How To Add Delivery Service To Your Cannabis Retail

Weed delivery services can bring in additional revenue, so here’s what to do in order to implement the strategy. November 15, 2019 8 min read This story originally appeared on Weedmaps As a retail cannabis business owner or manager, you’re always looking for ways to offer a higher level of service to your customers. And one potential opportunity to do that? Delivery service. Offering delivery is a rising trend at dispensaries where laws permit them — and for many consumers, it’s quickly becoming the preferred method of getting cannabis. But how, exactly, do you add delivery service to your retail? Why Should You Add Delivery? First things first — before we jump into how to add delivery services to your dispensary, let’s first cover why you should consider adding delivery in the first place. Adding delivery to your roster of services adds a variety of benefits for your consumers — […]

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More Jane For Your Buck, But At What Cost?

How cannabis consumers, manufacturers and legislative stakeholders must combat the Black Market. November 4, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. While growing numbers of licensed cannabis dispensaries and reputable supply-chain companies are popping up throughout the nation, an unregulated black market is also looking to capitalize on the multi-billion dollar consumer demand. Such impostures have flooded the market with unlicensed cannabis dispensaries, as well as illegal delivery services, which sell knock-off cannabis products that are not tested for pesticides and other contaminants. California, for example, is the biggest legal marijuana market in the world, and still, the black market is three times larger than the legal one. Such illicit competition has resulted in a significant threat to public health and safety and has created a massive problem for the marijuana community. In order to counter such a colossal illicit market, manufacturers, consumers and legislative stakeholders need […]

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Florida Man Needs To Stop Calling Police About His Stolen Weed

It’s the latest in a weird list of stories that show many people remain clueless about complex cannabis laws. October 29, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. It’s always a good idea to call the police if something has been stolen from you. It’s only a bad idea if the item stolen is something that is illegal to have in the first place. A Florida man who recently called police to tell them that his roommate had stolen $20 worth of cannabis just learned that the hard way.  As explained by the Pasco County Sheriff’s Deputy who responded to the call: ”A guy’s calling in saying his roommate stole his weed. Twenty dollars’ worth and he’s upset. He keeps calling 911. So, I got to give him a call and tell him to stop calling about his weed.”  If the officer seems amused, that’s […]

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Most Democratic Candidates Favor Marijuana Legalization — With One Important Exception

Joe Biden is the lone frontrunner who hasn’t backed marijuana legalization at the federal level October 24, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As Mexico prepares to join Canada in legalizing marijuana at the federal level, a U.S. Democratic presidential candidate suggested that the United States should do the same as part of the battle against the opioid crisis. In an extraordinary moment noticed by marijuana advocates, former U.S. congressman Beto O’Rourke of El Paso, Texas, said during the October Democratic primary debate that he had met a veteran who had become addicted to opioids. “Now imagine that veteran, instead of being prescribed an opioid, had been prescribed marijuana, because we made that legal in America [and] ensured the VA could prescribe it, expunge the arrest records for those who’d been arrested for possession and made sure that he was not prescribed something to which […]

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Cannabis Arrests Are On The Rise — Again

The places where you can buy marijuana are increasing, but so are the number of arrests on marijuana-related charges. October 22, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. While more U.S. states continue to legalize marijuana, more U.S. citizens keep getting arrested for marijuana-related crimes. FBI crime statistics show that, for the third year in a row, the number of marijuana-related arrests increased in 2018. How is that possible? The crime stats from the FBI don’t offer an explanation, only raw data. However, it was clear that arrests have increased in areas where marijuana is not yet legal. In the West, where many states have legalized cannabis, marijuana possession arrests accounted for only 13.4 percent of all such arrests nationwide. It’s a different story in other parts of the country, however, with the most arrests happening in the Northeast (48.9 percent), with the Midwest (45.8 percent) and the […]

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New California Laws Allow Some Marijuana Firms To Deduct Expenses On State Returns

