Category: Features

White House statement sends shivers through industry

February 23rd, 2017

White House press secretary Sean Spicer sent ripples of concern through the recreational cannabis industry on Thursday when he said during his daily briefing that the Justice Department could potentially change its policy on enforcement of federal marijuana laws. “I do believe you’ll see greater enforcement,” Spicer said when asked…

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Weighing investments in an exploding industry

February 23rd, 2017

Early in 2016, industry leaders worried that too many marijuana ballot initiatives could spread resources too thin, leading to losses at the polls. November’s election, though, saw recreational or medicinal measures pass in eight of nine states. With multiple other states authorizing medical marijuana or new regulatory structures earlier in…

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Terra Tech

February 22nd, 2017

  Photos by Nina Monroy Cannabis growers spend a lot of time designing their grow facilities, managing their operating costs and nurturing their beloved plants. However, many in this industry overlook a piece that is essential to running a lucrative business: government affairs. Derek Peterson, CEO of Terra Tech, a…

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Classical Glass

February 17th, 2017

Because marijuana has been illegal for decades, there are no published guides from credentialed experts or universities that have studied the most efficient ways to grow commercial quantities of the cash crop. Most participants in the cannabis industry have minimal experience in commercial agriculture, and there is little consensus in…

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The Inconsistency of Potency

February 15th, 2017

As more states legalize marijuana for both medical and recreational uses, laboratory testing has increasingly become a critical component of the industry — and in some cases, even more controversial than the plant itself. Washington state, in particular, has made headlines over the past year with issues of doctored THC…

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Unlocking the Cannabis Genome

February 13th, 2017

Humankind’s understanding of cannabis genetics is about where the knowledge of human DNA was 20 years ago — a few juicy snippets of information have begun to trickle out, but the immense, industry-changing potential still lingers on the horizon. Today, genetics scientists can determine only a few things, like whether…

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Customer tosses display at employee at Washington rec shop

February 13th, 2017

An apparently intoxicated customer threw a display case of glass pipes and other merchandise at an employee Feb. 11 during an incident at the Higher Leaf recreational marijuana shop in Kirkland, Washington. According to the store, the customer in question entered the store with a female companion just after 6:30…

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What’s in your grow? Toucan Farms

February 10th, 2017

WATER For a hydroponic grow operation with the goal of producing “medical-grade” cannabis, everything about the facility must be kept as clean as possible. This approach has been the key to Toucan Farms being the first producer to meet the strict standards for Washington’s relatively new medical marijuana program. While…

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6 Tips for Branding

February 9th, 2017

The U.S. map looks a lot greener than it did just a handful of years ago. Washington, Colorado, Oregon and Alaska have recently been joined by California, Nevada, Massachusetts and Maine in the club of recreation-legal states, in addition to Washington, D.C., which allows possession, but still prohibits commercial sales.…

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Peggy Moore

February 8th, 2017

Peggy Moore led a double life during the tail-end of her 33 years at United Health Group. Moore spent her days taking conference calls on a headset, while racing around a downtown Denver kitchen, infusing brownies and chocolate chip cookies with canna-butter. “I was fortunate, certainly, in that I was…

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