By John Schroyer A new niche sector within the larger marijuana industry is developing in California: independent distribution firms that don’t produce their own cannabis products. Such companies – which often act as inventory clearinghouses for existing dispensaries and other plant-touching businesses – are a relatively new phenomenon in California.Read More
By Matt Lamers Smaller marijuana cultivators will have to be more nimble and strategic to succeed in Canadian provinces dominated by government-run retail monopolies, but the sales model itself won’t make doing business impossible, according to industry executives.Read More
By Kristen Nichols
A flurry of marijuana and hemp lawsuits are roiling the cannabis industry’s confusing intellectual property landscape, with trademark and trade-secret fights signaling big changes for the business.
The legal disputes – from Ohio to California – show that long-simmering tensions over intellectual property in the cannabis sector are growing as the industry matures.Read More
By Margaret Jackson
On the surface, it might seem like a no-brainer for a farmer who is growing hemp to cross over to marijuana, given the growing number of medical and recreational MJ products on the market.
Hemp, after all, is a cousin of marijuana. But it’s not so simple.Read More
By Omar Sacirbey
Maine marijuana advocates expect Gov. Paul LePage to veto a recreational cannabis bill that’s laden with business opportunities.
But even if the bill’s proponents can muster enough support to override a veto, legalization advocates worry the Republican governor could find other ways to delay or undermine implementation.Read More
By Bart Schaneman MJ Freeway, one of the leading technology companies in the cannabis industry, continues to experience security and performance issues with its inventory tracking software. The company’s point-of-sale system failed multiple times over the past few days, forcing marijuana retailers nationwide to log transactions by hand or in some cases even close temporarily.Read More
By Eli McVey The number of medical cannabis patients in New York has nearly tripled this year, driven by the addition of chronic pain as a qualifying condition and a series of changes aimed at increasing the viability of the state’s medical marijuana program.Read More
By Bart Schaneman, John Schroyer and Omar Sacirbey Michigan regulators propose steep capital requirements for medical marijuana businesses, cannabis funding deals skyrocket, and Pennsylvania gives the green light to the state’s first MMJ cultivator. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.Read More
By John Schroyer The wildfires ravaging Northern California over the past week have burned tens of thousands of acres of land, torching more than 30 marijuana farms and adding a new wrinkle to the January rollout of the state’s regulated cannabis industry.Read More
By Matt Lamers A fog of uncertainty hanging over Canada’s cannabis sector was lifted this week after a securities regulator and the operator of the country’s largest stock exchange clarified the listing rules for marijuana companies doing business in the United States.Read More
By Bart Schaneman
Marijuana companies are seeing an uptick in lawsuits tied to employment issues, reflecting the cannabis industry’s growing pains as it transforms into a more mainstream business.
The latest involves a suit targeting Electrum Partners, a well-known cannabis investment advisory firm in Las Vegas.Read More