would license six vertically integrated companies to cultivate, manufacture and retail cannabis products. Medical marijuana cultivators in the state see the proposed budget as creating […]

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Marijuana Business This Week: Canopy, Acreage shareholders vote, Springfield selects, OK inspects & more

Here are some notable stories and events to watch for in the coming days: DAY OF DECISION: Shareholders of Canopy Growth and Acreage Holdings are scheduled to vote Wednesday on the much-heralded megamerger of the two companies. If consummated, it would become the first major Canadian/U.S. cannabis transaction. Each company’s shareholders will vote separately. At least […]

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Michigan accelerates medical marijuana business licensing

In the past month and a half, the state of Michigan has dramatically increased turnaround times for processing and approving medical cannabis business license applications. In May alone, the new state Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) ruled on 213 medical cannabis business permit applications, the Detroit Free Press reported. That’s up from an average of 95 […]

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