Sproutly Canada CEO Keith Dolo On Water-based Cannabinoid Technologies

CANADA:   Sproutly Canada Inc (CNSX:SPR) CEO Keith Dolo outlines how Sproutly’s development of water-based cannabinoid technologies, allowing the body to absorb THC and CBD compounds through water-solubility, rather than traditional oil based absorption.

The benefit of water-soluble cannabinoids is the quickened onset and offset times of cannabinoid ingestion while providing a higher level of control pertaining to dosage and duration. Sproutly looks forward to marketing their edible and beverage products to the public in Canada next year as consumables become legal in Canada.

For more information, log on to www.sproutly.ca.
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Thank You To All Our Loyal Readers, Subscribers, Members And Sponsors!

As we enter December and our 5th anniversary, the Marijuana Business Association (MJBA) would like to take this opportunity to thank all our members, sponsors, subscribers and followers for your contribution in helping us to firmly establish ourselves as one of the leading b2b organizations in legal cannabis.  It’s been an amazing first five years, and we enter 2018 poised to take the association and the network to a truly national level.

Thank You 2017 MJBA National Sponsors

Thank You 2017 MJBA National Sponsors

Established to provide business intelligence, professional networking and new business opportunity, MJBA hosts regular industry networking meetups, professional boot camps and educational seminars in Washington, Oregon, Colorado and New York, with MJBA Massachusetts and MJBA Nevada communities scheduled to activate Q1 2018.

NWMJLaw's Anne Van Leynseele leads the 502 Accounting Panel at MJBA Seattle

NWMJLaw’s Anne Van Leynseele leads the 502 Accounting Panel at MJBA Seattle

DOPE Magazine Founder David Tran, MJBA Founder David Rheins and Curved Papers Founder Michael O'Malley at MJBizCon

DOPE Magazine Founder David Tran, MJBA Founder David Rheins and Curved Papers Founder Michael O’Malley at MJBizCon

AK Ventures' Kerri Accardi and MJBA's Stu Zakim

AK Ventures’ Kerri Accardi and MJBA’s Stu Zakim

To date, we have run over 200 meetups, hosted 3 job fairs, 4 Vendor Fairs, and participated as sponsor, exhibitor, speaker and moderator at many of the top industry trade events, including CannaCon (Tacoma, Seattle, Denver, Anchorage, Santa Rosa and Boston), National Cannabis Summit (Denver), Cannabis Creative Conference (Portland), CWCBExpo (New York, LA), Seattle Hempfest, Oregon Hemp Convention, New England Cannabis Convention (Boston) and King Cannabis (Spokane).

f you have anything to do with the legal cannabis industry in Washington or Oregon, you will want to attend both CCC in Portland and CannaCon in Seattle this month. When you do, please stop by the MJBA and MJBA Women’s Alliance booths and say ‘Hi.”

David Rheins leads a panel discussion at Canna Con

Crystal Oliver, Washington's Finest Cannabis, was a featured presenter at MJBA Spokane's February meetup.

Crystal Oliver, Washington’s Finest Cannabis, was a featured presenter at MJBA Spokane.

MJBA publishes the authoritative MJNewsNetwork.com web site, MJ Headline News and MJ Business Week e-newsletters, and Marijuana Channel One on YouTube, and boasts a massive social media network with more than 300,000 followers and subscribers.

 

MJ News Network: The Voice of Legal Cannabis

MJ News Network: The Voice of Legal Cannabis

 

MJBA Publishing LLC provides a host of marketing and professional services, including public and media relations, advertising, sponsorship and business development.  For more information, please contact us at: info@mjba.net.

 

Elevator Pitch: Kalyx Development’s Dave Charnick

NEVADA: With over 600,000 square ft of canopy in Colorado, Oregon, Arizona and Washington, Kalyx Development has emerged as a leader in cannabis real estate.

Marijuana Channel One caught up with Kalyx senior exec Dave Charnick on the floor of the Marijuana Business Conference and Expo in Las Vegas.

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Black Bottom Lighters: 4:20 Jam at MJBizCon

NEVADA:  Sometimes the magic happens off the trade show floor. Such was the case when an impromptu Jack Johnson jam broke out at 4:20 in the Vuber Hospitality Suite at MJBizcon and Marijuana Channel One was there to capture the magic.

The cacophony of a crowded, canna-filled hotel room hushed as Arizona duo Black Bottom Lighters broke out into spontaneous song. Not a peep is heard as the boys give it their all. Here’s the live version of “Down For You” Enjoy!

