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Overseeing half a decade of legal cannabis: Q&A with Denver marijuana czar Ashley Kilroy

Ashley Kilroy has overseen Denver’s recreational cannabis industry since Colorado launched adult-use sales in 2014. As director of Denver’s Department of Excise and Licenses and the agency’s Office of Marijuana Policy, Kilroy has seen cannabis business owners experience growing pains as the industry has matured. “Being first wasn’t easy,” she said. “We’re proud of what we […]

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Chart: Multistate cannabis operators rapidly expanding into new markets

The fragmented, state-by-state nature of the marijuana industry historically has been dominated by small, local players, but larger, publicly traded companies with multistate operations are becoming an increasingly prevalent force. Rapid consolidation and expansion among cannabis companies dominated 2018 with more than 300 mergers and acquisitions and a rash of reverse takeovers that allowed U.S. […]

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Which California region will emerge as marijuana cultivation business leader?

It shocked some cannabis industry watchers last year when Santa Barbara County developed front-runner status among California’s 58 counties by accruing the most marijuana cultivation permits. Humboldt County – the centerpiece of the famed Emerald Triangle to the north – finished second. At the end of 2018, Santa Barbara – in Southern California – had […]

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Chart: Maryland’s first-year medical marijuana sales approach $100 million

Maryland’s slow-to-start medical marijuana industry made up for lost time, zooming toward $100 million in first-year sales. Maryland brought in $95.4 million in dispensary sales between Dec. 1, 2017, and Nov. 30, 2018, averaging 21% monthly growth and peaking in November at $13.8 million. That total surpassed first-year MMJ sales in Illinois, Massachusetts and New […]

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