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Regulations on Cannabis Advertising by State [A – M]

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Looking for concise information about recreational cannabis advertising regulations and laws in a state-by-state format? Here is part one of a two-part series about advertising cannabis strains and cannabis in general, in alphabetical order. Alabama: currently no recreational cannabis advertising regulations in place. Alaska: pending finalized regulations. Arizona: currently no advertising regulations in place. Arkansas:…

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The Latest in Agritourism: U-Pick Hemp

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If you’ve ever wanted to pick your own hemp field, now is the time! “U-Pick” activities abound during Autumn when folks venture to their nearest farmlands to participate in harvesting apples and pumpkins and milling their way through complex corn mazes. This year, the newest addition to the U-Pick fall frenzy is, in fact, industrial…

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Compassionate Cannabis is Back in California, Finally.

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Compassionate care programs flourished for decades in the historically green state of California, but recreational use laws enacted in 2016 all but buried the long standing tradition. Thankfully activists and a few legislators rallied long enough to pass another version of compassionate care in California, Senate Bill 34, in late 2019. This post explores the…

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Meet 3 Women Surviving and Thriving in the CBD Industry

Women of all kinds are calling upon CBD for hope and healing, and for some, CBD offers a path toward entrepreneurship. Despite being designed, marketed and branded nearly solely to women, there’s an alarming lack of data found on women-owned CBD businesses. However, with CBD estimated to reach $3.5 billion in sales in 2021, women…

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Drug Possession in Washington is a Crime…Again

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It’s been a long, confusing ride for drug decriminalization in Washington state. And that’s just in 2021! Beginning in February the Washington State Supreme Court made a landmark 5-4 ruling declaring that the state’s current drug laws were unconstitutional, which meant that law enforcement officers would no longer arrest or prosecute strictly for simple drug…

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Three Secrets that Every Commercial Grower Should Know

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1) Don’t Be Fooled: High Wattage Lighting We have all seen advertisements from LED Lighting Manufacturers boasting about their high wattage fixtures or high light output fixtures. They advise growers to hang the light further away to “increase the canopy area” and get the job done with fewer fixtures. These recommendations are reflective of an…

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Nevada Consumption Lounges are Coming!

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Nevada has been working toward better cannabis consumption opportunities for both residents and visitors. In a state that currently enjoys revenue from both major tourism as well as cannabis sources, there are very few safe and legal options for tourists to consume cannabis. This is a major negative draw to the tourism and cannabis industries…

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Colorado is Issuing New Cannabis Licenses

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For those looking to break into the market with a new Colorado cannabis license, Denver is welcoming entrepreneurs for the first time since 2016. Recently, city officials from the Department of Excise and Licenses announced the acceptance of licenses for new cannabis businesses. New applicants will still be required to follow all proximity restrictions, which…

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Cannabis is Now Legal in Connecticut!

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As of July 1st, cannabis is legal in Connecticut. This is a change in the Connecticut cannabis law that previously decriminalized cannabis use and means that adults can begin consuming legal cannabis in Connecticut in the coming years. It has been a long road for the state, but the recent change in the law was…

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The CCC Has Launched an Online Marijuana Catalog

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Identifying legal marijuana has become a whole lot simpler in Massachusetts thanks to the cannabis catalog. Learn more about the marijuana catalog. Massachusetts has taken a proactive stance when it comes to managing legal marijuana identification in the state. The first of its kind in the country, the Cannabis Control Commission launched its cannabis catalog…

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These strategies will get more customers to your dispensary


By Deanna deBara You want to get as many new customers into your dispensary as possible. But with the cannabis retail space becoming more competitive every day, you can’t just expect a flood of new customers to rush in the second you open your doors. You need the right marketing strategy to break through the…

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Cannabis Educational Opportunities Abound

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Ivy League institutions like Harvard and UC Berkeley have been doing research and offering classes on cannabis since 2016, twenty years after California became the first state in the United States to legalize medical cannabis. It was then that UC Berkeley, famous for being progressive in its politics offered a first-of-its-kind, Cannabis and Journalism, course…

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Can Visitors Buy Out-of-State Cannabis?

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This article on cannabis rules for out of state buyers is not legal advice. The out of state medical cannabis laws list is not exhaustive. When finding out if out of state visitors can buy cannabis or if non-residents can buy cannabis, please make sure to check state and local laws. The information was accurate…

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Pet Cannabis Laws

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Pets are an important part of many lives. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association from 2018, 38.4% of households have one dog or more, and 25.4% have at least one cat. Not including other types of animals, the amount of canine and feline caretakers amounts to over 80 million households. Cannabis also plays a…

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4 Crucial Factors in Maximizing Pre-Roll Production

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At Kung Tech, we work exclusively with companies that produce pre-rolls, which stands to reason: we make pre-roll machines and other equipment which supports that business. The major driver of our success is understanding what goes into building a thriving pre-roll business, and then working to deliver solutions that overcome the obstacles standing in our…

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Updates on Cannabis Legalization in New York

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Effective March 31, 2021, Governor Andrew Cuomo legalized adult-use of cannabis, and provided for the licensure of producers, distributors and retailers of marijuana throughout the Empire State. Under this New York legalization, the legislature has established the New York State Cannabis Control Board under the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, and authorized this Board to…

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New Marijuana Banking Bill: What’s Included and What’s Missing

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The Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act (a marijuana banking act) has been reintroduced to the House by Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO); this bill protects financial institutions that service state-legal marijuana businesses from being penalized by federal regulators. Previously, the bill had cleared the House but did not advance in the Republican-controlled Senate. There…

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Marijuana Moves: Jay-Z and Minority-Owned Cannabis Businesses

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Celebs are cashing in on the cannabis industry. It’s not just multi-platinum rapper, entrepreneur and the newly appointed Chief Visionary Officer of The Parent Company Holdings, Sean “Jay-Z” Carter, either. Jay-Z and cannabis are now a thing with his new minority-owned cannabis company. Even Rhi-Rhi, an avid consumer of all things cannabis, joined friend and…

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Will Kentucky (Finally) Legalize Cannabis?

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Both medical and recreational cannabis are illegal in Kentucky but times may be changing for this southern state. In early 2020, House Bill 136 passed 65 to 30; this bill marked the first occasion in which a medical marijuana bill had been taken up by the full House. Proposed in the Kentucky cannabis laws bill…

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Could Cannabis Be an Option for COVID Treatment?

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Cannabis is in constant study within the scientific community and the medical field. Its abilities to help physical and mental ailments are pondered each day. As COVID-19 began its destructive path across the world, some researchers wondered if a cannabis COVID treatment was a viable option. Here are some of the findings on cannabis and…

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Interview With the Cannabis Coach

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The Cannabis Coach is a Tik Tok influencer and life coach who is able to help people in many areas of life. We sat down with him to talk about Tik Tok, cannabis, parenting, mental health and more!  What was your inspiration behind becoming The Cannabis Coach and a Tik Tok influencer?  When I first…

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Luxury Cannabis Products

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Pot is no longer something associated solely with “stoners”. It is mainstream now. Celebrities and athletes are no longer just partaking, they are making it their business. With the stigma associated with marijuana and cannabis ever decreasing, and the media coverage of products that contain CBD ever increasing, along with the potential for the cannabis…

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A New Administration Could Mean New Attitudes Towards Cannabis

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Americans have come a long way since the introduction of the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. Created as a drug scheduling system ranging from one to five, with Schedule 1 as the worst of the mind-altering substances. Deemed to have “no medical value” coupled with a “high potential for abuse”, the plant once prescribed to…

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Is Clubhouse the Social Networking Trend We’ve Been Waiting For?

