Roger Tilton’s Clarion Call To New Hampshire: “Let’s Be Tenth!”

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By Roger Tilton NEW HAMPSHIRE: Four years ago, I ran for state senate in the “First in the Nation Primary” state of New Hampshire on the theme: “Let’s be ‘Third in the Nation’ to legalize adult-use cannabis.” I lost. And so did New Hampshire. Since that election, every jurisdiction neighboring New Hampshire (save the Atlantic Read the full article…

ProMAXGrow Names Christie Lunsford Chief Operating Officer

Christie Lunsford has a brand new bag

NEW YORK: Pro MAX Grow has announced the hiring of Christie Lunsford as its new Chief Operating Officer, reporting directly to Chief Executive Officer Jeff Gasman. Mrs. Lunsford will drive Pro MAX Grow’s rapid national growth through managing operations, developing entrepreneurial relationships and building infrastructure around the company’s specialized horticultural LED lighting technologies. “We are thrilled to Read the full article…

Trade Show Growing Pains And Headaches Continue To Mount

Based on the light attendance level for the opening cocktail reception, the repetitive content and presenters, the decision to run the Cannabis Carnival the night before the last day’s agenda, and to not serve lunch on the second day, CBE gives the NCIA a C for this event.

COLORADO:  Earlier this year, I wrote a piece called Trade Show Mania that outlined the relative inefficiency of, as an ancillary business provider, solely relying on event marketing to reach your target buying audience to attain adequate reach and frequency. After attending 4 of the last 5 major events positioning themselves as business-to-business events, it is really Read the full article…

Rand Paul To Raise Money With Marijuana Industry In Denver

Taylor West, the group’s deputy director, said the private “VIP reception” is designed to let marijuana insiders hear from Paul, who supports legislation to legalize medical marijuana and give the pot industry access to banking.

COLORADO: Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s trip to Colorado this week includes a first for a presidential candidate: a fundraiser with the marijuana industry. The Republican is raising money Tuesday at the Cannabis Business Summit in Denver in what an industry trade group is billing as a history making event. “Never before has a major-party presidential candidate Read the full article…

NCIA Lobby Days 2015 Recap

This year, NCIA hosted an educational Policy Symposium to kick off the Lobby Days. NCIA director of government relations.

by Bethany Moore, NCIA Development Officer DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: While the cannabis industry and movement has grown at a phenomenal rate this last year, the body that governs our federal laws is notorious for moving at a glacial pace. Between the House of Representatives and the Senate, the future of our country is determined by Read the full article…

Pot Lobby Turns Its Back On ‘Cheech & Chong’

NCIA has dropped activist Tommy Chong from its Capitol Hill lobbying push in an attempt to remove stoner stereotypes.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  The marijuana lobby is tired of the “Cheech & Chong” stoner jokes and wants to be taken seriously in Congress. That’s why the National Cannabis Industry Association dropped actor and marijuana activist Tommy Chong from its Capitol Hill lobbying push slated for the end of April. According to an internal email obtained Read the full article…

Cannabis Business Summit Takes Debate Over Pot Edibles Safety Seriously

Marijuana businesspeople in Colorado are hyper-aware that their fortunes could turn on a legal or political dime at any moment.

COLORADO:  Between the hotel room antics of Maureen Dowd and a tragic pot-related tourist death and a fatal earlier this year, marijuana’s national image has taken some heavy hits recently. All of those incidents involved edibles — and like members of any industry, marijuana salespeople (medical and adult-use alike) are concerned about the effect this could have on the potential Read the full article…

Cannabis Industry Kicks Off Business Summit

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COLORADO: The tagline for this week’s Cannabis Business Summit in Denver is, “Where Commerce Meets a Revolution.” And in speaking with some of the several hundred people in attendance at the two-day event, billed as the marijuana industry‘s first big business conference, there was a sense of mission that isn’t usually found at most trade fairs. Read the full article…

Big Pot Rising: The Marijuana Industry’s First Full-Time Lobbyist Makes Rounds on Capitol Hill

“I just got a job lobbying for a small-business trade association that focuses on taxes and banking issues,”

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: It took Michael Correia more than a week after getting his new job to tell his parents he was a marijuana lobbyist. “I just got a job lobbying for a small-business trade association that focuses on taxes and banking issues,” he told them four months ago after being hired by the National Cannabis Industry Read the full article…

Marijuana Industry Delegation’s Pitch On Legalized Pot: It’s Just Good Business

They met with staff members to ask for changes to the tax code, which prohibits the businesses from taking standard deductions for expenses. And they huddled in congressional offices to make the case for other changes that would encourage banks to work with legal cannabis businesses.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  The delegation from the National Cannabis Industry Association made a point of dressing well for its day on Capitol Hill, sporting mostly dark suits, lots of ties and plenty of the group’s signature lapel pins, which feature a sun rising over vibrant fields of marijuana. Marijuana advocates have come to lobby Washington Read the full article…