Edibles/Infused Products

An $8 billion night: 7 states legalize medical, recreational cannabis in historic election

Chris Walsh  | November 9, 2016

By Marijuana Business Daily staff

The cannabis industry scored a landslide victory Tuesday as four states legalized recreational marijuana and another three approved medical use, cementing the 2016 election’s place in the history books.

The developments could lead to $7 billion-$8 billion in additional annual retail cannabis sales, according to Marijuana Business Daily’s preliminary estimates.

New Colorado edibles rules: Major cost for producers, ‘blip on the radar’ for others

John Schroyer  | September 29, 2016

By John Schroyer

New labeling rules that take effect Oct. 1 for marijuana edibles produced in Colorado have been a huge expense for many infused products manufacturers – and may cause headaches for retailers, too.

Edibles companies have spent upwards of six figures to retool manufacturing equipment, retrain employees and pay for new packaging. 

Slow launch expected for Oregon’s full recreational marijuana market

John Schroyer  | September 27, 2016

By John Schroyer

Oregon dispensaries hoping to fully tap the state’s recreational marijuana market may have to wait longer than initially expected.

Many businesses had hoped to receive recreational marijuana licenses by now and start full sales in October, but it could take months for the lion’s share of them to get final approval. 

Michigan legislature passes MMJ industry regulations

John Schroyer  | September 14, 2016

Michigan lawmakers at long last approved a set of sweeping regulations Wednesday for the state’s sizable medical marijuana industry, paving the way for a statewide oversight and licensing system for MMJ businesses.

For years, Michigan’s legislature had failed to agree on a regulatory system that would stabilize Michigan’s MMJ trade. But lawmakers were finally able to pass a …

Weedmaps highlights difficulties facing consumer review websites

John Schroyer  | September 8, 2016

By John Schroyer

Weedmaps has long been a popular online destination for cannabis consumers seeking quality retailers, but recent press coverage questioning the company’s credibility underscores the pitfalls facing online review websites.

A Los Angeles Times article last month suggested more than 60% of the consumer reviews appearing on Weedmaps were fake.

AK board set to approve first rec marijuana retailers, manufacturers

Omar Sacirbey  | September 7, 2016

The Alaska Marijuana Control Board is meeting today and tomorrow to approve what will be the first licenses for recreational marijuana retailers and manufacturing facilities in the state.

According to the board’s agenda, nearly 20 retail stores are listed for review, broadcaster KTVA reported.

The Marijuana Control Board is expected to consider dozens of …

Washington MJ company sets sights on Kroger, other mainstream retailers

John Schroyer  | September 7, 2016

By John Schroyer

A Washington State marijuana entrepreneur may be close to getting her low-THC cannabis-based health and beauty product line on the shelves of retail titans such as Kroger-owned grocery stores.

If successful, the development would further push cannabis-based products into the mainstream retail world.

Week in Review: Growth potential in New York, Oregon rec market red hot & MI stumbles

John Schroyer  | August 26, 2016

By John Schroyer

New York’s health department recommends doubling the size of the state’s medical marijuana industry, Oregon recreational applications flood in as adult-use sales skyrocket, and Michigan’s MJ legal limbo may persist a few more years.

Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

Big shift in store for Los Angeles medical cannabis businesses

John Schroyer  | August 24, 2016

By John Schroyer

Significant changes are on the way for Los Angeles’ sprawling, largely unregulated medical marijuana industry.

City lawmakers are expected to place a measure on the local ballot next year to reform existing rules and create a new regulatory framework for the MMJ industry.