Women Grow, a professional networking organization for women leaders in the cannabis industry, is partnering with the Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition (CWCBExpo) in Los Angeles to produce 15 business-focused educational sessions at the September event.
CWCBExpo in LA will take place September 16-18 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
The Women Grow tracks at CWCBExpo in LA will feature leading industry experts from the Women Grow Speaker's Bureau. These women and men will draw on experience to share entrepreneurial insight with the next generation of industry professionals.
Topics include "Upcoming States for New Licenses;" "Future Billion-Dollar Segments: Pets & Skin Care;" "New Technology for Efficient Grows;" "What Women Want From the Cannabis Industry;" and "Capitalizing on the Senior Market While a Providing a Service."
"Women Grow's ongoing partnership with CWCBExpo is an exciting opportunity for us to educate and inspire the next generation of cannabis industry leaders," said Jazmin Hupp, cofounder and CEO of Women Grow. "By offering expert-led educational programming that focus on the topics that matter to new entrepreneurs, we are setting the stage for the industry's long-term success."
Women Grow's national leadership team will be in attendance at CWCBExpo in LA, according to Hupp. They will network with attendees and share insights on investment, cultivation, retailing, brand marketing, advocacy, and more.
By Steve Elliott
Hempstalk 2015 is on! The Portland City Council on Thursday voted to grant Hempstalk a permit for its 2015 festival at Tom McCall Waterfront Park downtown. "We will have our Hempstalk festival," said organizer Paul Stanford.
The Council, on a 3-1 vote, overturned the Portland Parks Bureau's earlier decision to deny the permit, reports Andrew Theen at The Orergonian. The Police Bureau also opposed Hempstalk, a free 11-year-old festival which celebrates and advocates the legalization of marijuana and industrial hemp.
The lone "no" vote came from Commissioner Amanda Fritz, who oversees the Parks Bureau.
The decision means Hempstalk 2015 could occur around the same time as the first legal sales of recreational marijuana in Oregon, on October 1. "If I had my preference, it would be the first weekend of October," said Hempstalk organizer Stanford of the Campaign of the Restoration and Regulation of Hemp (CRRH).
Parks officials, meanwhile, claimed the event is set for September 26 and 27. Stanford said he had "no idea" where they got that date.
"It sounds like this event was imperfect," said Portland Mayor Charlie Hales on Thursday. "It sounds like there were some people smoking marijuana there." But Mayor Hales added that most large events in Portland are imperfect.
It took a year to happen, but on Sunday, August 16, history was made as the Brownie Mary Democrats of California received by unanimous vote of the Executive Board of the California Democratic Party, their statewide organizational charter.
"BMDC now joins only four chartered statewide organizations in representing the interests of its members to the Democratic Party," said Lanny Swerdlow, RN, president of the Brownie Mary Democratic Club of Riverside County.
"I would like to thank all of you who took a minute and sent the California Democratic Party an email of support for the BMDC application," Swerdlow said. "Although there was no opposition of any kind to the application, the 66 supporting emails were duly noted and indicated to the Party the widespread support for marijuana law reform and for the Democratic Party to take a leading role in bringing marijuana prohibition to an end.
"Not only was there no opposition, but when approval of the application for the Brownie Mary Democrats of California was announced as part of the consent calendar, hundreds of people gave it a spontaneous round of applause which they had not really done for much of anything else that was announced as part of the consent calendar," Swerdlow said. "It seems Democrats like marijuana or at least ending marijuana prohibition.
By Steve Elliott
While internationally renowned astronomer Dr. Carl Sagan never publicly acknowledged his use of marijuana during his lifetime, the bestselling author and host of the popular TV series "Cosmos" did enjoy cannabis frequently and enthusiastically in private -- and he eventually convinced his straight-laced friend, Harvard psychiatrist Dr. Lester Grinspoon, to join in.
This happened, mind you, after Dr. Grinspoon, in 1967, had decided to research this marijuana stuff thoroughly enough to convince his best friend -- who was, you guessed it, Sagan -- to stop using the stuff, reported David Bienenstock of Motherboard in 2013. But what happened when Grinspoon visited the Harvard Medical School library, preparing to put together well-referenced argument against marijuana, was that he discovered he'd been brainwashed on the subject, as had just about everyone else in the United States.
