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Cannabis Ambassador-At-Large: Marching For Freedom In Legal Seattle

By Jake The Professor

Spring has finally arrived in Seattle, and the locals are beginning to come out from their winter roosts.  The Cinco de Mayo Weekend was the unofficial kick off of the summer season, with lots of local festivities, including the Seattle Cannabis Freedom March — very important to many of us in the cannabis community. 

Melissa Hysom, longtime medical cannabis activist and organizer of the Cannabis Freedom March, works tirelessly to organize this yearly iconic event. Activists from across the country travel to the Emerald City each year to march in support of cannabis legalization.

Many people in the cannabis industry aren't aware of the real struggles of how we got to where we are today.

Many people in the cannabis industry aren’t aware of the real struggles of how we got to where we are today.

Outsiders may look at ‘legal’ Seattle wonder why we are still marching. Many aren’t aware of the real struggles that continue today.  I was pleased to have been asked to speak at this year’s event — and had the pleasure of following my very good friends and mentors, Vivian McPeak and John Davis.

I wasn’t nervous, as I speak to smaller groups each day at Diego Pellicer, as part of my role as greeter and spokesperson for the popular cannabis shop in Seattle and as  I lead Seattle Cannabis tour groups with Leila Ali, Tour Director at Kush Tours.

2018 Seattle Cannabis Freedom March Lineup

2018 Seattle Cannabis Freedom March Lineup

People from all over the world come to Jake the Professor to learn about cannabis. I make a point to tell my audience about the medicinal uses for cannabis, and relish the opportunity to demystify some myths they might have about cannabis.

I ask visitors to return to their state and tell their friends about what the hippie in Seattle taught them about Cannabis. 

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The Cannabis Freedom March is much the same, but bigger, and more dramatic. This yearly march was lead by some of the youngest activists in our community –Seattle Hempfest Volunteer, Morgan Davis and her friend Alyssa carried the traditional Freedom March banner.  Morgan is the daughter of longtime activist and entrepreneur John Davis, and truly represents the future of our movement and our community.

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As I took the podium, I wanted my message to be simple and close to my heart.  I spoke about the need for unity in our industry. We sometimes forget that we all share the same struggles. Many of us do the exact same job as our competitors.  Our companies share similar ambitions, goals and visions for a legal, profitable future. With all that shared positivity, there really isn’t any need or space to speak negative about our competition.

This industry is growing at a much faster rate than when John Davis and I began Northwest Patient Resource Center (NWPRC) in 2011. Back then, as it is now, we learned the necessity of working together and not working against one another.  Now is a very sensitive time, we all need to come together as an industry with a unified message. We must stand for quality — quality products prepared by quality individuals.

Jake the Professor Weekend Unlimited-1As entrepreneurs we are driven to create the best products with integrity, with a sense of sustainability and accomplishment. Negative output about our competitors only distract us from being our best. The market will weed (no pun intended) out the companies and individuals who do not adhere to these principles.

I closed my speech by recognizing my mentors: Vivian McPeak, a good friend and Director of Seattle Hempfest, and John Davis — two better friends you could not find. I thanked them for championing my career, and helping me along the way.  

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I implored my audience not to spend time pointing out the problems of competitors.  The market will seek its own level. Those that offer less than what the market demands will go out of business naturally. They won’t need help from us to bring them down. They are already working hard at that. 

Perhaps the next time we find a crappy product or lousy gram of weed, we don’t write a three page review on Leafly of Facebook. Just scroll up!  You should be too busy creating your own dreams, anyway.  

Just be kind. Play nice with one another. All of us in the cannabis industry share the same struggles: struggles with LCB, struggles with partners, even struggles with employees. This business isn’t for everyone. Some companies will learn this in due time. 

Be patient. ‘Scroll up’ if you don’t like something, and ‘like and share’ if you do.  It brings out your best and puts you back on top! 

Meet Jake The Professor: Cannabis Industry Ambassador At Large

By David Rheins

WASHINGTON: Jake Dimmock wears a lot of hats. Literally. He also juggles a lot of roles and responsibilities in Seattle’s cannabis community: posing with customers and VIPs as the face of swanky pot shop Diego Pellicer; making the scene as the well-dressed social media gadfly Jake the Professor, broadcasting his live reports from canna events large and small.

