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Big News about Epidiolex

Big News about Epidiolex

In mid-March, British-based GW Pharmaceuticals made big news when it announced that its drug Epidiolex, a medication derived from the cannabis plant, reduced seizures in children suffering from Dravet Syndrome by 39 percent. GW Pharma will request approval of the Federal Drug Administration to market the drug in the U.S. As Justin Gover, GW’s Chief Executive ... Read More
 
L.E.A.P. Speaks Out Against Drug War

L.E.A.P. Speaks Out Against Drug War

It’s happened again.   On Sunday, March 13, 2016, a shooter opened fire outside a police station in a Washington, D.C. suburb. The ensuing gun fight took the life of Officer Jacai Colson, 28. There is no indication that the apparently unprovoked attack had anything to do with Colson’s work as an undercover narcotics officer. ... Read More
 
How to Understand DC: An Interview with Adam Eidinger

How to Understand DC: An Interview with Adam Eidinger

“This is what a liberated city looks like,” declared Adam Eidinger in his keynote address to DC’s recent Capitol CannaShow.   Perhaps that should be understood as a forward-looking statement because, as most high intent users realize, the current cannabis scene in DC is plenty strange. Eidinger suggested a link between suffering and liberation. That’s ... Read More
 
3 States Likely to Go for Medical Marijuana in 2016

3 States Likely to Go for Medical Marijuana in 2016

While all eyes are on prospect that as many as 11 states may legalize full adult use of marijuana in 2016, something else is bubbling up underneath.   That something is Medical marijuana   This is, of course, hugely important for patients who want access to medicine without breaking the law. But it is also ... Read More
 
Women Grow Hosts Leadership Summit February 3-5

Women Grow Hosts Leadership Summit February 3-5

Women Grow, an organization founded to foster the influence and success of women in the legal cannabis industry, will host a three-day leadership conference in Denver on February 3 -5. For many in the business, this is the big go-to conference. The agenda is packed, to put it mildly.   Jazmin Hupp, Founder and CEO ... Read More
 
California Countdown Begins

California Countdown Begins

More or less ten months from now, on the night of November 8, 2016, the marijuana world will glue itself to the screen, hold its fragrant breath and wait to see what happens in California.   It’s a very big deal. California is the eighth largest economy in the world. The economic and political heft ... Read More
 
5 Prolific Women In the Cannabis Industry

5 Prolific Women In the Cannabis Industry

The most exciting aspect of the ever-growing cannabis industry is that for the first time in any new business frontier, men and women are on an equal playing field. The gender diversity in pot is at an astounding high – with many of the old money, white male, businessmen either avoiding the risk of the ... Read More
 
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Back in June, the three founders of the consumer review cannabis platform, Leafly, have finally decided to branch out – after selling their company for an undisclosed amount in 2011 – and begin Headset, a logistical, B2B solution for emerging businesses ventures in the cannabis industry.   Headset is one the first of many innovations in the world of capitalized cannabis. By using a subscription-based service, Headset is targeting both recreational and medical industries to provide accurate and reliable insights and services. So far, Headset has divulged that these services include: a detailed comparison of specific products and how they’re selling in the market, inventory data, and manufacturing data. Thus, unlike the consumer-driven Leafly, Headset aims to address big business solutions. body image 1   “We’re staying in the cannabis industry but are tackling a different problem,” said co-founder Cy Scott in a recent interview with Geek Wire. His fellow Leafly founders, Scott Vickers and Brian Wansolich, will also be at the helm.   Another example of the maturation of the cannabis industry is the booming edibles industry within – with many cannabis consumers shifting towards a more practical, and non-permeating way, to consume their product. Edibles have an advantage, offering a way to incorporate cannabis use through every-day functions – your morning tea, a light snack, cooking, etc. body image 2   Fairwinds and Dixie Elixirs are two companies in particular that are re-branding the traditional image of cannabis use – an image more enticing to venture capitalists and potential investors. In a recent article on Slate, cannabis industry investor, Leslie Bocskor, accurately summed up the element of sophistication of the edibles industry:  
“Ultimately, marijuana will follow a pattern similar to that in the tech industry. The industry will evolve and stoner culture will be less and less prevalent. Eventually, we won't think of Cheech and Chong when we think about cannabis, just like we don't think about geek culture when we think about Amazon."
The constant pursuit of finding out what exactly is inside your cannabis is another shift towards a more legitimized industry. Similar to the natural food movement we’ve seen over the years, more consumers and manufacturers (in both the medical and recreational industries) are beginning to pay attention to what cannabis products are right for specific ailments, mentalities, and lifestyles.   Potbotics, another “big-picture” medical cannabis startup, is developing PotBot, an EEG device that scans a patient’s brain, measuring electric activity to find how cannabis affects the specific user. This device is meant to narrow in on how certain strains interact with the user’s specific ailments – i.e. is Blue Cheese or Silver Haze the right strain for my chemo therapy?   body image 3   Combine PotBot with other rising medical startups, (such as Hello MD, Aurum Labs, and Health MJ) and it’s clearly evident that medical cannabis is considerably on par with the worlds of traditional medical industries.   From the streets to the boardroom, smarter solutions for the young and fertile industry are rapidly cropping up. With over 300 new cannabis startups – in an industry only truly employed in a tiny handful of states in the US – the intersecting worlds of medical and consumer cannabis are not only growing in size, but also maturity and legitimacy.
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Marijuana in the Workplace – CO and the Coates Case

Marijuana in the Workplace – CO and the Coates Case

The legalization of marijuana for recreational use in Colorado has led to a slew of other discussions about practical issues surrounding personal use of the substance. One question on the table is whether employers in the state who have antidrug policies are still allowed to take action against employees who use marijuana legally during their ... Read More
 
2016 Presidential Candidates’ Stance On Marijuana

2016 Presidential Candidates’ Stance On Marijuana

Here’s a quick rundown of the 2016 Presidential candidates featured in major polls, and their views on legalizing marijuana.   THE REPUBLICANS   Jeb Bush is a Republican and Florida’s Governor. In the past, he has seemed conflicted about the issue of marijuana. Expressing concern about interstate commerce, he states he is unsure about federal ... Read More
 
Marijuana Meetups in Legalized States

Marijuana Meetups in Legalized States

These are exciting times for marijuana, particularly in the states that have legalized recreational marijuana within their borders: Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington (as well as the District of Columbia, but there is currently no provision to set up a system for legal sales). These four states are trailblazers attempting to organize and maintain a ... Read More