California Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News


Cannabis MSO Jushi cancels California acquisition, moves forward in Illinois

Florida-based multistate operator Jushi Holdings terminated the acquisition of an adult-use marijuana store in California and launched recreational sales at a shop in Illinois. According to a news release, Jushi entered into an agreement last fall to purchase an unidentified marijuana retailer in San Diego for $12 million, but the deal failed to close and Jushi terminated the acquisition […]

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Ex-Harborside CEO Berman joins Maine cannabis consulting firm

A former CEO of Oakland, California-based Harborside is joining a marijuana consulting firm in New England as an adviser. Andrew Berman, who served as Harborside’s CEO from January 2018 until October 2019, has joined Maine-based Nucleus One, the firm announced in a news release. During his tenure, Berman oversaw Harborside’s transition to a publicly traded entity. […]

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Week in Review: High Times switches CEOs again, Florida court mulls cannabis revamp, solid sales in IL, OK & more

Los Angeles-based High Times Holding Corp. replaced CEO Stormy Simon after only four months on the job, marking the third time in a little more than a year the cannabis magazine publisher has hired a chief executive. Simon is being replaced by Peter Horvath, who most recently ran Ohio-based cannabis retailer Green Growth Brands. He also has […]

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Could economic slide lead to more California cannabis industry opportunities? Some industry experts say yes

The economic downturn stemming from the COVID-19 crisis is going to leave government officials at all levels scrambling for fiscal stimulation nearly anywhere they can find it to offset lost tax revenues and jobs. As a consequence, some in the California cannabis industry see a window to expand marijuana businesses’ footprints around the state. “A lot of […]

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Most California marijuana industry legislative priorities likely dead for the year due to COVID-19

Count the California marijuana industry’s legislative agenda among the victims of the coronavirus. Although the state Assembly reconvened on Monday after the entire legislative session was suspended in mid-March because of the pandemic, the state Senate won’t return until May 11. And it’s clear there is only one major priority for Assembly members: handling the […]

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Chart: Adult-use cannabis markets see uneven impact in April from coronavirus crisis

While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to dampen adult-use marijuana sales in most U.S. markets, Washington state experienced its strongest month of cannabis sales yet – highlighting the diversity of legal markets. According to point-of-sale data provided by Seattle-based Headset, April 2020 recreational marijuana sales in Washington state eclipsed $106 million, a record for the state. […]

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Ex-Harvest employees file suit against the marijuana firm, alleging violations

Two former employees of Arizona-based Harvest Health & Recreation have sued the multistate cannabis operator, alleging they were forced out after alerting management the business had committed multiple violations of state law. The lawsuits, filed April 23 in Arizona Superior Court in Maricopa County, contain parallel allegations of a “continuous pattern of activity which violates […]

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Marketing lessons cannabis companies learned during 4/20

The coronavirus pandemic forced marijuana companies to be creative in getting the word out during this year’s 4/20 sales event. With limited to no in-store sales capabilities, businesses leaned on web-based solutions, including social media, videoconferencing and email marketing to reach consumers about the unofficial April 20 cannabis holiday. Marijuana Business Daily surveyed several cannabis […]

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