 

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Marijuana Channel One Invites You To Turn On, Tune In

Not Your Daddy’s YouTube, Marijuana Channel One invites you to Turn on, Tune in, and Catch the buzz.

Legalization is blazing across the land, and there to chronicle and promote it all is Marijuana Channel One. Home to hundreds of original videos, including interviews with industry thought leaders and highlights from grassroots MJBA live events across the country.

MJChannelOne is the place on YouTube for #MJNews, #MJMovies, #MJDocumentaries, #Hemp  #PoliticiansOnPot and all the other vital cannatainment you crave.

Subscribe Today. It’s FREE. Thank you. Think Peace.

Marijuana Channel One is a publication of the MJBA (http://MJBA.net) , established to provide legitimacy, common standards, market information and intelligence for participants in the emerging legal marijuana industry.

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New Hampshire Senate Candidate Roger Tilton Visits MJBA HQ

WASHINGTON: New Hampshire Senate Candidate Roger Tilton, who first came to national prominence for including a marijuana leaf on campaign posters for his bid for New Hampshire State Senate in 2012, stopped MJBA HQ in Seattle last week to speak with MJ News Network’s David Rheins.

The pro-cannabis politician is back on the campaign trail — and still flying his cannabis banner high.  Tilton is running for the same 11th district seat in NH again in 2016, and was in Seattle to promote Pre-Fest: A Joint Fundraiser to Benefit Seattle Hempfest and the Eastward Expansion of Legal Cannabis.

Pre-Fest will be a combination of higher-level reform activism, a joint political and nonprofit fundraiser, a launch party for a new cannabis venture, with dabs, doobies, dinner and entertainment.   Organized by Dr. Keith Saunders, a prominent activist and sociologist who sits on the NORML Board of Directors and also serves as Tilton’s campaign manager, the exclusive benefit will take place at the Stables in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle on Aug 17th.

Pre-Fest
Tilton and Rheins enjoyed a wide-ranging conversation about politics, pot and how New England’s legalization movement compares to the West Coast’s legal cannabis marketplace. Watch the video exclusively on Marijuana Channel One.

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MJ Headline News Debuts Mobile News App For Cannabis Professionals

WASHINGTON: The legal cannabis industry is dynamic and complex like none other. For the overworked, resource-tight cannabis professional, staying apprised of the latest news, events and innovations in the fastest growing industry in the country is daunting. But, we have it covered!

The Marijuana Business Association has now released The MJHeadlineNews App – the ultimate mobile app for the cannabis professional. The MJHeadlineNews App is the #1 mobile app for cannabis industry news, market data, videos, events and social media. Released by MJBA, the leading trade organization for professionals in legal cannabis and publishers of MJNewsNetwork.com, Marijuana Green Pages and Marijuana Channel One, this app delivers the latest business intelligence at your fingertips.

MJHeadlineNews  features original reporting and content from the industry’s top sources:

MJNewsNetwork: Original reporting from the web’s #1 source of cannabis news

MJTicker: Wholesale and Retail market data and Top Ten Charts from Front Runner Data

Marijuana Channel One: MJ Videos and Live Events

Marijuana Green Pages: Comprehensive B2B directory listings put “Everyone you need to know to start or grow your business” at your fingertips

 The MJHeadlineNews App is FREE, and available now at the iTunes App Store and Google Play:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mj-headline-news/id1114119776?ls=1&mt=8

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.app_mjhnews.layout

 

 

TetraTrak’s Brian Yauger: Building Better Business Intelligence Technology

WASHINGTON: Brian Yauger has a game plan for bringing better business intelligence to the legal cannabis industry.  A Texan with Republican political leanings, the former NCAA football coach at first blush seems an unlikely figure to be heading one of Seattle’s hottest canna-tech firms, TetraTrak LLC, but Yauger believes his career as a big time college football coach was ideal preparation.

“Coaching turned out to be the perfect training for running a technology business,” Yauger tells MJNewsNetwork.  “You scout the field and competition, and you hire smart people to coach the positions that are not your strength.  Then you work tirelessly to put together a game plan.  Once you are comfortable with your plan you put it into action and then make adjustments on the fly as the game progresses.  You don’t get too high when things go right and you don’t get too down when things go wrong. You just keep pushing towards the goal line.  I think if you were to replace the words ‘game plan’ with ‘business plan’ and the word ‘adjustments’ with ‘pivots’, it is the exact description of how to run a business.”

