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TwiceBakedinWA: 2015: My Lifestyle In Cannabis

By TwicebakedinWA

WASHINGTON: Adventures With The MJBA: Seriously, it is never boring at the MJBA. For a year and a bit I have happily worked on their social media team and captured videos for Marijuana Channel One.  Around the fall I needed to change my schedule and stepped away from the daily social media work I was doing on MJ News Network. Really though, my adventures with MJBA continue on and 2016 looks like a bright year for all of us. Many thanks to David, Morgan, and Roxann for making this one of the most fun jobs I ever did have.  

Meeting Jerry Whiting From LeBlanc CNEIf you don’t know Jerry Whiting, let me just tell you that he is a thunder and lightning storm of vibrant positive energy in the cannabis world. After being introduced to his CBD rich tincture earlier this year and trying a few different batches it quickly became one of my favorite go-to medicines for inflammation, migraines, back pain, and muscle spasms. Without a doubt his tinctures and liniments have provided me me a higher quality of life in this body. Thank you so much, Jerry, for spreading your knowledge, kindness, and generosity, my way.  

Dr. Ethan Russo and TwiceBakedinWA

Meeting Dr. Ethan Russo. I initially met Dr. Russo by randomly striking up a conversation about raw cannabis juice at a Vimea event on Vashon Island. While I didn’t realize who he was until he handed me a business card, I was tickled pink to have met a neurologist who also knew so much about cannabis. Over the summer I got to see him speak multiple times about terpenes and cannabinoids and learn from his decades of research. Dr. Russo showed me what I should seek out in cannabis for my conditions and reminded me to always take the smallest dose of THC necessary rather than looking for the highest dose tolerable. Meeting him was definitely a treasure for me in 2015.

The Depression And The Migraines.  I really struggled in 2015 with what seemed like moremigraines and deeper depressions  than I have seen for a long time and while that may not seem like a positive thing it pushed me to study. I learned so much this year about sleep, the brain, immunity, and gut health that despite all the pain and anguish, I came through alive, wiser, and more equipped to continue life in this body for another trip around the sun.

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The Women of Cannabis. I found myself at over a dozen female only cannabis professional and social events this year. One standout favorite was the MJBA Women’s Alliance Retreat last July in Hoodsport where a small group of big thinking women spent time in nature brainstorming ways to make the cannabis world better and then went off and started following through. The beauty of these women is that they are full of life, down to earth, they work hard, and they know a lot about cannabis. One of my goals this year was to spend more time with women in the industry and I would say that is a continued goal for next year as well. This uplifting community of women is a beautiful part of the cannabis movement and one that I am grateful to be part of.

Saying Goodbye To Medical Cannabis In Washington State

By TwicebakedinWA

There are less than two weeks left before new medical cannabis regulations go into effect in Washington State. For those of us who get our cannabis medicine from the current system that patients have been using since the 90’s, this is a big change nobody is looking forward to.

As I was driving out to MMJ Universe in Black Diamond this past Saturday I found tears streaming down my face thinking about this being one of the last times I would be making that sweet drive in the country to spend time shopping for cannabis in an open market environment.

I’ve been feeling a touch reminiscent about my times out at that specific market where I have met hundreds of patients and growers. Through regular market visits and attending events held there I have been able to plug in with the cannabis community.

I started going there before the adult use of cannabis was legalized in Washington State and I have been able to observe an evolution that the market has taken not only with how beautiful the grounds have become but also to how the market itself has changed over the years.

When I first started attending the market almost every table had a bong or pipe set up so you could sample their products right there. When you walked in the doors it was often a little cloudy and everybody was relaxed with their with cannabis. This was a unique shopping experience, very new to me, and very refreshing to be around. Eventually the smoking was moved outside and while that mildly changed the experience, the freedom felt and education given to patients at the market continued.

When I talked to Diedre, the owner of MMJ Universe, she said she is planning a big celebration on the 30th of June with music and vending to shed some happiness despite how sad so many of us are to be losing our beloved market.

I have much to celebrate from the gains that I have received from that market and even as the tears again roll down my face thinking that it is closing all I can do is thank Diedre and everybody involved in keeping the market going for so long and for focusing on positives and solutions at the end of this medical cannabis era.

MJBA Year in Review: 2015

By David Rheins

It is the week between Christmas and New Years, and the end of another whirlwind year for those of us on the front lines of legal cannabis.  Our fledgling industry has grown rapidly over its first two years: hundreds of new companies, thousands of new jobs and hundreds of millions in new tax revenues have been created in “the fastest growing industry in America.” 