Dr. Grinspoon encountered considerable pressure at Harvard to leave the subject of cannabis alone, but he didn't yield in his quest. In 1971, he published Marihuana Reconsidered to document his findings. The book, which described a decades-long government propaganda campaign to keep marijuana illegal, became a bestseller.
Melissa Etheridge, Grammy and Academy Award winning singer-songwriter, will be a keynote speaker during the Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition (CWCBExpo), September 16-18 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles.
Etheridge's much anticipated keynote address will take place on Thursday, September 17, at 2 pm. The CWCBExpo in LA is an event for the legalized and medical marijuana industries.
“I was extremely honored to be asked to speak at the CWCBExpo because as a cancer survivor, who discovered the unparalleled medical benefits of cannabis during my recovery, I feel very passionate about helping to remove the negative stigma and educating people about its real medicinal value,” said Etheridge.
“We are thrilled to have Melissa Etheridge Keynote at CWCBExpo in LA,” said Christine Ianuzzi, managing partner of Leading Edge Expositions, LLC, and show director for CWCBExpo. "Not only is she an iconic rock star, but also a very successful entrepreneur and advocate within the legalized cannabis industry. Her historic keynote will be enormously well received and very captivating."
Known for her confessional lyrics and raspy, smoky vocals, Melissa has remained one of America’s favorite female singer-songwriters for more than two decades. She began her distinguished musical career in 1988 when she stormed onto the American rock scene with the release of her critically acclaimed self-titled debut album.
By Steve Elliott
Home cannabis growers in Alaska need a way to enter the legal marijuana market, a group of advocates said Tuesday at the first public hearing dealing with legal marijuana businesses in the Fairbanks North Star Borough.
"Most of the entrepreneurs are wanting to start a small boutique-sized facility in their home," said Shuan Tacke of Fairbanks, treasurer of the Alaska Marijuana Industry Association, reports Amanda Bohman at the News Miner. "No one would even know that it is next door to them as they don't even know now most of the time."
Tacke was among seven people to testify before the Planning Commission on an ordinance, 2015-41, which defines which zones allow cannabis dispensaries and companies.
Under the measure, no marijuana commerce would be allowed in residential zones. The Borough Assembly will have the final vote on the measure.
The details of the measure, according to deputy planning director Kellen Spillman, are:
• Heavy industrial zones are the most permissive for marijuana commerce. Cultivation, testing, manufacturing and retail would be allowed in heavy industrial zones.
• Cannabis cultivation would be allowed in agricultural and general use districts, but large facilities would be conditional and involve public hearings.
• Retail cannabis stores would be allowed in commercial and industrial districts.
Ganjapreneur has published an interview featuring Chloe Villano, a serial entrepreneur from Colorado who has become one of the most esteemed cannabis business consultants in the country.
The interview focuses on Chloe's position as the founder of Clover Leaf University in Colorado, the first state-licensed private cannabis trade school in the country, and on her work with Clover Leaf Consulting.
Chloe discusses what first brought her into the cannabis space and demonstrates the wide variety of classes and services offered at Clover Leaf University.
“I believe it’s not just the education itself but how you teach it that is important,” Villano said. According to Chloe, the University has plans to launch a host of new online courses as well as an international platform.
The interview also covers how the complicated transition from medical to recreational cannabis in Colorado has affected the industry.
"I think the Colorado legislature has done a remarkable job making the transition as smooth as possible for these businesses," Villano said.
The full interview is available on the Ganjapreneur website.
The Green Exchange, Inc. has launched the world's first online marijuana store. This innovative portal allows California dispensaries or collectives to view available cannabis inventory, connect with growers, make purchases direct from the farm, or place a bid via a unique online auction platform.
The Green Exchange is free to use, and there are no contracts, fees or obligations. Dispensary owners or managers are invited to visit the website and try it out.
The new system also provides an automatic social media notification, so when a dispensary obtains cannabis, a message can automatically be sent to the dispensary's Twitter and Facebook followers, notifying them that a new selection of cannabis is available.
