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U.S.: Hemp Public Relations Launched; Specializes In Marketing For Marijuana Industry

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Hemp Public Relations, LLC ( www.hemppublicrelations.com ) is a new firm that says it will help individuals & businesses in the legal marijuana industry to achieve greater visibility in the public eye through the media.

The company is founded by Mark Goldman and Ryan McCormick, accomplished public relations professionals who are also the creators of New York-based Goldman McCormick PR ( www.goldmanmccormick.com ) and Legal PR Team ( www.legalprteam.com ).

“The marijuana industry is growing rapidly and experiencing a wider public embracement on a national level," said Mark Goldman, co-founder of Hemp Public Relations. "Entrepreneurs who seize the opportunity to make a positive impression on the masses now, stand to gain generational loyalty and years of successful business.

"We created Hemp Public Relations specifically for these businesses,” Goldman said.

According to Goldman, Hemp Public Relations' services include TV, radio and newspaper placement, press conferences, and digital media placement. Hemp Public Relations also offers custom radio show creation, promotion, and production.

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U.S.: Law Enforcement Officials Tour States To Lend A Hand To Drug Policy Reform Initiatives

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As the midterm election approaches, representatives of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) are hard at work educating voters about the need for drug policy reform in states with relevant initiatives on the ballot.

A pair of police chiefs, Retired Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper and sitting Police Chief Larry Kirk, are in Alaska, where voters are about to weigh in on an initiative to legalize, regulate and control marijuana (Measure 2). The two went to seven towns between them, from Anchorage to Kodiak, to educate voters on the public safety benefits of legalization.

In the meantime, a former prosecutor and a retired lieutenant sheriff are doing a similar tour of Oregon (Measure 91) and a former police officer and former Customs agent are speaking to Florida voters about medical marijuana (Amendment 2). These tours have included meetings with civic clubs, conversations with the media and debates with opponents.

D.C.: Council Holds Hearing On Marijuana Legalization In Nation's Capital

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Policy Experts and Advocates Testify in Favor of Directing Proceeds from Taxation to Communities Harmed by War on Drugs

Hearing Occurs Just Days Before Voters Decide on Marijuana Legalization at Ballot Box

D.C. Councilmembers Vincent Orange (D-At Large) and Jack Evans (D-Ward 3) on Thursday are holding a joint public hearing on legislation introduced in 2013 by Councilmember David Grosso (I-At Large) that would establish a system which legalizes, taxes and regulates marijuana in the nation’s capital. Councilmember Orange chairs the Committee on Business, Consumer, and Regulatory Affairs and Councilmember Evans chairs the Committee on Finance and Revenue.

The hearing specifically examined sections six through nine of the “Marijuana Legalization and Regulation Act of 2013” (Council Bill #20-466), and took place Thursday at 11 a.m. in Room 500 of the D.C. Council Chambers located at 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. in Washington, D.C. Advocates provided testimony in support of using the proceeds from legalization towards rebuilding the communities harmed by the war on drugs.

U.S.: NugMedia Upgrades Cannabis Advertising Network With Geo-Targeting and Keyword-Targeting

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Enables Companies Serving the Cannabis Community to Deliver Ads to Highly-Targeted Audiences

NugMedia, a company that operates several popular cannabis culture-themed websites including TheNug.com, on Wednesday announced that the company has introduced geo-targeting and keyword-targeting capabilities that enable advertisers to increase click-through rates (CTRs) by delivering the right ads to the right audiences at the right time.

NugMedia says it is the first publisher network serving the cannabis community to feature geo-targeted ads, keyword tracking and ad placement analytics that ensure the highest CTRs for advertisers. NugMedia said it will utilize geo-targeting, keyword tracking and ad placement analytics for all clients, both current and prospective.

Advertisers will benefit from higher follow-through traffic and greater conversions on their ads, according to NugMedia. Publishers will benefit from targeted ads that provide higher click-through rates, which in turn results in greater revenue, according to the company.

"The ability to effectively deliver ads based on audience location and behavior has eluded the cannabis marketplace for far too long," said John Oram, director at NugMedia. "We predict a substantial spike in our advertisers' click-through rates now that we are able to target the optimal audience for each product or service they offer. Each ad will be served to the right audience based on location and relevant content."

