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...

Colorado’s Pot Revenue Goes Up in Smoke

Contrary to what we have seen in articles on the web, the recent announcement that citizens of Colorado will be getting a tax refund from the state was due to marijuana tax money. Not true. “These refunds are being caused by a little-known provision and the economy,” said Hoover, whose organization, CFI, provides independent analysis of fiscal and economic issues facing Colorado. “All we’re concerned about is making sure the story about why the refunds are occurring gets told properly. It’s gotten mangled.” Read more here in the article from the Dairly...

Battle for Hemp Legalization Heating Up!

Hemp is the hot pot topic in WA DC these days. The bill, the “Industrial Hemp Farming act of 2015” is taking off and gaining a good following. The economic argument for industrial Hemp legalization is a strong one as well.  The U.S. hemp industry is already achieving $500 million in annual retail sales according to some estimates with huge potential for growth.  All of this economic activity has been due to imported hemp.  As Senator Rand Paul put it  we are importing our hemp and “…exporting our profit.” Read more here in the KWAYnews.com...

Everyone in Olympia Has a Pot Plan

Currently there are 2 new plans in Olympia WA to make changes to the medical and recreational marijuana laws.  One is good…the other not so much… The first plan: A confusing approach from Senator Ann Rivers (R-La Center) to keep the medical system separate from recreational sales. In general, the separate markets concept is supported by many medical marijuana activists. The problem: Rivers’s bill originally sought to ban all forms of smokable pot and still requires patients to join a registry (a hugely unpopular idea in some circles). The second plan: A reasoned approach from Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D-Seattle) that combines the medical and recreational markets, but also fixes some key pieces of the legalization law by allowing home grows for anyone 21 and older and simplifying the tax structure. It’s supported by Alison Holcomb, who authored the state’s legalization initiative, as well as Seattle city attorney Pete Holmes. But the Kohl-Welles bill has yet to get a hearing in the committee where it was sent: Commerce and Labor, chaired by Senator Michael Baumgartner (R-Spokane). Read more here in the article from The...

Women and Cannabis

As the legalization of cannabis in more and more states takes hold, it is the women who are emerging as the industry leaders. Women are an integral part of the cannabis industry as growers, caregivers, users, entrepreneurs, scientists and executives. As canna-businesses continue to explode in the U.S., more women are emerging as industry leaders with strong economic and political influence. Yet, despite the power that women in the cannabis industry wield, its still often feels like a “boys club.” Read more here in the Culture...

Testing Flower Power

Legal marijuana is starting to roll out in Oregon with some bumps being found along the way.  Testing is a a big one that is being debated as the rules for measure 91 are hammered out. Marijuana consumption by adults 21 and over begins July 1, 2015. In the mean time, the way marijuana is tested for THC and CBD content as well as mold and other contaminants is in a hot debate over what actually constitutes a batch to be sent in to be tested. But THC and CBD levels vary. For example, the higher on a plant a bud sprouts (and the more light it gets while growing), the higher you’ll feel when you smoke it. Users who want to moderate their THC and CBD intake have only lab results to rely on. Read more here in the Willamette Week...

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...

Medical Marijuana in Texas Gets Free Advertising During Super Bowl

During the super bowl February 1, 2015, a commercial aired in Texas and only Texas advertising the upcoming news for the evening. In that ad for the news was a free commercial for medical marijuana legalization featuring a 9 year old little girl with seizures. Texas legislators are already set to take up two cannabis-related bills which have already been filed, including a penalty reduction billfor small amounts of marijuana, and a CBD-only bill. A full medical marijuana bill is also on the way, and miss Bortell has been working hard, along with many others, to bring awareness of the need to pass legislation this session. Read more here in the Texas Cannabis Report...