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It’s interesting. It’s exciting. It’s something new and a welcome reprieve from the Covid-19 coop in the form of human connection. And, the beauty of it all? You can attend in your sweatpants or pajamas! Yes, we are talking about Clubhouse, a drop-in audio-only chat app by Alpha Exploration Co that is making serious noise…

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A Look at Cannabis Packaging Regulations Across States

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Legalization is a hard-won victory for many advocates, volunteers and organizations. Once cannabis is legally allowed, whether medical only or also recreational, other challenges are then presented. One example is how each individual state government chooses to regulate packaging and labeling. The state requirements for cannabis packaging that are passed into law must be complied…

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Cannabis and the Cosmetic Industry

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Every day a new beauty trend is flooding social media or a new cosmetic product is being hyped-up, which isn’t surprising since the global beauty industry is a $532 billion business. The United States is the biggest market and holds about 20% of the share, or about $106.4 billion. Even though the majority of consumers…

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Choosing the Right Seed and the Importance of Genetics

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Since 2005, Crop King Seeds has been perfecting the genetics of cannabis plants for medical and commercial growers seeking maximum results in their harvest. There are a plethora of variables to consider when shopping for cannabis seeds, but today we’re going to focus on how to choose the proper seeds for you while considering their…

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Celebrities & Athletes in Cannabis

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With legalization sweeping the nation, cannabis no longer carries the stigma that it once did and is now finally being recognized for the wondrous plant that it is. Touting both medicinal and therapeutic qualities, an ever-increasing population is turning to cannabis and cannabis-related products over traditional Western medicine to soothe what ails them. No longer…

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Wine Country of Weed — Can California Cannabis Farms Replicate the Vineyard Model? 

Can California Cannabis Farms Replicate the vineyard branding & tourism model

Visitors entering fellow pro-cannabis state of Colorado as cannabis travelers, “spent more and stayed longer in cannabis tourism destinations”, said California Cannabis Tourism Association (CCTA) Founder & Executive Director, Brian Applegarth, in a recent online event discussing the future of cannabis tourism in California. The seemingly older and smarter sister state further showed the potential…

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Unions in the Cannabis Industry

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Labor unions are active in many areas of the country and extend to various trades and markets. In 2019, the percentage of wage and salary workers who were members of unions was 10.3%. Many Americans have strong opinions of unions, and state laws determine their existence and procedures. The cannabis market is no exception, and…

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Cannabis Community Torn Over Amended MORE Act

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In a historic vote on Friday, December 4th, 2020, the US House of Representatives voted to pass H.R. 3884, 228 to 164. Otherwise known as The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act, or the MORE Act, this historic bill was written to deschedule and decriminalize cannabis in the USA, provide for expungement of federal cannabis…

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Purpose-Driven Cannabis + Vetted Brands You Can Support

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Though surely on the rise since the tech and start-up world took over Silicon Valley and other major cities like SF, Santa Monica and NY, purpose-driven businesses are nothing new. Some say that with the rise of the information economy, which drove massive economic and social growth across the globe, a more purpose-driven roadmap for…

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The Differences Between Weed Flower and Concentrate


Cannabis grew in popularity originally through smoking, and through the years various methods of smoking weed flower have made their appearance, it can be rolled into a joint or smoked in a pipe, a bong or a vape. Weed flower can also be baked into edibles. The variety of concentrates available today presents a whole…

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Most Common Ways To Consume Marijuana


There are numerous ways to consume cannabis. As more and more people understand the importance of Marijuana, people find easier ways for consumption, like to make them edibles, topical solutions, THC oils, and many more. Every method of consumption has its advantages – depending on your reason to consume. Before consumption, you should know about…

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Recreational Dispensaries Open for Business in Maine

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After long, long last, residents of Maine may partake in recreational adult-use cannabis because of the change to Maine cannabis laws. Nearly four years after voters approved legalization, the state officially launched retail sales on Oct. 9, 2020. As of now, five retail stores, five cultivation facilities, one testing lab and one manufacturing facility have…

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Cannabis Election Update 2020

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News of cannabis legalization and monumental changes are imminent in the United States after the presidential election which was finalized over the weekend, including groundbreaking US cannabis legalization measures in several states. When the new laws go into effect, one-third of this country’s population will reside where some form of cannabis is legal. Here is…

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UPDATE: What Happened with the Federal Legalization Bill?

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Something huge for the cannabis industry was planned to happen in September 2020: The U.S. House of Representatives planned to vote on HR 3884, the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act. The goal behind this proposed federal marijuana legalization legislation is to remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act, ratify criminal and social justice…

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Is cannabis the answer to the pandemic financial devastation?

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The concept of nationwide legalization of recreational cannabis as a method of economic recovery in a post-pandemic world may sound a bit outlandish, but a strong precedent exists. Nearly 100 years ago, the repeal of Prohibition provided tax revenue and employment generation, which helped lift the United States out of The Great Depression. How cannabis…

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Avoiding the Dangers of Mystery CBD through Vertical Supply


Soil through Retail Sale, That’s our testing doctrine here at Schools & Tools. ALL of our Hemp is grown at Sonnen Farms in Aurora, OR – where the soil is certified organic and free of both heavy metals and pesticides.  Because of this, we know what’s in our plants, and we know what’s in each…

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Testing Cannabinoids

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As with all things that quickly rise to popularity, the risk of knockoff cannabis providers has also quickly risen. To ensure you are getting the highest quality cannabis and CBD, it is essential to ensure you purchase from trusted sources. These sources should provide you with a third-party cannabinoid profile testing certificate of analysis and…

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Oklahoma Boom! The Sooner State Spin On Cannabis

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The state of Oklahoma has proven to be fertile grounds for the thriving cannabis industry. Medical marijuana was legalized June 2018 via a ballot referendum, and in a short time, the Oklahoma marijuana market truly became a Boomers Paradise. Learning from other states as well as diverging from some standard practices in the United States…

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Guidelines to Essential Supplies for a Successful Marijuana Dispensary


An important part of doing business as a dispensary is finding a great supplier of ancillary products. LuvBuds has become a leading wholesale head shop supplier because of our great prices, wide selection, and excellent customer service. To place an order you have a variety of options from ordering through our website, to sending an…

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FDA Submits Cannabis Policy to the White House

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The FDA released draft guidance July 21 for clinical research connected to developing cannabis and cannabis-derived drug products. The draft describes the agency’s “current thinking” on multiple matters pertaining to the science of developing drugs containing cannabis and hemp-derived compounds. These draft guidelines aim to help companies partake in better access to the regulated hemp…

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Can Cannabis Assist Native Americans In Self Sovereignty

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With the passing of the 2014 Farm Bill also came the passing of decades-long restrictions on hemp cultivation. Finally, Americans were allowed to grow hemp in the United States. With the bill’s passing came a surprising opportunity for Native Americans to ensure that their community retains equity in the Green Rush that is legalized, regulated…

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The Virtual CannaCon Experience — Is the future virtual?

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CannaCon held its first-ever virtual cannabis expo last week — Virtual CannaCon. As an answer to the pandemic, the virtual trade show brought together cannabis exhibitors and industry leaders on a virtual platform to educate and assist entrepreneurs entering the cannabis industry. Virtual CannaCon featured about 100 exhibitors from across the country. Through the use of…

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Abuse of Power in Cannabis

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Some say that there’s another epidemic co-occurring alongside COVID-19: the abuse of power in cannabis. Commonly used in legal terms, Abuse of Power can also describe official misconduct in the growing, yet still highly puzzling, legal(ish) cannabis market.  Despite some form of medicinal or recreational legalization in 33 U.S. States, four U.S. territories and the…

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Top Newsworthy Cannabis Legislation

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If your focus has drifted away from what is newsworthy in the world of cannabis legislation, you are not alone. Despite a worldwide pandemic,  things are moving along when it comes to laws by state for cannabis. Below is a year-to-date review of top moments in the legalization of cannabis. January At the start of…

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Can Recent Uprisings Help Shift Conversations about Social Equity in Cannabis?

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Unheard of concepts prior to legalization, conversations about social equity in cannabis may get a boost in the wake of recent racial-justice uprisings. Words like privilege, injustice and ‘Black Lives Matter’ are on newspapers, screens and tongues everywhere. Conversations about race and racial injustice are being had by the many and some wonder how we…

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Status of Vape Bans Across the U.S.

