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Alleged ‘attack’ takes down MJ Freeway’s software, causing chaos for marijuana retailers

Chris Walsh  | January 8, 2017

By Chris Walsh

MJ Freeway’s widely used software platform for cannabis businesses crashed over the weekend and remains down for most customers, creating ripples across the marijuana industry.

The outage has sent 1,000 marijuana retailers in 23 states scrambling to handle everything from sales and inventory management to regulatory compliance issues.

Rhode Island awards inaugural cultivation licenses

Omar Sacirbey  | January 6, 2017

Rhode Island regulators have awarded the state’s first commercial medical cannabis grow licenses to three companies in the city of Warwick: Medici Products & Solutions, OSCC and Evergreen Gardens.

The newly licensed cultivators will be allowed to sell medical marijuana to the state’s three existing dispensaries. Those dispensaries are all vertically integrated but …

Another cannabis regulator moves to the private sector

John Schroyer  | January 6, 2017

The public sector continues to hemorrhage cannabis regulators, who have been increasingly jumping ship to the more lucrative private sector.

The latest example: Andrew Freedman, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s outgoing director of marijuana coordination for the past two years.

Freedman announced Thursday he has co-founded a new consultancy firm with another outgoing state …

Week in Review: Poorly trained MMJ workers, AR’s medical fees & Puerto Rico in business

Bart Schaneman  | January 6, 2017

By Omar Sacirbey and Bart Schaneman

A study shows that many dispensary employees are improperly trained, Arkansas announces fees to set up MMJ cultivation facilities, and Puerto Rico’s medical cannabis industry is open for business.

Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

Maine dispensaries want early crack at adult-use cannabis sales

Roger Fillion  | January 5, 2017

Maine’s largest medical marijuana operator wants the state’s eight dispensaries to have an early opportunity to sell recreational cannabis.

The Wellness Connection of Maine, which operates four dispensaries, is supporting legislation that would allow the state’s MMJ operators to begin peddling adult-use cannabis while regulations are drawn up for the new rec market, the Bangor …

Arkansas MMJ cultivation fee set at $100,000 annually

Bart Schaneman  | January 5, 2017

The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission has set the annual fee to operate a medical marijuana cultivation facility at $100,000.

The commission also decided this week that applicants for the five available cultivation licenses must have a $1 million bond or assets worth $1 million and the ability to demonstrate $500,000 in cash liquidity, …

Former CO regulator tapped as cannabis industry advocate

John Schroyer  | January 4, 2017

Laura Harris has gone from Colorado’s top cannabis rule enforcer to leading one of the state’s industry coalitions.

Harris, who retired from her post as head of the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) in 2013, recently accepted a job as executive director of the Colorado Cannabis Chamber of Commerce (also known as C4), according to …

CA taps MJ rescheduling advocate Holder for potential Trump battles

Omar Sacirbey  | January 4, 2017

Should a Donald Trump administration try to interfere with states that have legalized recreational cannabis, California will be ready.

The California Legislature on Wednesday drafted President Obama’s former attorney general, Eric Holder, to represent the state in any legal battles it may have with a Trump administration, The New York Times reported.

The …

The marijuana industry under Trump: Q&A with Congressman Ed Perlmutter

John Schroyer  | January 4, 2017

By John Schroyer

Ed Perlmutter, a Colorado Democrat, has been a strong proponent of the cannabis industry during a Congressional stint that started in 2006.

While witnessing firsthand the growth of Colorado's marijuana industry, Perlmutter has sponsored several pro-cannabis measures in the House, including legislation to increase banking access for MJ-related companies.