Ontario Delays Launch of Private Cannabis Stores Until 2019

On Monday, Ontario’s government announced that it would start legal cannabis sales as online-only when it becomes legal on Oct. 17 and would delay brick and mortar sales until April of 2019, Bloomberg reports. In the meantime, Ontario has partnered with Shopify to provide a government-run, online-only platform for the sale of legal cannabis. Once private brick […]

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Pennsylvania MMJ Flower Sales Launch Today

Medical cannabis patients in Pennsylvania can purchase flower under the state’s MMJ program starting today, according to a press release from the office of Gov. Tom Wolf. A total of 16 dispensaries in Scranton and Williamsport started offering dry flower products on Wednesday; the product will launch in Edwardsville and State College next week, bringing the […]

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Ontario Government to Allow Private Cannabis Retailers

An insider source reportedly says the Ontario government will allow for privately owned cannabis shops when Canada’s adult-use market comes online in October, according to a CBC report. The source, who spoke with The Globe and Mail on the condition of anonymity, suggested that the government would maintain its control over cannabis distribution and online sales. Officials […]

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IndicaOnline Dispensary Point of Sale Integrates with Metrc Compliance Software

Managing cannabis compliance has been a complicated process for many marijuana retailers in medical and recreational markets. While many of the legal states in the U.S. have very similar regulations, each state has their own compliance nuances. IndicaOnline has recently developed comprehensive compliance tools within their dispensary point of sale software that simplifies sales and […]

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Proposal Released for California’s Permanent Cannabis Regulations

California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) released a proposal on Friday, July 13 outlining permanent cannabis industry regulations for the state. The 136-page document details every proposed rule for the burgeoning cannabis industry, but the BCC also released a fact sheet summary of industry changes under the proposed regulations. Industry-wide changes The proposal’s industry-wide changes include […]

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California Dispensaries Offloading Cheap Product; Shortage Looms with Regulatory Transition Period Ending Sunday

On Sunday, July 1, California’s adult-use cannabis industry will undergo a major overhaul. When the industry kicked off in January, it came with a six-month grace period of “mandatory” but unenforced compliance. Most companies took advantage of this and have been conducting business as usual but, as that time comes to a close this weekend, […]

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Proposal Would Give Maine Municipalities Power to Ban Cannabis Retailers

On Friday, Maine state Sen. Roger Katz (R-Augusta) proposed an amendment to a pending medical marijuana reform bill that would require all caregivers to acquire municipal approval to operate a storefront, the Portland Press Herald reports. The amendment is designed to patch a loophole between the adult-use bill passed into law in May and the state’s longer-standing medical […]

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Johnnie Rush: Designing Innovative Cannabis Retail Locations

Johnnie Rush is the Chief Business Innovation Officer for The McBride Company, a creative concept and design firm that specializes in creating spaces imbued with a specific experience, emotion, or attitude. The McBride Company’s first cannabis project — the Pineapple Express dispensary in Los Angeles, California — attracted media attention and helped generate a lot of hype […]

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Colorado Girl Scouts Will Allow Cookie Sales Outside of Dispensaries

The Girl Scouts of Colorado will allow cookie sales in front of retail cannabis dispensaries as part of their updated policies permitting sales at “adult-oriented businesses,” according to a Cannabist report. The change comes less than two weeks after a Girl Scout sold more than 300 boxes of cookies in six hours outside of a […]

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Detroit to Challenge Voter-Approved MMJ Industry Reforms in Court

Detroit, Michigan officials intend to file a lawsuit against the voter-approved medical cannabis dispensary rules that relaxed restrictions on businesses, such as reducing the buffer area from religious institutions and requiring public hearings and comments before obtaining approval to open a shop, the Detroit Free Press reports. The legal action comes less than a week […]

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MMJ Sales Begin in Pennsylvania

Medical cannabis sales in Pennsylvania began yesterday as six out of the 10 dispensaries so far approved by the state were legally allowed to open their doors. The program rolled out ahead of schedule, less than two years after the law was signed by Gov. Tom Wolf. “We reached this historic day through a lot […]

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Spark the Conversation: Jerred Kiloh, The Higher Path

Jerred Kiloh is president of the United Cannabis Business Association and owner of The Higher Path, an award-winning medical cannabis dispensary in Los Angeles. In this episode of the Spark the Conversation podcast, host Bianca Green interviews Jerred about creating one of the region’s best-known and most-loved dispensaries. In the following interview, Jerred shares his […]

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Spark the Conversation: Aaron Justis, Buds and Roses

Aaron Justis is CEO of Buds and Roses, a seasoned medical cannabis dispensary in the Studio City neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. In this podcast episode, Aaron hosts Spark the Conversation‘s Bianca Green for a conversation inside of the Buds and Roses dispensary location. This interview was recorded during the Spark the Conversation bus tour last […]

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David Barakett: Growing a Multi-State Dispensary Chain

David Barakett is the CEO of ShowGrow, a culture-focused dispensary chain with California locations in Los Angeles, Santa Ana, and Ramona. ShowGrow also runs a dispensary in Las Vegas, Nevada. David recently joined our podcast host TG Branfalt for a chat about participating in the widening cannabis markets in California and Nevada. In this episode, […]

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Why Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Matters to Dispensaries

Search Engine Optimization, when implemented correctly, can increase the online visibility of your business in organic search results. Depending on where you are located, you may be competing with numerous other companies for search traffic related to your business. For example, the phrase “Portland Dispensaries” is searched for over 10,000 times monthly in Google, and […]

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Toronto Dispensaries Shuttered Following ‘Operation Claudia’

Toronto police executed Operation Claudia yesterday, raiding more than 40 dispensaries in Ontario’s capitol city. The raids were followed today by protests in front of Toronto Police headquarters by activists who carried signs with slogans such as, “Patients deserve dignified access,” and “Stop busting the sick.”    During a press conference by police regarding the […]

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Paul Pedreira: Fighting Back Against Over-Regulation

Paul Pedreira is owner of Portland Best Buds, a premium cannabis dispensary located in the St. Johns neighborhood of Portland, Oregon. Portland Best Buds originally launched in the summer of 2015. The dispensary, however, has faced a lion’s share of the regulatory harassment that has become all-too-familiar among cannabis startups and entrepreneurs. Portland Best Buds was […]

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Massachusetts First MMJ Dispensary Opens for Business

Three years after Massachusetts voters overwhelmingly approved medical cannabis use, the state’s first dispensary has finally opened. After receiving a final approval from state regulators, Alternative Therapies Group made the following announcement on their website: “ATG is the first Registered Marijuana Dispensary to receive a Final Certificate of Registration in the state of Massachusetts. Our […]

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MMJ Sales Launched This Week in Connecticut

This week marks the opening of Connecticut’s medical marijuana market, nearly two years following the passage of a medical marijuana initiative that made Connecticut the 17th state to legalize cannabis for medicinal purposes. The first crop of medicine was grown by Theraplant, the state’s first licensed producer, and was shipped to the state’s six licensed dispensaries on Monday. […]

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