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Since the introduction of electronic cigarettes, or vape devices, to the United States in 2007, massive attention has been paid to its corresponding advancements, markets and impacts. Classifications were established on the federal level, and then most individual states moved to enact or are working to enact vape legislation. Below is the current information regarding…

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Oklahoma’s Regulated Cannabis Market is on Fire 

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Oklahoma Sets a Record for Regulated Cannabis Sales in April and Beyond. Oklahoma’s Messy Relationship with Cannabis Like other states in the United States, and dating back to Prohibition, Oklahoma has had a messy relationship with cannabis. During the early thirties, Oklahoma state legislators outlawed cannabis Sativa use for any reason, thus criminalizing the possession…

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Hemp and Nicotine: What You Need to Know

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Hemp and nicotine: consider the following when you contemplate the best choice for your situation. The cannabis industry has long been a pioneer in the medical field and CV Sciences Inc.’s recent patent approval furthers that tradition. The hemp based product helps stave off nicotine cravings to combat smokeless tobacco addiction. The product helps put…

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Cultivators & Distributors all need CVaults

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Hey, CannaCon fans! All of us here at FreshStor were looking forward to meeting you and getting the chance to introduce our amazing CVault storage containers! But then, suddenly — the world changed. And we’re unsure when we’ll have another opportunity to meet face-to-face and put our beautiful product directly into your hands. Major bummer.…

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Federal Loans for Hemp Businesses

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Upon the federal legalization of hemp in 2018, it became categorized as an agricultural commodity parallel to other crops such as cotton, corn, and wheat. Since then, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has worked to align a range of services and programs with those growing hemp. In 2019, USDA announced hemp producers working under…

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Proper packaging and labeling are a critical part of any cannabis business

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Proper packaging and labeling are a critical part of any cannabis business, each state with its regulations and guidelines. Check out the downloadable documents for each state’s requirements. As the industry grows, there are more product brands on the market competing to outsell one another. Proper packaging and labeling will help ensure that your product…

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Organic Standards for Cannabis Production

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An upcoming movement within the cannabis industry is customer demand for organically grown products. Some states are pushing organic standards for cannabis production, as national recognition by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is currently out of the question due to federal regulations around the cultivation and use of the plant. It is important to…

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Cannabis Event Spaces Pivot to Virtual Post-COVID

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There seems to be a heightened level of social, cultural, and legal importance pertaining to the once criminalized plant, cannabis. Some say that designating cannabis as an “essential” business the likes of a pharmacy or grocery store was a massive victory for cannabis and can surely usher in federal legalization in the US. As it…

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Your Cannabis Business Strategies for Success

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The cannabis industry has felt the spotlight in recent years and the conversation around this plant during the COVID-19 pandemic has only intensified. The telling surge in sales along with cities like San Francisco and New York declaring cannabis businesses as essential has further established and solidified the validity of this burgeoning industry. As there…

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Why Vaping Wins

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The Evolution of vaping – In the past 7 years the weed vaping market has changed considerably. For strong performance you were pretty much stuck with a desktop unit. From Storz and Bickel’s Volcano, 7th Floor’s SSV & Da Buddha, or Arizer’s Extreme Q. All varying wildly in price and performance. The portable market was…

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Automating Cannabis for the Future

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Whether they are retrofitting or have the ability to build to spec, growers are automating cannabis irrigation systems that are accurate, cost-effective, and time-saving. Good Meds, based in Denver, Colorado, is one of those growers. Initially, they relied on hand-watering and fertilizing manually. With a 90,000 square foot facility — that takes a lot of…

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Cannabis Legislation and the Coronavirus

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Cannabis legislation and the coronavirus update as of May 2020. As the world adapts to eradicate COVID-19, lawmakers from the United States have not forgotten the cannabis industry. Although relief to other small businesses has been rolled out by the federal government in the form of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs),…

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Cannacurio: Dispensary & Retailer Leaderboard (Q1 2020)


The first quarter of 2020 is over and retail & dispensary licenses have increased 5.5% with 385 new stores nationwide. Cannabiz Media tracked the newly active dispensary/retailer licenses from 18 states. Oklahoma once again led the pack but the second-place state was a surprise. Key Findings Oklahoma leads the nation again with 155 new licenses…

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Budding CBD and Hemp Businesses Leverage Food Grade Stainless Steel 

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Industrial containers are designed and certified for specific uses. A food grade stainless steel drum, for example, is made of steel that met the quality, durability, temperature resistance, and other criteria to be deemed safe for food preparation, storage and dining. However, food grade drums are not only used to process or contain traditional foodstuffs.…

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The New Normal: Cannabis After Coronavirus

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April 28, 2020 Regulatory News Tyler Elder We’re living through stressful and confusing times. Everything is closed, the news is changing every hour, and we’re all stuck at home bored out of our minds. This era of uncertainty could lead to a new normal for cannabis after coronavirus. Luckily, most jurisdictions across the U.S. have…

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The Importance of Building a Consistent Cannabis Brand

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The Apex Trading team has been in the B2B cannabis industry since 2014. That was when the first recreational cannabis market came online in Colorado. Today, there are now 11 states with adult use or recreational cannabis and 33 states with medical marijuana. We’ve had a front row seat to watch the expansion and maturation…

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3 Groups Changing the Conversation About Cannabis and Mental Health

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Across borders and cultures, mental health and cannabis use top the list of topics we just don’t talk about. At least historically, that is. Highly stigmatized for a variety of social and cultural reasons, the negativity attached to discussing one’s mental health struggles or cannabis consumption seems to finally be coming to an end. Thankfully…

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Automated Cannabis Cultivation Systems are Essential During a Crisis

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By Aaron Mullins, Systems Coordinator, Next Big Crop The coronavirus crisis is, among many things, a stark reminder that you always need a plan B. It is also proof that you can have a perfectly solid cultivation business upended by factors completely out of your control, such as public health crises, global supply-chain disruptions and…

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5 Reasons Why Your Architect Needs Help Designing Your Cultivation Facility

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Good architects are worth their weight in gold, but that doesn’t mean they know everything—particularly when it comes to growing cannabis. And now we’re looking at business operations in cannabis and beyond that could be forever changed by the COVID-19 pandemic. There’s a new appreciation of the need for physical space among workers, containment and…

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Cannabis Networking Groups: How to Get and Stay Connected

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As the first quarter of 2020 rounds closed thirty-three U.S. states currently have regulated medicinal cannabis programs of varying standards, while just 13, plus DC, have adult-use or recreational laws in place for those 21-years-old and older. With the sweep that is the legalization of cannabis, amongst a plethora of other things, has come engaging…

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Marijuana Businesses Thrive Despite Coronavirus Crisis

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Michigan marijuana shops will remain open during the COVID-19 stay-at-home order by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, according to the Marijuana Regulatory Agency. While Michigan is ordering medical and recreational marijuana retail outlets to close, they are still able to make curbside and home delivery sales.   “In-person transactions within the licensed facility or establishment are prohibited.…

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How to differentiate your pre-rolls from competitors?

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More and more the cannabis space is becoming crowded with new brands offering the same product on the dispensary shelves. This decreases the pricing power and leverage with the retailer and so growers will start to hear that dispensaries aren’t interested in your pre-roll unless it hits a certain price point where the store can…

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Cannabis, the Patriarchy, and Women’s Health

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Many are shocked to hear that doctors and other practitioners once hailed cannabis as a “valuable remedy” for patients. Yet, dating back through millennia are stories of cannabis and women’s health: those finding comfort and relief during menstruation or pregnancy byway of the long stigmatized plant known as weed, mary jane, herb, ganja, and more.…

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An Argument for Switching Your Facility to an Automated Irrigation System

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By Aaron Mullins, Systems Coordinator at Next Big Crop A cultivation-facility manager has a lot of balls to juggle: maintaining the production schedule, ensuring compliance, troubleshooting—not to mention making sure that potentially tens of thousands of plants in all stages of growth are thriving. And that manager’s job has gotten a lot tougher in the…

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Essential Nutrients for Cannabis Growth

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Like all plants, cannabis has specific requirements to achieve its most successful levels of growth and production. For recreational and commercial growers alike, the consistent introduction of essential nutrients for cannabis growth – during each phase of plants’ life cycles – is necessary to produce a successful and repeatable crop. Essential Nutrients for Growing Cannabis…

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Water Treatment Solutions for your Cannabis Greenhouse

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Major water quality considerations and ways to treat your water for optimal greenhouse production. When it comes to irrigation, cannabis cultivators get their water from a variety of sources. Whether it’s well, surface, or municipal water, it’s important to have water treatment solutions in place to ensure optimal plant growth. If you’re reading this, you…

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Cannabis and Event Cancellations: Ways to Stay Safe and Engaged

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The global concern for the novice yet devastating virus known as COVID-19, or the Coronavirus, has knocked us all on our collective butts. Disrupting supply chains and causing major cannabis event cancellations, the cannabis industry, like the rest of the world, was not ready for this crisis.  From SXSW to CannaCon Detroit, if you were…

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compliance tips for cannabis businesses

By Bill Gunnison, Simplifya Managing compliance for a business in a highly regulated industry, like cannabis, can seem overwhelming. You have to manage onerous requirements for recordkeeping, reporting, inventory tracking, testing, packaging and labeling, and security systems. The list goes on. You also have to verify that every employee of the company is following the…

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Is cash at your dispensary becoming too much of a distraction?