Team MJBA

Team MJBA

That growth has brought with it new challenges for business pioneers ballsy enough to be part of the first wave.  Financial concerns weigh heaviest, as lack of access to commercial capital is literally starving our industry and its players.  You can see it everywhere – retailers unable to stock sufficient inventory, producer/processors who can’t invest in the proper organization, branding or marketing.  Almost everyone in the industry wears too hats and juggles too many balls, all the result of lack of resources.

For too many canna-businesses, there is more opportunity than bandwidth; more projects than people. More regulations and machinations than most managers can keep up with, and so the result here in Washington State most of the businesses we touch are ending this year feeling exhausted and overwhelmed. Profit remains elusive, and when it is generated, federal tax law makes it hard to keep. The so-called Green Rush is not yet minting many Pot Barons.

IFP presents at MJBA Denver

IFP presents at MJBA Denver

Banking. Taxation. Pesticides. Testing. Technology. Compliance. As the industry moves from start up to ramp up mode, the needs of MJBA members are evolving. To better serve those needs, MJBA is expanding and refining our member benefits for 2016.  Here is a bit of what we’ve got planned for the new year:

Information. Community. Opportunity.  The Marijuana Business Association will continue to deliver on our mission: to serve as the leading provider of reliable business intelligence, professional community, and credible opportunity for participants in legal cannabis.  Nominated again for the second year in a row as Dope Magazine’s Cannabis Association of the Year, we have enhanced the value of MJBA membership, while keeping our fees reasonable and our programs accessible. Business membership starts at just $250.

MJBA Women's Alliance Recruitment Poster by Michael Guttsen

MJBA Women’s Alliance Recruitment Poster by Michael Guttsen

MJBA Meetups: We will continue to host regular community-building MJBA Meetups in 2016 across Washington (Bellingham, Seattle, South Sound, Spokane) Oregon, Colorado and New York (we hosted more than 60 Meetups in 2015).  We are tweaking the format for MJBA Meetups in 2016 to provide more in-depth and specialized presentations, seminars and community networking.  MJBA Meetups in 2016 will be members-only events (members have guest privileges), with a small Meetup Fee: $10.  Limited Sponsorship and Vending opportunities are available, and essential for sustaining our grassroots networking efforts. Contact MJBA President Morgan for sponsorship opportunities: morgan@mjba.net.

TwiceBakedinWA speaks to an audience of cannabis entrepreneurs at Portland MJBA Meetup.

TwiceBakedinWA speaks to an audience of cannabis entrepreneurs at Portland MJBA Meetup.

MJBA/Front Runner Seminars:  The best in marketplace data and business intelligence, MJBA Professional Seminars begin with a deep dive into the numbers, courtesy our MJ Research partner Front Runner, powered by TetraTrak.  MJBA and Front Runner enhance the official marketplace data with business intelligence and original insights from industry leaders.  These insights are then disseminated via our MJBA Producer, Processor, Retailer and VIP Panels, featured presentations, and white papers.

Industry Thought Leaders Speak at MJBA/Front Runner Seminars

Industry Thought Leaders Speak at MJBA/Front Runner Seminars

The legal cannabis marketplace has evolved well beyond the bud, and today Edibles, Topicals, Concentrates and Oils represent the fastest-growing segments for Washington’s legal cannabis industry. Our first MJBA Professional Seminar of 2016, “Striking Oil: Concentrates, Edibles and Topicals,” will take place on January 21st, 1-6PM, at the Red Lion in Tacoma, WA, and focus on the non-flower cannabis segment.  Reserve your spot today: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/striking-oil-the-business-of-edibles-topicals-and-concentrates-tickets-20114229201?

Edibles, Topicals and Concentrates are fastest growing segments in WA

Edibles, Topicals and Concentrates are fastest growing segments in WA

MJBA/Canna-Ventures Marketing Course:  Brand building and marketing will be key for those companies looking to create differentiation in an increasingly commoditized marketplace.  MJBA has teamed up with CannaVentures to present a series of interactive branding workshops. The first one will take place on February 11th, 2016.  A limited number of canna-marketers will first complete an interactive tool, results from which will be used to create tailored materials for the brand workshop.

Marijuana Channel One: Our MJChannel One in YouTube s home to our original video content. Wink in Weed, TwicebakedinWA, HigherGroundTV, live MJ Events, canna-business interviews and more.  Subscribe FREE:

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In the coming days, we’ll be announcing some big news, so please stay tuned.  Here are some hints at what’s coming down the pike:

MJBA Women’s Alliance:  Featured in major press outlets like Newsweek, National Geographic, and Marijuana Ventures, The MJBA Women’s Alliance is spinning out as its own organization, with separate membership program and its own proprietary APP.  Stay tuned for details.