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Jake with artist Michael Guttsen at the Dope Industry Awards

A seminal figure in Seattle’s cannabis scene – Jake was co-founder of Seattle’s best-known MMJ dispensary, Northwest Patient Resource Center (NWPRC), with John Davis, and a longtime patients advocate and caregiver long before pot was legal or fashionable.  When Washington migrated its medical marijuana dispensaries into the newly created I-502 adult use system, Jake transitioned smoothly serving as budtender extraordinaire first at Uncle Ikes, and later Diego Pellicer.

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MJBA Cannabis Industry Ambassador at Large

With his vast knowledge of cannabis, his southern charm, his natural ease with people and multi-generational appeal, Jake the Professor was a natural to be named the first “Cannabis Industry Ambassador at Large” for the Marijuana Business Association (MJBA).  As the association for cannabis business’ first Ambassador at Large, Dimmock will represent the trade group at high profile events and functions.

 

Jake and Bang Kitty Bang

Jake and Bang Kitty Bang

On any given day, thousands tune in to watch Jake The Professor on Instagram – donning his sartorial splendor and brushing out his impressive white beard as the charismatic king of social media, the charming Southerner holds court from the retail floor at Diego Pellicer’s, as cannabis VIPs from former Presidents to PinUp Girls come by pay homage and get their photo snapped.

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Dimmock has recently taken his act on the road, serving as host of Jerome Baker’s Bongzilla in Las Vegas during the recent Champs Show.

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He has been approached to be the “face” of a number of legal cannabis products and is considering his options as legal cannabis expands coast to coast.

Look for upcoming appearances by Jake The Professor and fellow canna celebrity Bang Kitty Bang at the Bongzilla party in Seattle on 4/21.

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The Wink In Weed: Marijuana Goes Prime Time

By David Rheins

WASHINGTON: This is the year that marijuana goes mainstream.  Mass media is learning to love marijuana in a big way.  You can’t attend a cannabis event in Seattle, or Denver, or Portland these days without bumping into a documentary film crew or budding filmmaker shopping a cannabis concept.

CableTV has been crazy about cannabis since Showtime debuted its seminal stoner series Weeds in 2005, earning the channel’s highest ratings. Similar successes followed for weed-themed “documentaries” from CNBC, VICE, and CNN.  And then Sanjay Gupta opened the flood gates when he reversed his longtime opposition to medical marijuana and called for its immediate rescheduling. That pronouncement by the face of corporate medicine — CNN’s chief medical correspondent was once President Obama’s pick for Surgeon General — had a massive impact on national consciousness.

Today, it is common to see national magazines talking about cannabis.  And not just Rolling Stone, but old school journals like Time, Newsweek, and National Geographic have devoted entire issues to our beloved plant.  This is the golden age of marijuana, and cannabis types are polishing their acts and going Hollywood. High Times editor Rick Cusick recently joined up with Whoopi Goldberg in a commercial effort to create a pot-infused PMS products.  Top professional athletes like former NBA All-Star “Uncle Spliffy” Cliff Robinson are joining longtime stoner celebrities Tommy Chong and Willie Nelson in creating their own line of legal cannabis products.

Uncle Spliffy Cliff Robinson at MJBA Portland

Uncle Spliffy Cliff Robinson at MJBA Portland

At the April meetup of the Marijuana Business Association in Portland last week, Cliff Robinson told the assembled group of professionals that he had received a huge amount of interest from both media and investors alike since his keynote speech at the Cannabis Collaborative Conference in February.  The topic of sports cannabis and the power of sports celebrities will move the marijuana discussion even further into mainstream consciousness. Designer marijuana for athletes is attracting media attention from Spain, Germany, Italy and from around the globe, Uncle Spliffy’s Marc Belsher told MJNN. “Sports Cannabis is an international phenomenon,” he said.

Team Uncle Spliffy at MJBA Portland

Team Uncle Spliffy

Following Team Uncle Spliffy on stage in Portland was Kerri Accardi, a New York filmmaker whose AK Ventures is making history with a prime time television series, “Hmm Did You Know.”  Designed to educate mass America on the healing benefits of medical marijuana, “Medical Cannabis: The Healing Power Of Knowledge” will be a half-hour news magazine series featuring prominent voices from the cannabis industry, including Nurse Heather Manus, activist/entrepreneur John Davis and Dr. Sunil Aggarwal, along with product placement and sponsorship messages. Initial markets will include Seattle, San Francisco, Miami and Denver, with new markets expected to be released shortly.

