Category: Opinion

A wake-up call for the legal industry

November 1st, 2019

The summer after my freshman year in high school, I spent a month visiting my Black Sheep Uncle (we all have one). We stayed up late, ate junk food, listened to his old comedy records (on vinyl!), watched movies my parents would frown at and stopped most afternoons at his…

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Living the Dream: Jodie Haines

October 27th, 2019

The market felt the hit for sure, and the shortage is palpable. Our farm is situated in a tight valley, and we did not have any hemp within miles of us last season. This year we do, and as I drive by, noticing the males towering over the ladies out…

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To heal injustices, the cannabis industry needs diversity

October 25th, 2019

  The people of the United States are finally waking up from the long nightmare of cannabis prohibition. For almost a century, fear mongering and misinformation have been used by those in positions of power to demonize one of the most useful plants that the Earth has provided and to…

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Living the Dream: Stephanie Lorah

October 20th, 2019

My work at Prime Wellness requires me to be more hands-on than at my previous job, especially since I was promoted to inventory and fulfillment manager in August 2019. We’re a grower/processor, so I have to be on top of the entire process, from when the plants are babies through…

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Living the Dream: Shawn DeNae

October 13th, 2019

Our second red flag was caused by our breezeway cover. I wrote in the April 2018 issue of Marijuana Venture that because the state does not consider our activities agricultural in nature, building departments are forcing factory (F1) building codes upon cannabis growers. We were approved to build two grow…

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To invest or not to invest?

October 10th, 2019

A friend of mine sent me a message a few weeks back, asking if I thought it would be smart to invest in marijuana or CBD. My short answer was “no.” For the vast majority of people looking to invest for retirement, to put money away for their children’s education…

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North American investors feel heat from the equator

October 8th, 2019

The cannabis industry alarm bells are sounding again. The most recent alarm? Colombian cannabis farms. Both U.S. investors and growers alike are facing threats from the newly legalized medical marijuana market in Colombia. While Colombia only allows the production of medical marijuana oils and extracts, not the sale of dried…

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Living the Dream: Lynsi Sheckler

October 6th, 2019

Being in my position isn’t always rainbows and butterflies. Known as the “fun sucker” in the building, I am constantly on top of every move we make in our business. Not only do I need to monitor regulations set forth by the state Department of Health, we must also abide…

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My Advice to Women in Cannabis

October 3rd, 2019

When Lightshade was started in 2011, the cannabis industry in most markets was still very much in its infancy. When we opened our first location, our customers were overwhelmingly men. As our customer demographics have started to balance out, so has the interest of women in joining our young industry.…

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Countdown to RAD Expo

October 1st, 2019

Last month I wrote a piece called Marijuana 2.0, discussing some of the inevitable changes that are occurring in the cannabis industry. In a nutshell, my take has always been that changes are inevitable in any new industry and, no matter what those changes are, there will be winners and…

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