MJBA Women's Alliance  featured in Nat Geo

MJBA Women’s Alliance featured in Nat Geo

MJBA.net: We’re busy working on our new Member and Network portal, which will put key industry information, resources and contacts at your fingertip. Watch for our re-launch in Q1.

Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles Leaving State House Aims For King County Council

WASHINGTON: Washington State Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles, a long-time backer of marijuana legal reform, will not seek re-election as a democratic State Senator in the next election, choosing instead to set her sites on a District 4 Seat on the King County Council.

Cannabis Basics' CEO Ah Warner hosted a fundraiser for Democratic Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles, a long-time marijuana reform advocate

Cannabis Basics’ CEO Ah Warner hosted a fundraiser for Democratic Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles, a long-time marijuana reform advocate

The veteran politician, named “Advocate of the Year” at this year’s Hempfest, is busy raising money for her campaign, appearing at fundraisers this month hosted by prominent cannabis industry leaders, including travel journalist and national NORML Board member Rick Steves and Ah Warner, CEO of Cannabis Basics.

Thurs. Sept 24 6-9PM, Sorrento Hotel

Thurs. Sept 24 6-9PM, Sorrento Hotel

She will also be appearing with 4 other prominent Washington women politicians — Kent City’s Gwen Allen-Carston; Spokane’s Karen Stratton; Cat Jeter Pierce County;and Heather Holderich, Firecrest City — at the “Power to Influence,” a women-only cannabis industry event presented by the Marijuana Business Association’s Women’s Alliance, and sponsored by a power trio of leading women-run cannabis brands: Washington Bud Company, Eden Labs, and NWMJLaw.

Jeanne Kohl-Welles is running for King County Council

Jeanne Kohl-Welles is running for King County Council

MJNewsNetwork’s TwiceBakedinWA attended Ah Warner’s industry reception on Tuesday, September 22nd, and had a chance to ask Ms. Kohl-Welles about the future of legal cannabis legislation, how Washington’s new marijuana laws turn underage pot smokers into felons, and why the Democrat was running for King County Council.

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Exercise, Scoliosis, And Cannabis: There Is No Space For Ego

By TwicebakedinWA

Remember the things you were able to physically do a decade ago? Can you still do them? This week I rediscovered an old photo album of a yoga photoshoot I did a decade ago. It was beautiful but it was also eye opening because I no longer lived in the same body that could do those poses.

The scoliosis I have been dealing with since age 10 told me back then that it would be wise to capture my spine movement I was able to physically do because one day I may not be able to do them. I never imagined that day would seemingly come so fast.

As I was looking at these old photos, I realized that I could now only do about half of the poses the way they looked in the pictures. Major ego check.

Then I started thinking about how different it was when I used cannabis way back then. I would smoke weed before I exercised to enhance my workout and be able to focus and feel on a whole new level.

Ego check number two…

These days I’m using cannabis not to enhance my workout but to actually be able to do the workout. When I get up early in the morning my back doesn’t want to workout and will protest by being sore and tight. I usually apply a cannabis topical to my torso, take some kind of CBD edible or tincture, and vaporize flower when I have it. Having to modify my intention with why and how I use cannabis is a reality check.

My morning workouts themselves have changed and are rarely high energy because my spine doesn’t want that. It wants gentle, low-key, and mellow first thing in the morning so I usually end up doing stretches and core work.

This whole experience of having to maintain a scoliotic spine is a humbling one. I have only so much control over it but it is still my job to care full-time for this little body while I live in it and be able to learn from the lessons that it provides me. Tuning in with cannabis and exercise allows me to keep the relationship with my body a positive one although that remains a major task.

If you are dealing with scoliosis or back pain I encourage you, as I do myself, to just keep moving. Respect the messages your body is sending you in its pain. Use cannabis with positive intention so you can live a higher quality of life and wellness. And then release your ego as soon as possible.

-TwiceBakedinWA

Cannabis 101: Juicing

By Sue Vorenberg
Cannabis Daily Record

WASHINGTON:  Juicing is a growing trend in the health food community – and an excellent way to add more fruits and veggies into your diet in a concentrated form.

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But there’s one added ingredient that, while somewhat difficult to get, can add even more healthy bang to your juice: Cannabis leaves (the parts of the plant that typically end up on the grow room floor or being recycled as mulch on a farm).

“Raw cannabis juice is the most nutritious fuel in the world, even when you put it up against something like kale,” said Farmer Tom Lauerman, a medical marijuana grower and activist in Vancouver, Washington. “It’s just loaded with everything.”

