icon_loop icon_cart icon_arrow-down icon_pick-winners icon_make-better-decisions icon_gofaster-gosmarter icon_equio icon_custom-research icon_conquer-the-wild icon_be-anonymous-and-secure icon_analyst-reports icon_access-realtime-data icon_youtube icon_twitter icon_linkedin icon_facebook

DOJ Rescinds Cole Memo, Raising Stakes for Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Renewal

By J.J. McCoy, Senior Managing Editor for New Frontier Data In a three-paragraph memo released on Thursday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded several Obama-era directives which since 2013 had discouraged enforcement of federal marijuana laws in states which had legalized cannabis. Sessions encouraged federal prosecutors to use their own discretion — given the department’s limited [...]
Read more

Alaska’s New Year’s Resolution: To Decide About Onsite Consumption

By J.J. McCoy, Senior Managing Editor for New Frontier Data Were Santa to try and find some medical cannabis to help treat his lower back after completion of his Christmas rounds, a dispensary in Denali, Alaska, would be the closest location from North Pole, Alaska (2016 population: 2,232). But it would be no surprise: It was […]
Read more

LePage’s Broken Campaign Pledge Puts the Brakes on Maine’s Adult Use Market

By J.J. McCoy, Senior Managing Editor for New Frontier Data At the start of this month, Maine Republican Governor Paul LePage vetoed the state’s pending bill to establish rules for implementation of an adult use cannabis program. In so doing, he ignored his own 2014 re-election campaign pledge, and subsequently introduced political and practical uncertainty into […]
Read more

Growing Concerns

By Beau Whitney, Senior Economist of New Frontier Data Originally Published on magazine, Forward (Collins, H., & Loehrke, M. (2017, September 1). Growing Concerns. FMS forward, 1(2), 24-27.). Community institutions have long been seen as a natural partner to small business. But when the business in question is selling marijuana, regulatory and reputational concerns have caused many […]
Read more

Hedging One’s Bets Makes Sense and Can Save a Fortune in the Cannabis Tax Arena

By Ken Boiarsky, Hoban Law Group tax attorney It should come as no surprise that cannabis businesses pay a disproportionate percentage of federal income tax relative to income — sometimes even as high as 90+% of gross income — in large part because of the draconian, one-sentence provision of §280E in the Internal Revenue Code […]
Read more

On Oregon’s Cannabis Market, and Dollar Signs of the ‘Apoc-Eclipse’

By Beau Whitney, Senior Economist of New Frontier Data With just days to go before the August 21 total solar eclipse, Oregon finds itself in the final throes of preparation for when a 65-mile-wide swath of darkness shall extend west to east across parts of 14 states. While the duration of the eclipse will only […]
Read more

Cannabis Taxes Are A Boon for Colorado’s Government’s Coffers

Cannabis Taxes Are A Boon for Colorado's Government's Coffers In three years of Colorado's legalized adult use cannabis, the state has collected over $236 million combined from its 2.9% sales tax and 10% retail tax. Denver leads the state in cannabis revenues, having raised nearly $88 million from adult use sales -- more than the $80.5 million raised by the next […]
Read more

Shedding Some Light on the (Occasionally) Dark Arts of Forecasting State Tax Revenues

By Beau Whitney, Senior Economist & J.J. McCoy, Senior Managing Editor for New Frontier Data Recently, New Frontier Data’s Senior Economist Beau Whitney was invited by the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis to attend a cannabis tax forecasting meeting in the state capital of Salem. Though he has previously participated in the Oregon Governor’s Council of […]
Read more

Diversity & Community Impact Fall Short in PA Grower’s Application

Pennsylvania Growers’ Scores Yield a Bumpy Crop  Pennsylvania awarded its first 12 cultivation licenses from 163 reviewed applicants. The top four evaluation criteria included 1) a diversity plan, 2) community impact, 3) business history and operational capacity, and 4) capital requirements. The average score among applicants was 63% of the potential maximum. While the state’s […]
Read more

Pennsylvania Growers Lack in Diversity

By J.J. McCoy, Senior Managing Editor for New Frontier Data Last month, Pennsylvania officials made two much-awaited announcements toward the opening of the commonwealth’s medical cannabis market next year. In separate press conferences held a week apart, the Pennsylvania Department of Health in charge of administering the Keystone State’s medical cannabis program awarded 12 licenses for […]
Read more