Oregon Recruiting 11 Recreational Marijuana Inspectors

At the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, jobs are being created to get ready for implementing recreational marijuana policies.

OREGON:  The day when recreational marijuana will be available for purchase in Oregon is fast approaching. At the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, jobs are being created to get ready for implementing recreational marijuana policies. Some context: On Oct. 1, medical marijuana dispensaries in most areas will begin selling some kinds of marijuana products to consumers. Read the full article…

6 Companies Vie For SW Florida’s Medical Marijuana Business

Six nursery businesses that have applied to be southwest Florida's medical marijuana dispensing organization.

FLORIDA:  The six nursery businesses that have applied to be southwest Florida’s medical marijuana dispensing organization are turning to prominent professionals in the Sunshine State and cultivation experts from Colorado who have experience in the pot-growing industry. The state has been divided into five regions and only one license will be issued per region. Overall, 28 applications were submitted Read the full article…

Marijuana Producers Gobble Up Warehouse Space In Denver Area

Legal cannabis growers and distributors took up a third of all the warehouse space leased in Colorado over the past 18 months.

COLORADO:  Steve Badgley has been hunting for a larger warehouse in the Denver area for more than a year. But his construction-supply business keeps getting squeezed out by a new entrant into the real-estate market: the marijuana industry. Since voters in Colorado and Washington legalized recreational use of the drug in 2012, growers and distributors have Read the full article…

The Pot Industry Is Being Cannibalized By Startups

In achieving this within the cannabis industry, an enormous opportunity exists for technologists to both standardize and create proper marketplaces within which to sell raw cannabis, as well as its derivatives.

CALIFORNIA:  The pot industry is not just for growers anymore. Tech entrepreneurs with high ambitions are finding money in applying startup solutions to the budding industry. There’s already the on-demand delivery startups like Meadow and Eaze which will deliver medical marijuana to your door. Pax has brought Apple-esque simple design to vaporizers. Even the “Birchbox” subscription box model has come to cannabis.  Read the full article…

Legal Marijuana Snuffing Out Eradication Program

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OHIO:  The multi-million dollar federal marijuana eradication program may be on its last legs as more states legalize the drug and results of the program decline. Since 2010, funding for the program has been relatively stable, yet states receiving the money have reported 35 percent fewer arrests and 58 percent fewer marijuana plants seized. In Read the full article…

Bernie Sanders Announces Bill To Abolish Private Prisons, Hints At Marijuana Policy Platform

The presidential contender continues to rise in the polls and sensible Drug War reforms will only increase his standing with the Democratic base.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Bernie Sanders isn’t done talking about criminal justice reform — in fact, he’s merely getting started. The presidential contender continues to rise in the polls and sensible Drug War reforms will only increase his standing with the Democratic base. Appearing at a campaign rally in Nevada on Tuesday, the Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Read the full article…

Oregon Releases Draft Recreational Marijuana Rules

Oregon public health officials have released draft rules for medical marijuana dispensaries selling legal recreational pot starting October 1st.

OREGON:  Oregon public health officials have released draft rules for medical marijuana dispensaries selling legal recreational pot.The Oregon Health Authority‘s rules limit the type of marijuana products sold as of October 1 to seeds, dried leaves and flowers and plants that are not flowering. As expected, edibles won’t be sold to recreational users at medical Read the full article…

Melissa Etheridge Signs On As Marijuana Expo Spokesperson

Melissa Etheridge has been selected as the Keynote speaker during a cannabis expo in September.

CALIFORNIA:  Melissa Etheridge has been selected as the Keynote speaker during the Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition. The 3-day marijuana-centric expo will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA., September 16-18. According to organizers, the expo is the leading event for the legalized and medical marijuana industries. “I was extremely honored to be asked Read the full article…

Fledgling Marijuana Industry Pressing Through Labor Pains

Though demand for jobs in the field is high, workers skilled in marijuana are becoming harder to find as the industry expands.

ARIZONA:  The developing national marijuana industry is still sifting through labor disputes long since settled in other lines of work. Employees have found that no line of work is quite like marijuana – and not always in a good way. Most bosses must pay their workers in cash, hampered by federal laws that prevent many Read the full article…

Marijuana Legalization In Colorado Leads To First ‘Weedery’

The legislation would complement an ongoing to push to formally allow and regulate medical marijuana dispensaries, some of which have continued to operate in a legal grey area since a 2013 Michigan Supreme Court ruling.

COLORADO:  Wineries and breweries should brace themselves for some unusual competition. Colorado, which legalized marijuana for recreational use in 2012, will get its first “weedery” in early 2016. The $35 million project, Green Man Cannabis Ranch and Amphitheater,the brainchild of Christian Hageseth, is set to open in Denver. Its greenhouses represent a major shift because producers have Read the full article…