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Is cash at your dispensary becoming too much of a distraction? Using automation and cash recyclers to improve efficiency and the customer experience. As cannabis sales skyrocket, and legalization movements continue to gain serious support, one thing remains clear when it comes to most dispensaries…cash is still king, and inefficient cash operations are almost a…

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How To Protect Hemp Plants From Deer Browsing.

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By Jennifer Smith, Deerbusters Deer Fence With the arrival of spring, outdoor hemp cultivators are excited to begin planting hemp seeds. Like other types of agriculturists, hemp growers face concerns about how they can protect their cash crop from deer browsing – after all, spring is prime season for deer movement; and they are hungry…

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Eliminating Microbials in Marijuana

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Eliminating Microbials in Marijuana If you’re in the cannabis industry, then it’s likely that microbial testing is a common term in your vocabulary. Specifically, testing for microbials in marijuana refers to the identification and restriction of dangerous microorganisms, such as pathogens, bacteria, yeast, E.coli, Aspergillus, and their byproducts. Like any agricultural product, cannabis is susceptible…

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Check Out New Cannabis Packaging Products from Technical Packaging

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With the passing of Proposal 1, marijuana is now legal in Michigan and growers across the state are looking for cannabis packaging products. Passing by a comfortable margin, Michigan is the first state in the Midwest to pass such a bill. But, consumers and growers alike shouldn’t assume that marijuana will be available immediately. The…

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How to Choose Cannabis Seeds for Healthy Plants

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So you’ve decided you want to grow cannabis. One of the most important and earliest decisions you’ll make is which seeds to use. A good seed contains the essential ingredients for a healthy, potent plant. Learning how to choose cannabis seeds doesn’t have to be complicated – learn the basic facts here. How to Choose…

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Top Benefits of Cannabis for Mental Health

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The overall attitude of lawmakers towards cannabis use is clearly changing, and many would say it’s about time! In addition to its desirability for recreational use, cannabis has been reported to help improve the lives and mitigate the symptoms of those living with various psychiatric disorders. The use of cannabis mental health and medical intervention…

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Anti-Inflammatory Cannabis Terpenes: What They Are, Why You Need Them

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We know you’re well-versed in the beneficial properties of cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). You know that they can help with stress, anxiety, pain, and inflammation. But, did you know that cannabis terpenes work together with CBD and THC to fight inflammation? Let’s dive into what anti-inflammatory cannabis terpenes are, what they do, and how…

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Common Cannabis Edibles Mistakes

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We are lucky enough to live in a time where cannabis is no longer an underground dirty little secret. It is now recognized as a wonder plant with medicinal as well as meditative properties. Smoking has long been the most common method of usage, and vaping has become a popular trend but many prefer the…

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March 2020: Recent Cannabis News

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The source for cannabis and CBD business owner education is CannaCon. Below, find recent cannabis news as of March 2020. NFL Proposes to End Marijuana Suspensions On February 20th, under a proposed collective bargaining agreement approved by team owners and circulated to players, National Football League players would no longer face the possibility of being…

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What are THCP and CBDP – and do they matter?

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With the ongoing legalization of cannabis products around the world, research potential has burst wide open. This recent “permission” to study the plant has led to an important discovery of two new cannabinoids: THCP and its partner, CBDP.  An Accidental Discovery On December 30, 2019, a group of Italian researchers published their study, A novel…

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This is How I Roll: Tips and Tricks to Roll the Perfect Joint

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The cannabis industry is on the rise, with states like Alaska, California, Colorado, D.C., Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington all already having fully legalized marijuana. Many other states have legalized medicinal marijuana, or have at the very least decriminalized it. The only states where cannabis remains fully illegal as of February…

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How to Market Your Cannabis Business on LinkedIn (And Why You Should!)

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When asked about the LinkedIn platform, many would answer that it’s a medium for career seekers looking to connect with businesses about open positions. That’s true, but LinkedIn has also become a major hub for professionals looking for valuable content in addition to making personal social connections. In fact, Business Insider’s Digital Trust Report determined that…

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Daytime vs. Nighttime Cannabis Use – Things to Consider

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Daily cannabis use differs from person to person. Unwind with a perfectly packed bowl after a long day’s work? Maybe you reach for a yummy edible or the methodically placed bedside vape pen as the day winds closed? Perhaps you’re more of the start the day off elevated, wake-and-bake, cannabis for breakfast type? With the…

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Must Visit Cannabis Tourist Attractions in the U.S.

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In 1936, the film Reefer Madness warned of all the inherent dangers of taking so much as one puff of a marijuana cigarette. But this isn’t 1936. This is 2020. And, finally, cannabis is starting to be recognized for the wonder plant that it is. Medical marijuana is now legal in 33 states, and 11 states have…

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The 5 Most Common Cannabis Growing Mistakes

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Cannabis farmers of today have perfected the art of creating gorgeous, large, healthy plants. Follow the precedents they set and avoid these common cannabis growing mistakes. Mistake #1: Too Much Water One of the common mistakes new growers make is to give the plants too much water. With farming, everything comes down to finding the…

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Cannabis and Wine: Agricultural Match or Not?

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Accounting for 89% of all American-made wine, Napa and Sonoma County help to make California the long-standing wine capital of the US. And there hasn’t been much competition for a mood-enhancing, psycho-active commodity in the great state of grapes either. That is until now. Today, 21st-Century winemakers find themselves at a new agricultural and economic…

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Why Face-To-Face Communication is Critical for Cannabis Brands

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When you are establishing yourself in the cannabis industry, you may wonder the best way to communicate with customers and start to gain a steady and faithful following. You see many industry leaders on YouTube or Facebook preaching the importance of their strains and cannabis in general and you want to get to that level.…

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How to Market Cannabis to Women

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Marketing cannabis to women entails more than just marketing to women. More specifically, marketing to women means marketing to different kinds of women, and not pigeonholing almost half of cannabis consumers. A March 2019 report called “What Women Want in Cannabis” from Headset, found women make up 1/3 of the cannabis market (around 31%); previous reporting found…

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Why Experiential Marketing Matters for Your Dispensary Design

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Learn How Experiential Cannabis Marketing Can Translate to Brand Loyalty and Increased Sales It seems everyone is trying to keep up with the momentum of cannabis legalization lately. State by state, government officials find themselves penning laws designed to legalize and regulate medicinal and recreational cannabis sales. The close of 2019 even brought legalization to…

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The Benefits of Hemp and Cannabis Testing

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With the legalization of cannabis spreading across the globe, and scientific studies of its medicinal and other benefits multiplying, it is becoming clear to all involved parties that hemp and cannabis testing is an important part of the equation. Testing is getting so much attention in fact, that ASTM International is developing standards for safety and…

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How to Protect Your Cannabis Business from Theft

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As you start your cannabis business, it’s important to take into account how you are going to ensure the safety of your product and employees. Regardless of the type of business or product, preventing theft is paramount to a successful and thriving business. The probability of theft is exponentially higher in the cannabis industry, so we’ve…

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Strategies to Maintain an Environmentally Friendly Cannabis Business

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Cannabis is big business. As legislation around cannabis begins to loosen, the economic impact begins to grow – and the use of medical marijuana, CBD, and hemp is no longer a hush-hush dirty little secret. It is a publicly recognized business that is projected to be a $22 billion industry by 2022. And while it’s…

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Simple Ways to Eliminate the Stigma of Weed

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Whether you’ve used cannabis for a while or new to the game, chances are you know and have dealt with weed stigma. It might have come from a family member, friend, boss or even just the public in general. It can be frustrating to deal with judgment from those around you when you know the…

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Newest Product Innovations for Vape Devices and How You Can Tell the Good Ones

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The most awful days of the vaping dilemma are likely behind the state-legal cannabis market, however many MJ firms are looking to innovate and enhance cannabis consumer confidence and combat the sales dip of vape cartridges from the recent wellness scare. Instances of tech-based services available to marijuana firms consist of: Supplying certificates of evaluation…

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Cannabis Stocks are Trendy – Are They Worth It?

