Category: Opinion

Cannabis in 2017

January 10th, 2017

As we enter the New Year, it’s an exciting time for the legal marijuana industry. Four more states have approved recreational cannabis, and now nearly 60% of U.S. residents live in states that allow medical marijuana. Despite foreboding cabinet selections from President-elect Donald Trump, it’s obvious that the industry is…

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Driving Dangers

January 2nd, 2017

  A young man works as a gardener for a state-licensed, legal cannabis farm. He spends his days watering and trimming marijuana plants. Some days he’s on packaging detail or spends hours rolling joints; other days he might transplant several hundred clones. By the end of an eight-hour shift, his…

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The BIG Jack Black Interview

December 28th, 2016

  Musician, actor and comedian Jack Black recently took time out of his busy filming schedule in Hawaii to speak with Marijuana Venture about the legalization movement and the possibility of someday being directly involved in the cannabis industry. In addition to his notable film roles, including Tropic Thunder, School…

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2016 Gift Guide

December 25th, 2016

Marijuana Venture presents its annual Gift Guide, highlighting the goofy, the practical and the outlandish items that are perfect for the cannabis entrepreneurs and enthusiasts on your holiday shopping list. Updated every day until Dec. 25! Aspen Canyon Ranch Thirty miles south of Silverthorne, Colorado and bordering the Arapaho National…

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Trump vs. Clinton, Booze vs. Pot

December 15th, 2016

This year’s election was one for the ages, with a huge amount of money spent, venomous insults shot back and forth, and new lows in civility and behavior. As most Marijuana Venture readers can probably guess, my opinions were easy to predict on two of the biggest choices: I voted…

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Good Rewards

December 14th, 2016

Emily Reilly brought her passion for economic and social justice to the cannabis industry by founding Just Good Score, a ranking system for marijuana companies based on their environmental concerns, employment practices and other factors. Reilly says consumers increasingly want to know more about the companies they patronize, but in…

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The “S Word”

December 1st, 2016

After high school, I served four years in the U.S. Navy. It was something I wanted to do before college, and it was a great way to get my university education paid for with the GI Bill. I was stationed in San Diego on a guided missile cruiser called the…

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Cannabis and Public Relations

November 28th, 2016

With an estimated $6.7 billion in legal sales projected for 2016, accompanied by rapid changes in pro-cannabis public opinion and more states edging toward legalization, the cannabis industry has become a focal point of national attention. This presents great opportunities for intrepid entrepreneurs to help shape legislative policy and public…

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Before You Build: Electricity

November 9th, 2016

With any indoor grow operation, electricity is one of the major concerns for business owners. It’s the lifeblood of growing plants without sunlight, but it can also be one of the most significant drains on profitability. It’s a necessary evil for being able to grow perpetual crops year-round regardless of…

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Culture vs. Cultivation

October 18th, 2016

One of the interesting things I notice about the cannabis industry is that there seems to be two distinct categories of business owners: the really dedicated pot culture crowd and the new breed of entrepreneurs looking to make money in this highly competitive, market-driven industry. And these groups appear to…

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