Category: Opinion

Why the 50 stars will triumph over a single maple leaf

February 19th, 2019

Last October, I was in Canada speaking at a convention for international lawyers just days after the country’s bold move of legalizing marijuana. Mexico is also on the path to federal legalization, and more and more countries are joining in the global end to prohibition. I wondered: Has the United…

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Living the Dream: Mike Hayes

February 17th, 2019

When asked why we have too much inventory, the answer is usually, “It was a great deal for the flower type we needed” or “Customers are asking for it” or my favorite, “I had to buy more to receive a better discount.” In the end, we are left with too…

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The Importance of Focus

February 12th, 2019

In Washington and Colorado, the legal, adult-use marijuana industry is now about five years old, and Oregon and Alaska aren’t far behind. It’s been a remarkable time and a lot has been learned. There have been some good stories, but also plenty of bad ones. If I were to weigh…

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Living the Dream: Danielle Rosellison

February 11th, 2019

Don’t worry … it has a happy ending. As I have started to exude authenticity (with a smile and gritted teeth), I have encountered an overwhelming amount of support. Random phone calls checking in on me. Text messages in all caps (presumably) yelling, “DON’T GIVE UP!” My team believes in…

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Living the Dream: Shawn DeNae

February 10th, 2019

This happened in conjunction with reading an article highlighting that these extremely common plastic tubes do not recycle, as believed. They are apparently too small for the recycling machines to catch so they tend to end up in landfills. PROBLEM! The hunt to solve these dilemmas began. I found a…

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Often imitated, never duplicated

February 5th, 2019

What is Interchange? Maybe it’s better to start by saying what Interchange isn’t. It’s not a traditional trade show. It’s not a giant giveaway event for brands to hand out promotional items. It’s not a budtender party or a dab carnival or a music and comedy festival. Interchange is simply…

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Living the Dream: Helen Cho

January 27th, 2019

Here in Hawaii, there is a lot happening inside and outside of Aloha Green Apothecary. Like many other states, major developments are drastically changing the landscape of our industry. Our biggest change will be reciprocity, which will open our market to visitors. We cannot overstate how big of a deal…

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Living the Dream: Matt LaScala

January 20th, 2019

I prefer to use beneficial control organisms wherever possible for several reasons: they provide the most prolonged control for almost all life stages of the pest organism they are controlling; they can move and relocate with changing pest populations; and they are completely sustainable. Coming from Arizona, a medical state,…

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The Strain Remains the Same

January 15th, 2019

A few Fridays ago on my way home from work, I stopped at my usual cannabis retailer to pick up a little something for the weekend. I like to cover my bases, so I tend to buy a sativa-leaning hybrid for day use and as-heavy-an-indica-as-I-can-get for a nightcap. I picked…

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Living the Dream: Shawn DeNae

January 13th, 2019

Our ever-evolving methods over the past seven years have successfully dealt with thrips, fungus gnats, aphids, russet mites, twospotted spider mites, botrytis and powdery mildew; you name it, we’ve had it and managed them with safe and approved methods. This is what works for us at Washington Bud Company: –…

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