New Jersey: Voters Have Opportunity To Fix State's Broken Bail System

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Public Question No. 1 Would Usher in Comprehensive Bail Reform To Increase Public Safety and Improve Justice for All

Advocates across the New Jersey have launched a campaign to support Public Question No. 1 on November 4. Public Question No. 1 asks voters to change the New Jersey Constitution to give judges the ability to deny bail to dangerous suspects and will usher in comprehensive bail reform in New Jersey.

The proposed Constitutional Amendment also authorizes the Legislature to pass laws to operationalize the amendment — an important action that the Legislature has already accomplished. At the same time that the Legislature passed the resolution to put the bail reform question to the voters, it also passed, with bi-partisan support, groundbreaking legislation to comprehensively reform New Jersey’s broken bail system.

This legislation only goes into effect if the Constitutional amendment on the ballot wins a majority on November 4.

A report released early last year found that on any given day, nearly 75 percent of the 15,000 individuals in New Jersey jails are awaiting trial rather than serving a sentence. The average length of pretrial incarceration for these individuals is more than ten months.

U.S.: Exchange Company For Cannabis Industry Called First of Its Kind

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Steve Janjic, CEO of Amercanex, says his company is the first fully electronic marketplace in which licensed wholesale and retail distributors of cannabis can sell, buy or exchange their inventories on a fully disclosed market.

The core function of the marketplace is to ensure fair and orderly transactions, as well as efficient dissemination of price information for any product bought, sold or exchanged on the electronic cannabis marketplace (ECM), according to Janjic.

Thirty-seven states and the District of Columbia have either legalized or decriminalized some form of marijuana use or possession, or are in the process of doing so, according to Janjic.

“The patchwork nature of marijuana legalization on the local, state and federal levels creates problems for buyers, sellers and users,” says Janjic.

“Amercanex has already created solutions to regulate the buying and selling of marijuana in Colorado, which has major implications for the entire country, from capturing lost tax revenues to influencing voters in states where marijuana use is on or coming to ballots.”

Janjic, the former global director of eFX Sales and Distribution for Tullett Prebon, one of the world’s largest institutional brokerage firms, says Amercanex will ensure a completely neutral, non-manipulated marketplace while strictly adhering to and centralizing regulatory and reporting requirements to local and regional regulatory authorities.

U.S.: Marijuana Freelance Network Announced By Ganjapreneur

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Ganjapreneur — an online cannabis business resource that launched over the summer — has announced the launch of a "Freelancer Network" on its website. An official launch date for the project has not been set, but Ganjapreneur has outlined several of the features.

This network will be made publicly available and will be free to use. Freelancers who join the network will be able to create a listing using their real name or a pseudonym, describe their specialty and location, upload a biography and/or personal statement, and provide a contact email address.

The listings will be organized in a directory and categorized by service type. Businesses will then be able to use the directory when searching for freelancers for projects that require specific skill sets, and creative agencies who want to take on cannabis industry jobs will be able to recruit people who are interested in cannabis-related work.

The Ganjapreneur Freelancer Network will include categories such as web developers, graphic designers, copywriters, SEO experts, social media marketers, videographers, animators, and programmers.

Unlike many other freelancer networks, Ganjapreneur will not take a percentage off the top of projects organized through its network, and it will not require freelancers to manage all communications with their clients through its website.

U.S.: Ganjapreneur Now Accepting Marijuana Job Postings

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With the addition of their new "Post a Job" page, Ganjapreneur has entered the world of online job boards geared toward the marijuana industry. The website launched their marijuana industry job feed several weeks ago, which up until now has merely aggregated links to jobs had been posted around the web. With the new form, employers will be able to fill out their own job posting to be published on Ganjapreneur's website and Android app.

"This is just one small feature of what we're building out," a Ganjapreneur spokesperson said. "Ultimately we're going to be a lot more than a simple job board.

"We're aiming to be a business hub for the industry as a whole, so naturally, helping people find careers related to cannabis and helping employers reach out to potential employees is going to be a big part of that," the spokesperson said. "But we have many more features in the works that will be coming out soon."

