Utilities Struggle To Control Appetites In Energy-Hungry Marijuana Industry

"This has become a major issue with most of the regional utilities, now that we have legalized the recreational use of cannabis in this state. There is a huge new industry that's popping up, grow operations. They're getting as much as 200 watts per square foot of lighting power density, which is astronomical," he said. "How are they going to handle and manage this industry?"

WASHINGTON:  Kurt Nielsen is on a strange assignment, especially for a public employee. As the manager of the Lighting Design Lab, which is a spinoff of Seattle’s power company, he has been tasked with finding energy-efficient lights for the growing of marijuana. Most of the country’s legal cannabis farming, in Washington and Colorado, is happening Read the full article…

Washington’s Legal Marijuana Industry Open For Business

Legal Marijuana to grow to $2B by 2020

WASHINGTON: More than a year and a half since voters in Washington overwhelmingly voted for the legalization of recreational marijuana for adults, retail stores in the Evergreen State will finally open for business on Tuesday, July 8. Around two dozen venues around the state are expected to open their doors — a fraction of the 334 Read the full article…

Cannabis Industry Kicks Off Business Summit

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COLORADO: The tagline for this week’s Cannabis Business Summit in Denver is, “Where Commerce Meets a Revolution.” And in speaking with some of the several hundred people in attendance at the two-day event, billed as the marijuana industry‘s first big business conference, there was a sense of mission that isn’t usually found at most trade fairs. Read the full article…

Uncertainty Surrounds Marijuana ‘Green Rush’

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WASHINGTON: As Sam Calvert prepares to open one of the state’s first legal marijuana stores next month, he sometimes thinks of a historic parallel from a previous century. Washington may be about to experience a marijuana “Green Rush” similar to the Alaska Gold Rush at the end of the 19th century, when discovery of gold in the Read the full article…

Seize Pot Opportunity To Grow Economy

mplementing I-502 may be our only chance to stop nurturing and sustaining organized crime, shut down dangerous amateur-extraction labs, eliminate hazardous home-baking enthusiasts, and put a stop to residential grow operations.

WASHINGTON: Opponents of pot are still trying to wage social, ethical and moral arguments against the majority of citizens who voted in favor of the legalization of marijuana (Initiative 502). Legitimate concerns are lost in the perpetuation of misinformation and emotional irrationality, but what everyone seems to agree on is that marijuana does indeed grow money. Read the full article…

Washington’s Leading I-502 Companies Showcased At MJBA Vendor Fair Seattle Summer June 28 & 29

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Attention Business Pioneers! Start making sales and meeting new customers with a presence at the Marijuana Business Association’s (MJBA) Summer Vendor Fair, a 2-day trade show for Washington I-502 legal marijuana businesses. But don’t delay! The venue will accommodate only 25 exhibitors and this event will sell out quickly, so please reserve your booth today to ensure availability. MJBA’s Read the full article…

Why Washington Is Taking So Long To Get Recreational Pot In Stores

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WASHINGTON:  Like Colorado, Washington voted to legalize marijuana in November 2012. But 18 months later, not a single ounce of legal recreational pot has been sold in the state. Washington has repeatedly delayed implementation of its new law. The state has, for example, delayed issuing licenses for marijuana growers and processors twice — and punted  the launch of retail businesses from this spring Read the full article…

Cannabis Advertising In Uncertain Times

MJBA CEO Dave Rheins and IAM's Darran Bruce at the MJBA Vendor Fair Seattle

WASHINGTON: I had the unique opportunity to interview Darran Bruce, President of Cannadvertising, who’s mission is to inform his clients on the legality of advertising in the cannabis industry to ensure they are executing the best marketing campaign. Q: Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions. You recently spoke at the MJBA panel discussion Read the full article…

Seattle City Attorney Holmes And WSLCB Member Chris Marr Keynote “Canna Business & The Law”

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, who famously sponsored I-502, will deliver a keynote address at lunch, as will WSLCB Member Chris Marr.  Salal Credit Union, the first credit union in Western Washington to announce it would begin accepting some I-502 accounts will make news by sending its Chief Lending Officer, Bob Schweigert, to participate on the “Managing Your Marijuana Money” panel.

WASHINGTON: Sometime in July, the first recreational marijuana retail stores will open their doors in Washington State.  In anticipation hundreds of  I-502 applicants are scrambling to get all their ducks in a row, so they can attain their license in time for the market debut. The impending deadline has put tremendous stress on these mainly small legal Read the full article…

Marijuana Brands Push Past Bans To Go National

Cecilia Sivertson, shows off her Nana's Secret Soda at a recent Marijuana Business Association meetup in Seattle.

NEW YORK: Marijuana may still be an illegal drug at the Federal level, but that isn’t stopping some companies from building a national presence. “I think people are already positioning themselves for a national cannabis industry,” said David Bienenstock, a marijuana consultant. “The people who make a smart move now will be rewarded later.” The opportunity for Read the full article…