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New U.S. medical marijuana markets – one year later

If it was a big year for recreational marijuana in 2016, then it was a huge one for medical marijuana.

Voters or state legislatures in 11 states – Arkansas, California, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maryland, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia – approved or advanced medical cannabis measures.

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Sacramento begins widespread marijuana crackdown

The Sacramento, California, police department plans to ask the City Council this week for an additional $850,000 in funding to continue a crackdown on its marijuana industry through the first six months of 2018. According to the Sacramento Bee, California’s capital city began its months-long crusade in August, including a 60-day citywide sweep by the […]

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Oakland sorting through 255 marijuana business applications

Marijuana regulators in Oakland, California, have received 255 business license applications for cannabis cultivation, sales, distribution and transportation, another indicator of the huge interest the Golden State’s impending market is generating. California’s new regulated market goes online Jan. 1 in the cities and counties that allow it. Oakland has long been a proponent of regulated […]

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Cannabis online platform raises $10 million

LeafLink, an online inventory and ordering platform for marijuana businesses, has raised $10 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Nosara Capital, a London-based venture capital firm, according to a LeafLink news release. Nosara was joined by previous LeafLink investors from both inside and outside the cannabis space, such as Lerer Hippeau Ventures, […]

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Week in Review: CA marijuana rules, Maryland’s MMJ launch & Sessions + cannabis

By John Schroyer, Bart Schaneman and Kristen Nichols California reveals the licensing rules for its marijuana industry, Maryland’s medical cannabis appears ready to launch, and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions indicates the DOJ has no plans to suppress the marijuana industry. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past […]

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California unveils marijuana industry regulations

The largest legal marijuana marketplace in the United States is taking shape – at least on paper. California regulators released long-awaited rules Thursday that will govern the state’s emerging cannabis sector  from fields to sales. The regulations have been in development for many months and in some cases covered familiar ground: At first, the state […]

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Varied approaches to rec marijuana in California

As California’s legal marijuana industry awaits statewide regulations for recreational marijuana sales, local governments continue to take it into their own hands to pass regulations. And the results are a mixed bag. According to CBS SF Bay Area, the San Jose City Council unanimously passed an ordinance to allow adult-use sales in 2018 in the […]

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San Diego County’s only licensed marijuana grower to double production

With an expected boost in demand on the horizon, San Diego County’s only licensed cannabis grower plans to increase his farm’s output from 1,000 pounds in 2017 to at least 2,000 pounds next year, if not more. According to The San Diego Union-Tribune, the company, OutCo, said it may produce as much as 5,000 pounds […]

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New U.S. recreational marijuana markets – one year later

The recreational marijuana industry had a big year in 2016, when voters in four states – California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada – approved sales of adult-use cannabis.

But one year later, what the voters approved and the reality of what’s happening look vastly different.

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CA treasurer pushes state-run bank for cannabis businesses

California’s state treasurer isn’t waiting on the federal government to solve marijuana businesses’ banking problem. Treasurer John Chiang and members of a working group he formed are calling on California officials to create a state-government-run bank to serve marijuana companies, the Los Angeles Times reported. The recommendation by Chiang’s group bolsters a growing movement that wants cities and states […]

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California cities may tax destroyed cannabis crops

Municipal governments across California are moving to tax marijuana cultivation facilities based on square footage, not on actual crop production. Such an approach could mean cultivators will potentially have to pay taxes on crops that fail to generate revenue because they were destroyed by weather or other causes – such as the recent wildfires – The […]

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Marijuana companies weighing billboard advertising’s expense against the exposure

By Omar Sacirbey

Marijuana businesses seeking to market their brands are often caught between restrictions that forbid them from using most mainstream advertising platforms and the financial constraints that young industries typically face.

That tough situation has pushed many marijuana businesses toward billboards as an advertising option.

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