The Wink In Weed: Why Seattle Hempfest Is Still Worth Supporting

“There’s nothing in I-502 that allows a community to opt out,” Washington state Liquor Control Board spokesman Brian Smith said. If a marijuana retailer meets the state’s requirement for a license then it will be granted.

By David Rheins It’s been five years since Washington opened its legal cannabis marketplace, and today adult consumers in the Evergreen state have an abundance of high-quality, legal weed available in an impressive array of product configurations at affordable prices. Seattle Hempfest, taking place this week along the gorgeous Puget Sound, is the nation’s oldest and largest Read the full article…

The Wink In Weed: Why You Should Join Me At CCC PDX

CCC PDX is Jan 24 & 25

By David Rheins 2018 will be a crucial year for the legal cannabis industry.  Five years after the first adult-use marijuana marketplaces opened in Colorado and Washington, our industry has grown large and gone mainstream.  Big and getting bigger, with the opening of the California and Nevada markets, Oregon is now part of a contiguous legal Read the full article…

The Wink In Weed: CannaFest Destiny Takes MJBA To Las Vegas

MedMen comes to downtown Las Vegas

MJBA Expands National Footprint, Relocates HQ To Silver State By David Rheins This summer I undertook a cross-country, coast-to-coast, “CannaFest Destiny” road show. Sponsored by Curved Papers, the MJBA tour made ‘official’ stops in Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Indiana, Massachusetts and New York. We gathered in small groups and large, hosting meetups, participating in panel discussions, exhibiting and 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…

Wink-In-Weed: Cannabis Class Is In Session

Team CannaCon at KLAY 1180 AM

By David Rheins  Class is in session for participants in Washington’s legal cannabis trade.  Coming off of the collegial CCC show in Portland, Team MJBA is back in Western Washington this week continuing our quest to provide professional education and promote best business practices for our nascent industry. On Tuesday, February 13th,  6-8:30 at the Factory Luxe  Read the full article…

Wink-In-Weed: Cannabis Collaboration, Fun and Games

Mark Hubbard, Integrity Labs, Morgan MJBA Women's Alliance, and Eric Ogden, WeedTraQR

By David Rheins This week’s column is dedicated to the importance of collaboration, fun and games in the cannabis industry.  Now for me, marijuana has always been experiential –  a mind expanding, humor producing, cosmic giggling good time. Long before it was medicine or big business, pot was fun.  Our cannabis counter-culture has morphed into legal industry, and Read the full article…

Wink-in-Weed: Ladies and Gentleman, It’s Show Time!

f you have anything to do with the legal cannabis industry in Washington or Oregon, you will want to attend both CCC in Portland and CannaCon in Seattle this month. When you do, please stop by the MJBA and MJBA Women’s Alliance booths and say ‘Hi.”

By David Rheins February, the coldest and shortest month, arrives next week and that means the beginning of trade show season for those of us in the cannabis industry. Here at the Marijuana Business Association, we’ll be kicking off the month at the Cannabis Collaborative Conference (formerly known as the Creative Cannabis Conference) in Portland, Oregon on Read the full article…