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Legal Pot Business Owner Recalls A Year Of Highs And Lows

One year ago, Cannabis City owner James Lathrop stood outside his Seattle store, one of the first to sell legal recreational marijuana in Washington, and declared “free the weed.”

A year later, he says his pot business has had its highs and lows.

Early on, Lathrop was plagued by a lack of product. He says the shelves were so empty that he couldn't even have a presence at Hemp Fest, the annual Pro Marijuana gathering in the city.

Now, Lathrop says, that isn’t an issue. He says there’s enough supply that prices have come down from $25 a gram to around $15 a gram. Even on the weekday morning when I visit, there’s a steady stream of customers, looking not unlike people browsing the aisles in your neighborhood supermarket.

Thu
09
Jul

Oregon’s Retail Marijuana Sales Could Start One Year Early

With the legalization of recreational marijuana in Oregon kicking off on July 1, 2015, there is still one major issue for residents looking to purchase the substance—the fact that they have to wait 15 months until recreational stores are licensed and open for business. This might not be the case anymore, as a bill was passed on July 2 that would allow retail sales as early as October.

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09
Jul

Cannabis grower hungry for 4x the space

It’s almost moving day for a Denver marijuana grower who is about to more than triple the size of his operation.

Premium Pete’s owner Luke Ramirez expects to sign a lease in the next two weeks to move his recreational cannabis grow from its 3,000-square-foot warehouse near Stapleton to an 11,000-square-foot location along the I-70 corridor.

“We’re going to be increasing production by 800 percent,” Ramirez said. “We’ll be producing just under 240 pounds per month once we reach full capacity. Right now, we’re a little bit over 20 pounds per month.”

The project won’t sprout up overnight. Once the lease is signed, Ramirez will begin a nine-month, $3 million construction project to maximize the warehouse’s efficiency.

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09
Jul

Montana ballot proposal would legalize recreational marijuana

HELENA (AP) — A Glendive man is proposing a ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana for adults over 21.

Anthony Varriano submitted proposed language this week that would amend the state constitution to regulate pot and tax it as an industry as well as allow the purchase and possession of limited amounts. It would also require that the first $40 million in revenue raised annually by taxes go toward public schools.

He says the measure is based on Colorado's recreational marijuana law passed by voters in 2012.

Thu
09
Jul

Canada: 'Medical marijuana is a charade' - Opinion piece

By Margaret Wenet, Globe & Mail

Last year, the federal government spent $5.2-million on medical marijuana for Canada’s veterans. This year it will spend a lot more. Marijuana is a popular way to relieve the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and some veterans swear it saved their lives. Now consultation services designed to hook up vets with pot are spreading across the country. Marijuana for Trauma, founded by former Canadian Forces member Fabian Henry, has already helped hundreds of veterans in Atlantic Canada and is now expanding to Ontario. “I’m expecting thousands to be coming through the door in the coming years,” he told the CBC.

Thu
09
Jul

First Church of Cannabis sues over marijuana laws

INDIANAPOLIS –  A pot-smoking church sued the city of Indianapolis and state of Indiana on Wednesday, claiming laws against possession and use of marijuana infringe on its religious beliefs.

The First Church of Cannabis, formed as a test of Indiana's new religious objections law, filed its lawsuit in Marion Circuit Court in Indianapolis, naming multiple defendants including Gov. Mike Pence and state and local law enforcement officers.

The lawsuit claims church members believe marijuana is a sacrament that "brings us closer to ourselves and others. It is our fountain of health, our love, curing us from illness and depression. We embrace it with our whole heart and spirit, individually and as a group."

Wed
08
Jul

Dr. Dina, Medical Marijuana Pioneer and Inspiration for Showtime’s “Weeds”, Debuts New Show “Cannabis Confidential” on CannabisRadio.com

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CannabisRadio.com, the premier online radio and podcasting network for cannabis content, announces the launch of “Cannabis Confidential” with Dr. Dina, medical marijuana icon and inspiration for the Nancy Botwin character in Showtime’s “Weeds.” Dr.

Wed
08
Jul

Miami Beach unanimously passes marijuana ordinance

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -

Miami Beach commissioners unanimously passed a marijuana ordinance Wednesday to fine those caught with small amounts of marijuana instead of sending them to jail.

The move comes a week after Miami-Dade commissioners passed a similar ordinance.

Under the new law, police will have the option of issuing a $100 fine to those caught with less than 20 grams of marijuana. The difference between the Miami-Dade County ordinance is that the fines collected in Miami Beach will go to the city and not the county.

Wed
08
Jul

Vancouver’s civic booze-pushers need to lay off pot protestors

Vancouver taxpayers regularly subsidize public booze parties that cost millions, yet city officials are trying to rouse anger against pot protestors for the meager expense of their legalization rallies.

In Vancouver, the annual 4/20 rally has a peak crowd of about 25,000 and total attendance closer to 35,000. It has been attacked by city officials for supposedly costing the city $93,000.

Wed
08
Jul

Marijuana Book Review – Marijuana Millions: The Foundation For Success

I have read a lot of e-books and articles lately about branding in the marijuana industry. Most of the literature involves ‘re-branding,’ which by itself is OK, but a lot of people out there are using ‘re-branding’ as a way to alienate a lot of long time marijuana consumers, both patients and recreational users alike. I don’t like those types of branding articles and books. They are almost always written by someone who is new to the cannabis world, and thinks that they can use their MBA’s and/or public relations backgrounds to re-invent the entire marijuana industry.

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