Recreational Marijuana News

Illinois marijuana retailers in potential $2B market expect long lines, possible supply shortages as adult-use sales kick off Jan. 1

Illinois cannabis retailers are thrilled at the prospect of large crowds of customers and high demand at 6 a.m. CT New Year’s Day, which is when state lawmakers said several stores can begin adult-use recreational sales. Anticipating long lines and cold temperatures, companies are going the extra mile to keep customers happy. One business, for […]

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Chart: Pre-Christmas marijuana product sales increase up to 53%

‘Tis the season for increased holiday spending – and that includes outlays on recreational cannabis products, which saw average category sales increases of more than 50% in 2018 on items designated for both gift-giving and personal consumption. Data from Seattle-based cannabis analytics firm Headset shows that sales in the pre-Christmas week (Dec. 18-Dec. 24) in 2018 […]

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How cannabis vape companies are using technology to ensure consumer confidence and bolster sales

The worst days of the vaping crisis are likely behind the state-legal marijuana industry, but many MJ firms are turning to technology to help further boost cannabis vape consumer confidence as well as deal with the dip in sales that followed the health scare. Examples of tech-based solutions available to cannabis companies include: Providing certificates of analysis (COA), […]

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Statewide delivery policy ‘critical’ to cannabis industry success, California insiders say ahead of key court case

A controversial policy adopted last year by California that allows delivery of marijuana products anywhere in the state – even into areas where local municipalities have banned adult-use cannabis stores – is crucial to the ongoing success of the legal market, according to several delivery company officials. Those same officials told Marijuana Business Daily they fear […]

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California agency suggests state marijuana tax system shift to potentially lower rates, address illicit-market threat

An independent California state agency issued a long-awaited report about the state’s cannabis tax system, and its recommendations include a major overhaul that would simplify and possibly reduce marijuana tax rates. The goals of the report were to assess how California’s marijuana taxes can best undercut the illegal market, discourage cannabis use by youth and […]

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Despite early freeze and $7 million in losses, Colorado marijuana grower still enjoys strong sales

Pueblo, Colorado-based Los Sueños Farms – the state’s largest cannabis grower – now estimates it lost about $7 million in an early October freeze, but the owner said the outdoor harvest was still better than last year, and the company will have ample material for the extraction market. The Colorado market was initially concerned when […]

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Expanded cannabis content offerings highlight MJBizCon as attendees from around the world descend on Las Vegas

Marijuana Business Daily‘s annual MJBizCon – which caters to attendees from more than 75 countries – has extended its scope for the 2019 event with significantly broader program offerings surrounding hemp, marijuana investing, the science of cannabis and more. The series of events are part of the larger MJBizConWeek, which runs from Dec. 9 to […]

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California marijuana tax hike puts future of legal market in spotlight amid worries over state industry’s viability

Flurries of meetings and negotiations have occurred behind the scenes in Sacramento since California announced a cannabis tax increase last month. The stakes surrounding these discussions – all aimed at lowering the marijuana industry’s tax burden – are nothing less than the survival of the state’s legal marijuana market, according to some industry watchers. Representatives from multiple […]

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Chart: First year of adult-use cannabis sales in Massachusetts doesn’t disappoint

Massachusetts’ recreational marijuana industry recorded nearly $400 million in its first full year of sales, a strong initial sum given the dearth of retail stores throughout the state. But the market has significant room for growth, which will come as regulators approve more applications and access to the legal market improves. From August through October, […]

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Hopeful L.A. cannabis market entrants bleed money as they wait again – this time for licensing audit

The Los Angeles marijuana market is enduring more licensing delays. This time, it’s for a government-ordered audit of the city’s cannabis regulators.  It means more uncertainty for marijuana firms. And, perhaps most excruciating, it means more money down the drain. That’s the ongoing narrative surrounding the L.A. marijuana market, where hundreds of entrepreneurs have waited […]

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