Cannabis Dispensary Channel

Thu
09
Jan

Weed shops don't have enough employees, either

Perhaps the only thing in shorter supply than weed at marijuana shops when they began selling to the public Jan. 1 were state-badged employees to work behind the counter.

Some marijuana shops have closed or reduced hours for recreational sales because of shortages of marijuana. Cresco Labs and PharmaCann closed dispensaries Monday to give employees time off after five days of long shifts, not because they were out of weed. 

“On Saturday, the leadership of our company was working registers because we didn’t have enough employees,” said Cresco spokesman Jason Erkes.
 
Ben Kovler, CEO of Green Thumb Industries, could be seen working the counter and behind the scenes at the company’s Rise dispensary in Mundelein on New Year’s Day.

Thu
09
Jan

Illinois Dispensary Stops Selling Recreational Weed To Help Medical Marijuana Patients

Just one week into legal recreational cannabis sales in Illinois, some dispensaries have halted sales of adult-use pot while others have been forced to temporarily close. Sales of recreational pot began briskly on January 1 after a legalization bill was passed by the Illinois legislature and signed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker in June.

Wed
08
Jan

Some Chicago marijuana dispensaries low on supply; $10.8M in pot products sold since Jan. 1

It's been less than a week since recreational marijuana went on sale in Illinois and already there are supply issues.

The demand is so high, many dispensaries have sold out of recreational marijuana, so customers will have to wait for some dispensaries to restock.

Perhaps that shouldn't be a surprise; according to Governor JB Pritzker's office, more than $10.8 million worth of pot products have been sold in the state since legalization on Jan. 1.

Dispensaries in the state recorded 271,169 transactions totaling $10,830,667.91 in that five-day period.

Thu
14
Nov

These strategies will get more customers to your dispensary

It goes without saying that you want to get as many new customers into your dispensary as possible. But with the cannabis retail space becoming more and more competitive every day, you can't just expect a flood of new customers to rush in the second you open your doors. You need the right marketing strategy to break through the clutter, grab your ideal customers' attention, and drive new business for your dispensary. 

Fri
01
Nov

How brands appeal to the canna-curious

As adult-use cannabis becomes legal in more states, it is also becoming more socially and culturally acceptable. Those who just five years ago would never have dreamed of visiting a dispensary or gorging on a gummy are now interested in doing just that. They’re the canna-curious, and they’re a massive untapped market. But there is still a stigma attached to weed, fueled by years of anti-pot propaganda, seedy past business practices of the black market, and an overall lack of knowledge, that can prevent the canna-curious from giving pot a shot.

Fri
01
Nov

5 strategies to win at retail with cannabis

The availability of legal cannabis products in the United States, including cannabis and hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD), is greater than ever, with consumer interest continuing to grow. CBD products are now easily found in mainstream retail stores and the number and variety of products will undoubtedly expand further.

Fri
01
Nov

Michigan reduces fee for medical marijuana applications

Michigan's Marijuana Regulatory Agency announced new rules for the state's medical marijuana program Wednesday to lower application costs and fees for users.

The new rules lower the cost of application fees to $40 from $60, eliminate a $25 background check fee for caregivers and eliminate the $10 fee users faced when modifying their registry cards to add or remove a caregiver, change their address or replace a lost card.

Users can now start the renewal process for registry cards at 90 days before expiration, up from just 60.

And almost two decades into the 21st century, and more than a decade after Michigan voters approved medical marijuana in November 2008, the state's medical marijuana program can contact patients, caregivers and doctors via email. 

Tue
22
Oct

Vaping trailblazer reportedly sold dangerous synthetic marijuana

Some of the people rushing to emergency rooms thought the CBD vape they inhaled would help like a gentle medicine. Others puffed it for fun.

What the vapors delivered instead was a jolt of synthetic marijuana, and with it an intense high of hallucinations and even seizures.

More than 50 people around Salt Lake City had been poisoned by the time the outbreak ended early last year, most by a vape called Yolo! — the acronym for “you only live once.”

In recent months, hundreds of vape users have developed mysterious lung illnesses, and more than 30 have died. Yolo was different. Users knew immediately something was wrong.

Mon
21
Oct

Illicit cannabis companies find struggles, success in going legit

For many New York cannabis businesses operating in the illicit or gray market, preparing to go mainstream is essential. Some have made the move and are ready to share their wisdom. For those who haven’t, preparing during the lead up to the state’s eventual adult-use legalization could prove critical to securing a place in the one-day legal market. 

However, making the transition has its series of difficulties. 

Mon
21
Oct

Slow rollout in marijuana sales costs Maine revenue and jobs

From legalization to legal sales, Maine is inching toward the slowest adult-use marijuana rollout in the U.S., with economists saying the three-year wait for stores to open will have cost Maine more than $82 million in taxes and 6,100 industry jobs.

The delay has caused some investors and industry experts to take their dollars and skills to other states, consultants say. Many of those who remain behind, committed to Maine, are spending cash they haven’t got to be ready for a market launch that is two years longer than average.

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