VIP Speaker And Sponsor Lineup Announced For HOTBOX: The Best In Marijuana Design And Packaging 2016

WASHINGTON:  The Marijuana Business Association (MJBA) and Online Marijuana Design (OMD) have teamed up to present HOT BOX: The Best In Marijuana Design & Packaging 2016, at the historic Union Bank of California Building, 1011 Pacific Avenue, in Tacoma WA,  Thursday, June 2nd, 2016 10-4:20PM.

According to the event’s organizers, the design and packaging of cannabis product packaging is of paramount importance to marijuana marketers trying to distinguish themselves in a crowded marketplace.  “Your packaging communicates product quality, brand personality and value,” MJBA Executive Director David Rheins told MJNN. “We’re excited to show off examples of the best design and packaging work being done in the legal cannabis industry today.”

hotboxhighergtvpostcardsmallMJBA and OMD have today announced the lineup of featured speakers and VIP Sponsors.  Washington’s top cannabis marketers, brand creatives and packaging professionals will explore industry best practices and showcase the best examples of brand, design and packaging on the legal market today participate in a full-day of panel discussions and featured presentations.

HOT BOX VIP SPEAKERS AND PANELISTS

CREATIVE PANEL

Michael Guttsen, Guts & Glory; Jared Mirksy, Online Marijuana Design; Patrick Bennett, Bennett Photo/Motion; Michael Stusser, Higher Ground TV

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS CASE STUDY

Madhu Singh, Foundry Law & Myles Kahn, Buddy’s 

“Visual Madness: From the Devil’s Harvest to Cannabis Connoisseur”

 Michael Stusser, Higher Ground TV

PHOTO GALLEY EXHIBITION

 Patrick Bennett Photo/Motion Gallery Show

BRAND MARKETER PANEL

Adam Smith, Avitas; Graham Sorkin, Mary’s Medicinals; Kevin Oliver, Washington’s Finest Cannabis; Tom Lauerman, Farmer Tom Organics; Kimberly Ott, Green Lion Industries; Michael O’Malley, Curved Papers

PRINT & PACKAGING PANEL: Linda Kepper, DCG One; Jason Lammers, 420WholesalePack.com; Phillip Parrish, PrintWest; Rob Griswold, Trysk Print Solutions

COMPLIANCE LAW REVIEW

Anne Van Leynseele and Aaron Pelley, NWMJ Law

MODERATION: David Rheins, MJBA

SPONSORS: Online Marijuana Design (Presenting) Great Pacific Packaging, NWMJ Law, Trysk Print Solutions, DCG One, PrintWest, Foundry Law Group, 420WholesalePack.com, Curved Papers, Farmer Tom Lauerman

MEDIA PARTNERS: Ganjapreneur, Higher Ground TV, 420MEDIA, Cannabis Daily Record, MJNewsNetwork

Advance Tix on sale now:

 

Washington Stores And Growers Contemplate Costs Of Medical Marijuana integration

By Sue Vorenberg

Cannabis Daily Record

Jim Mullen, COO of The Herbery, a small upscale chain of retail cannabis shops in Vancouver, Washington, scrunched his forehead as he contemplated the costs of adding services for medical marijuana patients to his line of store offerings.

(Cedar Creek Cannabis already sells one medical-grade product at The Herbery, even though the state the medical and recreational systems have yet to merge)

It’s not that he doesn’t want to serve medical patients – he does, and will through at least one of his stores. But he added that there’s more to the equation than just opening up a new register or adding a few items to the shelves.

“It’ll cost us at least a few thousand dollars to get everyone trained, with more costs as we get everything set up,” Mullen said. “And we don’t know how many medical marijuana patients we’ll serve after doing that. But in the end you have to think, are we doing this for the community even if it costs us more as a business? We are at The Herbery, but I think we may only start off at one store until we see how it works out.”

Some patients may not bother signing up at shops because of backlash against the state registry, in which the state will keep a running list of patient names, Mullen said. And that makes estimating the number of patients that will use the system difficult.

Cannabis 101: Harsh Smoke And The Importance Of Curing

By Sue Vorenberg
Cannabis Daily Record

Fall is a great time for cannabis enthusiasts – the big outdoor harvests start to come in, the array of strains at local shops expands almost exponentially and prices drop due to the large amount of flower entering the market.

If you’re not a fan of harsh smoke (Are there people out there who actually like harsh smoke?) than there’s an important question you should ask your budtender before parting with your money: Has this product been cured properly?

Curing isn’t rocket science, but it is time consuming. When a plant is harvested, growers typically trim off the larger leaf clusters and hang the buddy branches over wires to let them dry for four to 10 days.

Once the buds feel dry, they’re removed from the branches and trimmed more closely. Then they’re placed in some sort of storage container and dried for another few weeks until they’re sticky but not brittle.

Opinions: Every Medical Marijuana State Should Be Fully Reciprocal

By Sue Vorenberg
Cannabis Daily Record

Traveling with medical marijuana is always a nerve wracking experience, filled with worry that your medicine will be seized or worse – you’ll wind up in jail.

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With any other prescription drug – including highly addictive things like Oxycodone – it’s easy enough to travel to another state and fill your prescription while you’re there.

But since cannabis is federally illegal, the same rules don’t apply.

It can be challenging enough to find a prescribing doctor, because HMOs and other traditional medical organizations forbid them from prescribing a federally illegal substance. But even after you go through the process of tracking one down and getting a prescription, you still can’t get that prescription filled in most other medical marijuana states because only seven of them have reciprocity.

To date, the states that allow medical marijuana card holders from other states to fill prescriptions are: Arizona, Delaware, Maine, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.