All jobs listed by Ganjapreneur are available both on their website and their recently-launched Android app. Ganjapreneur has announced that their app will also be available in the Apple App store in the near future.

The website announced its official launch over the summer, and has since published a large number of news articles, business editorials, and interviews with cannabis industry pioneers.

U.S.: New Marijuana Market Research Report Predicts $21 Billion Legal Cannabis Market By 2020

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GreenWave Advisors, LLC, a newly established independent research and advisory firm serving the burgeoning marijuana industry, on Tuesday released its inaugural research report, “The GreenWave Report: State of the Emerging Marijuana Industry – Current Trends and Projections.” The firm estimates that retail marijuana industry sales could reach $21 billion by 2020 and separately, suggests that if marijuana is legally sold in all states and D.C. by 2020, the consolidated market for retail medical and adult use sales could total $35 billion in the first full year of a federally legalized market.

The firm is the first to provide a state by state bottom up fundamental analysis of the U.S. medical and adult use marijuana retail markets. The analysis also provides a first glimpse of the similarities in reported results in the legalized markets thus far.

“We are pleased to offer investors the first independent, comprehensive, detailed and transparent look at the market potential of the retail marijuana industry,” said Matt Karnes, founder and managing partner at GreenWave Advisors, LLC.

In the upcoming election, Florida residents will vote on a measure to legalize medical marijuana and the citizens of Alaska, Oregon and the District of Columbia will decide on full legalization. “We want investors to be ready for the imminent changes that will profoundly impact investment strategies in the marijuana industry”, Karnes said.

'Iowa Marijuana Company' Posters Just A Prank

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By Steve Elliott
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Posters advertising an "Iowa Marijuana Company" which appeared on buildings this week in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City are apparently just a merchandising prank, according to authorities.

Two posters appeared on Tuesday on the outside of a storefront in Cedar Rapids showing ears of corn in the shape of a cannabis leaf, reports Dave Franzman at KCRG-TV9. The posters were on an empty building currently for lease, and hate the date 10/01/15, implying the Iowa Marijuana Company would start operations then.

John Wasta, who owns the building with his brother, said they were told about the posters on Tuesday; the posters were removed from the front glass. Wasta said he kept one in his office as a souvenir.

"I've got all my employees running around looking at websites," Wasta said. "But it's just cute."

The pranksters created an Iowa Marijuana Company website complete with photos of the stores supposedly coming soon to Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and even Clinton. One of the same posters appeared on an outside door at a building in Iowa City.

Wisconsin: Patients Receive Oregon Medical Marijuana Authorizations at Harvest Fest

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Forty-eight Wisconsin medical marijuana patients this year got their Oregon medicinal cannabis authorizations at the annual Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Fest. "But wait," you may be thinking. "They live in Wisconsin, not Oregon." That's entirely true -- but according to those in the know, having an out-of-state medical marijuana authorization gives these patients some legal cover should the police come calling.

The authorizations were issued by THCF Medical Clinics at the Harvest Fest as part of something called The Ben Masel Project. Masel was a famous Yippie activist based in Madison who started the Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Fest; he died suddenly from cancer three and a half years ago.

"The Oregon permit has saved several people in Wisconsin from arrest," THCF founder Paul Stanford told Hemp News. The fact that Oregon issues permits to out-of-state patients has been helpful to those in Wisconsin and other non-MMJ states, according to Stanford.

"This weekend, we helped 48 patients in Wisconsin get Oregon medical marijuana permits, bringing in almost $10,000 in state fees for the Oregon Health Authority," Stanford told us. "Really, the Wisconsin Legislature should act to help its sick and dying patients, and keep those funds in Wisconsin."

Stanford said speaking at the Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Fest, the 44th annual event, "is an old tradition" for him. "I first spoke here in Madison 25 years ago, in 1989, and I came back and spoke again in 1990 and many years since," he told us.

U.S.: Marijuana Business News App Debuts On Google Play

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For anyone considering going into business in the legal cannabis industry, a new free tool has arrived to the Google Play marketplace designed to make it easier to keep informed about industry news and developments. Ganjapreneur, a cannabis industry business news and culture website, has recently launched a mobile app designed to keep aspiring "ganjapreneurs," or marijuana entrepreneurs, up to date about the latest headlines and happenings that are relevant to the growth of the industry.