“We created the series to inform and educate mainstream TV viewers on cannabis, cannabis healing, and the emerging cannabis industry as a whole,” Accardi told MJNN. “We will featured various topics and interviews with patients and industry notables, topical discussions, politics, investigative journalism, health and sports medicine. We are creating herstory.”

AK Ventures Kerri Accardi takes medical cannabis prime time.

AK Ventures Kerri Accardi takes medical cannabis prime time.

 

 

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

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 the 3rd and 4th of February. MJBA and MJBA Women’s Alliance are exhibiting at the show, and Morgan and I will both serve as moderators and panelists.

On Wednesday, February 3, I’ll moderate the 2:15 panel entitled, “Sidekicks are Superheros: Ancillary & Supporting Businesses within the Cannabis Marketplace.” I’ll have the pleasure of discussing the topic with panelists Paul Campbell of Leafly, Holly Alberti of Healthy Headie Lifestyle, Brandon Gallagher of Vuber Technologies, and Scott Lott of Click Simply.

On Thursday, February 4th, MJBA Women’s Alliance founder Morgan will be moderating the 2:15 panel, “Launching a Product or Service: The Process of Creating Powerful Brands. James Zachodni of DOPE Magazine, Randall Huft of Innovation Agency, and Devin Manuel of Click Simply.

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And little later, at 3:15 on Thursday,  Morgan and I will participate as panelist on, “What Happens After CCC?: A Telltale of Five Industry Organizations.” Moderated by Aimee Shuman of 420 Swarm, our fellow panelists will include Bethany Moore of NCIA , Jocelyn Anderson of Women Grow, and Chris Carpenter of OCBC.

Less than two weeks later, Team MJBA will be packing up our tents and setting up camp at CannaCon. Taking place, February 18, 19 and 20 at Pier 91 in Seattle, this is the fourth CannaCon show for MJBA and MJBA Women’s Alliance, and we’ll have a big presence.  Not only are we media sponsors and exhibitors of CannaCon again this year, but both Morgan and I have the honor to serve as moderators and panelists of what has become the most important industry trade show in Washington.

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If 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.”

Thursday
10:00:00 AM Keynote: Andrew Schell Keynote: Ben Curren Keynote: Roy Bingham
Designing a Winning Nutrient Regimen What Every Marijuana Retailer Should Know Am I Selling The Products My Customers Really Want?
CULTIVATION TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
11:30:00 AM Advantages of organic soil The Extraction Series: C02 Investing in Cannabis – Where Do I Start?
Tad Hussey Craig Henderson Brett Roper
1:00:00 PM Advanced Indoor Flowering Techniques The Extraction Series: Rosin Tech WA Rules and Regulations
Jaya Palmer Jeff Church Rick Garza-WSLCB
Kristie Weeks-WSDH | Steve Fuller-WSDA
2:30:00 PM Ask Ed & Tom The Extraction Series: Legal Q&A Panel
Ed Rosenthal | Farmer Tom Lauerman Large Scale Production of 99% Pure THC & CBD Aaron Pelley | Chris Crew | Dan Bariault | Don E Wirtshafter
Dr. Jon Thompson
4:00:00 PM Aeroponics & Hydroponic Cultivation Bitcoin Viability Panel Insuring your Cannabis Business Future
Chris Wrenn | Tom O’Dowd
Edgar Ham | Mike Dupree | Robert Stephan
Manny Perez | Caleb Chen | Marshall Hayner
Christopher Walters | Doug Banfelder | Karen Canton
FRIDAY
10:00:00 AM Keynote: Adam Dunn Keynote: Katherine Grimm Keynote: Cheryl Shuman
TBA Kickstarting Your Cannabis Career
From Rags to Riches: How to Succeed in the Cannabis Industry
CULTIVATION TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
11:30:00 AM Panel: Women in Cannabis The Art & Science of Cannabis Topicals Navagating Tax Laws Unique to Cannabis
Crystal Oliver | Morgan Christine
Sharon Whitson | Shawn DeNae
Ah Warner | Megan Schwarting Dani Espinda
1:00:00 PM Harnessing light: A Plant’s Perspective Why is the right packaging important? Panel: Cannabis Policy Reform
Rebecca Knight, PhD Keva Sonderen Cat Jeter | Kristen Flor | TK Ramsey
2:30:00 PM Managing Commercial Cultivation Lighting: Impacting the Grid
How to Build a Cannabis Brand
& Strategic Marketing Plan From the Ground Up!
Shara Ross Shelly Peterson Catherine Zito
4:00:00 PM Optimizing Small Scale Grows Chocolate Loves Cannabis! Panel: Legal Q&A
Jennifer Martin Clair McKenzie Ann van Leynseele | Cindy Flyn | Mitzi Vaughn
SATURDAY
10:00:00 AM Keynote: Don E Wirtshafter Keynote: AC Braddock Keynote: Bruce Barcott
The First Golden Age of Cannabis Medicines The Cannabis Industry: not business as usual Author: Weed The People
Vivian McPeak TECHNOLOGY SETTING INDUSTRY STANDARDS
The Long And Winding Road To Cannabis Liberation
A Comprehensive Budtender Training Course
11:30:00 AM John Davis Commercial Lighting Options Session 1: The Plant
Mission NOT Accomplished Keith Harrington Jerry Whiting
1:00:00 PM Cultivation: Q&A The Benefits of Greenhouse Production Session 2: The Law & Regs
Kyle Kushman Greg Ellis Jerry Whiting
2:30:00 PM Plant Physiology & Nutrient Uptake
Use of Pesticides and Fertilizers
to Produce Marijuana in Washington
Session 3: The Retail Experience
Blair McHenry Erik Johansen WSDA Jerry Whiting
1 continuing education credit
4:00:00 PM Panel: Breeding with the Best
Pesticide Label & Worker Protection
Standard Requirements for Marijuana Growers
Session 4: Resumes & Interviews a Q&A
Adam Dunn | DJ Short | Exotic Genetics
Odie Diesel | Sunycheba
Erik Johansen WSDA Jerry Whiting
1 continuing education credit