In this regard, the website also functions as a sales and marketing tool that gets the word out to dispensary patients and potential patients – all free of charge.
The Green Exchange was developed by a group of cannabis industry veterans, who have been growing in Mendocino County for more than 10 years.
"We think it's important for everyone to know that we are not Wall Street outsiders or Silicon Valley Executives, looking to make a fast buck in the marijuana industry," said Joshua Artman, cofounder and CEO of The Green Exchange, Inc. "We get our hands dirty every day.
"We know how to grow a quality product," Artman said. "And now, through an innovative, web-based system, we are able to offer this product directly to dispensaries, with no middleman or markup."
By Steve Elliott
Keith Richards likes to wake and bake. "Wait... I need a NEWS STORY for this?" You may be thinking. But the guy's 71 now, and he quit cocaine a decade ago.
"I smoke regularly, an early morning joint," Richards told Mojo Magazine. "Strictly Californian."
Richards, who lives in a home in Sussex, England, which he bought in the 1960s and has a Manhattan apartment, praised the legalization of cannabis in some American states, reports The Telegraph.
"One of the most pleasant things to watch is a map of American [showing states where pot is legal], where it goes, green... green... green," Richards said. "Whether it's a good thing in the long run, I don't know."
Richards gave up cocaine back in 2006 after falling out of a tree and undergoing brain surgery. He said he hasn't taken heroin since 1978. He still drinks, he told Mojo, but "other than that, I'm pretty straight."
According to Richards, the Stones may return to the studio at the end of this year.
Photo: High Times
In an effort to expand their production and improve the quality of their products, MMJ America, a supplier of medical marijuana in Colorado, invested in a greenhouse. The facility was equipped with environmental control systems, custom designed for their specific application based on ideal growing conditions.
The company was able to test and verify the marijuana growth in their newly designed greenhouse, compared to their historical method of indoor growing. Identical sized propagated plants were placed in the marijuana greenhouse and under supplemental lighting at the same time. The vegetative plants are seeing anywhere from 30 percent to 80 percent increases in size and weight after just 6 weeks, according to MMJ America.
Malek Noueiry, the general manager of production at MMJ America’s multi-facility operations, said he was very surprised at how dramatic the growth was in the marijuana greenhouse. “The plant growth was so much faster than what is typical in an indoor grow, so we had to adjust our fertigation to double the amount of nutrients that plants were capable of absorbing,” he said.
MMJ America hired Rough Brothers to design, supply, and install the greenhouse systems to support the controlled environment. The greenhouse was covered with high quality diffused glazing material specifically chosen to allow deeper sunlight penetration into the canopy of the marijuana plant. The control system operates the fertigation, daily light integral (DLI), temperature, and humidity.
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New Campaign Aims to Deepen Public Knowledge about Medical Marijuana
Americans for Safe Access (ASA) on Wednesday launched "The Truth About Medical Marijuana" educational website and accompanying event series. The Truth About Medical Marijuana will focus on emerging issues in the area of medical marijuana, including understanding the research behind the medicine, emerging policies issues surrounding cannabidiol (CBD) and consumer safety issues.
During each of the next three months, event hosts will focus on these issues and prepare attendees to share that information with politicians and key decision makers, as well as providing tools to counter misinformation in the media.
“With the majority of Americans living in states that allow at least some kind of medical marijuana it’s time to move beyond rhetoric and headlines and foster a genuine understanding of this too often misunderstood medicine,” said Steph Sherer, ASA executive director. “With the Truth About Medical Marijuana, we’re filling a void by giving people straightforward explanations of the science behind medical marijuana and explaining how medical marijuana relates to them and their families.”
Medical marijuana policy has recently undergone a significant series of developments with the passage of several new state laws in a short period of time. In total, 40 states, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the District of Columbia allow some legal medical use of marijuana.
By Steve Elliott
The amount of THC in Sandra Bland's system was negligible, and equal to placebo, according to neuroscientist Dr. Carl Hart, who has spent nearly 20 years researching the neurophysiological, psychological and behavioral effects of marijuana.
