Marijuana Trimmers Use Tiny Scissors But Eye Big Careers

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WASHINGTON:  Washington’s marijuana business has created a legal occupation for bud trimmers that offers career opportunities. The Columbian reports (http://bit.ly/1NToKSx) that bud trimmers make between $12 and $15 an hour. The job requires using small scissors to trim away leaves and other things from marijuana buds. Most trimmers work on about a pound of marijuana Read the full article…

Marijuana-Friendly Lodging Fires Up In Colorado

A news website aims to be the Air BnB of marijuana-friendly lodging, connecting visitors with homeowners willing to let their guests partake of legal marijuana.

COLORADO:  Colorado’s marijuana tourists quickly run into a harsh reality after stopping at one of the state’s approximately 330 marijuana stores: Most hotels and ski condos prohibit indoor smoking of any kind, never mind the “kind” kind. Enter Sean Roby and his new website, Bud and Breakfast. Roby aims to make his site the Air Read the full article…

Scotts Jumps Into The Marijuana Market With Deal For Hydroponics Company

OHIO: Hawthorne Gardening Co., a Scotts subsidiary formed in October, purchased General Hydroponics Inc. and Bio-Organic Solutions Inc.

OHIO: The Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. offshoot that targets young, urban gardeners has acquired a Santa Rosa, California-based hydroponics company popular with marijuana growers. Hawthorne Gardening Co., a Scotts subsidiary formed in October, purchased General Hydroponics Inc. and Bio-Organic Solutions Inc. Terms were not disclosed, but the acquisition should position the company in the growing marijuana market.

Senate OKs Bill Changing Tax Structure Of Marijuana Law

The Senate has passed a bill that removes the excise tax on producers and processors of recreational marijuana.

WASHINGTON:  The Senate has passed a bill that removes the excise tax on producers and processors of recreational marijuana and instead imposes the tax only on retail sales. Senate Bill 6062 passed on a 26-22 vote in the early morning hours of Friday and now heads to the House for consideration. Under the measure, the Read the full article…

USVI Senator “Positive” Nelson To Meet With Washington Marijuana Business Leaders April 14th @ Green Lion Farms

The High Tea event, presented and hosted at the Seattle SODO headquarters of Green Lion Farms and sponsored by the Marijuana Business Association, takes place on Tuesday, April 14th, 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM (PDT). Tickets are $150 and available via Eventbrite:

WASHINGTON: Senator Terrence “Positive” Nelson and a delegation of pro-pot politicians on a fact-finding mission from the U.S. Virgin Islands will be visiting Washington next week and meeting with Washington’s legal cannabis business community leaders, as part of the Senator’s efforts to legalize and implement a Medicinal Marijuana industry in the USVI. While in Seattle, Senator Nelson Read the full article…

Washington Marijuana Grower Suggests New Businesses Start Small

WA Grower Tina Cox at Oregon Hemp Convention

WASHINGTON:  Vendors met at the Oregon Hemp Convention this weekend in Portland. They showed off premium seeds and special insurance policies for pot farms. Washington reported $64 million in pot sales last year. But some growers at the convention said they’re struggling to stay in business. There are a few things you should know about Read the full article…

Diego Pellicer Faces Subpoena, Other Problems In Marijuana Biz

Diego Pellicer Worldwide, the company that says it’s “developing the world’s first ‘premium’ marijuana brand,” acknowledged those issues last week deep in its first regulatory filing after merging into a public shell company.

WASHINGTON:  The Top 5 Things You Don’t Want to Say when introducing a new public company might be: No. 5. We’ve received a subpoena from the U.S. Attorney. No. 4. We’ve only got one real paying customer. No. 3. We’re not sure when we can actually collect any money from that customer. No. 2. We’re Read the full article…

Senators Ann Rivers, Jeanne-Kohl Wells Keynote “The Power of Politics” on Wednesday, March 25th in Seattle

MJBA Women's Alliance's "The Power of Politics" takes place on Wednesday, March 25th at 6PM at the Palace Ballroom in downtown Seattle.

WASHINGTON: The legal landscape for marijuana businesses in Washington is about to change radically as a result of new legislation under consideration in Olympia designed to bring the state’s unregulated MMJ system together with its nascent I-502 recreational pot industry. The authors of two leading marijuana bills are veteran women lawmakers – and to sell these changes Read the full article…

IRS Deal Will Refund Fines To Denver Pot Shop That Pays Taxes In Cash

The IRS has backed away from a policy that penalized an unbanked marijuana business in Denver for paying taxes in cash.

COLORADO: The Internal Revenue Service has backed away from a policy that penalized an unbanked marijuana business in Denver for paying taxes in cash, but the federal agency will not say if the approach applies industry-wide. In a settlement with Denver-based Allgreens, a medical-marijuana dispensary that challenged the agency over its policy, the IRS said Read the full article…

Pot Politics And The Power Of The Purse

The power of the pocketbook magnified by the resonance of digital and social media, is normalizing cannabis use in America. Pot Smoking Presidents, epileptic children and marijuana moms have redefined the social graph. Yesterday’s radical has adopted new rules and morphed into today’s business pioneer. Reflecting this change, NORML has unveiled a business partnership program, Seattle Hempfest has adding its own business summit to this year’s venerated music and free speech festival, and even right-wing business magazine Forbes has launched a pot blog.

Politics is the reflex of the business and industrial world. Emma Goldman By David Rheins All of us working in the legal cannabis industry owe a great debt to the selfless sacrifice of the many political activists who came before us.  Generations have stood up, protested, gotten arrested and worse over these many decades in a Read the full article…