 

 

NCIA Lobby Days 2015 Recap

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 the votes of more than 500 individuals representing the wishes of their constituents. This is why every year, the National Cannabis Industry Association descends upon Capitol Hill with dozens of our members to meet with these offices to explain the unfair burdens we’re facing, and how we’d like them to fix them.

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The contingent of NCIA members participating in the cannabis industry’s Annual Lobby Days grows bigger and bigger each year. This year, NCIA hosted an educational Policy Symposium to kick off the Lobby Days. NCIA director of government relations, Michael Correia, provided training and insider tips for effective lobbying and navigating the House and Senate offices.

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The crowd lit up with smiles when Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes-Norton representing the District of Columbia entered the room, and spoke to us about her continued support for our issues, and the great need for the work we are doing to change marijuana laws. Attendees also enjoyed a fireside chat between Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist, where they dug deep into the many layers of taxation policy and messaging cannabis industry issues on Capitol Hill.

Around 80 NCIA members gathered into small pre-organized groups, armed with folders containing talking points and one-pagers on our issues, and a whole lot of enthusiasm. Members split off and navigated around the Senate and House buildings, headed to meetings with Congressional offices and their staffers to describe the challenges they face due to the country’s outdated federal laws first hand.

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John Davis, owner of Northwest Patient Resource Center in Seattle, and vice-chair of NCIA’s board of directors, attended Lobby Days for his third consecutive year. “I really appreciated being able to talk to people that are on the front lines along with my business on the 280E tax provision. I am already knowledgeable on the subject but the NCIA Policy Symposium did not disappoint on the details.”

Also from Washington state, Eden Labs owner AC Braddock joined us for her third year of lobbying with NCIA. “In two days we got into over 100 offices and the difference in reception from last year was significant. Legislators were interested in what we had to say, our opinions on different legislation initiatives, and how 280E and banking restrictions were genuinely hindering legal businesses.” said Braddock. “This work has restored my faith in our government processes. It is truly empowering to be heard and sought after as a source of advice.”

On the second day, NCIA kicked off the formal lobbying with a press conference in front of the Capitol. We were joined by several of our industry-friendly allies in Congress. Several pieces of legislation were introduced in the weeks surrounding the Lobby Days event, including Rep. Dana Rohrabacher’s (R-CA) “Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2015,” which effectively gets the Federal government out of the business of the states, thus allowing each state to determine its own destiny with regard to a regulated cannabis industry. During the NCIA press conference in D.C., Reps. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) and Denny Heck (D-WA) re-introduced “The Marijuana Businesses Access to Banking Act of 2015” (H.R. 2076), which resolves the banking crisis facing cannabis businesses. This bill would provide a safe haven for banks to offer services to cannabis-related businesses without fear of risk of breaking money laundering laws.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) also introduced “The Small Business Tax Equity Act” (H.R. 1855 andS. 987) in both the House and Senate. The companion legislation would create an exception to Section 280E allowing state-compliant cannabis businesses to take normal business expense deductions like any other legal business. Rep. Blumenauer has introduced a similar bill in the House before, but this is the first time such legislation has been proposed in the Senate.

