1st Legal Marijuana Stores Are Open in Massachusetts

After years of preparation and debate, legal marijuana is now a reality in Massachusetts.

Any adult can walk into a store, pay cash and walk out with a joint, which they can smoke, legally, in their home.

But the roll-out of the first marijuana stores is only the beginning. In the coming year, marijuana entrepreneurs and regulators will face a host of challenges, from enabling small businesses to enter the market to writing regulations for marijuana cafes to figuring out how to address drugged driving. Continue reading “1st Legal Marijuana Stores Are Open in Massachusetts”

Michigan Medical Marijuana Facilities Given Temporary Licenses Following Shortage

More than 70 Michigan dispensaries operating under temporary licenses were forced to shut their doors at the beginning of 2019. In compliance with a set of bills passed in 2016, reforming the way the state regulates the production and sale of medical marijuana. The result was a shortage in medical marijuana, plaguing many areas in Michigan including much of Ann Arbor. Continue reading “Michigan Medical Marijuana Facilities Given Temporary Licenses Following Shortage”

MMJ Dispensary In Massachusetts Receives First License To Sell Recreational Cannabis

Massachusetts hit another milestone in its era of legalized marijuana: State regulators granted Cultivate a license to sell recreational marijuana at the company’s existing medical marijuana dispensary in Leicester.

The five-member Cannabis Control Commission unanimously voted to grant the retail license to Cultivate Holdings, Inc., which operates the first medical marijuana dispensary in Worcester County. Continue reading “MMJ Dispensary In Massachusetts Receives First License To Sell Recreational Cannabis”

Michigan Budtenders In High Demand

With medical marijuana on the cusp of becoming a bona fide industry in Michigan, the people who educate customers and sell the product in dispensaries — budtenders in marijuana lingo — will be in high demand.

Across the state, as dispensaries prepare to open, owners will be seeking hundreds of workers to be the sales force and consultants for medical marijuana patients. And this won’t be your typical retail job. Continue reading “Michigan Budtenders In High Demand”

In a Marijuana Market with Little Competition, Vermont Looks for More

Vermont’s handful of medical marijuana dispensaries have exclusive permission to grow and sell marijuana in the state.  If and when lawmakers legalize non-medical weed, they will likely have a head start on a very profitable industry.

From the outside, Shayne Lynn’s 2,800-square-foot building in Milton looks more like an insurance company’s headquarters than a marijuana production plant.  Inside, thousands of marijuana plants grow under artificial light. Some are secured behind glass windows, others obscured inside shipping containers. Continue reading “In a Marijuana Market with Little Competition, Vermont Looks for More”

New Medical Marijuana Rules in Michigan Will Allow All-In-One Facilities

A new medical marijuana facility licensed by the state will be able to grow, process and sell medical marijuana at the same location, the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs announced on Thursday.

The legislature last year passed legislation to legalize and regulate medical marijuana dispensaries, but left some particulars up to the departmental rulemaking process.

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Arkansas to Allow 32 Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Statewide

There will be 32 medical marijuana dispensary licenses up for grabs when the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission eventually starts accepting applications for those licenses, the commission decided on Tuesday. Continue reading “Arkansas to Allow 32 Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Statewide”

Colorado Pot Shops Reach $1 Billion in Sales During First 10 Months of 2016

In the first 10 months of 2016, Colorado marijuana shops reached a significant milestone they had barely missed in all of 2015: $1 billion in legal, regulated cannabis sales. Recreational and medical cannabis shops in America’s first 420-legal state have sold nearly $1.1 billion of marijuana and related products in 2016, according to the new October data from the state’s Department of Revenue. Continue reading “Colorado Pot Shops Reach $1 Billion in Sales During First 10 Months of 2016”

Marijuana Legalization in Arizona Could Have Big Influence On Real Estate

If Arizona voters pass Prop 205 legalizing recreational marijuana, it could have a big impact on the industrial and retail market around the state. Continue reading “Marijuana Legalization in Arizona Could Have Big Influence On Real Estate”

First Legal Marijuana Dispensary in Alaska May Open This Week

Two Kenai Peninsula growers wasted no time delivering their product to the state’s first cannabis testing facility when it opened its doors at 8 a.m. Monday in Anchorage, one of the final steps before Alaskans can legally purchase marijuana. Continue reading “First Legal Marijuana Dispensary in Alaska May Open This Week”