Ancillary Marijuana Companies

Food Regulators Inspect Edibles Companies, Force Product Recalls

Health inspectors in Denver are holding edibles companies to the same safety standards as restaurants and other food manufacturers. The Denver Department of Environmental Health recently began sending food inspectors on surprise visits to edibles manufacturers to check for proper refrigeration, preparation techniques and sanitary standards. It’s a practice that is common within the food […]

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Dixie Holdings and Medical Marijuana Inc. Settle Legal Dispute

Two well-known companies in the cannabis industry have resolved a year-long legal dispute. Dixie Holdings – which owns Dixie Elixirs and Edibles – and Medical Marijuana Inc. announced that they have agreed to settle a lawsuit over their joint company, Red Dice Holdings. The agreement allows the companies to cut ties, letting Dixie focus on […]

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WeedMaps Ad Pulled From Times Square

Online dispensary directory WeedMaps recently purchased electronic billboard space in New York City’s Times Square, only to have the ad rejected before it could run. The development is yet another example of the difficulties cannabis companies run into when trying to advertise across mainstream platforms, despite the industry’s rapid expansion and the growing acceptance of […]

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Greenhouse Technology Shakes Up Economics of Cannabis Cultivation

By Fred Dreier Lured by the prospect of cutting electricity costs, more marijuana entrepreneurs are pursuing greenhouse cultivation facilities. Greenhouse manufacturers claim that their structures can save anywhere from 25% to 50% on electricity costs compared to indoor grows. And the companies also say that, when grown correctly, plants in greenhouses can reach harvest at […]

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Fodor’s Travel Helps Cannatourists Know How, Where to Buy

Fodor’s Travel wants tourists in Colorado to get the most out of their recreational marijuana experience. The company – which publishes travel books for consumers – recently posted a page on its website about marijuana tourism, offering advice for individuals looking to partake in the state’s recreational cannabis industry. A handful of newspapers have published […]

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SEC Suspends Trading of Cannabis Stock

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has temporarily halted trading of a cannabis company’s stock over concerns that “undisclosed affiliates and shareholders” unlawfully distributed shares. Advanced Cannabis Solutions – which trades on the over-the-counter market under the symbol CANN – has been suspended until April 9 as the SEC investigates the issue. The company said […]

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Colorado Lawyers Cleared to Work With Cannabis Clients

Lawyers in Colorado can now help cannabis clients to the fullest extent of their professional abilities, without fearing ethics sanctions or discipline. On Monday, the Colorado Supreme Court approved a rule change that allows lawyers to advise cannabis clients – even though those businesses are breaking federal law – so long as the attorneys do […]

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New Marijuana Digital Currencies: Adoption, Legality Unclear

Following the lead of the online currency Bitcoin, two new digital payment options have entered the cryptocurrency market, and both are aimed squarely at the marijuana industry. The developers of PotCoin and DopeCoin claim their currencies offer customers a discreet, electronic way to pay for marijuana. They also claim that their products allow marijuana businesses […]

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Marijuana Packaging Companies Compete With Differing Business Models

By Fred Dreier The glass jars, opaque bags and other packaging material that contain cannabis have become more important to dispensary businesses as the U.S. marijuana market has grown. Packaging can create a dispensary’s brand identity and help market specific strains and products. And under many states’ marijuana laws, packaging must meet defined child-resistant standards. […]

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Cannabis-Friendly Landlord Finalizes $4.6 Million Deal

One of Arizona’s largest real estate deals in 2014 has closed, and the property is specifically designed to attract medical marijuana tenants. Zoned Properties, a real estate company and landlord to marijuana businesses, closed on a $4.6 million transaction to take ownership of a five-acre, multi-tenant light industrial park in Tempe, AZ. Zoned Properties cited […]

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Job Fair Approach Comes to Cannabusiness Industry

The rapid growth of Colorado’s cannabis industry has created a greater demand for labor. The vape pen company OpenVape believes it can alleviate that demand. OpenVape will host a job fair on Thursday, March 13 at its company headquarters in Denver. The fair, called “CannaSearch,” is open to anyone over 21. At least 15 employers […]

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Concentrates Makers Struggle With Low-Level Competitors

By Fred Dreier Brandon Hamilton, owner of a Seattle-based cannabis concentrates company called WAM Oil, was concerned with the way his products were being marketed and then sold at area dispensaries. So he enlisted secret shoppers to go to dispensaries and ask budtenders about the various oils on the shelf. He was not happy with […]

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