Dispensary/Retail Store Business News

Canadian cannabis companies with US operations must disclose risks

An exchange in Canada dominated by marijuana stocks has asked listed companies with U.S. operations to publicly detail any risks they face after Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to scrap protections for state-legal cannabis businesses. Richard Carleton, chief executive officer of the Canadian Securities Exchange, told Marijuana Business Daily that the exchange contacted all CSE-listed companies with […]

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Michigan agencies increase medical marijuana enforcement

Law-enforcement agencies across Michigan are using excess state revenue from medical marijuana patient and caregiver fees to boost enforcement efforts as the state prepares to license dispensaries and cannabis businesses in certain communities under a new regulatory system. Michigan’s 2008 medical marijuana law allows patients and caregivers to grow a limited amount of the plant. […]

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Oklahoma voters to consider medical marijuana in June

Oklahoma’s governor set a June 26 date for voters to weigh in on whether to approve medical marijuana for the state. The Hill reported that Gov. Mary Fallin announced the date Thursday, just hours after Attorney General Jeff Sessions released his decision to rescind an Obama-era policy that allowed MMJ to thrive in states nationwide. The June […]

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First Pennsylvania medical marijuana dispensary gets green light to begin sales

Pennsylvania regulators have given their first approval for a dispensary to begin providing medical marijuana once product becomes available from a licensed grower. The Keystone Canna Remedies dispensary in Bethlehem received the health department’s authorization Thursday, a major milestone for Pennsylvania’s nascent MMJ program. Regulators last week approved eight of 12 licensed companies to begin […]

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British Columbia to decide on co-locating cannabis and liquor sales

A decision is reportedly coming this month on whether British Columbia will allow recreational cannabis and liquor to be sold in the same location. The province has said it would give entrepreneurs the opportunity to participate in recreational sales of marijuana next year – alongside the provincial government – but it put off a decision on […]

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Canada’s CannaRoyalty makes headway into California’s cannabis market

CannaRoyalty said two California companies it is acquiring have received licenses to operate in the state’s new recreational cannabis market, positioning the Ontario-based business to capitalize on the largest legal cannabis market in the world. Alta Supply’s license, acquired Jan. 2, allows it to distribute CannaRoyalty’s own brands – plus products for over a dozen cannabis […]

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Chart: California recreational marijuana sales set to begin in limited number of stores

Recreational cannabis sales officially begin in California today, but fewer than 100 adult-use retail licenses have been issued throughout the state – which may lead to long lines and supply issues for the rec stores able to open their doors on New Year’s Day. California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control – the agency overseeing the licensing process for […]

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Charges for 10 budtenders at Colorado retail cannabis chain Sweet Leaf

Ten employees of a legal Colorado marijuana retail chain shut down by Denver authorities earlier this month face charges for allegedly selling too much cannabis in repeated sales to the same people. Sweet Leaf is one of the largest marijuana retail chains in the industry. Police raided the company’s stores Dec. 14, suspending all 26 of […]

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Eight Pennsylvania cultivators approved to begin growing medical cannabis

Pennsylvania regulators have given the go-ahead to eight cultivators to begin growing medical marijuana, putting sales on track to begin in 2018. Once the product is ready, dispensaries should have plenty of customers to buy it, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. The governor’s office said that more than 10,000 patients have signed up for the program, […]

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Nevada recreational marijuana sales set record in October, hitting nearly $38M

Nevada’s young recreational marijuana market remains red hot, showing few signs of slowing since launching in July. Sales of recreational marijuana accelerated in October, hitting a record $37.9 million – up notably from the $27.7 million recorded in September, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. Under Nevada’s “early start” program, licensed medical marijuana dispensaries were allowed to begin […]

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Big labor sees growth potential in California cannabis workers

Unions have caught a whiff of a rare opportunity to organize a whole new set of workers as recreational marijuana becomes legal in California. The United Farm Workers, Teamsters and United Food and Commercial Workers are looking to unionize the tens of thousands of potential workers involved in the legal marijuana game, from planters to rollers […]

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Cannabis churches on the rise in California as alternative to dispensaries

Small-scale churches that specialize in marijuana are becoming increasingly common across California, creating yet more competition for retailers that want to operate as for-profit ventures instead of tax-exempt religious institutions. Churches that have integrated cannabis use with worship ceremonies have cropped up in Oakland, Roseville, Modesto and San Diego, Orange and Los Angeles counties, California […]

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