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Cannabis stocks have been all over the proverbial map since their introduction in the market in 2018. At first, the buzz was unavoidable and hopes were high for great things to happen, more specifically in the soon-to-be legal Canadian cannabis market and with state by state buzz in the United States. Then in 2019, due to…

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An Unintended Consequence of Marijuana and Hemp Legislation

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Since the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, finally removing hemp-derived products from their schedule 1 status under the Controlled Substances Act, and with more-and-more states following the likes of Colorado, Vermont, and California by legalizing cannabis for medicinal and/or recreational consumption, hemp and cannabis farmers across the country are becoming increasingly more frustrated by…

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How to Get Your Ideal Cannabis Farm Job

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The cannabis industry is creating thousands of jobs each year. There are opportunities for direct sales, on-the-road careers, and cannabis farm jobs, just to name a few. This influx of new cannabis seasonal jobs is often called the Green Revolution and we expect it to grow as time goes on and legislation continues in favor…

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What We Know about Cannabis Industry Layoffs

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Once cannabis was legalized, the industry exploded. Everyone had been busy making plans while they waited for legalization and then took off running once it was legal. So, after all of the initial hiring and hype, why are there suddenly so many cannabis industry layoffs? Just like the road to legalization, it is a tangled…

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Cannabis Derived Terpenes | What’s the Difference and Why Should You Care?

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Plants have them. A few insects have them, too. But how much do we reallyknow about the molecules that give cannabis its distinct aroma, enhance your experience, and boast newfound medicinal benefits to boot? With legalization conversations sweeping across the nation, there’s been a lot of fuss around cannabis derived terpenes. Further, since the passage of…

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How to Plan for Unexpected Cannabis Business Expenses

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When setting up and running a business, some expenses are obvious. Space, supplies, and packaging are all necessary. Other expenses are not as obvious; here are some examples and how to plan for them may keep unexpected expenses for cannabis business from shuttering an entire operation. Unexpected Expense: Employees As business grows, it will become…

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Cannabis Gifts for Everyone in Your Life

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Cannabis is trending big time, so it’s no surprise that cannabis gifts are showing up on Christmas lists everywhere. Smokers, non-smokers, even dear sweet grandmothers are dreaming of a cannabis Christmas. We’ve gathered a list of great cannabis gifts for every person on your list. Smokers Marijuana and smoking devices would be the obvious choice…

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More Than Weed: How Cannabis-Centric Companies Partner for Success

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Cannabis is not a stand-alone industry. Aside from the manufacturing support needed to grow and sell cannabis in its purest form, partnerships are also essential for expanding the market and reaching buyers who are hesitant or not interested in consuming in the traditional ways. The year 2018 ended with cannabis-centric businesses beginning to test the…

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7 Leadership Tips for Cannabis Business Owners

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When you think of the terms “leader” or “leadership” you may immediately think of the CEO, President of a company, or a superior of some sort. We always hope people carrying these titles can also live up to the term “leader”, but that’s certainly not always the case. In fact, many people who are not in…

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Top Technology for Indoor Cannabis Cultivation

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Advancements in indoor cannabis cultivation occur seemingly every day, especially as new markets open and the range of need increases. For example, the recent winner of the 2019 Cannabis Startup Competition was Trella Technologies, LLC for developing an indoor farming technology that aims to train plants to grow horizontally. Or consider the highly demanded Seedo, which is an…

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The 5 Most Common Struggles of New Cannabis Businesses

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Many entrepreneurs are excited to profit from the budding multi-billion-dollar cannabis industry. One way entrepreneurs can avoid the most common struggles in new cannabis businesses is to ask those who have gone ahead of them. These cannabis insiders not only know the challenges, but they have also overcome them. Save time, money, and energy in…

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How to Make Your Cannabis Brand Stand Out Among the Crowd

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It’s a fact: Cannabis is one of the hottest industries out there and it’s only getting hotter. Sales of legal cannabis in the U.S. amounted to $10 billion dollars in 2018.  That’s billion, with a “B”. And, according to Grand View Research, the global legal marijuana market is expected to reach over $66 billion by…

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Highlighting Female Leaders in the Cannabis Industry

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It’s no secret that the legal cannabis and CBD market is booming in 2019. As the plant gains more attention for its healing properties, and the industry pushes for Federal legalization it’s no surprise to learn that there are some powerful women in cannabis behind the scenes ensuring that we have access to safe, beneficial…

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How to Build a Financial Plan for Your Cannabis Business

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When starting and evolving a cannabis business creating and continuously revising a business plan is a proven key to success. At the basic level, your business plan should include your business goals, methods of attaining those goals, and a timeframe to achieve them. In reality, business plans are typically much more detailed and include financial…

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How to Leverage Social Media Influencers for Your Cannabis Business

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Cannabis users and businesses are on the rise, so one would expect the markets to become quickly saturated with ads, promos and deals, right? Wrong. Government regulations have a stronghold on what is and is not acceptable for cannabis businesses to reach out to their potential clientele. It can be difficult to navigate the advertising market…

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11 Steps for a Successful Indoor Cannabis Harvest

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Producing a successful indoor cannabis harvest requires knowledge, patience, and resources. Although tips may vary depending on strains and geography, below are eleven universal steps to aid in the process. Step 1: Plan ahead. Consider the site and create an optimal layout that accommodates worker flow and cleanliness protocols, as well as how plants, products and…

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Top 10 Reasons to Exhibit at Trade Shows

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When it comes to marketing strategies, every little bit of promotion counts. In an era of digital marketing, sometimes the best thing you can do for your brand is personalize your cannabis product with an exhibit at a trade show. So the question shouldn’t be ‘why a trade show?’ but instead ‘why not a trade…

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What We Know about Vape Lung

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Vaping is the act of inhaling aerosolized liquid nicotine or flavors from a device; despite the name, no vaporizing occurs. The liquid heats up, becomes aerosolized into millions of tiny droplets, and is then inhaled. Device liquids or cartridges can be purchased from authorized stores or from unauthorized, black market sources, such as dealers or…

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The Healthiest Ways to Smoke Cannabis

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One big conundrum with marijuana consumption for health is that the most popular way to ingest it is to smoke it, and adding anything to your lungs can be dangerous. As cannabis use becomes more popular, healthier, more efficient ways of using cannabis will develop. In the meantime, what are the healthiest ways to smoke…

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Things to Know About Cannabis Financing

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Financing for cannabis businesses is not as standard as some other industries where a business plan, a meeting with a local large bank, and underwriting time will usually secure a business loan. For entry into the marijuana trade, bank financing is not probable, as all major banks are regulated by the federal government which considers…

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The Ins and Outs of Labeling CBD

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One of the most confusing aspects of owning your own CBD business is determining which information should appear on the labels. How to keep up with your CBD label design is a common discussion among CBD business managers as laws and regulations change frequently and marketers recommend changing those labels regularly as well. People who…

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6 Tips to Get Noticed at a Cannabis Business Conference

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CannaCon is the nation’s leading business-to-business cannabis conference, making it the perfect place for you to meet others in the industry, make connections, and get your products noticed. Whether this is your first cannabis business event, or you are a trade show veteran, we’ve compiled the top tips for standing out among the crowd. 6…

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How to Get a Cannabis Degree

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Now that the cannabis industry is booming, people are searching for ways to learn about cannabis, the products made from the plant, and the ins and outs of the industry. Many people want to know if universities offer cannabis degrees or marijuana education. Students are just beginning to understand the myriad of ways that they…

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Marijuana and Exercise: A Match Made in Heaven?

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Those who use marijuana on the regular are often depicted as a cartoon-like caricature of a coach-potato “stoner” whose only movement is the frequent arm bend of shoving munchy foods into their mouth. But as funny as that character is to watch in movies or on TV, like any stereotype, it’s not always the case.…

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Cannabis Beverages You Should Try Today

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As the cannabis market evolves alongside legalization, methods of consumption diversify to appeal to a wider base. A sizable portion of the population interested in consuming marijuana has turned to edibles; the range of products and varieties grows daily. Projected numbers for the cannabis edibles market is $4.1 billion by 2022. The recently released Cannabis-infused Edibles…

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How to Become a Budtender in California and Beyond

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New marijuana legislation is sweeping through the United States, and dispensaries are popping up everywhere. Cannabis jobs have quadrupled since 2016, with the most budtender postings showing up in California. If you’ve been contemplating a job in the cannabis industry, there’s no better time to get started. We’ve got the 411 on how to become…

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All About Cannabis Tourism in the Northwest

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As more states and countries abroad begin to legalize the use of cannabis, the need for yet another industry arises—cannabis tourism. Cannabis Tourism in the Northwest Geared toward recreational cannabis users who are eager to mix travel with cannabis pleasure, the budding industry of cannabis tourism is on the rise. If you love cannabis and…

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Weed at Weddings: What’s the Deal?