The app is broken down into several sections, including a news feed with categories such as "Business" and "Politics," a job feed which aggregates employment opportunities from several online cannabis industry job boards on a daily basis, and a section that features interviews with prominent business owners and investors who are already operational with their endeavors in the marijuana industry. While cannabis enthusiasts who use Android devices may download the app in its current form, iPhone users will have a similar opportunity in the near future: Ganjapreneur has put up a notification that the app will also soon be available in the Apple App Store.

Oregon: Portland Hempstalk Festival Moves to Tom McCall Waterfront Park This Weekend

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It's a go for the 10th annual Portland Hempstalk Festival; after months of delay, city officials have finally issued a permit for this weekend's event.

"Event coordinators for the Portland Hempstalk annual festival are proud to announce the City of Portland has issued our permit for this weekend's event (September 27-28) at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland, Oregon," a press release from the Campaign for the Restoration and Regulation of Hemp (CRRH) reads.

Hempstalk advocates decriminalization of cannabis for medicinal, industrial, and recreational use. Founded in 2005 by The Hemp and Cannabis Foundation, the festival features live music, guest speakers, food and goods vendors and information booths.

This public event has always been free to attend, with a suggested donation of $10 per person.

Featuring three stages, the Jack Herer Main Stage, the newly added Green Goddess Stage, and the Elec-Chronic DJ Stage, the bands, music and informational guest speakers are sure to inspire and inform attendees.

Already confirmed on the musical bill for 2014 are Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, John Trudell and Bad Dog, Herbivores, Los Marijuanos, Poet and Cannabis Advocate John Sinclair, The Sindicate, J Mack and Big Dub, Bad Habitat and more. To view the complete line-up, check out http://hempstalk.org/festival/lineup

U.S.: Marijuana Industry Job Listings Added To Ganjapreneur Website

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Ganjapreneur, a website dedicated to cannabis business news and professional content, has announced the addition of a cannabis industry job listings section to its website. The job listings will be generated primarily via third-party platforms where cannabis growers, retailers, and ancillary businesses post their employment openings.

Ganjapreneur's stated goal is to provide one location for aspiring ganjapreneurs to see all of the industry job postings each day.

Ganjapreneur hopes to compile a comprehensive overview of the legal marijuana job market. With positions ranging from Budtender to Delivery Driver, the professional opportunities in the burgeoning cannabis industry are unique and can often be fiercely competitive.

By publishing in-depth content, a weekly newsletter, and extensive interviews with prominent marijuana professionals, Ganjapreneur says its primary goal is to keep its readers up to date on the latest developments and opportunities related to the cannabis industry.

Last week, Ganjapreneur announced the first segment of an interview with Matt Brown, founder of Denver-based marijuana tourism company My 420 Tours. The interview was conducted via audio, and a transcription is available for reading on the Ganjapreneur website.

U.S.: Marijuana Slang Dictionary Open To Public Submissions

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For anyone who prides themselves on their knowledge of marijuana subcultures and slang terms, there is now an "open source" outlet to share this knowledge with others. Ganjapreneur, a website dedicated to entrepreneurs and investors in the cannabis industry, has recently announced a marijuana slang dictionary that is open to the public.

The website publishes news articles and editorials intended to keep "ganjapreneurs," or anyone who is pursuing a career in the newly-legal cannabis industry, informed about the state of the industry as a whole. The site offers original content as well as curated headlines via other websites that directly relate to the business of cannabis itself.

With the launch of the Marijuana Slang Dictionary, Ganjapreneur marks its first foray into user-generated content by inviting the public to submit their favorite slang terms and phrases for inclusion. Entries to date include "420," "cheeba," "bongwater," and numerous others. Users may search the dictionary for a specific term, or browse by category.

The slang dictionary currently includes categories such as "stoner phrases," "paraphernalia," and "units of measurement" to categorize its growing collection of slang terms and cannabis-related phrases that are commonplace in the industry.

A representative for the website explained that the dictionary is intended to be both informational and entertaining. "If you read through some of the example usages for the different terms, you can see that the writers had a lot of fun with the whole thing," he said.

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