History of Cannabis in Montana

The History of Cannabis in Montana

Like most states, cannabis in Montana was outlawed during the 1920s prohibition era. Fast forward a few decades, and Montana experienced its own fame in the illegal cannabis market. In 1985, a failing Montana beef ranch turned to cannabis to bring in some profit and to pay off outstanding debt. The Kurth family owners of the ranch were successful in …

Montana Cannabis Licensing

What is Montana’s Cannabis Licensing Timeline and Cannabis Application Process

In order to apply for a Montana medical dispensary license, you must first apply for a Canopy License to become a Provider and/or MIPP. Applications for Canopy and Dispensaries can be processed concurrently. From January 1, 2022, until July 1, 2023, only Montana medical marijuana licensees who were licensed on November 3, 2020 (or had an application pending with DPHHS …

Ask Me Anything - New Jersey Cannabis Market

Ask Me Anything: New Jersey Cannabis Questions

Answers for all your questions about the New Jersey cannabis market and licensing process. What cannabis business licenses are currently available in New Jersey? There are currently eight (8) cannabis business license types available in New Jersey:  Cultivator Processing Wholesaler  Distributor  Retailer  Delivery Microbusiness What are the licensing restrictions for cannabis cultivator licenses in New Jersey? The number of licenses …

From Hemp to Marijuana: How New York's Hemp Farmers Will Grow the State's First Harvest

From Hemp to Marijuana: How New York Farmers Will Grow the State’s First Harvest

New York is taking an unprecedented approach to supplying the incoming recreational market. The first wave of legal cannabis crops will come from cannabinoid hemp farmers in upstate New York. The outdoor, “sun-grown” crops are expected to supply the first wave of dispensaries scheduled to open at the end of 2022. It presents a unique and positive opportunity for those …

Ask Me Anything: New York

Ask Me Anything: New York Cannabis Questions

Answers for all your questions about the New York cannabis market and licensing process. Who qualifies for  social equity, adult-use cannabis retail dispensary licenses in New York? The Marijuana Regulation Taxation Act (MRTA) sets the following qualifications for social equity applicants:  Individuals from communities disproportionately impacted by cannabis prohibition Minority-Owned Businesses Women-Owned Businesses Veteran-Owned Businesses Distressed Farmers What are the …

How to Win a Merit-Based Cannabis Business License

How to Win a Merit-Based Cannabis Business License

An increasing number of states have been opening application programs for cannabis business licenses, though this process differs between states. In Illinois and Missouri, license programs are run statewide, but in states like California, New Jersey, and New York, licensing periods are determined by municipalities. Oftentimes, applications are only accepted during a short window of time and are graded on …

Projections for the New Jersey Cannabis Market

Projections for the New Jersey Cannabis Market

New Jersey is one of 18 states that have legalized recreational cannabis, and anyone 21 and older can legally enjoy the benefits of its regulated marketplace. The first day of legal recreational marijuana sales began in April 2022. The decision to legalize personal-use cannabis was favored by most of the state’s residents, with 68 percent of voters in support in …

Social Equity in New York

How is New York Tackling Social Equity?

Since New York legalized recreational cannabis last year, the conversations around its impact have been buzzing. One of the topics, often polarizing public opinion, is the subject of social equity. New York is making waves for its robust Cannabis Social Equity Initiative. The Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act  (MRTA) was introduced and passed by Governor Kathy Hocul on March 10, …

History of Cannabis in New York

The History of Cannabis in New York

Though adult-use cannabis was only recently legalized in New York, the plant has had a long history in the state including cannabis decriminalization that started in the 1970s and a medical marijuana program that was established in 2014. Cannabis decriminalization efforts started early in New York with the state decriminalizing possession of 25 grams or less in 1977. If found …

High Country: A New Local Leaf Leader

High Country: A new local leaf leader

Get to know Point Seven Group founder and CEO Ashley Picillo. Shortly after High Country honored six local women in cannabis last year, where I referenced the book “Breaking the Grass Ceiling: Women, Weed and Business,” a colleague connected me to its co-author, Ashley Picillo, who just happened to have relocated from Denver to Snowmass Village for the summer (and stayed for …