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Big Marijuana company Jushi to triple cultivation in Pa. as cannabis sales continue to rise

Cannabis cultivators are betting that Pennsylvania's medical market will continue to grow and eventually add recreational sales.

Six-week shutdown could mean a ‘year without Christmas’ for Philly businesses

Office occupancy is down 85% from what it was pre-pandemic. That’s just one of the challenges facing Philly businesses this year.

Villanova Law receives $15 million gift from telecom pioneer

The donation brings the total the Scarpas have donated to the law school up to $20 million.

Utz, the Pa.-based snack company, will pay a half-billion for tortilla chip producer of On the Border brands

It's been a big year for the munchie maker. Utz became a publicly traded company, rolled up a producer of filled-pretzels, and reported strong earnings results.

Bill to decriminalize marijuana in N.J. passes in committee — and is amended to include hallucinogenic mushrooms

Decriminalization would remove criminal penalties for possessing marijuana. The bill also removes felony charges for holding magic mushrooms.

Meet the head of the new N.J. Cannabis Regulatory Commission, ‘rock star’ Dianna Houenou

Gov. Phil Murphy called Dianna Houenou “a true rock star.” He appointed her to lead what could become a $2 billion industry in New Jersey.

Philadelphia continues its ‘fragile’ economic recovery with jobs, foot traffic, and home sales gaining strength

Office vacancy rates nudged up along West Market Street, but other indicators were strong.

New Jersey has legalized weed. Here’s why Pa. may take a different path.

The GOP remains opposed. But "if you’re to the right of South Dakota on anything, maybe you should rethink this,” said Lt. Gov. John Fetterman.

New Jersey approves legal weed for adults in historic marijuana vote

The regulations to govern the new legal industry may take several months — or even several years — to work out.

Philly merchants from Wawa to Pa. liquor stores board up and close early, with worries about post-election unrest

About 15 Wawas in the city have been shuttered for the week along with scores of retailers.