The hope is to help normalize marijuana as an agricultural commodity. October 22, 2019 6 min read This story originally appeared on MJBizDaily Cannabis-related bills signed into law by California Gov. Gavin Newsom are significant steps in both providing marijuana businesses with the ability to write off business costs on state tax returns as well as normalizing cannabis as an agriculture commodity for cultivators. On Oct. 12, Newsom signed Assembly Bill 37, which will allow California’s cannabis businesses to deduct expenses on state income tax returns. “This shows a lot of intent from the state to support the industry,” said Avis Bulbulyan, a longtime Los Angeles-based cannabis consultant. “It’s a move in the right direction.” In September, Newsom signed two Senate bills – SB 527 and SB 657 – which might not have as immediate impact on the bottom line of most marijuana companies but should benefit growers in the long run. The former might free up additional farmland for […]

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Black Market Weed Is Still Popular In Some States, But It’s Also Very Dangerous

October 17, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The marijuana black market remains strong across the country, even in places with legal adult-use sales such as California. The main reason for this is that black market marijuana is cheap, although consumer confusion about decriminalization may also contribute to the problem. What’s certain is that, for consumers, black market cannabis is dangerous. Legal cannabis businesses — both for medical and recreational marijuana — must meet state standards for the growing of marijuana, the product of marijuana-related products (including CBD), and the sale of cannabis-related products. In the black market, of course, no such standards exist, which is why the entire industry is urging for a regulated market. “When we take this off the market, this black market marijuana, it could save a life,” Captain Holly Francisco of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department told ABC […]

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Efforts Intensify To Battle Corruption Involving Local Government Officials And Cannabis Industry

States are taking action against government officials involved in bribery and extortion. October 16, 2019 6 min read This story originally appeared on MJBizDaily Law enforcement authorities across the country, including the FBI, have cast a wide net in their efforts to root out corruption among local government officials overseeing the marijuana industry. The crackdown has ensnared local government and cannabis industry officials in states such as California, Massachusetts and Michigan. Charges have included bribery and extortion. While claims of licensing bias and flawed scoring are more common, an examination of the landscape suggests that there have been a number of blatant efforts over the years to improperly influence public officials into awarding highly coveted marijuana licenses. Such corruption, combined with flawed and biased licensing, undermines the process, hurting the opportunities for businesses that play by the rules, industry experts warn. RELATED: More States Have Made Marijuana Legal, So Why Are […]

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Mexico’s Proposed Law To Federally Legalize Marijuana Aims At Cutting Out Drug-Related Crime

The United States could find itself sandwiched between two huge countries with legal marijuana markets. October 10, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Mexican lawmakers are debating the details of legislation that would legalize marijuana nationwide. Some are projecting that legislation could be ready for consideration as soon as late October, making for a quick turnaround on the issue.  If Mexico legalizes marijuana for adult use nationwide, the country will become only the third in the world to do so. Uruguay and Canada have both made cannabis legal at the federal level. The decision would put the United States, where marijuana is illegal at the federal level, between two large countries that are getting a big head start in creating legal cannabis markets.  Lawmakers are considering 13 different proposals during hearings that will include comments from the public, according to Mexico News Daily. These include […]

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Mexican Lawmakers To Vote On Pot Legalization By End Of October

Ricardo Monreal, the Senate leader of Mexico’s ruling party MORENA, hopes to make marijuana legal for recreational use. October 8, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on Benzinga Ricardo Monreal, the Senate leader of Mexico’s ruling party MORENA, said lawmakers will vote on a bill to legalize adult-use marijuana by the end of October, according to Marijuana Moment. “We’re thinking that we’ll bring the law out, approve it, at the end of October,” Monreal said. “That’s the schedule we have.” The chamber is almost finished with creating a new reform bill that is based on open-session debates and public forums, and the Chamber of Deputies will be invited to weigh in on the bill, Marijuana Moment reported.  RELATED: 8 Must-Have Apps For Cannabis Entrepreneurs Mexico’s Supreme Court has ruled five times that the country’s ban on recreational cannabis is unconstitutional. Mexican law states that when the court rules in the same direction five times, it […]

