California Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News


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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How 4/20 played out for marijuana businesses around the US

Cannabis companies across the United States reported a mixed bag for sales this year leading up to the industry’s most celebrated day: 4/20. While the surge of consumer stockpiling based on concerns about the coronavirus pandemic boosted some companies’ bottom lines, others were hurt by restrictive stay-at-home orders that prevented in-person sales. Marijuana Business Daily […]

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Companies, groups, churches push for lower California cannabis taxes

A coalition of marijuana companies, churches and advocacy groups is asking California Gov. Gavin Newsom for a temporary cut in the state’s hefty MJ taxes. The group that includes the California State Conference of the NAACP, Los Angeles Metropolitan Churches and the industry group Southern California Coalition warned in a letter to the governor that […]

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High Times makes bold move into marijuana retail with $80 million deal

The owner of pioneering cannabis magazine High Times said Tuesday it is acquiring 13 operating and planned marijuana retail stores in California for $80 million. The purchase, which is being made mostly in stock, reflects an aggressive move into retail under the company’s new management team. Los Angeles-based High Times Holding Corp. is acquiring the […]

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Marijuana tech firm Omura raises $5 million, adds Linton as adviser

California-based Omura, a marijuana and hemp flower vaporizer company, raised $5 million, with a portion of the funding coming from Bruce Linton, former CEO and founder of Canada’s Canopy Growth Corp. The raise, while not major by cannabis industry standards, is significant during the global coronavirus pandemic when investments are more difficult to secure. Linton, […]

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Week in Review: Federal cannabis aid, California social equity, Brazil medical marijuana & more

Marijuana lobbyists and a group of lawmakers are continuing their fight to include cannabis-related businesses in coronavirus relief packages. MJBizDaily takeaway: The marijuana industry is a significant contributor to state economies across the country. But because the plant is illegal federally, it remains an uphill fight to allow the businesses to be eligible for federal coronavirus […]

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Livestreaming, digital ads help cannabis businesses keep their brands on consumers’ minds

Many marijuana brands have relied on in-store pop-ups and educating budtenders about their products to reach consumers. But as cannabis customers increasingly order products online for delivery or pickup – and with the expectation that these habits will persist after the coronavirus pandemic is under control – marijuana brands should consider more direct ways to reach […]

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