Meet the Women Pushing Pot in D.C.

Marijuana legalization is getting some help from Women. More and more women are standing up and taking the reins of leadership of new legal marijuana businesses. In pantsuits and blowouts, blazers and high-fashion buns, 60 or so members of Women Grow, a newly launched national network of female marijuana entrepreneurs, gathered at the National Press Club on Thursday morning for a press conference ahead of a two-day lobbying tour of Capitol Hill. There wasn’t a Bob Marley T-shirt in sight. Read more here in the National Journal...

America’s Smartest Cities Love Pot

Not a coincidence at all that a recent survey shows that smart people love pot. 🙂 The survey ranked cities across the nation based on the percentage of residents aged 25 or older with a bachelor’s degree or greater level of education. The top three most educated cities are all college towns with thriving cannabis industries in states employing different models of marijuana regulation. Read more here in the High Times...

Legal Marijuana Sales Grow 74% in 2014

It is pretty clear that the legalization of Marijuana is paying off big time.  Sales of recreational marijuana has grown 74% in 2014 according to the investment firm ArcView. The investment firm ArcView Group, which also performs cannabis research, claims in its State of Legal Marijuana Markets that the legal marijuana business skyrocketed 74 percent in 2014, from sales of $1.5 billion in 2013 to $2.7 billion in 2014. The report states that California, Colorado, Washington, Arizona and Michigan have all seen their markets grow to more than $100 million, and that Colorado, which led the way as the first active adult use market, sold $805 million worth of marijuana in retail and wholesale. Read more here in the

International Cannabis Business Conference Day 2: Getting Down To Business

International Cannabis Business Conference is gearing up to be a very exciting and informative event! Day two kicks off with travel guru Rick Steves, a true hero in the cannabis movement, especially those in Oregon who saw him tour the state preaching the gospel of cannabis legalization on his own dime. Steves, a self-made businessman himself, will share the knowledge gained from helping two states legalize cannabis, as he hopes that California will join the rest of the West Coast and legalize marijuana in 2016. Following Rick Steves, the Cannabiz 5000 panel features cannabis industry pioneers and veterans Debby Goldsberry, Amber Senter (one of my all time favorites in the marijuana world!), Dean Arbit, Liana Held and Kyndra Miller to discuss the ins and outs of dealing with marijuana laws and regulations, deal with the IRS, brand your business and adapt quickly in a changing marketplace and legal landscape. Read more here in the Weed Blog...

Proposal In Washington To Shut Down Dispensaries, Legalize Cultivation

There is a new proposal for the Washington legal marijuana trade, Senator Kohl-Welles would like to see the laws in Washington be more like those of Oregon, Colorado and Alaska, where anyone 21 and over can legally grow up to 6 plants at home. According to a press release sent Tuesday by Senator Kohl-Welles, the proposal would “phase out collective gardens and unregulated dispensaries”, while directing the Liquor Control Board to increase the number of licensees under the recreational cannabis system. Qualified patients would be given the opportunity to apply for a waiver to receive cannabis tax-free, and the measure would establish a “medical marijuana endorsement to the marijuana retailer license to allow retailers to hold themselves out as knowledgeable in the medical use of marijuana.” In addition, the proposal would legalize the personal cultivation of up to six cannabis plants for everyone 21 and older. This move would simultaneously decrease the amount of plants a patient can cultivate from fifteen to six. “The main intent of my bill is to simplify and unify the two systems so that complex gray areas and dangerous illicit markets will eventually cease to exist”, says Senator Kohl-Welles. Read more here in the Weed Blog...

Growers struggle with glut of legal pot in Washington state

With the completion of the first legal outdoor marijuana harvest, there is an over abundance of product available to the retail stores.  This has caused a flip in the market. “It’s an economic nightmare,” says Andrew Seitz, general manager at Dutch Brothers Farms in Seattle. State data show that licensed growers had harvested 31,000 pounds of bud as of Thursday, but Washington’s relatively few legal pot shops have sold less than one-fifth of that. Many of the state’s marijuana users have stuck with the untaxed or much-lesser-taxed pot they get from black market dealers or unregulated medical dispensaries — limiting how quickly product moves off the shelves of legal stores. Read more here in the Yahoo News...

The War on Drugs Is Burning Out

Every day brings us closer and closer to winning the war on drugs…as in stop fighting about it. Legalizing Marijuana is proving to not be the end of the world as some who are against it prophesized.  In fact, studies are showing that crime is down, DUII’s are down, access by the under 21 crowd is down. Leading at the ballot box from Alaska to Washington, D.C., Americans are charting a path to a saner national drug policy Read more here in the Rolling Stone article:

Need A Career Change?

As more and more states start legalizing marijuana for recreational or medical use, new careers are coming online. One of the careers: 12. Web & Software As mentioned previously, companies like Leafly are blazing the trail into the online space when it comes to the marijuana industry. Other companies, like Viridian Sciences and WeedMaps, are making their own way. Software to help run marijuana businesses is essential, and can include things like accounting programs and product management systems. Companies like WeedMaps and Leafly are there to assist cannabis users in finding the product they’re looking for, and creating an online community. The article mentions 16 careers for the budding marijuana industry, take a peak. Read more here in the Wall Street Cheat Sheet article:

Seattle city attorney proposes marijuana home grows and more

If this proposal goes through, then Washington would be on par with Oregon, Alaska and Colorado on the rules for legalized marijuana both recreational and medical. If passed, it would make it legal to grow up to 6 marijuana plants at home. On Monday, Seattle city attorney Pete Holmes issued a sweeping policy proposal that calls for allowing people to grow pot at home, establishing vapor lounges and folding unregulated medical-cannabis dispensaries into the new state recreational system. Read more in the