Category: Opinion

Marijuana Venture’s progress

April 13th, 2017

Publishing Marijuana Venture and SunGrower & Greenhouse has been a ton of work and a lot of fun. For three years, our small crew of less than 10 has toiled away to create two fast-growing magazines that are enjoyed throughout the professional cannabis industry. From the onset, we decided to…

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Black Tie Couriers

April 1st, 2017

Black Tie Couriers of Seattle was one of the first businesses in Washington to receive a transport license and began legally moving marijuana around the state in early January, allowing producers and processors to focus on their business instead of shipping their product to store shelves. Based on the distribution…

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Marijuana taxes exceed the state’s own estimates

March 16th, 2017

How often do you hear about government underestimating something like taxes or the amount of money required to complete a project? If you answered “never,” you probably think like most people. As crazy as it sounds, when it comes to the tax revenue generated by legal marijuana in Washington State,…

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The value of a good attorney

March 9th, 2017

As Marijuana Venture’s long-term readers already know, this magazine has blazed a trail when it comes to disseminating valuable business information for the cannabis industry. At times, it’s caused some irate responses from people who disagree with my point of view. However, to me that’s a sign that we’re saying…

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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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