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Marijuana executives making push into mainstream politics

John Schroyer  | September 7, 2017

By John Schroyer

Cannabis entrepreneur Todd Mitchem announced in a late-August email blast that he’s running for Congress, and the subject line even referred to the Coloradan as a “marijuana industry leader.”

He’s one of at least five current candidates for public office around the United States who have direct professional connections to marijuana.

Multiple 2018 marijuana legalization campaigns already underway

John Schroyer  | August 22, 2017

By John Schroyer

It won't be easy to top the landslide 2016 electoral victories for marijuana, but advocates are looking to make serious headway across the country once again on statewide ballots next year.

Campaigns are underway in at least five states to legalize either medical or recreational cannabis.

Florida medical cannabis bills make for hazy business climate

John Schroyer  | March 13, 2017

Medical marijuana isn’t shaping up to be the big business opportunity in Florida many cannabis executives were hoping for.

Although medical marijuana was approved overwhelmingly by Florida voters in November, the shape of the MMJ industry is still very much in question. And state lawmakers don’t appear to be moving toward any kind …

Crucial Los Angeles marijuana ballot measure passes easily

John Schroyer  | March 8, 2017

The Los Angeles marijuana industry took a big step toward legal legitimacy Tuesday with the passage of Proposition M, a city ballot measure that sets the stage for a new municipal permitting system.

White House press secretary’s full comments on cannabis

John Schroyer  | February 23, 2017

Asked twice by reporters on Thursday about the Trump administration’s approach to the legal marijuana industry, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer had the following response.

When initially asked about the disconnect between federal law and state medical marijuana laws, Spicer replied:

“There’s two distinct issues here: medical marijuana and recreational marijuana. I …

Wall Street takes notice of marijuana: Q&A with cannabis analyst Vivien Azer

Omar Sacirbey  | February 21, 2017

By Omar Sacirbey

Vivien Azer, apparently the first cannabis analyst at a mainstream investment bank, is bullish on the marijuana industry.

And her confidence in the market is a significant reflection of how Wall Street views cannabis. Azer is an analyst at Cowen and Co., a New York investment bank founded in 1918.