Even earlier this year in February, Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) introduced a comprehensive solution that would address the banking crisis, the 280E fiasco, and other problematic federal cannabis policies. The “Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act” (H.R. 1013) would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act altogether, and allow states to set and enforce their own marijuana policies without federal interference, thus giving each state the freedom to choose its own approach to cannabis, and also removing the many unintended consequences of the current conflict between state and federal marijuana laws.

These bills, though introduced in their respective bodies of government, await being debated and passed through their initial committees before moving to the floor for a full vote.

“While full legalization may not happen for a while, the industry should not have punitive rules in states where is it legal,” noted Braddock. “It is up to our legislators to make the laws viable and effective, and it is up to us to help them understand what that looks like. That is why it is so important to get in front of them.”

The meetings were phenomenal. Starting the dialog with your elected officials opens up a relationship with them and more importantly their legislative aids. My contact list has become quite impressive since I joined NCIA.” said Davis. “This is a big part of why my organization is active in NCIA. Change is needed at the federal level as well as in state and localities. This is our chance to be effective in advancing the changes that are needed to make our industry work.”

National Cannabis Industry Association, a 501(c)(6) non-profit trade organization, would not be able to accomplish this work were it not for the active dedication, passion, and professionalism of its membership. With nearly 900 member businesses across the country, approximately 10% of our membership was represented in Washington D.C. this year, visiting more than half of the 535 total Congressional offices. Our goal next year? Visit with all 535…

 

Cannabis Freedom March In Seattle Is Saturday May 9th

WASHINGTON: Medical marijuana is undergoing a sea change in Washington State after Governor Inslee signed SB 5052 into law, officially putting the state’s unregulated mmj dispensary system under the oversight of the LCB (Liquor and Cannabis Board) and integrating it into the I-502 recreational marijuana regulatory scheme.

Hundreds of cannabis activists and community supporters are expected to gather in Seattle this Saturday for the Cannabis Freedom March to raise awareness for Patient Rights and to demand Global Legalization of Cannabis. The March will begin on Saturday, May 9th at 11 AM at Volunteer Park and wind up at Westlake at 7PM.  A bevy of local activists and cannabis industry leaders are scheduled to speak including Solstice’s Alex Cooley, Washington Bud Company’s Shawn DeNae, MJBA Women’s Alliance’s Morgan, CCSE’s John Davis, Hempfest’s Vivian McPeak, Tim Pate, Delta 9’s Stephanie Heart, and HIA’s Joy Beckerman.

 

Crackdown To Follow ‘Historic’ Medical Marijuana Law

WASHIGNTON:  A historic new law is expected to be signed by Governor Jay Inslee that will put medical marijuana under tighter state regulations similar to recreational marijuana.

Many believe the law will thin the number of store fronts that have opened because of a new license requirement regulated by the state Liquor Control Board.

The LCB is expected to announce sometime this year the number of licenses that will be issued to medical marijuana dispensaries. Businesses must have opened before July 2013 to qualify. However the LCB will have discretion over who gets priority beyond that.

“This had to happen,” said John Davis, CEO of the Northwest Patient Resource Network and owner of a medical marijuana shop in Seattle.

Hmm..Did You Know Shifts Perceptions With Rich Media Cannabis Portal

WASHINGTON: Marijuana marketing is coming of age now that legalization is growing both the need and the branding budgets of the cannabis industry’s first crop of pot products.

Cannabis media too is evolving – moving beyond the stereotypical High Times and Cheech & Chong 1970’s sensibility into the modern era of integrated digital marketing.   Meeting the growing need for reliable information — about the laws, the culture, the science and the new cannabis brands —  New York filmmaker Kerri Accardi and her 420MEDIA agency are rolling out a new platform called “Hmm did you know?”

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In an exclusive interview with MJ News Network, Accardi explains that HDYK will be a visually-inspired rich media web destination designed to serve as a comprehensive source of information, education, and entertainment about cannabis and hemp.   “We are creating an online platform featuring professionally-produced series, commercials, digital media, and integrated marketing. HDYK is a place to see faces of the cannabis industry.”

