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  1. Ron Strider

    CA: San Diego Cannabis Stores Brace For New Year's High

    Torrey Holistics was one of the first cannabis dispensaries in California to get a temporary license to sell adult use marijuana this month. Now the store is gearing up for a wave of new business on Monday as that license becomes valid and adult use sales become legal. "On January 1st we're...
  2. Ron Strider

    CA: Meet A Company Profiting From Cannabis Without Touching A Plant

    There's more to the cannabis industry than just the plants themselves. It's a lesson made crystal clear by Kush Bottles Inc. (KSHB) , a small-cap, Santa Ana, California-based company carving out a name for itself in a market that's just getting started. The company was founded in 2010 to...
  3. Ron Strider

    New West Ocean City Business Dispenses Warmth, Marijuana

    The term "medical marijuana dispensary" conjures all the coziness of a hospital gown. Denise and Lyndsey Odachowski want to change that. Their mother-and-daughter pharmacy, which deals exclusively in the newly available drug, pops with splashes of green paint and sunny photographs of the...
  4. Ron Strider

    Canada: 'Now People Don't Need Us': Legalized Pot Leaves Head Shops With Hazy Future

    After decades of trailblazing cannabis-related retail — often under police scrutiny — Calgary head shops say legal recreational marijuana offers them a hazy future. Despite a perception looming legislative changes might affirm their bong and roach clip business model, those first in on cannabis...
  5. Ron Strider

    NV: Carson City Planning Commission Approves Marijuana Distributor Special Use Permit

    The Carson City Planning Commission approved a special use permit for a marijuana distributor to relocate its business on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2017. The special use permit will allow Paladin to relocate its marijuana distribution business to 3160 N. Deer Run Road, which is zoned general...
  6. Ron Strider

    WA: Marijuana Farmers Say Controls, Regulations & Low Prices Threaten Their Business

    David Taylor's business card carries the title "plant whisperer." "I talk to them every day," Taylor said earlier this month, outside the four greenhouses in rural Medical Lake where he operates his marijuana business, the Joint Venture. "I talk sweet to them. They're all females. I try to be...
  7. Ron Strider

    California Issues First Batch Of Licenses To Legally Sell Marijuana

    California's legal marijuana market is finally, fitfully, taking shape. The state on Thursday issued the first batch of business licenses to sell and transport recreational-use pot, just 18 days before legal sales will begin on Jan. 1, 2018. The 20 temporary licenses – some of which were...
  8. Ron Strider

    CA: A Second Medical Marijuana Business Gets Initial Nod In Costa Mesa

    A medical marijuana distribution and transportation company proposed for a new district in the city took a big step forward after the Planning Commission voted unanimously to grant it a necessary permit, the second business to receive one in as many weeks. The conditional use permit allows...
  9. Ron Strider

    First Colorado Business To Allow Marijuana Consumption Prepares Opening

    Another milestone is set for Colorado's pioneering marijuana industry. The first business that could allow cannabis consumption is expected to open by the end of the year. The developers of The Coffee Joint plan to allow customers to enjoy pot while also drinking a cup of Joe. Denver...
  10. Ron Strider

    Denver's 1st Application For Social Marijuana Use License To Allow Pot In Coffee Shop

    More than three months after Denver officially opened the gates, the first application to allow social marijuana use in a business has landed. The applicants seek to take advantage of 2016's voter-passed Initiative 300, which made Denver the first in the nation to launch a program allowing...
  11. Ron Strider

    CA: Costa Mesa Commission Considers Proposed Medical Marijuana Distribution Business

    For the second time in as many meetings, Costa Mesa planning commissioners are set to consider plans to open a medical marijuana business in the city. The proposed operation up for review Monday – called CMX Distribution – would occupy 4,722 square feet of existing industrial warehouse space...
  12. Ron Strider

    MI: Medical Marijuana License Applications Available Online, Earlier Than Scheduled

    The state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs gave an early Christmas present to people who want to get into the lucrative medical marijuana business. The department wasn't supposed to make applications for the five categories of licenses – growers, processers, testers, secure...
  13. Ron Strider

    CA: Hemp Farmers Lose In Federal Court

    A federal judge has rejected a Southern California cannabis company's request to resume growing hemp for "research" purposes in the Delta. Cannabis Science Inc., along with the Winnemucca Shoshoni tribe of Native Americans and a business calling itself "American States University," asked the...
  14. Ron Strider

    CA: LAPD Captain Probed For Possible Ties To Marijuana Warehouse

    Los Angeles police captain is on paid leave as the department investigates whether he is involved with an alleged marijuana warehouse in Sun Valley. The warehouse came to the LAPD's attention on Oct. 31 after someone called to report a burglary there. Phillip A. Smith, a captain in Rampart...
  15. Ron Strider

    CA: Proposal For Medical Marijuana Extraction Facility Goes To Costa Mesa Commission

    A medical marijuana extraction facility could be a step closer Monday to opening in Costa Mesa. The Planning Commission will review an application for a conditional use permit to open the facility in a 7,315-square-foot tenant space at 3590 Cadillac Ave.in the northwest area of the city...
  16. Ron Strider

    Women Unite At Largest U.S. Marijuana Business Conference

    In the sea of men descending on Las Vegas for the nation's largest business conference for legal weed, the gender gap in this burgeoning industry was easy to spot. But female cannabis entrepreneurs and industry workers actively sought out each other during the largest MJBizCon yet and vowed to...
  17. Ron Strider

    NV: Marijuana Business Convention Proves Cannabis Industry Is Booming

    As Nevada's budding marijuana industry digs in, the United State's industry as a whole continues to grow at a rapid pace. The cannabis industry is blooming, and so are all of the businesses that support it. The world's largest cannabis industry trade show, the Marijuana Business...
  18. Ron Strider

    NV: Marijuana Trade Show Moves To Las Vegas Convention Center

    Much like the cannabis industry at large, it's been a swift half-decade of maturation for the nation's largest marijuana trade show. About 400 people attended the initial iteration of the Marijuana Business Conference when it debuted in Denver in 2012. Back then, just 16 states had legal...
  19. Ron Strider

    Why Marijuana Companies Struggle To Make A Profit

    With 29 states (plus the District of Columbia) that have legalized marijuana in some form, the U.S. is seeing an explosion of pot-related companies. In 2016, there were between 21,000 and 33,000 cannabis businesses in the U.S. Yet many of these businesses have a hard time just making ends meet...
  20. Ron Strider

    There's A Buzz Surrounding Constellation's Legal Marijuana Deal

    It's a mind-expanding investment, man. With the recent purchase of a minority stake in a Canadian marijuana company, Constellation Brands – whose major beer division is based in Chicago and is best known for selling Corona beer, wine and spirits – is lighting up one of the year's most...