Testing Of Colorado Marijuana For Contaminants To Begin This Year

COLORADO:  Months after ordering tests to determine the potency of Colorado-grown pot, state regulators are zeroing in on another concern: How sick one can get from a bad batch? Sometime in the coming months, recreational marijuana producers must begin testing for bacteria, fungus, heavy metals and solvents before their products reach store shelves. Four labs Read the full article…

CannaCon Showcases The Business Of Buds

WASHINGTON: Under the massive, round roof of the Tacoma Dome, a button-down crowd from across the state gathered last weekend for CannaCon, billed by its organizer as the largest cannabis business conference in the nation. While tourists and marijuana enthusiasts descended on Seattle’s more lighthearted Hempfest, this much smaller group was on a serious mission — Read the full article…

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 Read the full article…

Pennsylvania Company Is Developing Marijuana-Laced Pizza Sauce

PENNSYLVANIA:  This is one way to beat the marijuana munchies: with a cannabis-sprinkled pizza sauce. The pairing of marijuana and pizza sauce is the brainchild of Pittsburgh-based Unique Pizza and Subs, which announced last week that its secret sauce is in the works. According to a company release first reported in the Wall Street Journal, the company Read the full article…

Marijuana Taxes Are Upheld, But Paying Them Could Incriminate You

COLORADO:  Remember Lois Lerner? She’s the IRS Exempt Organizations Chief whose emails disappeared but whose texts revealed bias against conservative groups. She has refused to testify multiple times claiming protection under the Fifth Amendment. The right not to incriminate yourself runs deep in our Constitution. Even so, a Colorado tax on marijuana has been upheld Read the full article…

Bid To Expand Medical Marijuana Business Faces Federal Hurdles

COLORADO:  Behind a tall curtain of corn that hides their real cash crop from prying eyes, the Stanley family is undertaking an audacious effort to expand their medical marijuana business to a national market. For years, the five Stanley brothers, who sell a nonintoxicating strain of cannabis that has gained national attention as a treatment Read the full article…

Colorado Hemp Field Coming Into Bloom In Boulder County

COLORADO:  Veronica Carpio stood at the center of her Boulder County hemp field, surrounded by mature plants that proved their resilience this summer by growing taller and bushier in response to a nasty hail storm. “We’ve got massive amounts of pollen coming off these plants,” Carpio said recently as she swept a partially-closed fist along Read the full article…

City Of Mesquite To Accept Applications For Medical Marijuana Establishments

NEVADA:  The City of Mesquite Development Services Department will accept applications for Conditional Use Permits for all types of medical marijuana establishments anytime up until 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 1, 2014. Interested applicants should contact the Development Services Department to obtain the necessary application materials and instructions. The Nevada State Department of Health and Human Read the full article…

Campaign For Oregon Legal Marijuana Announces $2.3 Million In TV ads

OREGON:  The campaign behind an Oregon ballot measure that would legalize marijuana for adults said Monday it will buy $2.3 million worth of television advertising in what is shaping up to be a lopsided debate. The former head of addictions and mental health for the Oregon Health Authority urges voters to support marijuana legalization in Read the full article…

Hickenlooper: Marijuana Regulators Have Done ‘A Very Good Job’

COLORADO:  When Colorado voters passed a ballot measure in 2012 legalizing marijuana for recreational use, Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) was in the minority voting no. But two years later, eight months into the legalization experiment, Hickenlooper says he’s pleased with the way his state has handled voters’ wishes. “I think [state regulators have] done a pretty Read the full article…