Navajo Lawmaker Firm On Stance Against Legalizing Marijuana

A lawmaker on the country’s largest American Indian reservation has introduced a bill to reaffirm the tribe’s stance against legalizing marijuana.

ARIZONA:  A lawmaker on the country’s largest American Indian reservation has introduced a bill to reaffirm the tribe’s stance against legalizing marijuana.Navajo Nation Council Delegate Edmund Yazzie says legalizing marijuana for medical or recreational use contradicts Navajo values and tradition.His bill introduced this week comes in response to an announcement last year by the U.S. Read the full article…

My Day At Seattle CannaCon 2015

Farmer Tom, MJ Brand Icon

WASHINGTON:  I just attended CannaCon 2015 in Seattle along with thousands of business owners and cannabis industry enthusiasts.  The three day marijuana business and consumer trade show is being held this year at Pier 91, Feb 19-21. In my role as cannabis reporter for MJ News Network I was able talk to luminaries’ and entrepreneurs Read the full article…

Marijuana Tax Up In Smoke? Don’t Worry, Feds Plot 50% Tax

We say there's zero tolerance and no administrative review. That makes someone feel pretty insecure, and that's not fair."

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Marijuana activists look to Colorado as a true leader, with legalized recreational use and tiered tax models. Coloradans and activists nationwide thought legalizing marijuana would mean huge tax revenues. Nationwide, there is a near intoxication promising money, jobs, appreciating real estate, and tax revenues that could achieve so much for so many. Naysayers worry about Read the full article…

Gearing up for Oregon’s Recreational Marijuana Market with Smart Surveillance

Modern-day security camera systems provide numerous benefits to marijuana dispensaries, three of which are highlighted:

By Ellen Arndt, Communications Manager at VideoSurveillance.com OREGON: Oregon’s marijuana market is primed for massive growth once the Oregon Liquor Control Board (OLCC) begins issuing licenses to recreational cannabis producers, retailers, wholesalers, and processors next year. Entrepreneurs and experienced cannabis growers can better prepare themselves for the state regulations that lie ahead by building out their Read the full article…

Vermonters Return From Marijuana-Policy Tour

Nine people from Vermont, including Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn, Chittenden County State's Attorney T.J. Donovan and representatives from both sides of the legalization debate, met with Colorado regulators, marijuana businesses and nonprofit organizations during the busy three-day trip.

VERMONT: Vermont leaders say touring through Colorado’s medical and recreational marijuana landscape this week gave them a lot to think about. Nine people from Vermont, including Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn, Chittenden County State’s Attorney T.J. Donovan and representatives from both sides of the legalization debate, met with Colorado regulators, marijuana businesses and nonprofit organizations Read the full article…

Panel Discusses Marijuana Businesses, Zoning For Fairbanks

Possible zones compatible with marijuana facilities are agricultural, commercial, industrial and general use

ALASKA:  Just where in the Fairbanks North Star Borough marijuana businesses should be allowed and under what conditions continued to be discussed Friday by a special panel convened by Mayor Luke Hopkins It was the second meeting of the marijuana working group. Hopkins is working on a new zoning ordinance, dealing with pot businesses, that is Read the full article…

The Best Industries for Starting a Business in 2015

Evergreen Herbal CEO Marco Hoffman at MJBA Job Fair

The old adage that timing is everything in business is incomplete. When it comes to launching a successful startup, the other crucial ingredient is identifying a new, untapped market opportunity. Breaking into any industry is hard, but certain sectors are particularly ripe for new entrants. Inc.’s annual look at the best industries for starting a Read the full article…

Apple’s Ban On marijuana Social Networking App Goes Up In Smoke

MassRoots first became available through the App Store in 2013, but Apple decided to pull the app last month due to conflicts with company guidelines banning “apps that encourage excessive consumption of alcohol or illegal substances.”

CALIFORNIA: Apple has lightened up on restrictions that once banned cannabis-focused social networking apps from its App Store. The tech giant reversed course Thursday night by making MassRoots, a social network for cannabis lovers, available on the iOS App Store a little over three months after banning the site’s app. MassRoots first became available through the App Read the full article…

New Push To Regulate Medical Marijuana In California

Fundraising is key.

CALIFORNIA:  There’s a new push to regulate medical marijuana in California after similar legislation failed at the state Capitol last year. The debate centers on how much control cities and counties should have over local marijuana businesses. There’s general agreement that medical marijuana should be regulated in California, with uniform health and public safety standards. Read the full article…

What’s The Inventory Story? Hard To Say, But Let’s Try Anyway.

Since national media has decided to throw unsubstantiated, alarming numbers around, I have decided that it is necessary to provide the best educated guess I can based on actual data received from the WSLCB.

Warning: this post contains calculations from data provided by the WSLCB, without contextual explanation for the December 2014 anomalous sales data; and without a clear definition for retail gram volumes given how difficult that is to include concentrates and edibles. The WSLCB has recently tightened their information provision services and informs me that I should have answers Read the full article…