Marijuana Dispensary & Cannabis Store News

Rhode Island governor wins battle over medical cannabis rules

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo signed into law a bill repealing lawmakers’ ability to veto medical marijuana and hemp regulations. The Democratic governor also said she is ending her lawsuit against the General Assembly over the issue, the Providence Journal reported. She had maintained the Legislature’s control over cannabis and hemp industries rules was unconstitutional. […]

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Boston’s first adult-use marijuana retailer could open in March

Massachusetts regulators on Thursday approved a business license for the first recreational cannabis store in Boston. The approval means Pure Oasis could open in about a month in Boston’s Dorcester neighborhood, co-owner Kobie Evans said. The Cannabis Control Commission’s licensing of Pure Oasis is the first for a recreational marijuana retailer under Massachusetts’?social equity program. […]

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Whoopi Goldberg exits marijuana products firm after dispute

Whoopi & Maya Medical Cannabis, a California company with MMJ products available in stores in California and Colorado, has ceased operations in the wake of an unresolved dispute between co-founders Whoopi Goldberg and Maya Elisabeth. The end of the partnership between actor and comedian Goldberg and marijuana industry veteran Elisabeth is a dramatic departure from […]

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Dispensaries advance in New Jersey medical cannabis licensing process

Three medical marijuana dispensaries in New Jersey moved closer to opening their doors. Regulators?awarded permits to grow medical marijuana to three more companies, the state health department said Tuesday: Columbia Care NJ. MPX NJ. Verano. The cultivation licensing round advances a process that began more than a year ago?in an effort?to stimulate the state’s MMJ […]

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Which California city might show the way forward for cannabis social equity in the state?

Some marijuana industry watchers are keeping a close eye on Sacramento, California, as a possible example that other municipalities in the state could follow as they look to expand or develop new social equity plans. California cities, including Sacramento, have struggled to fulfill the ideals behind social equity even?as marijuana businesses in the state also […]

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Illinois adult-use cannabis sales hit $40 million in first month

Recreational marijuana stores in Illinois sold almost $40 million worth of product during the state’s first month of legal sales. That is far more than the $6.5 million in recreational marijuana sold in Michigan, which began sales a month earlier than Illinois’ Jan. 1 launch. Illinois also sold more marijuana in its first month of […]

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Boston’s first adult-use cannabis store to open under social equity owners

The first recreational marijuana store in Boston could be open for business?by March. The store, Pure Oasis, also would be the first adult-use marijuana store in Massachusetts to be owned under the state’s social equity program, the Boston Herald reported. Massachusetts’ social equity – aka economic empowerment – program seeks to engage people?from communities that […]

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Detroit bans adult-use cannabis sales through March 31

The Detroit City Council voted to extend a temporary ban on recreational marijuana sales through March 31 as the city grapples with implementing a social equity program and a burgeoning illicit market. The extension allows “additional opportunity to continue to develop a social equity program,” according to City Councilman James Tate’s office. Meanwhile, the demand […]

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Utah’s first medical marijuana stores set to open

Utah’s new medical marijuana program will launch on schedule, state health officials said, with one or two dispensaries opening in the first week of March. The dispensaries’ opening coincides with the issuance of cards that will allow patients to legally purchase medical marijuana in the state. However, the number of physicians willing to recommend medical […]

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Arizona medical cannabis sales increase 36%

Medical marijuana stores in Arizona sold 165,722 pounds of product in 2019, a 35.9% increase from the 121,916 pounds sold in 2018, state statistics show. Meanwhile, 219,817 people were registered in the state’s medical marijuana program last year, an 18% increase from 186,002 in 2018, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. The agency […]

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Louisiana medical marijuana grower to sell CBD products

Ilera Holistic Healthcare, a medical marijuana grower in Louisiana, plans to?sell CBD products nationwide. A contractor for Baton Rouge-based Southern University, Ilera will also sell the over-the-counter CBD products at all but one medical marijuana dispensary in Louisiana. “We’ll be the first university in the United States to do a national CBD launch,” Ilera CEO […]

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Long lines, high demand cause Illinois adult-use marijuana stores to ration flower, require customer appointments

A few weeks into recreational cannabis sales in Illinois, supply of flower remains tight, which is forcing many marijuana retailers to limit the amount sold to any one customer. That’s to ensure retailers can serve as many people as possible, and some shops even require adult-use cannabis customers to schedule appointments. Illinois cannabis retailers are […]

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