Yauger Presents at MJBA Front Runner Seminar in Spokane

Yauger Presents at MJBA Front Runner Seminar in Spokane

Yauger relocated to Seattle in mid-June, 2014, looking to be a part of the Green Rush.  By February 2015 had founded TetraTrak, by opening a business checking account with $4600.  Within 6 months, Front Runner Data dashboard and searchable database Front Runner Data was cash positive.  Growing the company by establishing key strategic relationships with the Marijuana Business Association (MJBA), where he presents the monthly MJ Research Report, and several of its member technology companies, TraceWeed, and PayQwick.

TetraTrak takes advantage of the incredible amount of public data available from Washington’s Liquor and Cannabis Board.  Through its online portal, the LCB makes regularly publishes detailed market and company data, but in hard to consume spreadsheet format. The Front Runner Data service parses all the cumbersome Washington data into an easy to read dashboard and searchable database, so market participants can see who is selling what to whom and for how much.  To add even more value, Yauger and his team of analysts compile the data, add analysis, and publish it out to subscribers for $99 a month.  TetraTrak is currently building out a free service, with near real-time streaming data called MJTicker.com, which is expected to debut in the next few months as an advertising supported offering.

Yauger presenting to Front Runner and MJBA "Striking Oil" Seminar in Tacoma

Yauger presenting to Front Runner and MJBA “Striking Oil” Seminar in Tacoma

Hundreds of companies have already subscribed to his service in Washington, and the company is now raising money, and will use the proceeds of its raise to expand its service to include the legal markets of Oregon, Colorado and Alaska.

Bringing the dashboard to life, Front Runner and MJBA host quarterly professional education seminars called The Front Runner series, targeted panel discussions for licensees. These half-day workshops drill down into the official LCB numbers, parsing the wholesale and retail marijuana sales data into salient consumable chunks. MJBA’s David Rheins then leads panel discussions with the industry’s leading authorities – licensees, subject matter experts, and government regulators – and facilitates audience Q&A. Highlights of these panels are currently made available on YouTube via MJBA’s Marijuana Channel One, with full-length downloads of the seminars, in addition to live webinars, in the works.

“Relationships in the industry are everything,” Yauger explained.  Through organizations like the MJBA we have been able to network with other companies in the industry and grow very quickly.”

Canna-Technologists Adam Mauro, Leaf Logix, Eric Ogden, WeedTraQR, and Brian Yauger, TetraTrak at an MJBA mixer

Canna-Technologists Adam Mauro, Leaf Logix, Eric Ogden, WeedTraQR, and Brian Yauger, TetraTrak at an MJBA mixer

On the print front, Front Runner has teamed with Seattle-based Marijuana Venture Magazine to publish a monthly snapshot of Washington’s cannabis marketplace, and is in development with several other syndicated media programs.

Last week, as MJNewsNetwork was preparing this profile, Fox Sports was in town to profile Yauger. The story of how an all-American jock went from college coaching to cannabis is topical. Sports and cannabis is making national headlines, and trending up the twitersphere these days, with a number of high profile athletes from the NFL, NBA, NHL and UFC calling for the removal of the ban on medical cannabis.  Just last month, Yauger was a featured panelist at MJBA’s “Game On: The Business of Sports and Cannabis,” alongside NBA All-Star Cliff Robinson, and in other ways sees a convergence of his old sports and new cannabis careers.

NBA All-Star Cliff Robinson, Marc Belsher, Sliverback Advisors, and Yauger panelists at Game On: The Business of Sports and Cannabis in Portland

NBA All-Star Cliff Robinson, Marc Belsher, Sliverback Advisors, and Yauger panelists at Game On: The Business of Sports and Cannabis in Portland

 

Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan’s son Payton Ryan will be coming to work for TetraTrak after he graduates from college in May.   “Every football fan is familiar with the Ryan family,” Yauger said.   “The Ryan family is to NFL football what the Kennedy’s, Clinton’s, and Bushes are to politics.  Rob Ryan gave me my start in coaching and was my mentor.  We want to do the same thing with his nephew Payton.”

The cannabis technology field is super competitive, and the business intelligence segment of the marketplace is filled with first rate players.  Denver-based BDS, Washington, DC-based Frontier and Seattle-based Headset only the most prominent of the canna-tech firms seeking to build go-to metrics and analysis for this dynamic new marketplace.  All the competition motivates Yauger to push that much harder, “I work 70-90 hours most weeks, and not one minute of it has felt like work.  Building Front Runner and MJTicker and watching my little company that started out of necessity grow and become relevant in the industry has been so much fun.  I can’t wait to take it to the next level.”

