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Power to Lead MJBA Women’s Event

A fantastic, exciting event took place on the night of November 6 2014.  A room full of women gathered in a hotel banquet room in Bellevue, WA with one purpose: to talk about women in cannabusiness. Close to 50 women (including myself and another female co-worker from Viridian Sciences) gathered around tables talking about all levels and types of marijuana businesses. There were administrative professionals, attorneys, media specialists and CEO’s of companies, all of them women. So what was this historic event? It was the Marijuana Business Association (MJBA) Women’s Alliance meeting.  The theme of the evening was “Power to Lead” and the meeting was sponsored by Eden Labs LLC, Washington Bud Company, Ladybud magazine, WAM Oil & NWMJ Law, all women owned or ran businesses. The evening was full of energy as each speaker took the stage and gave exciting speeches.  Each one building on the other filled with history and the future of women in the new frontier of legal cannabis. Our mistress of ceremonies for the evening was Shawn DeNae of Washington Bud Company.  She kept the room excited and full of energy as she introduced each speaker to the stage.  Washington Bud Company also provided all the beautiful center pieces on each table.  They were large coffee mugs with the company logo on them, filled with roses, they were beautiful. The evening’s speakers were: AC Braddock of Eden Labs, a woman pioneer in cannabis oil extraction equipment. Legal pioneer Anne Leynseele of NWMJ Law Giana Lampreda of WAM Oil Diane Fornbacher – publisher of Ladybud Magazine Debbie Whitlock – host of Femmenation and Femme Finance radio programs These...

Beauty of Harvest

Fall, the time of  year when nature prepares to close her eyes for a long winter nap.  The trees are dressed in their finest, showing off in a dazzling multi-faceted show of colors. Fiery reds, golden yellows and glowing oranges. The skyline is literally on fire with the myriad of fall color. With the ever changing colors of fall comes the harvest of fall herbs and crops. Winter squashes, kale and broccoli, big fat round orange pumpkins ready to be carved into Jack-o-Lanterns and dare we say, oh yes we dare! Outdoor grown marijuana! All the wait is over, summer has come and gone, the flowers are ripe and ready to be plucked, trimmed and packaged and made ready for sale!  With the harvest of outdoor grown marijuana coming into the retail stores, prices are coming down as promised.  In the past couple of weeks, prices have come down quite a bit and are expected to drop even more. Store shelves are full at the retail stores near by.  Plenty of different strains of marijuana and from quite a few different farms. I have seen Cannasol Farms,  Black Alpaca Farms, Farmer J’s, Liberty Reach and Horse Heaven Hill, with more to come as the retail stores make more and better deals to both benefit them and the consumers. Always remember: Good things come to those who have the patience to wait. Happy Fall! ~Weed Viking~                ...

Viridian Sciences team update

With only a little more than four months of business in the cannabis industry, software company Viridian Sciences, nestled in the corner of a small brick office building on Main Street in Vancouver WA, is taking the world by storm with their one of a kind complete seed to sale business management software solution for the cannabis industry. One would think that being so new on the scene this company can’t have accomplished much, but you’d be wrong. Within the first few weeks after opening the doors to the office, this small company with ten employees at the time pulled off a major event – Weed and Weenies! Wow what a great time that was, it was a beautiful day, and a revolutionary one…the day MARIJUANA WAS LEGALLY SOLD FOR THE FIRST TIME in SW Washington State! Viridian Sciences was there when Main Street Marijuana, the first legal marijuana store in SW Washington opened their doors just a block up the road, so…we threw a heck of party! With music, munchies, water and vendors to keep the long line of consumers waiting for their turn in the pot shop entertained and hydrated. Next up, Seattle Hempfest and Tacoma CannaCon at the same time. CannaCon in the Tacoma Dome and Hempfest down on the waterfront in Seattle, for all intent and purpose, at opposite ends of the world.  We made a plan, and decided to divide and conquer. Three of us went to the three day Hempfest festival and seven went to the five day CannaCon conference.  Both were raging successes. This particular Hempfest held in Seattle WA, was the first Hempfest held since Recreational...

The Green Rush Gouge

I’ve talked with several smart, driven people of our i502 community lately, desperate to find warehouse locations for their Canna business start-ups. Most of these people had a location identified and negotiated with landlords before applying for their i502 license(s), as was required, only to find that the location promised was no longer available. Some of the landlords responsible for this unscrupulous fiasco were in a bit of a Green Rush themselves, and had promised the same location to several people. In the end, there can be only one i502 Cannabusiness at a single address so someone, or some people, involved with these landlords got the shaft. Some landlords, knowing the market was tight, renegotiated the terms of the deal. This left the i502 folks to decide which was worse, heading back into a highly competitive market with few options, or accepting the new blackmail terms. A third set of landlords were pressured by surrounding businesses and/or residents to abandon the terms negotiated in good faith, or face the wrath of an angry mob, being forever labeled a landlord that rented to those peddling poison.

Marijuana Legalization: Strategic Failures in Oklahoma

NORML and MPP made a huge strategic blunder in not putting their full weight behind the legalization effort in Oklahoma. Perhaps they feel that a bible-belt state is not ready to legalize, and that their resources would be squandered in the effort. This is a sound argument, but consider another angle. Polling conducted in 2013 by NORML itself suggest that 71.2% of Oklahoma residents agree with legalizing medical marijuana, and a majority (57%) agree that Marijuana possession should be decriminalized below the current felony crime classification. The level of national attention that would be earned just by getting the legalization initiative on the Oklahoma ballot in November would have been worth the effort. Every national media outlet would flood the state of Oklahoma with journalists clamoring for a story that explains the debate.

Hempfest Seattle : A first for Weed Viking!

Holy smokes Batman! What a fantastic weekend!  I was so excited when the company I work for, Viridian Sciences, told me I was going to Hempfest in Seattle WA!  My first time…yes, I was a Hempfest virgin. I had heard of it, seen it on television, talked to my daughter who has been to several of these festivals, but I had never been brave enough to go.  Why…well really, I don’t know why. Can’t give a good reason other than just too lazy to go.  Now I have been there and want to go back again! So much fun!  Dang! I did not know what I had been missing! Not going to miss it again! We got there on the morning of Friday August 15 and got all set up for the crowd to come in at noon.  We had stress balls, Frisbees, t-shirts and just like the ZZ Top song, we had cheap sunglasses. Our booth was so cool, we had two stand ups (one is Uncle Sam with a bong and the other is a computer smoking a joint) you could take your photo with by putting your head in the hole, as my co-worker said to many “just the tip tho” ha, ha… We had a blast talking with people as they strolled past us.  We would toss Frisbees out into the crowd and play games with them.  Having them toss the stress balls through the holes in the stand-ups where your face went, we gave prizes of the t-shirts, and other swag we brought with us.  Tossed the balls to the tiny tots.  We gave out...