"Of course, the scientific evidence almost never supports these fantastic distractions," Dr. Hart said. "Yet, the 'drug-crazed black person' myth continues to be revitalized decade after decade by racists masquerading as public servants."
"I find this line of reasoning insulting and offensive," Dr. Hart said. "It seeks to misuse the science of behavioral pharmacology to excuse reprehensible acts perpetrated by the state or state proxies."
"As part of my research, I have given thousands of doses of marijuana to people and carefully studied their immediate and delayed responses," Dr. Hart said. "And I have never observed a marijuana-induced violent and self-destructive attack or anything remotely similar to the summer reefer madness put forth by desperate public officials."
"Bland's levels were well below the THC levels that I have found necessary to induce intoxication," Dr. Hart said.
"It was Encinia who behaved irrationally and escalated the situation, not Bland," Dr. Hart said. "There is no indication that she was under the influence of marijuana or that it caused her to behave foolishly.
Ganjapreneur last week announced that they are accepting applications for guest contributors who wish to share their own experiences navigating the tumultuous cannabis industry via the rapidly-expanding website.
As an online marijuana business resource, Ganjapreneur is committed to providing its readers with the best possible information and news regarding the cannabis industry. However, the best insights often come with experience, and for that the team behind Ganjapreneur is reaching out to their readers, many of whom are entrepreneurs in the cannabis space or professionals in a related industry.
Becoming a guest contributor means more than just sharing your knowledge with the public, according to Ganjapreneur: it affords you a unique opportunity to establish your expertise with the Ganjapreneur audience. All contributions will include an “About the Author” section with a photo of the author (if desired), a short professional bio, and a link to the author's website or social media profile. If the contribution is made by a business or organization, a brief description will be used instead.
Guest contributions will require a rigorous editing process before they are accepted. Guest articles will be published on the Ganjapreneur website, broadcast over the organization's social media channels, featured in its weekly newsletter, and made available via the Ganjapreneur mobile app.
A simple marijuana possession charge in a small Nashville suburb back in 2005 changed the career trajectory of a small business owner and songwriter. When he saw firsthand how the system handles those convicted of what he saw as a victimless crime, Chief Greenbud decided to share his experience.
After writing several songs on the subject and posting them online, he was asked to perform for a local chapter of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. Ten years later the Chief is releasing his fourth album and has amassed over 1.7 million followers on his social networks.
Chief Greenbud's latest CD, "Chief Greenbud Volume 4" is set for physical and digital release on August 25.
The Chief said he's especially proud of the title, saying “I've spent a lot of time thinking about it. We've had multiple meetings brainstorming ideas to come up with the perfect name to represent what we're putting on the CD. I feel that we captured its essence,” he noted lightheartedly.
“There are several songs that I am excited for people to hear," Chief Greenbud said. "‘Everybody Gets High’ is an upbeat anthem that every stoner will be able to groove to and sing along with.”
Another song on the disc is 'iBake', about a regular guy who likes to smoke a little weed but is fearful of what may happen if he is caught. As the lyrics state, "I can’t wait for the day when my state says okay, and I won’t waste a single minute being afraid I bake."
Public Service Ads By Award-Winning Creative Audio/Music House Designed to Educate the Public and Reform Harsh Sentencing Laws
After witnessing first hand the effects of the nation’s draconian marijuana laws, Howard Bowler, president of the award-winning audio post/music production company HOBO, is responding the only way he knows how -- through the power of sound. The company is launching a TV, radio and Internet public service campaign targeting states where measures to legalize marijuana are on the ballot.
HOBO’s creative team wrote and produced the ads that are available for free to any broadcast outlet and organization interested in this issue. All of the spots can be customized for local markets. Several regional radio spots have already been produced with input from the organization Regulate Rhode Island.
Click here to check out one of the radio spots entitled: "Master-Peace Theater.”
“The more I learned about the origin of prohibition, the more I realized these laws have a complex political history, are not based on science or health and yet their social impact is huge,” Bowler said. “Last year alone 700,000 people were arrested on marijuana related charges. That’s more than for all violent crimes combined.