Seattle Technology Meets Marijuana In New Networking Event

WASHINGTON:  A kitchen device that infuses cannabis into your food and a Yelp! for Marijuana. Those are two ideas that have start-up companies growing fast with connections to the state’s new Marijuana industry.

Many of the entrepreneurs are attending a series of Cannabis Tech Meet ups in Seattle. The second event took place Monday night at Magical Butter Studios in Seattle’s SoDo district and more than a hundred people showed up and took part.

“‘Pot head’, ‘weedy’, ‘stoner.’ These are negative connotations,” said Red Russak, organizer of the meet up. “These are entrepreneurs, and they command respect.”

People of every background participated in the conversation Monday night, even those who know little about weed.

“You have the guy who has never smoked before that’s like ‘Wait a minute, I’ve never smoked before, but this could be something big,” Russak said.

Jamaica Government Announces Major Changes To Drug Laws

JAMAICA:  The Justice Minister Mark Golding said the cabinet was supporting a proposal to allow possession of up to two ounces (57 grams) of marijuana, known locally as “ganja.”.

Mr Golding also said marijuana would be decriminalised for religious, medicinal and scientific purposes.

It is expected parliament will approve the changes by September.

“I wish to stress that the proposed changes to the law are not intended to promote or give a stamp of approval to the use of ganja for recreational purposes,” said Mr Golding.

“The objective is to provide a more enlightened approach to dealing with possession of small quantities.”

Jamaica Mulls Legal Marijuana (No, It’s Not Already Legal)

JAMAICA:  This tourist mecca may soon be known as the Colorado of the Caribbean.

Given the ready availability of “ganja” as the locals call it, many outsiders assume marijuana is already legal in Jamaica, but it’s not … yet.

Encouraged by legalized marijuana in Colorado, Washington state and Uruguay — the first country to legalize and regulate the weed — Jamaican farmers and some politicians want to capitalize on what already is a homegrown industry with an international brand.

Dreadlocked Rastafarians and farmers gathered in downtown Kingston in April to launch Jamaica’s Ganja Future Growers and Producers Association. The only thing missing was the smoke. They listened to speakers from Jamaica, the United States and Canada about the benefits of the drug and the need to get on the bandwagon for the marijuana industry.

Canada Wants Weed – Medical Ganja Company Boss Says Country Would Purchase Jamaican Marijuana

JAMAICA:  Canada is willing to purchase marijuana from Jamaica, a lucrative deal that could potentially earn billions of dollars for the country on an annual basis.

Blaine Dowdle, chief executive officer of Canada-based MedCannAccess, is urging Jamaica to act quickly and seize the vast economic opportunity that could come from legalising marijuana and establishing an export market for the product.

According to Dowdle, his country is looking to engage in the potential CDN$1.2-billion medical marijuana market. However, it is very expensive to grow marijuana in Canada, and hence investors there would be more than willing to import it from Jamaica.

Noting that medical marijuana currently retails for approximately CDN$7-$10 per gram in Canada, he said the product was in demand, which makes it a very profitable market.

Dowdle, who was in Jamaica to participate in Sunday’s Cannabis Stakeholders Forum that was staged at the PCJ Auditorium in St Andrew, said MedCannAccess is a leader in the medical cannabis field, working to improve access for patients across Canada.

Travel: In Jamaica, 'Ganja' Tours Are Made Available To Marijuana Fans

JAMAICA:  Napa and Sonoma have their wine tours, and travelers flock to Scotland to sample the fine single malt whiskies. But in Jamaica, farmers are offering a different kind of trip for a different type of connoisseur.

Call them ganja tours: smoky, mystical — and technically illegal — journeys to some of the island’s hidden cannabis plantations, where pot tourists can sample such strains as “purple kush” and “pineapple skunk.”

The tours pass through places like Nine Mile, the tiny hometown of reggae legend, and famous pot-lover, Bob Marley. Here, in Jamaica’s verdant central mountains, dreadlocked men escort curious visitors to a farm where deep-green marijuana plants grow out of the reddish soil. Similar tours are offered just outside the western resort town of Negril, where a marijuana mystique has drawn weed-smoking vacationers for decades. [Read more…]

Travel: In Jamaica, 'Ganja' Tours Are Made Available To Marijuana Fans

JAMAICA:  Napa and Sonoma have their wine tours, and travelers flock to Scotland to sample the fine single malt whiskies. But in Jamaica, farmers are offering a different kind of trip for a different type of connoisseur.

Call them ganja tours: smoky, mystical — and technically illegal — journeys to some of the island’s hidden cannabis plantations, where pot tourists can sample such strains as “purple kush” and “pineapple skunk.”

The tours pass through places like Nine Mile, the tiny hometown of reggae legend, and famous pot-lover, Bob Marley. Here, in Jamaica’s verdant central mountains, dreadlocked men escort curious visitors to a farm where deep-green marijuana plants grow out of the reddish soil. Similar tours are offered just outside the western resort town of Negril, where a marijuana mystique has drawn weed-smoking vacationers for decades. [Read more…]

In Jamaica, A Push To Legalize Pot In Bid To Spark Economy

JAMAICA:Napa and Sonoma have their wine tours, and travelers flock to Scotland to sample the fine single malt whiskies. But in Jamaica, farmers are offering a different kind of trip for a different type of connoisseur. [Read more…]