 

Wink-In-Weed: Cannabis Class Is In Session

By David Rheins 

Class is in session for participants in Washington’s legal cannabis trade.  Coming off of the collegial CCC show in Portland, Team MJBA is back in Western Washington this week continuing our quest to provide professional education and promote best business practices for our nascent industry.

Collaboration was the theme of CCC 2016

Collaboration was the theme of CCC 2016

On Tuesday, February 13th,  6-8:30 at the Factory Luxe  in Seattle, MJBA and NWMJ Law will present,“Managing Your 502 Business,” a 2-hour bootcamp designed to review essential business basics, tools and best practices that every I-502 licensed business should follow.  Attorney Anne Van Leynseele, NWMJ Law, will lead the this 2-hour interactive bootcamp, aided by a VIP Panel of cannabis business experts, including Norm Ives, Mosaic Insurance, CPA Dani Espinda, and business consultant Debbie Whitlock.

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Seating is limited, so reserve your place today!

Thursday, February 18 is the start of CannaCon,  a 3-day celebration of all things canna-business at Pier 91 on Seattle’s waterfront.  This year marks MJBA’s fourth CannaCon.   It has been truly amazing to witness as the show and the industry develop together. CannaCon founder Bob Smart was one of MJBA’s first business members, joining us back in the fall of 2013!

In preparation for the show, Bob, Dave Mesford and I paid a visit to KLAY 1180 AM last week, appearing on “The 411 on 420” talk show, hosted by Amy Ansel and Darrel Bowman.

The 411 on 420, hosted by Amy Ansel and Darrel Bowman

The 411 on 420, hosted by Amy Ansel and Darrel Bowman

Billed as “the world’s largest cannabis marketplace for products, services and ideas” the 2015 Seattle event claimed more than 11,000 attendees, over 200 exhibitors and 50 educational sessions, with over $6 million in business conducted on the floor.”  This year’s CannaCon promises to be even bigger, with a complete sell out of exhibitor booths, and an all-star lineup of speakers.  The event seminar schedule features three separate tracks: Cultivation, Technology and Business Development, and includes some of the industry’s top voices, including Ed RosenthalAh Warner, Megan Schwarting, Farmer Tom Lauerman, Aaron Pelley, Don Wirtshafter and Kyle Kushman

Canna Con 2016

I will have the honor of playing moderator for much of the Business Track sessions on Thursday and Friday.  We’ll cover a host of important topics. I’m particularly excited about our “Town Hall” session Thursday at 1PM with Washington’s top cannabis regulators: WSLCB Director Rick Garza, Washington Department of Agriculture’s Steve Fuller, and the Washington Department of Health’s Kristi Weeks.

MJBA’s Morgan will be moderating and participating on a Women in Cannabis Panel, along with Crystal Oliver, Danielle Rosellison, Sharon Whitson and Shawn DeNae.

Marijuana Channel One will be capturing all the excitement. Look for our live streaming and tweets, and our exclusive interviews with industry thought leaders here.

Highlights From The National Cannabis Summit in Denver

COLORADO: The first National Cannabis Summit, the inaugural show from MJ Conferences’ Bruce and Andy Passen, was held October 12-13th at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Denver, Colorado.

Approximately 500 Cannabis Industry Professionals gathered for the first-time trade event, most to attend an impressive lineup of panelists and speakers, including: Andrew Freeman, Director of Marijuana Coordination for the State of Colorado; Dixie Elixirs CEO Tripp Keber; Privateer Holdings founder Brendan Kennedy; Paul Campbell, Leafly; Nurse Heather Manus; 420 Investor Alan Brochstein; Dr. Sue Sisley, and the MJBA’s David Rheins.

Event Producers Bruce and Andy Passen

Event Producers, MJ Conferences’ Bruce and Andy Passen

Marijuana Channel One, MJNewsNetwork.com’s sister b2b video network on YouTube published by the Marijuana Business Association (MJBA), was there to cover the industry happening, and compiled the following photo slideshow of the event:

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Marijuana Channel One travels to the top cannabis industry events and happenings.

Turn On. Tune In. Catch the Buzz! If you have #MJNews to share, please drop us a note: info@mjba.net.