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...

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...

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: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-war-on-drugs-is-burning-out-20150108#ixzz3OFDhJgpJ...

Cannabis Job Fair, Sept. 27th, 2014

When: September 27th, 2014 Where: Red Lion Hotel, 11211 Main Street, Bellevue, WA 98004 Who Should Attend: Cannabis Industry Employers, Recruiters, and Job Seekers Advanced Admission: $20; $25 Day of Show The Green Rush is on! The event takes place at the Red Lion Hotel, Bellevue.  It is presented by Weedhire.com, and features Viridian Sciences, Evergreen Herbal, Eden Labs  and many others. There will be approximately 30 booths a full day of presentations plus break out rooms for one-to-one Q and A. Purchase Advanced...

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. My husband and I faced a similar battle with our own landlord.  We negotiated a deal in good faith with all the fine points agreed to and accepted, to draft our letter of intent submitted with our i502 application.  However, when it came time to sign the actual lease, suddenly the landlord was unsure he wanted to be part of this deal.  Funny because at the time of our Letter of Intent signing we were told they wanted to “bet on the right horse”...