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Okay, let’s get real: It’s not like weed at weddings is a new, unheard of thing. If you’ve ever attended a wedding reception, or at least one where the bride and groom were a couple in their 20’s or 30’s, you most likely at some point would smell the distinct and pungent scent of marijuana…

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6 Mistakes Cannabis Business Owners Make (and How to Avoid Them)

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Starting any new business can be a scary endeavor. The involvement of cannabis can make it even trickier because of the industry’s short history and its often-changing regulations. Many people still hold a negative view of cannabis because of the long-standing prohibition on its use. Read on for the 6 most common cannabis business mistakes…

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The Difference between Cannabinoids and Terpenes (and why it’s important to know)

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Each industry is accompanied by a unique set of terminology. Often cited in cannabis news, discussion, cultivation, and retail are terpenes and cannabinoids. The definition of these terms is highlighted here, as well as their importance to marijuana and connection to each other. Interest in these compounds grows daily: in early 2019, the federal government announced…

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Cannabis Packaging Tips to Increase Your Business Success

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Now that cannabis products are fueling big businesses, plastic baggies just don’t cut it anymore. Businesses have to design effective cannabis packaging, and the process is more complicated than it is for less controversial products.  The packaging of cannabis products has several different jobs. The design and logo must grab a customer’s eye, and the…

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5 Common Misconceptions about CBD

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Separating the terminology, legality, and benefits between CBD and cannabis is no small task. Storefronts and online ads advertise constantly and yet questions formulate and evolve without resolution. To further the gap, there is often a disconnect between those in the industry and the curious public. Below are five common misconceptions about CBD and some…

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10 Reasons to Attend a CannaCon Event in Your Area

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As Cannabis grows in popularity, so does the need for information about the industry, its products, technology and legalities. And let’s not forget about the business of producing, marketing, selling, and operations. But what happens at cannabis events? Check out these 10 reasons you should attend a CannaCon event in your area. (Why not register…

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How to Use Networking Events To Your Advantage

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In today’s business world, networking events are critical in helping cannabis business owners make sales. If you haven’t had the opportunity to participate in a cannabis networking event, you might be wondering why they even matter and how you can use those gatherings to your advantage.  How to Use Cannabis Networking Events to Your Advantage…

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Marijuana Pipes 101: The Basics of Style and Material

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As marijuana becomes legalized across the United States, we want to help you understand the options, styles, durability and materials available in marijuana pipes. Marijuana Pipes 101: The Basics of Style and Material There are so many types and styles of cannabis pipes on the market today. One thing is for certain, some pipes are simple…

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What Is the National Cannabis Industry Association?

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The National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) is the largest national trade organization in the legal cannabis industry with a focus on assisting cannabis businesses. In 2010, marijuana policy reform leaders Aaron Smith and Steve Fox founded the NCIA following the 2009 release of the Ogden Memo.  In the Ogden Memo, the Justice Department directed its…

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Live from CannaCon Northeast in Springfield, Mass.

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Another CannaCon, another crop of newcomers educated and excited to join the budding cannabis industry. CannaCon Northeast 2019 drew crowds from Massachusetts, New York, Maine, Rhode Island, Connecticut and throughout the New England region. The 2019 CannaCon Northeast conference was held in Springfield this year in an effort to be more central to all New…

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Learn from Top Cannabis Leaders this week at CannaCon Northeast

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CannaCon has become known for attracting the best and brightest in the cannabis industry to educate attendees on all aspects of marijuana businesses. From cultivation to legal to financial and more, cannabis business leaders throughout the United States flock to CannaCon to help grow this new massive industry through cannabis business seminars, cannabis production seminars,…

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Springfield City Guide

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Attending CannaCon Northwest 2019? Use the following Springfield city guide when planning your trip. The word “Springfield” most often brings to mind the town in which the animated characters of “The Simpsons” live, but today we are talking about a different and non-fictional Springfield. As the third-largest city in Massachusetts and fourth-largest city in all…

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The State of Cannabis Legislation & Licensing: Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah

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Below is a compiled listing of marijuana legislation and cannabis business licensing in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah. Vertical growing is a growing trend within the cannabis industry. This practice of producing plants in vertically stacked layers or vertically inclined surfaces previously hit a particular roadblock of distance required between plants and high-pressure sodium…

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The Ins and Outs of Transporting Cannabis

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**Legal Disclaimer: This information in this article is not intended to be used as legal advice. We recommend that you seek the advice of a qualified attorney or legal representative in your state prior to transporting cannabis.** As marijuana becomes legalized across the U.S. for both medicinal and (in some states) recreational purposes, it is…

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The State of Cannabis Legislation & Licensing: Washington, Oregon, California

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The following is a list of marijuana legislation and cannabis business licensing in Washington, Oregon, and California, as of January 7, 2020.  Firsts are ever-present in the cannabis world but a new proposal in California includes furry friends. The bill would allow veterinarians to recommend medical cannabis products for pets, furthering last year’s state regulators…

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Things to Know Before Applying for Your Cannabis Business License

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You’ve decided to start your own cannabis business. Good for you. Not only is the cannabis industry relatively new, making it a great option for new business owners, but it’s also a valuable resource for its customers. Owning your own business is far better than working for someone else any day so be proud of…

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The State of Cannabis Legislation & Licensing: Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas

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PBS recently released a series under their News Hour segment entitled “The Green Rush” which is a review of the cannabis industry in the United States, including legalization, attitudes, and benefits plus challenges. The insight provided includes information from researchers, experts, and financial analysts and focuses on the latest wave of cannabis legalization. The following…

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How to Market Your Cannabis Business on Social Media

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Cannabis entrepreneurs encounter extra challenges when it comes to cannabis business marketing on social media. Cannabis social media platforms must follow federal and international laws, which can sometimes conflict with each other and local and state regulations. As a cannabis business owner, it’s important to focus on the details when marketing your cannabis business on…

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The State of Cannabis Legislation & Licensing: Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee

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The following is a summary of marijuana legislation and cannabis business licensing in Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee, as of July 2019. Eleven U.S. states and Washington, D.C. have legalized recreational cannabis use. Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar from Minnesota doesn’t think states individually mandating is the best course of action. Rep. Omar called on the federal…

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Questions to Ask Before Starting a Cannabis Grow

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Before you throw yourself into a full cannabis grow, it’s important to educate yourself on the steps involved. If you want to be successful long-term, you’ll need to plan ahead. You can do so by asking the following questions before starting a cannabis grow. Is a Cannabis Grow Legal? The first question you want to…

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Things To Consider Before Starting a CBD Business in 2019

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The CBD market is undergoing exponential growth. Many are clamoring to understand this magical golden oil, and word-of-mouth marketing has people buying CBD oil for everyone from grandma to the family dog. If you’re thinking of joining this fast-growing CBD industry, read this introduction to starting a CBD business in 2019. How to Monetize CBD…

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The State of Cannabis Legislation & Licensing: Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Washington, D.C.

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Newly introduced to the cannabis world within the education sector is the nation’s first master’s degree program in medical cannabis through the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. Both on campus and online, classes in this two-year program will include basic science, clinical use, adverse effects and public health, and federal and state laws and…

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Live from CannaCon Midwest 2019 in Detroit

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The COBO Center is all abuzz with cannabis businesses and the next crop of people looking to enter this booming industry. Check out some photos from Day 1 Live from CannaCon Midwest 2019 in Detroit. But not to worry! If you missed it this year, we will be back in 2020. CannaCon is THE cannabis…

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Why CannaCon is Essential to Michigan’s Cannabis Industry

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Life changing opportunities as significant as Michigan is currently laying the groundwork for are not something people see come along very often. Cannabis might be the last new major agricultural commodity introduced to economies worldwide. Whether we are talking about medical marijuana, adult-use marijuana or industrial hemp, the market in Michigan is expected to grow…

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The Business Side of Cannabis: What to See, Do and Learn in Detroit

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We have already taken a look at what CannaCon Midwest attendees can do, see and learn on the production side of the cannabis business. Now let’s examine the business side and the ancillary services you can explore at our Midwest cannabis business conference. If you have never attended a cannabis expo show, especially one of the traveling CannaCon conferences, you will likely be surprised at the vast array of businesses that have forged a niche for themselves in this burgeoning industry.

