Category Archives: Dispensary/Retail Store Business News

City of Sonora to sue California over statewide marijuana delivery policy

The city of Sonora, in central California, plans to file suit against the state Bureau of Cannabis Control over a policy adopted last year that allows commercial cannabis to be delivered anywhere in the state, regardless of local bans on MJ commerce. According to the Union Democrat, the Sonora City Council voted 5-0 to proceed […]

Legal cannabis sales top $6 billion in Colorado

Colorado’s legal marijuana market hit a milestone at the end of 2018, going over $6 billion in combined recreational and medical sales since the adult-use market launched on New Year’s Day in 2014. But since 2016, recreational sales have continued to climb as medical sales have taken a serious dip. In 2018 alone, there was […]

Arkansas to activate medical cannabis cards Feb. 15

Patients who registered for Arkansas’ medical marijuana program will see their cards become active next week, but dispensaries in the state likely won’t have the ability to sell MMJ to them until April at the soonest. The active ID cards could potentially allow eager patients to travel to neighboring Oklahoma – which allows reciprocity for […]

More illicit California marijuana retailers busted by local law enforcement

Search warrants have been served at 10 inland Southern California marijuana dispensaries allegedly operating without licenses. Several enforcement actions in the Golden State have been reported in the past several months as state and local authorities continue efforts to crack down on illicit marijuana operations. It’s a development that could help some licensed MJ firms that have […]

ND medical cannabis market inches onward as state hands out first patient cards

North Dakota has begun issuing medical marijuana cards to patients and caregivers, which marks another step forward as the state has spent nearly two years setting up a regulated distribution system for the MMJ market. Voters in the state approved medical cannabis in November 2016. Here are the basics surrounding the situation: North Dakota’s health department […]

Arkansas announces first medical marijuana dispensary licenses

Arkansas issued its first six licenses for businesses to sell medical marijuana in the state, another welcome development for cannabis company owners that have waited for the program to roll out since voters approved it in 2016. Sales aren’t likely to begin until April at the earliest. The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) […]

CIBC compares cannabis to gold rush, predicts ‘beginning of global seismic shift’

The birth of the legal cannabis industry in Canada is akin to the gold rush, but very few cannabis companies will live up to their lofty expectations, according to a new report from one of the country’s largest banks. CIBC World Markets, a subsidiary of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, made the sobering assessment […]

Alaska OKs rules for on-site cannabis use, gives jurisdictions some control

Alaska regulators approved rules for on-site consumption of marijuana at some retail cannabis shops – but local governments, by an ordinance or ballot question, could bar on-premise use or certain types of consumption, such as smoking. Cary Carrigan, the executive director of the Alaska Marijuana Industry Association, called the state’s Marijuana Control Board’s 3-2 vote […]

New law in Maine expands medical cannabis businesses’ options

Maine cannabis companies hope a new law that allows medical marijuana firms to sell MMJ to one another will help the state’s industry by opening new opportunities to do business. Here are the basics: The law, which went into effect last week, allows businesses to sell up to 30% of their harvest or inventory, the Portland Press […]

Ohio green lights medical marijuana lab, clearing last hurdle to begin sales

Ohio regulators awarded the state’s first certificate of operation to a laboratory to test medical cannabis, clearing the last obstacle to medical marijuana sales. North Coast Testing Laboratories of Streetsboro had its inspection on Wednesday and was deemed fully compliant with the state’s rules and the lab’s application, according to a spokesperson from Ohio’s Department […]