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24/7 Marijuana Delivery Hits Las Vegas

This is not a surprise in a state where the legal marijuana industry has boomed pretty much since Day 1. October 1, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. From casinos to grocery stores, most everything in Las Vegas is open 24 hours a day. Now, that same commitment to meeting consumer needs at any hour of the day is getting applied to cannabis. Residents in and around Las Vegas can now get weed delivered to their door 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The deliveries are done by MedMen, the same company that recently launched marijuana delivery in California. MedMen CEO and co-founder Adam Bierman recently told Vegas Inc. that the company plans to offer the same customer experience through delivery that it provides in its three Las Vegas area locations. The service is free for customers in Nevada. Bierman said the company’s […]

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Why THCV Might Be The Next Big Thing In Weed

Early research shows that THCV produces a different effect than normal THC, and it could help with a number of health issues. September 30, 2019 10 min read Brought to you by Weedmaps 2019 has the potential to be remembered as the year when minor cannabinoids really hit the scene. While it’s true that the cannabis market is generally interested in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the intoxicating cannabinoid that most marijuana consumers have come to know and love; as well as cannabidiol (CBD); but cannabinoids such as cannabinol (CBN), tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA), along with cannabigerol (CBG) have started to attract attention on their own. One minor cannabinoid that appears to be gaining attention is tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV). THCV is an analog of THC, but produces a completely different buzz than its intoxicating counterpart. It is also found in trace amounts in marijuana, so the effects are likely attributed to more prominent cannabinoids. While more research is done for potential […]

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Researchers Overwhelm Canadian Government With Marijuana Research Requests

After becoming just the second country to legalize marijuana nationwide, Canada has the potential to lead the world in cannabis research – if they can cut the bureaucratic red tape. September 17, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Marijuana research in Canada stands in stark contrast with what is happening in the United States. With its progressive approach, Canada has more in common with world-leading Israel when it comes to cannabis research. At least, it has that potential. But red tape is currently standing in the way of success. In the United States, a federally funded researcher has sued the Drug Enforcement Administration because of the poor quality of marijuana available for research. Currently, cannabis used for research in the U.S. is grown in only place, the University of Mississippi. In Canada, researchers don’t have an issue with the quality of the marijuana, but […]

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Curaleaf and Surterra Are Top Spenders On Federal Marijuana Lobbying

A look at which companies are investing the most on The Hill. September 11, 2019 7 min read Brought to you by MJBizDaily The marijuana industry has spent about $2 million so far this year lobbying for federal cannabis reform in Washington DC, and more than half that money has come from individual MJ-related companies. Businesses and lobbying organizations said the investments are critical in helping lawmakers and federal regulators understand the importance of cannabis-related issues. They are focusing on vexing industry problems such as banking, as well as broader reform and legalization efforts. The payoff comes when reform occurs or public policy becomes clear, and companies can plan and operate accordingly. RELATED: Marijuana Lobby Grows As Legalization Spreads Throughout Country “Markets do not do well in situations of uncertainty,” as is the case with marijuana currently, Richie Thorne, chief risk officer of Dama Financial, wrote in an email to Marijuana Business […]

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Which State Will Be Next to Legalize Cannabis?

You might be surprised. August 3, 2019 5 min read This story originally appeared on Cannabis & Tech Today Only a few months into the new year and numerous states have made progress on adult-use cannabis legislation. However, some of the states expected to legalize next may be held up for one reason or another. In other cases, bills are making their way through once restrictive states. Here is the latest on some of the states most likely to legalize in 2019. New Jersey New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy began 2019 with a call to push for adult-use cannabis legalization in the state. At his State of the State address, Gov. Murphy called for reform to reverse the inequality of the War on Drugs while shifting public resources to other safety measures. Since then, not as much progress has been made as some would like. Some fear that legalization may […]

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New York Governor Signs Bill Decriminalizing Cannabis Possession

