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California congressman calls for action from cannabis industry

John Schroyer  | September 22, 2017

Freshman Congressman Lou Correa, a Democrat from Southern California, had a simple message for those in the marijuana industry Friday.

“Right now is the time to get involved … Don’t let this golden opportunity pass,” Correa told hundreds of marijuana entrepreneurs at the California Cannabis Business Conference in Anaheim. “This is when all of you have to …

California plans to issue temporary marijuana business licenses

John Schroyer  | September 21, 2017

As part of the transition to a newly regulated market, California marijuana regulators will hand out temporary business licenses to existing companies starting Jan. 1.

Lori Ajax, chief of the state’s Bureau of Cannabis Control, made the announcement Thursday at the California Cannabis Business Conference in Anaheim.

To qualify for a temporary …

Marijuana consumption bus firm trying to roll into new markets

Omar Sacirbey  | September 20, 2017

A Denver-based company that operates buses on which marijuana consumption is allowed wants to expand its services to states such as California, Massachusetts and Nevada in 2018.

Loopr, which operates the so-called “Puff Buses,” is in talks with officials in Los Angeles and Las Vegas to bring the service to those cities, according …

Cannabis tech firm joins Boston Chamber of Commerce

Omar Sacirbey  | September 18, 2017

Weedmaps, a marijuana-focused tech company, has joined the Boston Chamber of Commerce and is finalizing a lease for an office that will house its sales and marketing team in the city’s pricey downtown.

The move suggests California-based Weedmaps is confident the Massachusetts market will be lucrative and gives the company an anchor …

L.A. planners approve marijuana business zoning regulations

Omar Sacirbey  | September 15, 2017

The Los Angeles City Council Planning Commission approved an ordinance on Thursday that sets zoning regulations and land use guidelines for marijuana growers and retailers in the city.

The ordinance mandates that retail marijuana stores be located at least 800 feet from schools, parks, libraries, drug treatment facilities or other marijuana shops, …

Cannabis tech company Eaze raises whopping $27 million

Omar Sacirbey  | September 14, 2017

Eaze, a canna-centric technology company in San Francisco, has raised $27 million in Series B financing.

The raise was led by Bailey Capital, according to a news release, with additional funding by DCM Ventures, Kaya Ventures and FJ Labs.

Eaze’s latest funding round brings the company’s total financing to $52 million, including …

San Diego approves new marijuana business regulations

Omar Sacirbey  | September 12, 2017

San Diego’s City Council approved regulations to allow cultivation, testing, production and distribution of marijuana products by business operators that obtain conditional use permits.

Such activities would be allowed in light and heavy industrial zones of San Diego, City News Service reported.

According to The San Diego Union-Tribune, the council also:

  • Eliminated …

California grounds idea of cannabis delivery via drones

John Schroyer  | September 12, 2017

Marijuana delivery is a big business in California, but companies that specialize in the niche just lost one big avenue: drones.

In recently released draft regulations, the state’s Bureau of Cannabis Control ruled that deliveries must “be made only in person by enclosed motor vehicle,” ARS Technica reported, noting that “unmanned vehicles” …

California tribes band together to defend marijuana business rights

Bart Schaneman  | September 7, 2017

A new association of Native American tribes is asking California’s governor to start discussions that will ensure the state’s marijuana rules respect tribal sovereignty and allow the groups to self-regulate so they aren’t left behind as the newly regulated cannabis market develops.

The California Native American Cannabis Association’s move comes as the state …

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.

Roger Stone pulled as cannabis conference’s keynote speaker

Bart Schaneman  | September 6, 2017

Roger Stone’s appearance as a keynote speaker at an upcoming marijuana conference has been canceled, Marijuana Business Daily has confirmed.

Citing a commitment to “inclusion” and “growth” of the marijuana industry, the Cannabis World Congress and Business Exposition (CWCBExpo) announced Wednesday that Stone – a longtime adviser to Donald Trump who has been accused of making …