About Brian Ellis

With 6 years' experience in business journalism, Brian is the person we turn to for anything related to the business of cannabis. His news coverage spans topics including marijuana business and finance. Brian's work features on marijuanareferral.com, marijuanamerchantaccount.com and marijuanainsuranceagent.com.

Michigan Begins Taking Applications For Recreational Marijuana Business Licenses

At 8 am on November 1, the Marijuana Regulatory Agency — Michigan’s state licensing office in Lansing — was ready to accept hand-delivered applications at the counter. This move is one more step in the state’s long canna-journey from illicit herb to mainstream commodity. The Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) has 11 license categories, and industry […]

Gifting Cannabis To The Terminally Ill Now Tax-Exempt in California

It’s official — California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill that makes medical marijuana donations tax-exempt to terminally ill individuals in the state. Thanks to the Brownie Mary and Dennis Peron Act, aka Senate Bill 34, which emerged during the beginning of California’s legal adult-use market, starting March 1, 2020, state analysts estimate that up […]

Canada Legalizes Production And Sale Of Edibles, Extracts And Topicals

It’s cannabis legalization, otherwise known as ‘Cannabis 2.0’. Exactly one year after the legal adult-use marijuana marketplace opened for business, Canada legalized the production and sale of edibles, extracts and topicals effective October 17. Canadian cannabis companies have been busy preparing for this moment. While Health Canada revealed the final regulations for these types of […]

Privacy Concerns Over Body Cameras For Massachusetts Cannabis Delivery Drivers

Privacy zealots and cannabis users, take note: the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) has drafted and voted on regulations for cannabis delivery and would require delivery drivers to wear body cameras at any time they are outside their delivery vehicle to record all transactions. Massachusetts has some of the strictest regulations on cannabis sales in […]

Canopy Growth Wins License For Bulk Cannabis Import To UK

Now here’s an example of highly diversified, albeit on a global scale: Canopy Growth, a Canadian cannabis, hemp and device company recently received a license from the United Kingdom that will allow Spectrum Therapeutics, the company’s pharmaceutical division, to import bulk medical marijuana products into the country.The monumental license is the first issued by the […]