Washington’s Pot Man Moving On As Thrill Of Making History Fades

By Bob Young, The Seattle Times

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 technology brands, will reportedly focus on the state of the emerging industry, and how he is providing support to the worldwide cannabis & hemp industry through his new venture, the International Coalition of Cannabis Companies & Organizations ICCCO .

Joining Shively will be Randy Simmons from Washington Liquor Control Board, the agency overseeing Washington’s nascent legal marijuana business; along with John Davis, co-founder and Executive Director of the Coalition for Cannabis Standards and Ethics (CCSE); Patrick Vo, COO, of BioTrackTHC; Dr. Dominic Corva, Executive Director at Center for the Study of Cannabis and Social Policy; Cannabis Training Institute’s Greta Carter, and many other industry thought leaders.

Technology & Your Cannabis Business Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Motif Hotel, Seattle, WA

Technology & Your Cannabis Business
Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Motif Hotel, Seattle, WA

The full-day business seminar, targeting participants in Washington’s legal cannabis industry – growers, processors, retailers and the professional services providers who support them — is being organized by Seattle-based Marijuana Business Association (MJBA), a b2b organization called “the chamber of commerce for cannabis” by NBC News, and sponsored by Cannabis Industry Professional Services (CIPS).  Journalist/Activist Ben Livingston will act as Master of Ceremonies.

“Technology & Your Cannabis Business” is the first in a series of professional education seminars that the Marijuana Business Association is hosting as a service to its members,” explained MJBA chief executive David Rheins. “Earlier in the month, we invited I-502 licensees and applicants to participate in an online policy conducted by MJ Research.  More than three dozen business pioneers participated in the survey. We then invited them to a listening summit, where we conducted a “voice of the customer” facilitated conversation — through which we’ve identified the key industry pain points. Technology — from compliance software to grow-room automation — was at the top of the list. In response, MJBA has organized this professional forum where all the key stakeholders can gather together to work through possible solutions.”

At Wednesday’s show, packaging technology, grow room automation and compliance software are the hot topics. “We’re delighted to have senior representatives like the WSLCB’s Randy Simmons, BioTrackTHC’s Patrick Vo there all under one roof, there to directly engage with end-user licensees to address this critical and time-sensitive issues,” Rheins said.

Tickets are $100 for MJBA members, $150 non-members, and are available online, and at the door.

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First Three Days Of Marijuana Sales Pull In More Than $148,000 In Excise Taxes

WASHINGTON:  With just a handful of stores opened and supply short, the state will still pull in $148,256 of excise taxes from sales on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, according to figures provided by the Liquor Control Board. That numbers reflect sales throughout the supply chain, including those from suppliers to retailers but don’t account for sales tax or business and occupation (B&O) taxes.

“I think it’s a good start for the number of stores we have open,” said Randy Simmons, the state’s marijuana project director. 

Simmons said he expects volatile revenue figures until the end of September or beginning of October when outdoor grows are expected to be harvested.

Marijuana is taxed at 25 percent as it passes through each rung of  the industry’s supply chain (producer, processor and retailer). Most excise taxes from pot is earmarked toward prevention, research and health funding.

 

Eastern Washington Gets Down To CannaBiz

By Morgan, MJ Headline News

Over 100 people filled the Bing Crosby Theater in Spokane, Washington last night for the first CannaBiz panel discussion.

The host and moderator, Inlander’s Ted McGregor, Jr., posed questions to three experts from Washington and California – Hilary Bricken, Canna Law Group, an attorney known for specializing in the legal issues surrounding marijuana; Matt Cohen, a well-known advocate in the medical marijuana movement who had his farm in California raided by the feds in 2011 and has since consulted with the Washington State Liquor Control Board on I-502 production issues; and Randy Simmons, deputy director of the Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB), who has been leading research teams to help the state set up and operate its new legal marijuana market.

The panels answered a wide range of questions regarding banking; the differences in business regulations between Colorado and Washington; profiling by law enforcement officers along the Idaho border; and lingering concerns about the black market. A few audience members posed questions about medical marijuana and the WSLCB’s involvement, as well as concerns regarding THC driving limits for mmj patients, and the viability of home grow limitations.

MJ Headline News was there to capture the highlights:
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