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The State of Cannabis Legislation & Licensing: Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota

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If you are starting a cannabis cultivation or marijuana-related business, then it’s wise to pay attention to the latest cannabis news. Cannabis legislation is consistently developing throughout the United States, creating opportunities for business owners everywhere. But every state is different, especially when it comes to cannabis business licensing. CannaCon is heading to the Midwest…

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Cannabis Production: What to See, Do and Learn in Detroit

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Plant a Seed at CannaCon Midwest If you’ve never attended a cannabis conference, you may wonder what it’s all about. Some imagine big groups of people sitting in a circles, smoking joints and listening to the Grateful Dead, or floral-crown-wearing hippies burning incense and dancing in a drum circle. That’s cool, but that’s not CannaCon.…

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Oklahoma: The Pioneering Wild West of Weed

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Learn more about the Oklahoma Cannabis Market — the Wild West of Weed. What comes to mind when you think of Oklahoma? Cows? Buffalo? The Pioneer Woman? The musical Oklahoma? Choctaw Native Americans? For me, it’s a broad expanse of freeway that seemingly stretches into oblivion, guarded by some of the cruelest Highway Patrolmen I’ve…

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How the Cannabis Industry is Re-Imagining Child-Resistant Packaging Design

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Child-resistant packaging using push-and-twist caps has remained the same for about fifty years. With the legalization of cannabis for recreational use in some states and medical use in others, a new wave of creativity and innovation has been unleashed in child-resistant cannabis packaging. Child-resistant packaging is receiving a makeover. The need for specific types of…

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Tips to Reduce Anxiety and Get Some Sleep | Try Cannabis for Anxiety

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According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety is the number one mental health condition plaguing Americans today. It affects some 18% of adults, which equates to about 40 million Americans. That number may even be higher due to people either not knowing that they have the condition or not seeking treatment. Anxiety can…

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10 Absolutely Surprising Reasons to Visit Oklahoma City

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Many destinations come up often when U.S. travelers are looking for somewhere to go that’s different, offers a lot to do and has a tasty culinary scene. My bet is that Oklahoma City doesn’t come up very often in those conversations or reviews. In fact, when we mentioned to friends that we were going to…

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CannaCon Oklahoma City to be Largest Cannabis Expo State Has Ever Seen

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CannaCon Oklahoma City to be Largest Cannabis Expo State Has Ever Seen March 25, 2019 OKLAHOMA CITY: Oklahoma’s medical marijuana industry is proving to be one of the fastest growing in the nation with The Marijuana Business Factbook projecting that Oklahoma’s medical marijuana market has the potential to generate $150 – $250 million a year…

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The Unique Challenges Cannabis Beverages Present the Industry

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New Cannabis Markets Mean New Users Imagine walking into your local supermarket and picking up a six pack, but instead of beer or hard cider, you’re holding cannabis infused drinks, complete with THC content labels and highlights of specific terpenes listed on the packaging. This cannabis beverages reality may not be as far off as…

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6 Common Cannabis Packaging Issues – and How to Avoid Them

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Cannabis Packaging Issues Today The cannabis packaging industry, as a whole, is facing unprecedented packaging demands. Rarely before has a product had so many uses or come in so many packaging formats. This creates several roadblocks when it comes to developing child-resistant packaging, catering to consumer needs and creating a safer market as the industry…

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Terpene Profiles in Chocolates

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The 2019 CannaCon Seattle is coming soon! CannaCon and True Terpenes are partnering to share a recent study on altering terpene profiles in chocolates using new techniques. A group of researchers were reviewing and developing new techniques to process chocolate. They explain that chocolate production is a complicated process that is primarily done on industrial…

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How Can A Cannabis Track and Trace System Impact the Cannabis Industry?

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What is a Cannabis Track and Trace System? The relative novelty of the medical and recreational cannabis sectors has enabled regulators and companies within these spaces to harness new and effective product oversight and distribution strategies. States that have already legalized recreational sales have become great incubators for fresh thinking and concepts that could have…

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Effective branding is one of the most valuable parts of any business

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Without a doubt, effective branding is one of the most valuable parts of any business; cannabis or otherwise. Your brand represents not only how you see your company, but how others do as well. Your customers, your competition, and everyone in between knows and understands your company through the lens of your brand. You may…

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Public Perception of Marijuana: Then vs Now

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A Then vs. Now look at the public perception of marijuana: When Ralph W. Emerson went on to describe it as “a plant whose virtues have never been discovered”, marijuana was “nature’s worst mistake” and its use second only to blasphemy. The 1960s witnessed raging altercations on the use/abuse of weed between the cantankerous older…

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Seattle City Guide: Stuff Around Town

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Seattle City Guide: Stuff Around Town On a sunny day, the view West from the zenith of Melrose Avenue on Capitol Hill is majestic: sunlight reflections glitter in windows of high-rises, the Space Needle complements the skyline of buildings and cranes dotting downtown to Denny Triangle, and the dome of the sky opens to meet…

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Seattle City Guide: Pubs, Grub & Caffeine

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Seattle City Guide: Food & Coffee Whether you’re seeking late-night indulgent gut bombs, a sampling of fine Pacific Northwest seafood, Spanish tapas, Hawaiian poke, Japanese umami, or Mexican cuisine inspired from numerous regions, Seattle is a rich culinary destination with resplendent choices for every palate. Here is our guide for Seattle pubs, grub, and the…

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Seattle City Guide: Most Lit Dispensaries

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Seattle City Guide: Cannabis Dispensaries In the seven years following Washington’s I-502 marijuana ballot, world-renowned strains have emerged on the legal market—just as dispensaries have flourished throughout Seattle and greater Washington. Washington’s cannabis industry now includes some of the most innovative brands, strains, companies, and products in the United States. CannaCon was founded to connect…

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5 Unexpected Ways to Use Cannabis in Your Everyday Life

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Unexpected Ways to Use Cannabis in Your Everyday Life History of Cannabis The history of the use of marijuana for medical purposes is much more ancient than the legislation of those countries where it is prohibited. Healers of India and the Middle East in the 18th century BC used cannabis as an anesthetic, anticonvulsant, and…

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7 Types of Cannabis Buyers That Will Dominate the World

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Think All Cannabis Consumers Are Alike? You couldn’t be more wrong… Each cannabis consumer has a different purpose for using cannabis. If some use cannabis for recreational purposes, some others use it for medicinal purposes and many others are first-timers. Whether the customers come back to the dispensary to purchase cannabis will depend on the…

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Which Cannabis Vaporizer is Right For You?

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Viva la Cannabis Vapes! The vaping revolution is in full swing, and shows no signs of slowing. More and more people are jumping onto the vaping bandwagon every day. But, all these new recruits are not always aware of the different options available to them. As the demand for vaping has increased, so has the…

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Benefits of Cannabis for Mental Health

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A look at the mental health benefits of cannabis related to depression, anxiety, PTSD, stress & more. A Cannabis State of Mind The well-being of the mind is as important in today’s world as physical fitness. There was a time when mental health was quite ignored and not given much emphasis. However, there has been…

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Where to Stash Your Cannabis Business Cash

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Cannabis Business Banking Restrictions The demand for secure banking services for cannabis businesses has risen drastically since recreational use became legal in Washington State in 2012. FDIC insured banks are obligated to obey federal laws making it impossible for these canna-businesses to obtain basic checking accounts from more traditional financial institutions. When canna-businesses tried opening…

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How To ‘Treat’ My Pet with CBD in 7 Easy Steps

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CBD Oil for Pets… Not Just for People Anymore You may be wondering how anyone in their right mind can give cannabis to an animal? Well, in this special CannaCon edition of #FarmsNotPharms, we swan dive with a twist into the rabbit hole known as the wonderful world of cannabis as it pertains to the…

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Getting the Most Out of an Organic Soil

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You’ve been pricing different potting soils, trying to decide which one to invest in; how do you choose? Let’s look at important factors to consider when choosing an organic soil. Our first piece of advice is not to buy high-priced soils that “contain mycorrhizae.” Beneficial fungi are great, but they can’t live in a bag…

