Category Archives: Recreational Marijuana 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 […]

Lack of cannabis tracking data in WA sparks confusion, missed business opportunities

A dearth of comprehensive price and sales data and incorrect figures about marijuana commerce have sowed confusion among cannabis businesses in Washington state since regulators rolled out a new traceability system more than a year ago. Cannabis analytics companies that long relied on the data have watched their revenues shrink. Also, the lack of market […]

If these Northeast states legalize adult-use marijuana, they could generate billions of dollars in sales

The legalization of recreational marijuana appears poised to sweep across the Northeast, which could result in billions of dollars of business opportunities over the next few years in a densely populated region of the nation. “Now that there’s (retail marijuana) stores in Massachusetts, we are really starting to see the dominoes fall,” said Matt Schweich, […]

California marijuana company plans $200 million campus in New York

Ahead of New York’s anticipated legalization of recreational cannabis, San Diego-based Flora California Prime is laying the groundwork to build a $200 million, 1.25 million-square-foot cannabis cultivation, manufacturing and distribution facility on 47 acres of land in Buffalo. According to Buffalo TV station WKBW, construction on the facility could begin once state lawmakers approve legislation […]

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 […]

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 […]

Despite reluctance, adult-use marijuana could be a priority for RI lawmakers in 2019

Opportunities for new and brisk cannabis businesses could develop in a number of states that might legalize adult-use marijuana in 2019, according to some industry experts. One state on that radar is Rhode Island. And, noting some hesitancy, the state’s Democratic lawmakers said they will likely discuss whether to legalize recreational cannabis in 2019. Gov. […]

California marijuana industry braces for ‘another enormous burden’ from next phase of testing costs

A new round of regulations in California will cause laboratory testing fees to increase more than 40%-55% for some of the state’s licensed cannabis cultivators as well as makers of concentrates and infused products, according to industry experts. The so-called Phase 3 rules take effect Dec. 31. They require all harvested cannabis and marijuana products […]