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John Schroyer

A Sacramento-based journalist, John had focused on Colorado politics for most of his career, which included covering the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver. In 2012, he covered the Amendment 64 campaign to legalize recreational marijuana for The Colorado Springs Gazette. As then-video editor for The Gazette, he was on hand for the first-ever legal recreational marijuana sale in Denver on Jan. 1, 2014. He’s been writing about the cannabis industry since joining Marijuana Business Daily over the summer of 2014.

Investing in distressed marijuana businesses: Q&A with Trava Capital’s James Parker, former MedMen CFO

James Parker is no stranger to the marijuana industry or distressed-asset investing, and he’s aiming to combine both with a private equity firm he founded in December – California-based Trava Capital. A former chief financial officer at MedMen, Parker made headlines in 2019 by suing the company for breach of contract. Parker began Trava Capital […]

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Concerns looming over coronavirus impact on cannabis industry, but some US firms could gain from fallout

Marijuana and hemp companies of all stripes – from growers to retailers – are likely to join other global industries feeling the fallout from the coronavirus outbreak. That’s largely because so much inexpensive cannabis hardware is made in China but also stems from the economic shock the virus is inflicting on the world economy, industry […]

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How California’s legal marijuana market wound up in crisis mode after two years

Most industry watchers agree that California’s marijuana market problems stem from three main factors including a dual licensing system; high state and local taxes; and the ongoing success of the illegal cannabis market. Some even suggest that?Proposition 64,?which legalized recreational marijuana in 2016, actually strengthened the illicit sector instead of reducing its impact.

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About 20% of licensed marijuana companies in California’s capital city face temporary closure

More than a fifth of the cannabis companies in Sacramento, California, are confronting the possibility of at least a temporary suspension of operations on the first day of February. City regulators sent notices to dozens of registered marijuana businesses in December as a reminder they had not formally completed the process for acquiring a Sacramento […]

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California to require marijuana retailers to exhibit QR code

Citing the 2019 vaping crisis, California cannabis regulators on Thursday mandated that licensed marijuana retailers and distributors?display a QR code?in order to differentiate legal cannabis businesses from illicit ones. The new regulation will go into effect after it’s approved by the state Office of Administrative Law, which will likely take at least two weeks. “The […]

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