Recreational Marijuana News


CEO Berman leaves cannabis firm Harborside; board chair picked as interim

One of the most well-known and longest-operating cannabis dispensary owners in the nation, California-based Harborside, announced Monday that its CEO has stepped down and a new interim chief executive officer was appointed. Andrew Berman, who has served as CEO, president and board member since January 2018, relinquished the reins of the Oakland, California-based company, effective […]

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Massachusetts keeps ban on marijuana vape products but allows use of crushed flower

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday maintained the statewide retail ban on the sale of all vaping products after securing approval from the Public Health Council for an emergency regulation, but at the same time a local judge allowed medical cannabis patients to purchase crushed flower for use in vaporizers. The emergency regulation, to be […]

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Turmoil abounds over Los Angeles’ latest marijuana business licensing and its social equity program

Los Angeles’ latest marijuana business licensing round – which opened last month and has yet to award any retail permits – has many hopeful applicants outraged and threatening to take drastic action if major changes aren’t made. Hundreds reportedly appeared Thursday for the city’s Cannabis Regulation Commission meeting, where allegations of corruption, incompetence, and basic […]

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Cannabis farmers in Western states report large crop yields, only minor challenges

Cannabis growers in California, Oregon and Washington state say they are enjoying a robust outdoor harvest, with strong crop yields, high-quality flower and market prices well above last year’s depressed levels. Growers in the Western United States have been reporting higher overall prices, so this turnaround in the market coupled with higher yields likely will make […]

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US Tax Court rules cannabis deductions are not allowed

The U.S. Tax Court again ruled that Section 280E of the Internal Revenue Service tax code is constitutional and cannabis companies aren’t entitled to common business deductions. The ruling centered on a plea from Northern California Small Business Assistants, which received a tax bill and penalty from the IRS for $1.5 million for the 2012 tax […]

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Prospects brighten for cannabis farmers in California’s Emerald Triangle: Q&A with Humboldt Alliance’s Terra Carver

Terra Carver has lived in California’s Humboldt County nearly her entire life. Since January 2017, she’s served as executive director of the Humboldt County Growers Alliance (HCGA), a coalition she co-founded with the aim of helping longtime local marijuana farmers transition successfully into the new legal market. The first year of California’s legal marijuana market […]

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Buying cannabis licenses on secondary market more of a sure bet than applying for state business permits

As the marijuana industry matures and companies expand, many smaller, original growers and retailers are putting their licenses up for sale through the secondary market – much like selling a house. The growing trend is giving cannabis entrepreneurs a new avenue to secure a valuable business permit versus going through the state application process, which […]

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Colorado’s largest cannabis grower loses millions of dollars in early freeze; supply disruption expected

The largest marijuana grower in Colorado – Pueblo-based Los Sueños Farms – disclosed it lost millions of dollars during an early winter storm after half the company’s plants froze before harvest could be completed. The crop loss in Southern Colorado is expected to send ripples throughout the state’s cannabis supply chain, reducing the supply of […]

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