Seattle Marijuana Investment Firm Privateer Closes $75M Round To Build Global Cannabis Brands

Privateer Holdings is well on its way to becoming one of the country’s top marijuana investment firms.

WASHINGTON:  Privateer Holdings is well on its way to becoming one of the country’s top marijuana investment firms. The Seattle-based holding company today announced the closure of a $75 million Series B round, money that Privateer will use to grow its three marijuana-related startups and expand the firm’s portfolio further. “This positions us to build a family of global brands Read the full article…

For Employers, Pot Legalization Changes Little

Once the process is complete, she will be able to legally say to an employer, landlord or anybody else who asks that she has never been convicted or cited for any drug crime at all.

WASHINGTON:  It’s springtime for marijuana in Washington. Pot shops and grow ops are sprouting by the dozen. Consumers can buy bags from licensed retailers without fear of arrest, and light up legally in the privacy of their homes. Yes, much has changed for marijuana enthusiasts since the state conditionally legalized recreational use of the drug Read the full article…

Bonney Lake Marijuana Ban Challenged

Nutritional High International Inc. has entered into an exclusive licensing agreement to manufacture and distribute various marijuana edible products using the song titles and bearing the likeness of iconic guitarist Jimi Hendrix.

WASHINGTON:  Bonney Lake’s ban on recreational marijuana businesses has spurred two lawsuits, filed in Pierce County Superior Court recently, that seek to overturn the city ordinance adopted early this year. One complaint claims the city’s moratorium and subsequent prohibition on pot retailers, producers and processors are unconstitutional. The other suit contends the decision to ban Read the full article…

Marijuana Trimmers Use Tiny Scissors But Eye Big Careers

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WASHINGTON:  Washington’s marijuana business has created a legal occupation for bud trimmers that offers career opportunities. The Columbian reports ( that bud trimmers make between $12 and $15 an hour. The job requires using small scissors to trim away leaves and other things from marijuana buds. Most trimmers work on about a pound of marijuana Read the full article…

Marijuana-Friendly Lodging Fires Up In Colorado

A news website aims to be the Air BnB of marijuana-friendly lodging, connecting visitors with homeowners willing to let their guests partake of legal marijuana.

COLORADO:  Colorado’s marijuana tourists quickly run into a harsh reality after stopping at one of the state’s approximately 330 marijuana stores: Most hotels and ski condos prohibit indoor smoking of any kind, never mind the “kind” kind. Enter Sean Roby and his new website, Bud and Breakfast. Roby aims to make his site the Air Read the full article…

Scotts Jumps Into The Marijuana Market With Deal For Hydroponics Company

OHIO: Hawthorne Gardening Co., a Scotts subsidiary formed in October, purchased General Hydroponics Inc. and Bio-Organic Solutions Inc.

OHIO: The Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. offshoot that targets young, urban gardeners has acquired a Santa Rosa, California-based hydroponics company popular with marijuana growers. Hawthorne Gardening Co., a Scotts subsidiary formed in October, purchased General Hydroponics Inc. and Bio-Organic Solutions Inc. Terms were not disclosed, but the acquisition should position the company in the growing marijuana market.

Senate OKs Bill Changing Tax Structure Of Marijuana Law

The Senate has passed a bill that removes the excise tax on producers and processors of recreational marijuana.

WASHINGTON:  The Senate has passed a bill that removes the excise tax on producers and processors of recreational marijuana and instead imposes the tax only on retail sales. Senate Bill 6062 passed on a 26-22 vote in the early morning hours of Friday and now heads to the House for consideration. Under the measure, the Read the full article…

USVI Senator “Positive” Nelson To Meet With Washington Marijuana Business Leaders April 14th @ Green Lion Farms

The High Tea event, presented and hosted at the Seattle SODO headquarters of Green Lion Farms and sponsored by the Marijuana Business Association, takes place on Tuesday, April 14th, 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM (PDT). Tickets are $150 and available via Eventbrite:

WASHINGTON: Senator Terrence “Positive” Nelson and a delegation of pro-pot politicians on a fact-finding mission from the U.S. Virgin Islands will be visiting Washington next week and meeting with Washington’s legal cannabis business community leaders, as part of the Senator’s efforts to legalize and implement a Medicinal Marijuana industry in the USVI. While in Seattle, Senator Nelson Read the full article…

Washington Marijuana Grower Suggests New Businesses Start Small

WA Grower Tina Cox at Oregon Hemp Convention

WASHINGTON:  Vendors met at the Oregon Hemp Convention this weekend in Portland. They showed off premium seeds and special insurance policies for pot farms. Washington reported $64 million in pot sales last year. But some growers at the convention said they’re struggling to stay in business. There are a few things you should know about Read the full article…

Diego Pellicer Faces Subpoena, Other Problems In Marijuana Biz

Diego Pellicer Worldwide, the company that says it’s “developing the world’s first ‘premium’ marijuana brand,” acknowledged those issues last week deep in its first regulatory filing after merging into a public shell company.

WASHINGTON:  The Top 5 Things You Don’t Want to Say when introducing a new public company might be: No. 5. We’ve received a subpoena from the U.S. Attorney. No. 4. We’ve only got one real paying customer. No. 3. We’re not sure when we can actually collect any money from that customer. No. 2. We’re Read the full article…