The Wink in Weed: How Redmond, Washington’s First Legal Pot Shop Will Forever Change The City That Bill Gates Built

Jenny Carbon and Shauna Mindt, Always Greener Downtown

By David Rheins WASHINGTON: Redmond, Washington, is famously the home of Microsoft and Nintendo America, and less famously known as the Bicycle Capital of the World.  The affluent community is home to 60,000 residents, it’s quaint streets lined with upscale shopping choices providing a local population of techies and young families with all their daily Read the full article…

4th Annual Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition In New York City Opens Registration

CWCBExpo NY

NEW JERSEY: Registration is now open for the only trade show and conference in New York focused on the business of cannabis, the 4th Annual Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition (CWCBExpo) will take place June 14-16, 2017 at the Javits Convention Center in New York, NY.  Serving the East Coast, CWCBExpo NY will create Read the full article…

The Wink In Weed: Woodstock Nation Goes to Pot

Pot Culture is Pop Culture

By David Rheins It’s early for a Saturday in Seattle, but I’m German and so I am the first to arrive. Entering the swanky lobby of the downtown boutique hotel, the vibe is New York City chic, appropriate enough for my introduction to New Yorker Michael Lang – the once and still cherubic face behind Read the full article…

The Wink in Weed: Marketing Thru Marijuana

HigherGround and MJBA present Hot Pot Products

By David Rheins Years ago, when I was working at Rolling Stone Magazine, I had the opportunity to interview Jerry Garcia backstage before a Grateful Dead performance at Madison Square Garden. The show was being sponsored by Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, and as the editor of Marketing Thru Music (MTM), it was my job Read the full article…

The Wink In Weed: 2016 Elections, A WTF Moment

NORML Women of Washington Smoke The Vote

By David Rheins It is the morning after the 2016 elections and I’m still having a WTF moment.  I did not expect to be waking up to a President Trump, and the notion of The Donald as our Commander In Chief for the next four years seems more than a little surreal. But despite the Read the full article…

Meet The Fresh Toast Power Duo JJ McKay and Eric Snow

The Fresh Toast's Eric Snow and JJ McKay.

By David Rheins I had the opportunity to sit down with JJ McKay, the founder and publisher of The Fresh Toast and his president, Eric Snow this week.  The two, along with New York-based Editor Kelly Barbieri, have launched a new lifestyle website targeting the “canna curious” — the 85% of America who consume cannabis, Read the full article…

Event Wrapup: CWCBExpo LA

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CALIFORNIA:  According to organizers, the Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition, attracted more than 4,000 attendees to the September 7-9, event at the Los Angeles Convention Center.  Deemed the most professionally run event in the industry, CWCBExpo delivered on-point education, business connections, and helped build mainstream awareness for this burgeoning market. The CWCBExpo LA featured a Read the full article…

The Wink In Weed: My Trip To Alaska

MJBA Founder Dave Rheins leads Panel at CannaCon AK law panel

 By David Rheins I had the privilege of joining team CannaCon for the first CannaCon Anchorage trade show earlier this month.  This was my first trip to AK, and I was excited that the occasion coincided with the opening of our 49th state’s legal cannabis Marketplace. While Alaska has allowed for home grows and personal Read the full article…

Cannabis Industry Talks Diversity This Week At Cannabis World Congress LA

CWCBExpo LA is coming

CALIFORNIA:  The Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo (CWCBExpo LA) picked a great time to convene in California, especially since there’s a measure on November’s ballot to legalize recreational marijuana for adults 21 years and older. The Golden State is already one of 25 states along with D.C. that has legalized cannabis for medical use.  Thousands are Read the full article…

The Wink in Weed: The Sock Puppet of Pot

“We lose a little on every sale, but make it up in volume

By David Rheins “We lose a little on every sale, but make it up in volume.” The famous failed business strategy harkens back to the heady dot.com days when star-struck venture capitalists backed wild-eyed technologists at crazy valuations, betting on low-revenue/no-revenue ventures to capture valuable “market share” in the emerging digital economy. Back then the Read the full article…