Category: Opinion

5 questions to ponder

February 27th, 2017

  After several years of legal marijuana cultivation and sales, there are still many unknowns and questions. Here are several subjects that regularly come up in the discussions at the Marijuana Venture offices.   What really causes mold and mildew on marijuana? The conventional thinking is that mold and mildew…

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Pioneers and Settlers

February 16th, 2017

Several years ago, right after Washington and Colorado voted to legalize recreational marijuana, I had a meeting with some of the attorneys at the Garvey Shubert Law Firm (GSB Law) in Seattle. We were discussing the best ways to structure marijuana businesses and how to protect owners from possible problems…

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Did the federal government accidentally legalize marijuana?

February 14th, 2017

Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution gives Congress exclusive jurisdiction over the District of Columbia. In 1973, Congress began delegating municipal powers to elected officials, including a mayor and city council (Home Rule). However, as Washington, D.C.’s legislature, Congress retained the right to overturn, modify, repeal and impose local rules at will. In 1998,…

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Rick Garza Q&A

February 1st, 2017

Marijuana Venture: Several states have recently adopted legalization efforts either for recreational or medical purposes. Have you been involved in helping other states establish regulations?   Rick Garza: It’s kind of been a fascinating ride for the last couple years. We’ve probably met with 26 states, eight countries and in…

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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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