May 11 In Portland: “Don’t Go Up in Smoke” —Workplace Law for Canna-Businesses

For years it has been rumored that Monsanto was developing genetically modified cannabis in advance of federal legalization.

OREGON:  As the cannabis industry expands, so do the number of workers in weed.  Managing a rapidly expanding organization can present a myriad of challenges for any new business, and business operators in the heavily-regulated licensed marijuana industry face additional complexities.  Employment law and the legal cannabis industry is the topic of  “Don’t Go Up In Smoke,” Read the full article…

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…

Cashing In On Cannabis: CannaCon’s Banking Panel

CannaCon Banking Panel is this Friday!

By Sahar Ayinehsazian Since Washington state legalized recreational marijuana in 2014, recreational cannabis sales have totaled over $1 billion, translating to more than $250 million collected in new taxes. Such substantial sales, however, have also brought problems for licensees in the form of cash. Because of marijuana’s federal status as a Schedule I substance, financial institutions continue to 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…

CannaCon Goes North to Alaska Sept 9 & 10th

CannaCon is coming to Alaska Sept 9&10

65 Exhibitors, 25 Speakers and Hundreds of Industry Pioneers Fire Up Alaska’s Legal Cannabis Industry WASHINGTON: CannaCon, the world’s largest cannabis trade show, announced its list of featured speakers for CannaCon Anchorage. An all-star lineup of cannabis industry business leaders will kick off the launch of Alaska’s recreational marijuana market as CannaCon comes to Anchorage, Sept. 9-10, 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…

New Hampshire Senate Candidate Roger Tilton Visits MJBA HQ

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WASHINGTON: New Hampshire Senate Candidate Roger Tilton, who first came to national prominence for including a marijuana leaf on campaign posters for his bid for New Hampshire State Senate in 2012, stopped MJBA HQ in Seattle last week to speak with MJ News Network’s David Rheins. The pro-cannabis politician is back on the campaign trail — and still flying his cannabis Read the full article…

The Wink In Weed: Fired Up On The Fourth of July

pot flag

Why I care about the 4th of July holiday, and you should too. By David Rheins  July 4th for me has always been Independence Day. The most quintessential of our national patriotic sentiments, Independence is at the core of what it means for me to be an American.  This weekend I’m celebrating Freedom, Independence and Cannabis. Read the full article…