The decriminalization of small amounts of cannabis is significant progress for social justice initiatives. July 30, 2019 3 min read This story originally appeared on Green Market Report On July 29, 2019, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law a measure that reduces the penalties for cannabis possession. “While the failure to pass a comprehensive legalization bill is an unfortunate loss to the taxpayers of New York, the decriminalization of small amounts of cannabis is significant progress for social justice initiatives, an underreported aspect of the legalization movement,” said Evan Eneman, CEO of MGO|ELLO Alliance, a cannabis finance and banking firm. Although New York decriminalized the possession of 23 grams or less of cannabis in 1977, tens of thousands of New Yorkers have still found themselves arrested and charged with possessing small amounts of cannabis. Between 2008 and 2017, approximately 360,000 people have been arrested for cannabis possession, the majority of which have […]

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New Findings Raise Doubts Whether Legal Weed Reduces Opioid Deaths

July 12, 2019 3 min read This story originally appeared on Benzinga A study published this month in the Proceedings of the National Academy is pushing back on the line of thinking that medical marijuana could lower the number of opioid overdoses. The findings. States with medical marijuana laws showed slower increases in opioid overdoses from 1999 to 2010, but that’s no longer the case, according to the study. “For end dates between 2008 and 2012, the association was negative … subsequently, the association became statistically indistinguishable from zero before turning positive in 2017.” The association between state medical cannabis laws and opioid overdoses has reversed direction from negative 21 percent to positive 23 percent and remained positive after factoring in recreational cannabis laws, the study’s authors said. “We find it unlikely that medical cannabis — used by about 2.5 percent of the U.S. population — has exerted large conflicting effects on opioid overdose […]

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Legal Dispensaries in LA Demand Regulators Crack Down on Unlicensed Pot Shops

Heavily taxed and closely regulated legal dispensaries are being undersold by outlaws who flaunt the law. June 24, 2019 6 min read Brought to you by Marijuana Business Daily Los Angeles marijuana czar Cat Packer did an impromptu Oprah Winfrey impersonation during an appearance at a Mendocino County retreat earlier this month when asked what she’d do with an unlimited budget and staff. “Everyone would get licenses!” the director of the Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation said with a smile, spurring the audience to giggle, cheer and clap. “You get a license! You get a license! You get a license! Everyone would get licenses, and no one would get arrested.” But the reality is, this is anything but a laughing matter for Los Angeles cannabis businesses. To the California Minority Alliance (CMA), for instance, it’s an issue that rises to legal action. The trade group announced plans to sue City Attorney Mike Feuer’s office, contending […]

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New York Cannabis Community Mourns Longtime Advocate Doug Greene

Greene was a constant presence at rallies and meetings to support cannabis legalization. June 12, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on Benzinga The New York cannabis community lost one of its most vocal proponents when Doug Greene, 52, was fatally struck by an A train subway June 4. It is unclear how he found himself on the tracks. Decades of activism.  Greene’s passing leaves a void in the cannabis community. He specialized in bankruptcy law by day and fought for cannabis rights with most of his other time for more than 30 years, including serving as the legislative director for the Empire State NORML chapter. He was a constant fixture at rallies, protests, hearings and gatherings in the state, often serving as a speaker and always a supporter. The news of his passing sparked a slew of dedications on social media. Many cited his passion for the plant as well as his ability […]

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With Precision Dosing Cannabis Will Become Like Coffee

Precision dosing unlocks the vast benefits of cannabis by making intoxication optional. May 29, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The conventional wisdom is that the end of Prohibition in the 1930s is the blueprint for the legalization of cannabis now. We once drank in speakeasies, now we drink in bars. We once smoked joints at home with the curtains drawn, now we vape on front stoops. Getting high will become like being tipsy. The black market will simply become a white market and the roster of legal, recreational drugs will simply increase from one to two. This conventional wisdom is logical and reasonable. But it is wrong. The future of cannabis doesn’t look like wine and spirits. Cannabis isn’t like alcohol. Cannabis is like coffee. Cannabis will be a part of everyday life — a common and routine presence. At work, at home, at […]

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