Cannabis juicing is becoming more popular in the medical marijuana community. It provides a wide array of vitamins and green nutrients, doesn’t get you high and it’s great as an anti-inflammatory, digestive aid and also helps with anxiety, said Pam Dyer, who runs the Twice Baked in Washington medical site and is a member of the Marijuana Business Association.

Hempfest 2015: This Protestival Just Keeps Getting Better

By TwicebakedinWA

WASHINGTON:  Last weekend I attended the 24th annual Hempfest in Seattle on the waterfront of Myrtle Edwards Park. This was my third time attending the Protestival and I thoroughly enjoyed all three days there. While in the past years I have been a volunteer and attendee, this year I was there representing MJ Headline News and MJBA to capture as much of the experience as possible.

On Friday, true to Seattle weather, there was thunder and lightning and torrential downpours shortly after the park opened to attendees. I was soaked to the bone walking to the far end of the park with my boss, David Rheins, who was scheduled to speak. When we got there the speakers were all huddled under the backstage tents of the McWilliams/Black Memorial stage and there wasn’t an audience.

The stage manager was still giving the mic to the speakers who were there to have their voice heard. It was there that I met Roger Tilton, Senate State Candidate from New Hampshire:

Spokane, All American City, Turns Over New Green Leaf; Welcomes Cannabis Job Fair

For years major consumer package goods marketers have used Spokane, WA, as a product testing grounds.  Because of its prototypical average-ness, the city has served as an idea environment to test market everything from fast foods to fabric softeners.  It is striking, then, that this weekend the ultimate American city will turn it’s at attention to the promise of better living through participation in the legal marijuana economy.

Seeking their part of the Green Rush, hundreds of job seekers will attend MJBA Job Fair Spokane, eastern Washington’s first Cannabis Job Fair Saturday, June 20, 2015, 10AM-4:20PM at the Spokane Convention Center.  Organized by the Marijuana Business Association and Washington NORML, event sponsors include the Inlander, Cannabis Training Institute, Eden Labs, RMMC Consulting and Miller Soils. Featured employers exhibiting will include Washington’s Finest Cannabis, Blue Roots Cannabis, BioTrackTHC, WallaWalla Cannabis Company, Kush Comfort Farms, Belladonna, Mosaic Insurance, Triple T Farms, Farmer Tom, PayQwik, Stintzi Insurance, Dope Magazine, Hemp Industries Association, and 420MEDIA, which is holding an open casting call for creative talent to work on its new web series, Hmm…Did You Know.

Legal Cannabis is the fastest growing industry in America, creating tens of thousands of new jobs in 2015, and in Washington State, still only one of two states where adults 21+ can legal purchase and consume recreational marijuana, the industry is having a positive economic impact.  According to the latest MJ Research Report The state now has 163 licensed retail stores with 146 recording sales as of May, and combined Producer, processor and retailer sales were $215M through June 1st.

Analytically Correct estimates that by the end of 2015, between 3,000 and 4,000 direct industry jobs will have been created within recreational cannabis in Washington State. Note that this is total, direct (producer, processor, retailer) jobs within the I502 space, and is not additional jobs between June and December.

Stand up and be counted: Take the MJBA Cannabis Jobs Survey: http://bit.ly/MJjobssurvey

Ted McGregor, Publisher of the Inlander, will be the event’s keynote.  He is expected to speak about the budding industry’s economic and social impact on the region. Other featured speakers include Luc Nelson, Cannabis Training Institute; Washington NORML’s Kevin Oliver; Joy Beckerman of the Hemp Industries Association; Joe and Aubrey Armes, Analytically Correct; David Rheins, MJBA; Morgan, MJBA Women’s Alliance;  and cannabis personality TwiceBakedinWa among other industry thought leaders.

While Eastern Washington is home to some of the legal cannabis industry’s largest cannabis producers, featured employers are looking to fill a wide variety of jobs – many of them never touching the plant.  Free to job seekers, the fair is expected to draw hundreds of prospective workers in weed. Here are a few of the many openings that are waiting to be filled at the MJBA Job Fair:

BioTrackTHC:  “ As the industry leaders in seed to sale traceability we are happy to partner with the MJBA in finding more industry professionals to join our Washington team,” BioTrackTHC’s Ashley Heddy told MJNN. “We are looking to hire friendly support staff and software functionality trainers. We would like to thank the MJBA for once again bringing us together with our fellow industry professionals and making this happen!”

