Ancillary Marijuana Companies

Truth in advertising: Marijuana sector still struggling to gain foothold in mainstream

By Omar Sacirbey

The marijuana industry has scored several advertising coups in recent weeks, with cannabis-related businesses landing ads on major television networks and in mainstream magazines.

Cannabis industry insiders welcomed the breakthroughs and accompanying hope, but they also cautioned that the MJ sector has far to go to win over mainstream media platforms.

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Marijuana firms in the dark when it comes to social media advertising

By Bart Schaneman

Years after legal markets have come online, marijuana businesses are still at a loss when it comes to what’s considered acceptable advertising on social media.

They’re throwing spaghetti at the wall, and absent any feedback from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and the like, it’s almost impossible to know what’s going to stick.

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Las Vegas marijuana lounges on hold until Denver clubs open

Las Vegas tourists won’t be able to visit marijuana consumption clubs any time soon. Commissioners in Nevada’s Clark County – home to Las Vegas – have decided to wait until Denver allows the nation’s first cannabis consumption club to open before they further discuss licensing and regulating marijuana lounges in Sin City. “I don’t see […]

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Marijuana consumption bus firm trying to roll into new markets

A Denver-based company that operates buses on which marijuana consumption is allowed wants to expand its services to states such as California, Massachusetts and Nevada in 2018. Loopr, which operates the so-called “Puff Buses,” is in talks with officials in Los Angeles and Las Vegas to bring the service to those cities, according to the Boston […]

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MA holding company helps Israeli MMJ firm expand US reach

Medical marijuana research firm Tikun Olam has expanded its partnership with a canna-centric Massachusetts holding company that will eventually increase the Israeli business’ U.S. footprint to seven states. Under its new agreement with Newton, Massachusetts-based holding company MariMed, Tikun Olam’s MMJ products will be grown, manufactured and sold in four states where MariMed has a presence – […]

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LSU completes deal with medical marijuana producer

Louisiana State University has completed its contract with a company that will grow medical marijuana and expects production to begin as early as mid-2018. The LSU AgCenter said in announcing the arrangement Monday that its new partner, Las Vegas-based GB Sciences, will start renovating its production facility immediately, The Advocate reported. The deal was formalized […]

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Cannabis tech firm joins Boston Chamber of Commerce

Weedmaps, a marijuana-focused tech company, has joined the Boston Chamber of Commerce and is finalizing a lease for an office that will house its sales and marketing team in the city’s pricey downtown. The move suggests California-based Weedmaps is confident the Massachusetts market will be lucrative and gives the company an anchor in the increasingly active […]

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Nevada switches from MJ Freeway to Franwell tracking system

The Nevada Department of Taxation has decided to replace MJ Freeway’s Leaf Data Systems with Franwell’s Metrc system for tracking cannabis inventory in the state. The switch will be official Nov. 1, Forbes reported, but Nevada cannabis companies can still utilize MJ Freeway software to send their data to Franwell’s Marijuana Enforcement Tracking Compliance system. […]

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Cannabis law firm to run ads on CNN, other cable networks

In a victory for cannabis-related businesses, the marijuana-centric Hoban Law Group is running a national advertisement on CNN and six other major cable TV networks. The news marks a watershed for cannabis advertising, as most television stations have strictly avoided broadcasting marijuana-related ads so as to not run afoul of federal regulators. In 2015, for example, […]

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Scotts Miracle-Gro to focus on North American interests like MJ

Botany giant Scotts Miracle-Gro has sold off its interests in Europe and Australia with the apparent intent of focusing on the North American market, including marijuana. The company on Thursday finalized a $250 million deal in which it sold off gardening business interests in seven different countries, meaning that nearly all its revenue will now come […]

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