Accardi came to the industry first as an activist, pursuing a passionate drive to raise the awareness of medical marijuana.  Through project work with several leading dispensaries and an assignment shooting last summer’s Seattle Hempfest,  she developed strong personal connections with pioneers and industry leaders, many of whom have agreed to participate in HDYK, including Hempfest’s Vivian McPeak, CCSE’s John Davis and MJBA’s David Rheins.

“The idea manifested when my Aunt Kathy was sick and I was trying to convince my family that cannabis was medicine,” the Staten Island native told MJNN. “There was no where for to me to show them other than scattered websites that were far and few between.  Grateful and beyond humbled I’m now aligned with pioneers and industry leaders to share education and information on a global level through visual entertainment and media.”

The multi-media platform will focus initial content offerings in five key channels: Healing, Science, Business, Hemp and Organic Growing, with an emphasis on programming that shifts public perceptions shaped by years of propaganda. “HDYK will shift consciousness and change the way people perceive our miracle plant, ” she said. “It will give the industry a place to share their products and information while providing the knowledge to those seeking.”

Advertising opportunities begin as low as $1000, and scale all the way up  $50K primary sponsorship packages.

For more information about getting involved with Hmm Did You Know? Email info@420MEDIA.us; or call (425) 420-0585

‘It Gives What We Do Legitimacy’: Medical Pot Sellers Push For Regulation

WASHINGTON: KUOW’S Ross Reynolds talks with John Davis, owner of the Northwest Patient Resource Center, about why we wants medical marijuana to be regulated by the state. Davis is also executive director of the Coalition for Cannabis Standards and Ethics, a cannabis industry group.

Tech Mogul Jamen Shively Keynotes “Technology And Your Cannabis Business” Seminar Weds, Aug 27 In Seattle

WASHINGTON: All industry eyes will be on technology-turned-marijuana mogul Jamen Shively, the former Microsoft strategist best known as the man behind premium retail pot brand Diego Pellicer, as he delivers the keynote speech for “Technology & Your Cannabis Business” seminar at Seattle’s ultra-hip Motif Hotel.

Shively’s much-anticipated talk before the elite gathering of Washington’s leading cannabis and technology brands, will reportedly focus on the state of the emerging industry, and how he is providing support to the worldwide cannabis & hemp industry through his new venture, the International Coalition of Cannabis Companies & Organizations ICCCO .

Joining Shively will be Randy Simmons from Washington Liquor Control Board, the agency overseeing Washington’s nascent legal marijuana business; along with John Davis, co-founder and Executive Director of the Coalition for Cannabis Standards and Ethics (CCSE); Patrick Vo, COO, of BioTrackTHC; Dr. Dominic Corva, Executive Director at Center for the Study of Cannabis and Social Policy; Cannabis Training Institute’s Greta Carter, and many other industry thought leaders.

Technology & Your Cannabis Business Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Motif Hotel, Seattle, WA

Technology & Your Cannabis Business
Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Motif Hotel, Seattle, WA

The full-day business seminar, targeting participants in Washington’s legal cannabis industry – growers, processors, retailers and the professional services providers who support them — is being organized by Seattle-based Marijuana Business Association (MJBA), a b2b organization called “the chamber of commerce for cannabis” by NBC News, and sponsored by Cannabis Industry Professional Services (CIPS).  Journalist/Activist Ben Livingston will act as Master of Ceremonies.

“Technology & Your Cannabis Business” is the first in a series of professional education seminars that the Marijuana Business Association is hosting as a service to its members,” explained MJBA chief executive David Rheins. “Earlier in the month, we invited I-502 licensees and applicants to participate in an online policy conducted by MJ Research.  More than three dozen business pioneers participated in the survey. We then invited them to a listening summit, where we conducted a “voice of the customer” facilitated conversation — through which we’ve identified the key industry pain points. Technology — from compliance software to grow-room automation — was at the top of the list. In response, MJBA has organized this professional forum where all the key stakeholders can gather together to work through possible solutions.”

At Wednesday’s show, packaging technology, grow room automation and compliance software are the hot topics. “We’re delighted to have senior representatives like the WSLCB’s Randy Simmons, BioTrackTHC’s Patrick Vo there all under one roof, there to directly engage with end-user licensees to address this critical and time-sensitive issues,” Rheins said.

Tickets are $100 for MJBA members, $150 non-members, and are available online, and at the door.

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