Miller Soils: Louis Miller tells us that the biochar has two sales positions open for Washington State: one on the east side one on the west side. Sales experience is preferred, with knowledge of soil and grow medias a must, and some growing experience a plus. This is a commission-based position.  Miller Soils also seeks experienced composter, with several years of experience with vegetative compost a must. Candidates should be familiar with safe operations of the equipment and organize the people involved in the composting process. This could be a salaried position or hourly, with lots of room for advancement. The company also is looking to hire soil blending manager.  Must have several years of experience and professional Soil Blending. Must have a good understanding of safe operations and how the equipment functions and the importance of proper measurements for the soil blends. This would be a salary position with a lot of room to grow!

PayQwick is looking for field representatives. The Field Marketing Representative will work together with the Marketing and Sales managers in the development, implementation and ongoing company’s marketing and sales efforts in the area.  Responsibilities will include daily visits to Licensed Marijuana Producers, Processors and Retailers, and working closely with marketing and sales teams to execute marketing programs and In-store promotional advertising.

 “Those that pass the first round of auditions will be interviewing cannabis employers and potential employees on camera.”

“Those that pass the first round of auditions will be interviewing cannabis employers and potential employees on camera.”

420MEDIA is holding an Open Casting Call for creative talent at the show.  The Seattle-based media and entertainment company is a VIP Sponsor of MJBA Job Fair Spokane, and a national member of the MJBA. 420MEDIA is in expansion mode, and will be at the Job Fair seeking to hire DP’s, editors, photographers, graphic designers, web developers, animators, associate producers, and project managers.

5 Years On Weed

By TwiceBakedinWA

WASHINGTON: I am going into my fifth year as a cannabis patient. What a ride it has been. When I was first going through the process of getting a legal doctor’s recommendation for medical cannabis I was dealing with scoliosis, severe pain, muscle spasms, migraines, depression, anxiety, low immunity, and digestive sensitivities.

Actually, I still deal with many of those issues but I have learned how to manage them better using cannabis. My journey with medical marijuana has allowed me to explore in depth the many ways to use cannabis for absolute relief of my symptoms.

Not only that, but I have seen another side of my health restored where I am not just using marijuana to only relieve my symptoms, I am able to use it to experience what it feels like to mentally and physically thrive when everything is running right.

My approach to medical cannabis has been a holistic one. I know that it is a superfood like no other and consuming it in its raw form gives me energy and makes me feel alive. Raw cannabis has also, more than once, provided a lift from depression, which to me feels more significant than even the pain relief.

Let me just say that this medical cannabis stuff is work. At least the growing and the juicing part of it is. I juice raw cannabis and that requires that I collect leaves, more than I can currently grow myself. I am part of a medical cannabis collective where one of my jobs is to prune plants which gives me plenty of fresh plant matter during growing season. I am so grateful to have this arrangement available to me because it took me a lot of networking to find it. I can’t imagine not juicing it now as part of my long-term health management program. 

While at one time I dismissed that a topical could be effective for my conditions, I now find myself also using cannabis topically for relief of more things than just pain. I use them to relieve migraines, menstral cramps, muscle spasms, muscle soreness, and even anxiety. I’m so thankful to have a simple potion in my bag that I can apply no matter where I happen to be and where I don’t even have to think about whether I am taking an indica or sativa. I no longer travel anywhere without a topical on me and I try to keep a healthy stash on hand in my medicine cabinet.

All this being said, I want more than relief in this life, I want to experience what it is like to thrive. I’m not looking to get high and zone out, I’m looking for the ability to climb mountains and check in.

For those of you who have followed me along the way, thank you so much for your support.

-TwiceBakedinWA

The Dream Of Marijuana Business Is Alive In Portland

By TwicebakedinWA

OREGON: Yesterday I traveled with the Marijuana Business Association to Portland, OR where about 75 local cannabis entrepreneurs gathered at the Lucky Labrador for the monthly MJBA Meetup.

It would appear that the dream of running a marijuana business in Portland is alive and strong. The diverse group of business professionals who came out were very enthusiastic for what is happening in Oregon’s newly forming cannabis industry, even while many of them still seem to be figuring out exactly how they will fit into it.

I was reminded of what it felt like to be in a room of cannabis entrepreneurs and enthusiasts in Washington,  even just a year ago. A lot of the people who attended the networking event were just starting to “come ou”t to the business world, their friends, and their family that they are into weed and might even get into the business of it.  It makes me smile to think of the progression of my own journey out of the weed closet — from in the shadows to being broadcast all over the internet!

I left the MJBA Portland Meetup somewhat amused how people there view Washington kind of like a competitive sister state. I heard a few times that people think Oregon is ‘going to get it right’ and be the model for the rest of the world looking to legalize. I wonder if those people will still feel that way after a year of dealing with the OLCC as they navigate an industry that is literally changing day by day.

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