Bernie Sanders Introduces Bill to End Federal Marijuana Prohibition

Bernie Sanders Introduces Bill to End Federal Marijuana Prohibition

On Nov. 4, 2015, two days before the last Democratic debate, Senator Bernie Sanders, I-Vt introduced the “Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2015” in the Senate. Were it to become law, it would remove marijuana from the Drug Enforcement Administration’s list of the “most dangerous” drugs and strike marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act. ... Read More
 
Editors Picks: 5 Best Cannabis Vapes

Editors Picks: 5 Best Cannabis Vapes

  Vaporizing has flipped the tobacco industry on its head, much like what Netflix has done to the television industry. But even before that, vaping has been a popular alternative in the world of weed for quite some time now.   While the vast majority of recreational cannabis users don’t advocate for nicotine consumption, you ... 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
 
It’s All Going to Pot:  Willie Nelson’s Foray into Branded Marijuana

It’s All Going to Pot: Willie Nelson’s Foray into Branded Marijuana

Willie’s Reserve will be the name of the country star and pot activist’s new brand of recreational and medical marijuana. Much like an aged fine red, or vintage white, Willie’s weed is touted as being top notch. Partnering with some of the best master growers in the US and, of course, Nelson himself being a ... Read More
 
Stoned On The Range:  Marijuana Legalization On Native American Lands

Stoned On The Range: Marijuana Legalization On Native American Lands

Native American lands have long maintained a laissez faire relationship with particular US government regulations. In states with anti-gambling legislation, a non-Native American citizen could easily duck out to a legal casino run by US Bureau of Indian Affairs.   With last year’s decision to allow reservations to determine their own regulations on recreational marijuana, ... Read More
 
Bella Vista Estate – Steamboat Springs, CO

Bella Vista Estate – Steamboat Springs, CO

We’re featuring a property that any green tourist MUST have on her or his radar: the Bella Vista Estate   This private vacation rental has the most incredible views in Colorado, capturing the famous Flat Tops National Forest and Yampa River Valley. This estate is a seven acre haven surrounded by natural scenery, just minutes ... 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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Charlotte’s Web: The Plant with the Power of Healing

Charlotte’s Web: The Plant with the Power of Healing

The name might sound familiar – this mighty plant has little to do with the children’s book we all know and love. This Sativa strain, could have garnered the name of the popular book from the densely crystal packed resin glands that spread over the buds and make it seem as though a web was ... Read More
 
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
 
Colorado Probation Laws and Marijuana

Colorado Probation Laws and Marijuana

Almost all state probation programs require their participants to take drug tests, and failure to pass one can mean a violation. Until May of 2015, this was true even in Colorado, where a medical marijuana program has been in place for the last 15 years.   As recently as 2012, Colorado’s court of appeals ruled ... Read More
 
Fail Mary Jane: Marijuana Policies in Professional Sports

Fail Mary Jane: Marijuana Policies in Professional Sports

How Professional Sports’ Outdated Policies on Marijuana Use Are Hurting the Players, the Fans, and the Game Super Bowl XLVIII in 2013, pitting the Seattle Seahawks against the Denver Broncos, was a historic day. Yes, the Seahawks won the first championship in franchise history, smashing Peyton Manning and company 43-8. But take one look at ... Read More