Recreational Marijuana News

Lack of cannabis tracking data in WA sparks confusion, missed business opportunities

A dearth of comprehensive price and sales data and incorrect figures about marijuana commerce have sowed confusion among cannabis businesses in Washington state since regulators rolled out a new traceability system more than a year ago. Cannabis analytics companies that long relied on the data have watched their revenues shrink. Also, the lack of market […]

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Molson Coors CBD-beverage partner Hexo closes CA$57.6 million share offering

Hexo Corp., a licensed producer of cannabis based in Quebec, Canada, raised 57.6 million Canadian dollars ($43.7 million) Wednesday when it closed its offering of common shares. The company said in a news release it will use the proceeds for global expansion and research and development. The Quebec cultivator, which trades as Hexo on the Toronto Stock […]

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Maine seeks new consultant to draft adult-use marijuana program’s rules

Maine released a request for proposals this week that said it’s again looking for a consultant to help put a regulatory structure in place for the state’s long-delayed, adult-use cannabis marketplace. Last week, Maine upended the state’s timeline for legal marijuana sales when it withdrew from a contract with BOTEC, a Los Angeles consulting firm […]

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California lawmakers propose cannabis tax cuts to curb the state’s black market

In an effort to jump-start California’s sluggish legal marijuana marketplace, a group of Democratic state lawmakers proposed a bill that would for the next three years eliminate the state’s $148-per-pound cultivation tax on farmers and reduce the state’s 15% excise tax on retail sales to 11%. The bill is designed to combat the state’s entrenched black […]

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Massachusetts hits $24M in adult-use marijuana sales as state issues 100th license

Recreational marijuana shops in Massachusetts have racked up nearly $24 million in sales since the initial ones opened two months ago. That’s according to the Cannabis Control Commission (CCC), the state’s marijuana regulatory agency, which also this week issued its 100th recreational marijuana business license and moved three shops closer to opening their doors to […]

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WA ponders allowing small marijuana growers to sell direct to consumers

Washington state will consider allowing small cannabis farmers to sell directly to consumers, similar to what’s allowed for wineries, breweries and distilleries, according to the state’s top marijuana regulator. The move, if approved by regulators, would give smaller growers a financial shot in the arm through increased sales – and could spur other states to follow […]

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British Columbia, Ontario at bottom of per-person legal cannabis sales

Provinces with more physical cannabis stores saw significantly higher per-person sales in the six weeks after Canada’s legalization of recreational marijuana, according to new data from Statistics Canada – an indication that consumers have a strong preference to buy their cannabis offline. British Columbia – the province with the biggest underground cannabis economy – reported […]

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If these Northeast states legalize adult-use marijuana, they could generate billions of dollars in sales

The legalization of recreational marijuana appears poised to sweep across the Northeast, which could result in billions of dollars of business opportunities over the next few years in a densely populated region of the nation. “Now that there’s (retail marijuana) stores in Massachusetts, we are really starting to see the dominoes fall,” said Matt Schweich, […]

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Compliance costs, lost market share could take toll on cannabis edibles firms under new Washington state rules

A Washington state marijuana trade association is warning regulators that new packaging, labeling and product design rules for cannabis-infused edibles and beverages might decimate edibles manufacturers’ bottom line. According to experts, the cost for some businesses to comply could be $100,000, and that doesn’t include lost revenue for manufacturers who have kept new products off […]

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Overseeing half a decade of legal cannabis: Q&A with Denver marijuana czar Ashley Kilroy

Ashley Kilroy has overseen Denver’s recreational cannabis industry since Colorado launched adult-use sales in 2014. As director of Denver’s Department of Excise and Licenses and the agency’s Office of Marijuana Policy, Kilroy has seen cannabis business owners experience growing pains as the industry has matured. “Being first wasn’t easy,” she said. “We’re proud of what we […]

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California marijuana company plans $200 million campus in New York

Ahead of New York’s anticipated legalization of recreational cannabis, San Diego-based Flora California Prime is laying the groundwork to build a $200 million, 1.25 million-square-foot cannabis cultivation, manufacturing and distribution facility on 47 acres of land in Buffalo. According to Buffalo TV station WKBW, construction on the facility could begin once state lawmakers approve legislation […]

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