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. On Tuesday, February 13th,  6-8:30 at the Factory Luxe  Read the full article…

Report: Detroit Has 148 Marijuana Dispensaries

MICHIGAN: A new report pegs the number of marijuana dispensaries in Detroit at 148. Prior to the report, Detroit public officials could not say how many dispensaries there are, partly because they are opening at such a rapid pace but mostly because the city does not keep track of them. The City Council is debating proposed licensing Read the full article…

Want To Sell Medical Marijuana In New York? It Could Cost You $30 Million

NEW YORK: In business, you have to spend money to make money. In the New York medical marijuana industry, you may just be spending money. Medical marijuana was legalized in New York in July 2014; however, the licenses to sell were just announced July 31 of this year. Applicants had to pay a refundable registration Read the full article…

Victoria’s First Pot Vending Machine Now Up And Running

CANADA: Medical marijuana users in Greater Victoria can now get their prescription filled by a vending machine. The region’s first pot vending machine is now up and running at the BC Pain Society on Quadra Street. A spokesperson for the dispensary says one of the benefits is that the product will be handled by fewer people Read the full article…

Staffing Firm Specializing In jobs In The Marijuana Industry Opens In Pueblo

COLORADO: A brand new staffing company specializing in jobs in the marijuana industry is holding a hiring event Tuesday. Grasshopper Staffing in Pueblo opens Tuesday and is kicking off their new business with an event for prospective employees from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Organizers say there will be interviews on the spot. Find more information here. Read the full article…

CannaCon, Large Pot Expo, Draws Crowds In Seattle

WASHINGTON: A marijuana-enhanced barbecue sauce is among the products on display at a large cannabis expo in Seattle.CannaCon is a three-day event that runs through Saturday. The expo features seminars as well as exhibitors offering products for all aspects of the medical and recreational marijuana industry in Washington state. Comedian Tommy Chong, famous as half of Read the full article…

The Best Industries for Starting a Business in 2015

The old adage that timing is everything in business is incomplete. When it comes to launching a successful startup, the other crucial ingredient is identifying a new, untapped market opportunity. Breaking into any industry is hard, but certain sectors are particularly ripe for new entrants. Inc.’s annual look at the best industries for starting a Read the full article…

Witnessing The Birth of An Industry: MJBA CEO David Rheins Looks Back At 2014

By David Rheins  2014 has been an amazing year for those of us on the front lines of the legal cannabis movement. Thanks to the support of the now 300+ cannabis business members, dozens of sponsors and thousands of supporters, the b2b trade group I run, Marijuana Business Association (MJBA), has grown rapidly.  We’ve been Read the full article…

MJ Research Report: Washington Hits First $1M Day for Legal, Recreational Cannabis Sales

By Joe Armes WASHINGTON: On Wednesday, November 26th the state of Washington achieved a milestone the industry has been anticipating for months; the first time single-day recreational cannabis transactions (producer, processor and retail sales) broke the one million dollar barrier.  Given this milestone was achieved with 75 retail stores in operation, we can anticipate that Read the full article…

Strategies: Pole Position In The Cannabis Industry

Malia Spencer  Starting a business within a highly regulated sector is tough. Starting a business in a highly regulated sector in which the rules are still being written is even more difficult. That’s the challenge Justin Dufour faces now that Oregon voters have approved the sale and recreational use of marijuana by adults. Dufour’s company, Viridian Sciences, Read the full article…