The Marijuana Industry And Its First Crossroads

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Marijuana has come a long way in the United States since California launched its first-in-the-nation medical program 19 years ago. Today, 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis to some degree, and public perception of the plant is clearly shifting. Medical marijuana is being used in treatment of a variety of illnesses Read the full article…

Is It Finally Time to Invest In Marijuana?

With the federal ban in place, it's not easy to invest in marijuana in the public markets.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  As public sentiment continues to shift in favor of marijuana legalization and more states legalize medical (and in some cases even recreational) marijuana, more people than ever are wondering whether now is the time to invest in marijuana. This interest persists despite the fact that the federal government bans both recreational and Read the full article…

Are Marijuana Regulations Weeding Out Family Farmers?

Now that cannabis is legal in the state the regulations are too onerous for family pot farms.

COLORADO:  Perry asked me not to use his last name. It wasn’t because of the plants in his basement — they’re perfectly legal now — but more out of garden-variety stoner’s paranoia. He worried some enemy might see his name in the news and come looking for him. Whatever — his identity isn’t important. It’s Read the full article…

Marijuana Industry Hosts Big, Three-Day Investor Summit In Denver

All were convinced that the ongoing legalization of marijuana has created an opportunity for people with a high tolerance for risk to make a killing.

COLORADO: The convention floor at Denver Airport’s Crowne Plaza this sunny Tuesday afternoon in April could be the trade show for any well-established industry — gray-haired execs in conservative suits mingling with office park dads in polos and fresh-out-of-college types in brand-emblazoned T-shirts. Only this is a new kind of business conference with a special Colorado Read the full article…

How To Brand, Market, And Sell Marijuana Without Breaking The Law

New packaging rules for marijuana edible products have forced companies to pull their products from the market and redesign the packaging to stay compliant.

COLORADO:  Earlier this year, Dixie Elixirs & Edibles, perhaps Colorado’s best-known cannabis brand, took its THC-infused drinks off the market. It had no choice. That’s because a couple of weeks later, on February 1, new packaging regulations for recreational marijuana edibles went into effect in the state and the screw top aluminum bottles were no longer compliant. Read the full article…

New Mexico Department of Health Awards Medical Cannabis Software Government Contract to BioTrackTHC

I commend the New Mexico Department of Health on its comprehensive RFP process in securing the right technology and team for the state's needs," said Steven Siegel, CEO, BioTrackTHC.

NEW MEXICO: The New Mexico Department of Health’s Medical Cannabis Program has awarded BioTrackTHC™, a division of Bio-Tech Medical Software, Inc., a contract for the provision and deployment of an integrated patient and provider tracking software application. This award makes BioTrackTHC the cannabis industry’s first company with marijuana regulatory technology contracts in two states, following the Read the full article…

The 280e Cannabis Conundrum

The legalized marijuana business is likely to hit $10 billion in 2015 alone.

By  Keith Richards  If you are in the Cannabis industry and are not already familiar with IRS Code section 280e, then you are likely going to face a rude awakening this tax season.  Even with all the noise about this issue, it is still surprising to find operators that are not paying attention to some basic Read the full article…

Music Legend Nelson To Roll Out Own Brand Of Marijuana

TEXAS: Music legend Willie Nelson is jumping into the movement to commercialize marijuana and plans to roll out his own brand of cannabis that he intends to make “the best on the market.” The singer-songwriter announced in a statement Monday that Willie’s Reserve will be grown and sold in Colorado and Washington, two states where Read the full article…

Pot Talk: Radio Stations Adopting Marijuana Formats

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COLORADO: With more states legalizing marijuana for medical and recreational use, marijuana media is growing like a weed, including an array of new online publications, social networks, and podcasts targeting consumers and business people. Now broadcast radio is joining the list. Several stations around the country have flipped to a new format: marijuana talk. This week, Read the full article…

Regulating Water Use By Pot Farms

AB 243 represents a groundbreaking new vision for the future of California cannabis agriculture — especially when it comes to water use.

CALIFORNIA: The California Assembly plans to hold an unprecedented hearing on April 15 to examine a proposal to regulate a controversial, billion-dollar state crop: marijuana. At first glance, Humboldt County Assemblymember Jim Wood’s proposed regulation bill, the “Marijuana Watershed Protection Act” looks innocuous: It would add a single paragraph to the state’s water code, and one Read the full article…