Local ballot measures across California could significantly expand marijuana industry footprint

The November election offers the prospect that California’s legal cannabis industry footprint could expand significantly, depending on a couple of dozen local ballot measures. According to research by Hirsh Jain, government affairs director at San Jose-based retailer Caliva, at least 26 localities across California will have pro-marijuana initiatives on the ballot. Jain estimates those measure […]

Illinois urged to apply adult-use cannabis tax revenue to social equity

Illinois should use tax revenue from recreational marijuana sales to help social equity applicants who continue to accrue expenses because of extended coronavirus-fueled licensing delays, an industry group says. The Cannabis Business Association of Illinois suggested the move in a letter to Gov. J.B. Pritzker, according to the Chicago Tribune. “We all recognize that the […]

Ohio medical marijuana businesses cry out for expansion to meet growing demand

Medical cannabis companies in Ohio, complaining that market growth is being constrained, are calling for more dispensaries and permission to expand cultivation facilities. The complaints come as MMJ sales in the state reached the milestone of $100 million year-to-date, according to Columbus Business First. Despite those numbers, Ohio MMJ sales are running at a pace less […]

Cannabis social equity makes progress in Washington state, but licensees will face notable obstacles

(This is the fifth in a series of stories from Marijuana Business Daily examining social equity regulations and business opportunities in key U.S. markets. Part 1 covered Illinois, Part 2 covered Michigan, Part 3 covered California and Part 4 covered Oregon.) Efforts to broaden minority participation in Washington state’s cannabis industry are underway, but government officials face obstacles […]

California judge fines licensed marijuana company $500,000 for violations

In a first-of-its-kind enforcement case in California, a judge ruled in late July that a licensed cannabis business must pay the state more than half a million dollars in penalties, legal fees and other costs after it lost a civil case. The lawsuit, brought by state regulators, charged Lowell Farms with conducting “commercial cannabis activity […]

Michigan to allow stand-alone adult-use cannabis licenses earlier than expected

Michigan plans to make recreational-only licenses available to marijuana businesses in November, a year ahead of schedule, according to the state’s top cannabis regulator. The plan will open up new business opportunities in Michigan’s nascent adult-use industry, including the possibility of more robust social equity licensing. But the state’s program remains constrained by the fact […]

The Weedmaps guide to getting into concentrates

It wasn’t long ago that dabbing conjured visions of intense consumption and high THC levels. Fast forward to e-rigs, portable vaporizers and strides in testing and quality of concentrates, all helping propel this once “sketchy” corner of the black market into a booming, legal industry. Though, despite this, consuming concentrates and extracts tends to make newcomers […]

Individual imports of cannabis continue to grow in Brazil

The cumulative number of authorizations for individual patients in Brazil to import nonregistered medical cannabis products reached 18,650 at the end of March, according to data shared with Marijuana Business Daily by the country’s health regulator. National Sanitary Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) approvals to import the products have been growing rapidly in the past year, and […]

Cannabis industry veterans share measures they’ve taken to keep their companies viable amid the current economic downturn

Austin Stevenson Chief innovation officer of Vertosa Oakland, California   How has Vertosa reduced costs? Oil has a long shelf life and there is an oversupply of oil on the market, reducing the costs. The looming recessionary fear has caused the cost of extracts to go down even more. Being a company that uses those […]