California Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Week in Review: Michigan begins adult-use cannabis sales, Harborside appeals tax case, Brazil sets stage for big import market & more

Michigan launches its recreational marijuana industry, California-based Harborside appeals a closely watched federal tax case, Brazil lays the groundwork for what could become one of the world’s largest medical MJ import markets – and more of the week’s top cannabis news. MI adult-use sales begin with limited number of stores open Michigan’s first day of […]

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MJBizDaily Awards Hall of Fame inductees: cannabis business pioneers Steve DeAngelo and Wanda James

Marijuana Business Daily has selected cannabis industry pioneers Steve DeAngelo and Wanda James as the inaugural inductees into the MJBizDaily Awards Hall of Fame, which will be showcased next week during MJBizCon in Las Vegas. They are being recognized as social justice warriors and savvy entrepreneurs who have broken down barriers in ways that have helped other […]

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Marijuana taxes

California regulators sent more than 400 warning letters to landlords telling them they have “information” their property is being used for illegal marijuana operations.

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Hopeful L.A. cannabis market entrants bleed money as they wait again – this time for licensing audit

The Los Angeles marijuana market is enduring more licensing delays. This time, it’s for a government-ordered audit of the city’s cannabis regulators.  It means more uncertainty for marijuana firms. And, perhaps most excruciating, it means more money down the drain. That’s the ongoing narrative surrounding the L.A. marijuana market, where hundreds of entrepreneurs have waited […]

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Chart: Marijuana sales increase on Green Wednesday, Black Friday

As shoppers head out to prepare for Thanksgiving and participate in Black Friday sales, data from two firms show consumers may be upping their purchases of marijuana products as well. Data from Seattle-based Headset reveals that 2018 sales on “Green Wednesday” – the day before Thanksgiving – increased 63% over the average Wednesday. And Santa […]

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As vaping crisis continues to affect legal marijuana vape sales, MJ firms use education to allay consumers’ concerns

In the wake of the recent vaping crisis that’s sickened more than 2,000 people and killed dozens more, vape makers and retailers are using a variety of strategies to ease consumer concerns and shore up sagging sales. In particular, marijuana vape manufacturers and dispensaries are: Posting signs in stores and training in-store staff to help consumers understand […]

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Marijuana layoffs continue

Michigan temporarily prohibited the sale of cannabis vaping products so they can be tested for the vitamin E acetate compound, which is linked to a nationwide vaping crisis that has led to 47 deaths and 2,290 lung illnesses.

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Hundreds of California marijuana business licenses still suspended and likely going unused

Almost 4% of California’s state marijuana business permits remain suspended weeks after regulators put more than 400 in limbo for not participating in mandatory track-and-trace system training. The number of suspended permits has fallen – but remains sizable. As of Tuesday, 277 out of the 407 permits involved had not received reinstatement to “active” status, […]

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License revoked for California cannabis vape maker Kushy Punch after state seizes $21M worth of products

California cannabis regulators have revoked the business license of well-known vaporizer brand Kushy Punch after the company was raided last month and found to be operating from an unlicensed facility. After receiving a complaint about illegal cannabis activity at a location in Canoga Park, California regulators searched the unlicensed facility and seized nearly $21 million […]

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California marijuana taxes will increase New Year’s Day

After having avoided an increase in state taxes on legal marijuana, California officials changed course Thursday and announced MJ excise and cultivation taxes will go up effective Jan. 1. High state and local tax rates have been an industry problem that have made legal businesses less competitive with the illicit market: Unlicensed retailers can lure […]

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No one clear path around California marijuana industry’s major business woes, insiders lament

California’s cannabis industry continues to struggle with problems that remain much the same since early 2018 when the state transitioned to a legal market – and no clear solutions have yet emerged.  At a two-day marijuana industry conference in Long Beach, California, this past weekend, state regulators and industry insiders mingled to lament those familiar […]

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