After Two Years, Debate Remains Over Marijuana Legalization’s Impacts

The legal cannabis market is big, and getting bigger

COLORADO: Ask Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper how marijuana legalization is going, now almost two years into a historic initiative of allowing licensed stores to sell cannabis to anyone over 21, and he offers this: “In many ways, the first two years of marijuana legalization has been a testament to Coloradans and our ability to work together.” Hickenlooper Read the full article…

Weighing Enforcement And Black Market, City Introduces Marijuana Tax

TThough it’s still several steps away, Assembly members are proposing to eventually tax marijuana retail sales at five percent.

ALASKA: The Anchorage Assembly is introducing a measure to tax marijuana when sales become legal in the year ahead. The proposal hinges, however, on voter approval in April. Though it’s still several steps away, Assembly members are proposing to eventually tax marijuana retail sales at five percent. Ernie Hall chairs the committee that’s been looking at Read the full article…

Colorado’s Brian Vicente: What’s Next For The Silicon Valley Of Marijuana?

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COLORADO: By any metric, 2014 was a monumental year for the legalization of cannabis. Colorado became the first state in the U.S. to allow recreational use and the overwhelmingly positive impact on the state’s economy, school funding, and crime rates helped to spark the nationwide domino effect we’re seeing today as more and more states Read the full article…

The 2015 MJBA/Front Runner Washington Marijuana Producer/Processor Report

As we approach the end of 2015 recreational marijuana is currently being sold as a commodity.

By Brian Yauger Front Runner WASHINGTON: During its first 15 months of legalization, we have seen sales of recreational marijuana in Washington State grow at an astounding rate of 13% a month. The number of recreational customers has topped 50,000 a day, fueled by a steady drop in retail prices. The number of both new Read the full article…

Who’s Minding The Marijuana? Banned Pesticide Found In Colorado Testing

Pesticide testing is not mandatory for pot businesses in Colorado, nor are they subject to random pesticide testing, as are other crops, according to Mitch Yergert of the state's agriculture department.

COLORADO: It’s been nearly two years since recreational pot was legalized in Colorado and the thriving pot industry has hit some hurdles in the form of potential dangers to consumers. Pesticides that are illegal to use on marijuana plants in Colorado are being found in some recreational and medical pot products being marketed and sold to the public Read the full article…

Pentagram’s High-End Design For Snoop Dogg’s Marijuana Product Line

With their identity for rapper and artist Snoop Dogg’s new line of marijuana products, Leafs by Snoop (LBS), leading design firm Pentagram has given pot its highest-design makeover yet.

Just a decade ago, marijuana in the popular imagination was largely associated with cheesy stoner iconography — pot leaf decals, tie-dye and paisley patterns — and its packaging was limited to discreet plastic baggies. But now, with medical marijuana legal in 23 states and recreational marijuana legal in four, top designers are stepping up to rebrand the plant. Read the full article…

Featured Oregon Canna-Business: Portland’s Kozy House Snacks

Insanely Delicious Edibles

Company: Kozy House Snacks Owner: Vivian Lee Location: Portland, Oregon Vivian Lee has always loved cooking and baking – so much so that she left a long-standing law practice so she could focus on it in early 2015. Lee founded her own snack food and granola company, Lucky Rabbit Granola and Snacks, in May 2015 Read the full article…

Dauntless and Front Runner Partner To Deliver Real-Time Data For Cannabis Industry

Clark Musser and Brian Yauger are partnering to provide better business intelligence to MJ businesses in WA.

WASHINGTON: Cannabis technology providers Dauntless Software, Inc. and Front Runner, powered by TetraTrak,  have teamed up in an effort to deliver best-in-class business intelligence to their customers, the two companies announced last week at the Marijuana Business Association’s 2015 Washington Marijuana Producer/Processor Seminar in Spokane, WA. As part of the partnership, Dauntless will deliver real-time data Read the full article…

Washington Pot Sales Still On The Rise, Despite Oregon Recreational Launch

sales have dipped in Vancouver, but not enough to counter the month by month growth that has continued across the entire state of Washington since recreational cannabis was legalized in July, 2014.

By Sue Vorenberg Cannabis Daily Record WASHINGTON: Marijuana sales in Washington continued to grow in October, despite fears that the launch of Oregon’s recreational market would end the trend. Washington pot stores sold $61.3 million worth of product in October, a smaller than usual gain over September sales of $59.6 million, but a gain nonetheless. Read the full article…

Oregon Sucking Life From Southern Stores

it is clear from the distribution of sales LOSSES at the store level that cannabis acquisition does not appear to be respecting State boundaries (either now, or before Oregon’s change, or both).

By Dr. James MacRae WASHINGTON:  The Vampires appear to have moved from Forks to Oregon, and they are sucking our southernmost state-legal cannabis stores dry. Actually, that’s a bit dramatic, but I thought the imagery fit the attached map picturing the change in Store-level Retail Sales levels from September to October of this year.  Green represents growth in sales, Yellow is Read the full article…