Marijuana Dispensary & Cannabis Store News


Cannabis firm BR Brands plans $43 million deal for Denver’s Dixie Brands

Connecticut-based marijuana firm BR Brands on Monday announced it will merge with Dixie Brands, a Denver manufacturer of cannabis-infused products and a consumer packaged goods company, in a $43 million reverse takeover. Under the terms of the transaction, BR Brands will own 80% of the merged company and Dixie shareholders will possess the remaining 20%. […]

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Harvest Health settles Ohio medical marijuana dispute for $500,000

Multistate marijuana operator Harvest Health & Recreation must pay a $500,000 to settle a social equity misrepresentation charge from Ohio regulators before it can open three medical marijuana dispensaries in the state. The penalty, one of the largest ever assessed to a marijuana operation in Ohio, settles the allegation that Arizona-based Harvest misrepresented the minority […]

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Rhode Island poised to triple number of medical marijuana dispensaries

Rhode Island regulators are expected in the coming weeks to announce the licensing application period for six new medical cannabis dispensaries. The new licenses awarded by the Department of Business Regulations will be assigned using a lottery system, according to Providence TV station WPRI. Currently, Rhode Island has only three operating dispensaries, called compassion centers in […]

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Utah’s top medical marijuana regulator is stepping down

Less than a week after the first medical marijuana dispensary in Utah opened its doors, the state’s top cannabis regulator announced he is resigning. Andrew Rigby, director of the state’s medical marijuana and industrial hemp program, is leaving his post later this month, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. Rigby, who took the job in early 2019, […]

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New Michigan rule could increase business for cannabis growers

Michigan regulators agreed to phase out medical marijuana caregivers, a move that could generate more business for the state’s licensed cannabis growers and processors. Authorized caregivers who grow cannabis have been the biggest supplier of marijuana products to retailers. Starting Oct. 1, medical cannabis caregivers will be prohibited from selling product to licensed businesses, the Marijuana Regulatory […]

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Massachusetts’ capital city gets new marijuana board

With Boston about to see the opening of its first recreational marijuana store, the mayor on Wednesday staffed the city’s new Cannabis Board. Mayor Martin Walsh appointed five members to the panel that will issue marijuana business licenses and advise his office on cannabis regulations and policies, The Boston Globe reported. The Cannabis Board consists […]

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Arkansas can resume issuing medical cannabis licenses, judge says

A medical marijuana dispensary applicant in Arkansas lost a legal challenge to obtain an MMJ license, which means the state can restart the permitting process. In response to Medicanna’s lawsuit contending regulators had broken Arkansas rules by awarding an MMJ license to a company that had scored lower on its application, a Pulaski County Circuit […]

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Maine’s recreational marijuana launch delayed until June

Adult-use cannabis sales in Maine will likely kick off in June, three months later than initially anticipated. Recreational sales were expected to begin in March. But a state revenue forecasting committee telegraphed the delay by changing the date it projects the first sales tax revenue from marijuana to arrive, the Portland Press Herald reported. The process to […]

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More than 35,000 in Missouri approved to buy medical cannabis

In a sign of strong demand that bodes well for the nascent medical marijuana market in Missouri, regulators already have approved more than 35,000 patient registrations. Medical cannabis sales won’t begin in Missouri until late summer at the earliest, but 35,532 patients have successfully registered to use MMJ to treat certain qualifying conditions. The number of registered […]

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Feds subpoena records from CA marijuana firm Weedmaps and others

Prosecutors for a U.S. attorney’s office in California issued a grand jury subpoena for records related to 30 marijuana companies, including the parent of Weedmaps. Although the purpose of the investigation by the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of California is unclear, according to MarketWatch, a subpoena was issued to Ghost Management Group, which California-based […]

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Marijuana retailers near Illinois borders benefit from out-of-state customers, offer warnings on crossing boundaries with MJ

Cannabis retailers in Illinois border towns are seeing strong sales to customers from neighboring states but are spending time and money training their employees to warn people that it is unlawful to transport marijuana across state lines. Illinois had a strong kickoff to its adult-use cannabis market, with recreational marijuana stores selling nearly $40 million […]

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Chart: California lags other adult-use markets in per-capita marijuana sales

While California has the potential to be the largest legal cannabis market in the world, the state still lags other recreational markets in per-capita sales – due in large part to the continued prominence of the illicit marijuana market and restrictive regulations. California’s per-capita cannabis sales by the second year of operations only added up […]

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