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The Importance of Soil Biology

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Soil is much more than “dirt.” Healthy soils can be seen as a living entity. It contains a diverse, living, ecosystem composed of organic (living) and inorganic (non-living) matter. The importance of soil biology is often overlooked, but it is extremely important to ensure your soil has all the components it requires so it can…

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How an Integrated POS Can Save Your Cannabis Dispensary

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Have you ever wondered how governments quickly pinpoint the exact batch of spinach causing the recent E. Coli outbreak? It’s all thanks to strict food safety and traceability requirements enforced by the Food & Drug Administration and other government entities. Traceability is a necessary piece of many industries, cannabis included. But its necessity doesn’t diminish…

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The Terpene Profile of the Apple

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The weather is beginning to cool off and the first day of Fall is this weekend. That means the leaves will be turning and apples season is here. In honor of the occasion True Terpenes is presenting a look at the terpene profile of the apple. To begin with apples, just as many plants like basil…

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How to Grow the Best Marijuana Yield

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Every marijuana grower wants to know how they can get the best marijuana yield possible. After all, we grow not only for the love of growing but also for that sweet bud at the end of the grow season. It’s also in many people’s best interests to be able to weigh the cost and return…

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Dispelling The Myths: The Importance Of Flushing Your Plants Before Harvest

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The following blog on plant flushing is a guest post from Advanced Nutrients. The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in the text belong solely to the author, and not necessarily to the CannaCon organization, employees or other related individuals. Within the world of cultivation, there seems to be debate over the topic of plant flushing.…

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We have come a long way

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We have come a long way as an industry. Our founder and CEO Bob Smart started out as a grower. Here is a very comprehensive blog he posted way back in 2004 detailing the progression of his grow under the alias Agent 86. “It’s kind of interesting that online journals and guys like me…

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Optimize Google My Business: Drive Local Customers To Your Dispensary

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As legal marijuana steps ever closer into the national limelight, cannabis entrepreneurs will do well to harness the marketing power of Google My Business, a free and user-friendly tool that helps businesses and organizations manage their internet presence across all of Google’s offerings, including Maps and Search.   There are an estimated 450,000 local dispensary…

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Med vs Rec: Whose side are you on?

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Med vs Rec Cannabis: Whose side are you on? Anyone involved in the cannabis community has been asked this question. This question has turned friends against each other, ripped businesses apart, destroyed reputations, and divided a community. In states like Washington where there once was a booming medical marketplace, with farmers markets, ample patient co-ops…

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What It Really Takes to Grow A Brand in the Cannabis Industry

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We’ll give you a hint, it rhymes with calls. Cannabis branding, you know it’s a “real” thing when Adweek starts writing about it. Snarky sarcasm aside, there is something to be said when one of the most influential publishing platforms in advertising starts posting articles on best practices to brand your bud. And while this…

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Grow Room CO2 Enrichment

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Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is in the air we breathe, typically around 300-400 ppm (0.03-0.04%). In an enclosed grow room cannabis plants can use all of this within just a few short hours. Without CO2, photosynthesis slows to a snail-like pace, photosynthesis is the process that plants use to synthesize foods from carbon dioxide and water…

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Accelerating Cannabis Root Growth With Beneficial Microbes

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Here’s how you can stimulate expansive root growth in your cannabis plants — which means bigger crops — by utilizing the power of beneficial microbes. As cannabis growers, it’s easy to get so focused on our crop’s vegetation and flower growth that we lose sight of what we can’t see: Our plants’ roots. But the…

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How Social Media Marketing Can Help Your Cannabis Business

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At Paris Marketing, we think cannabis is pretty dope (insert picture of a pot leaf with a smiley face and sunglasses, here.), but more specifically, we think successfully marketed canna-businesses are. So, let’s talk about how you can market your cannabis business on social media. Sponsored Social Media Updates are a No-No: For other industries,…

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Is Organic Farming Sustainable?


As more people express concerns about GMO foods, many are turning to organic fruits, vegetables, and medicinal plants. The organic food market continues to rise in popularity among Americans of all backgrounds. As such, many farmers are transitioning to organic farming. While many American farms are still controlled by corporations or semi-government organizations, there is…

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A Tipping Point for Cannabis in the United States?

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Early last Wednesday morning, my phone lit up with calls from Oklahoma attorneys, accountants, and other interested parties who wanted to speak me about the results of Tuesday’s Oklahoma primary elections. A very liberal medical marijuana bill had passed in the state primary election. Not only was this the first cannabis referendum to be included…

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Four Ways a Dry Trim Machine will Help You Out

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The debate over machine trimming your weed versus hand trimming has been around since machine trimmers came on the market. Hand trimmers have long argued that machines will destroy the trichomes and terpenes. With some of the machines on the market, that’s true. However, if you carefully select your dry trim machine, you can increase…

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How Does Your Packaging Affect Cannabis Shelf Life?

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So, you have opened a new dispensary, and you wish to provide the best quality cannabis available, or you like to stockpile and buy some variety. The problem that you face now is that you don’t necessarily know best practices regarding packaging. Keeping all your packaging branded correctly is one thing, but choosing the correct…

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Preventing Powdery Mildew

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Cannabis crops are susceptible to a variety of potential issues in regards to molds and fungus. Powdery mildew is spread by airborne transmission, making the need for a continuous disinfection of the air systems necessary in order to prevent potential contamination. Mold and bacteria are microorganisms that attack and destroy crops and there are over…

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Breathe Easy | Stop Indoor Air Pollution

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Most people are aware of the harmful emissions and fumes we are exposed to as soon as we step out the door to live our day-to-day life. Frankly, while we may want to pause and take a deep breath – the air we breathe leaves a lot to be desired. Air quality varies from location…

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Beneficial Microbial Compost Tea

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Bring your soil back to life with microbial compost tea. The soil-food-web refers to a series of conversions of energy as organisms live and consume one another within the underground soil environment. When organisms decompose complex materials, or consume other organisms, the nutrients are converted and are made available to plants and other soil organisms.…

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Americans for Safe Access (ASA)

Americans for Safe Access (ASA)

The medical cannabis advocacy organization Americans for Safe Access (ASA), recently released its annual report entitled “Medical Marijuana Access in the United States: A Patient-Focused Analysis of the Patchwork of State Laws.” Its conclusions are worth noting. The report examines the status of states that have passed medical marijuana laws, and grades them on a…

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The Total Cost of Cannabis Lighting Ownership

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Lighting is a critical piece of cannabis industry, and LED lighting is revolutionizing bloom room lighting. Based on AEssenseGrows research, the US bloom light market opportunity (new installation + replacement) looks like this: $41M in 2017 $76M in 2018 $112M in 2023 As expenditures on grow lights mushrooms, cannabis entrepreneurs would fare well to do…

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Letter from a Drug War Soldier: Part Three

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The Gathering of “The Tribe” On a sunny Seattle Saturday, in the middle of Westlake Park, a group of fifty or so people greeting each other with hugs and I miss you, the smell of essential oils and marijuana in the air. Business men and women, mothers, fathers, farmers, producers, bud tenders, patients who can’t…

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Standardized Inventory & Client Management in the Cannabis Industry

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Standardized Cannabis Management Software is Essential to Your Long-Term Success. One big area of opportunity for cannabis producers is the standardization of their inventory, order and client management. Often times you’ll see cultivators and extractors sending their inventory or receiving orders from buyers in various formats such as PDFs, Excel and Google docs, emails, texts,…

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Flip Your Grow

flip your grow | cannabis industry

According to, if you flip something you make a profit out if it. The same could be said in our industry for the term “flip your grow.” There are a several good reasons for operating on a “flip.” This basically means to never run all your grow rooms on the same schedule. Why is…

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Letter from a Drug War Soldier: Part Two

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When we think about the “victims’ of the war on drugs I’m sure what comes to mind for most people is drug cartels hastily smuggling hundreds of pounds of drugs, through a rusty hole on a battered fence line, with nothing but a shiv, a semi-automatic weapon, , and the look out. Or maybe a…

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Boston City Guide

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Attending CannaCon Boston? Check out our Boston City Guide. Walking Boston’s cobblestone-lined streets of historic colonial-era Beacon Hill with its 17th and 18th century Federal rowhouses is an inspiring trip through the history of the American Revolution. Brick buildings, narrow sidewalks, and gas-lit lamps provide a serene backdrop for reminiscing on the intentions of our…

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