California Opens for Recreational Marijuana Sales

Recreational marijuana sales in California officially began January 1. The most populous state in the nation, California is home to nearly 40 million people–and expectations are high that the state’s marijuana market will earn billions of dollars…

Denver Coffee Shop First to Apply for Social Pot Use

More than a year after Denver voters approved social marijuana use at licensed businesses, the city has received its first application: The Coffee Joint in west Denver will be the first in the city to allow vaping and the consumption of edibles…

Recreational Marijuana Sales Begin in California Jan. 1

2018 is just around the corner, and California’s recreational marijuana program is set to launch on January 1. The state is expected to become the country’s largest marijuana market, generating $4.5-$5 billion in annual sales…

Vegas MJBizCon Draws Record Numbers

MjBizCon, the annual conference aimed at marijuana professionals and investors, wrapped up its sixth year earlier this month and established itself as the fastest-growing trade show in the country with arecord number of vendors and attendees…

Cannabis Businesses Still Face Advertising Challenges

Entrepreneurs in the cannabis industry face different challenges than companies in virtually every other sector. Unlike other industries, cannabis businesses don’t have the same access to banking and advertising, forcing them to MacGyver their way through day-to-day business operations…

CU Boulder to Study Cannabis Legalization and Behavioral Changes

A study led by two University of Colorado professors will collect data from 1,000 sets of twins in Colorado and Minnesota. They’ll be examining self-reported cannabis use and any changes in mood or behavior…

Cannabis: the Answer to America’s Opioid crisis?

An editorial published by the Los Angeles Times on Monday posed a question that no one seems to be asking about the nation’s opioid epidemic: why aren’t we talking about medical marijuana as an alternative?

Cannabis Industry Grows, So Does Access to Banking Services

29 states plus the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis for medical and/or recreational use, but financial institutions are still bound by federal law, making working with cannabis companies a legal risk…

Legal Marijuana Leads to Fewer Opioid Related Deaths

There’s a growing body of evidence that marijuana is beneficial to opioid users and effective at treating chronic pain. Marijuana essentially has zero chance of fatal overdose. The University of Michigan published a study in 2016 that found that chronic pain sufferers who used marijuana saw a 64-percent drop in opioid use…

Remember DARE? It’s back.

DARE is back, this time with a curriculum called “Keepin’ It REAL”. REAL stands for refuse, explain, avoid, leave. DARE is pushing the curriculum as a prevention program for middle school students as part of its mission to “teach students good decision making skills to help them lead safe and healthy lives.”…

Gorilla Glue Settles in Trademark Suit vs. Cannabis Strain

In what may be a sign of things to come, the adhesive brand Gorilla Glue Co. has reached a settlement with the Las Vegas-based cannabis company behind Gorilla Glue #4 (as well as #1 and #5). The Gorilla Glue Co. filed a trademark infringement suit against GG Strains back in March of this year…

Case Session: Cannabis Website & Social Media for Mountain High Suckers

One of longest running and most passionate clients, Mountain High Suckers first contacted us through a mutual cannabis & tech industry friend and we began work in Summer 2015 to establish a new campaign to improve their overall web presence and public relations…

California: A Testing Ground for E-commerce Weed Delivery

California doesn’t require dispensaries to have a storefront, and in a state that’s an economic powerhouse with a population of nearly 40 million people, it’s uniquely placed to become the testing ground for e-commerce weed delivery. And when recreational marijuana sales begin in 2018 the potential for growth is huge…

Coloradoans Increasingly Turn to Marijuana for Relief

Consumer Research compiled data from Denver and Colorado Springs, the state’s two largest cannabis markets. More than 40% of respondents said that they used marijuana to help them sleep, followed closely by those who use it to treat chronic and recurring pain…

Hawaii the First State to Require Debit-Only Cannabis Sales

Beginning Oct. 1, Hawaii will be the first state in the U.S. to require cashless-only cannabis sales. A Colorado-based credit union will permit dispensaries in Hawaii to open bank accounts, and a debit app called CanPay will enable patients to purchase cannabis with their smartphones…

Alaska’s Expanding Cannabis Market Sets New Sales Record

The Alaska Department of Revenue reported that they collected nearly $600,000 in marijuana tax revenue during July–which equals about a third of the total marijuana tax revenue brought in last fiscal year. The figures are the highest to date in Alaska since recreational sales began last October…

Denver Ready to Issue Cannabis Social Use Licenses

The problem of where to consume cannabis in Colorado has been an issue since recreational marijuana use was approved by voters in 2012. Now, five years later, the city of Denver is ready to become the first in the nation to launch a program allowing businesses to set up social marijuana consumption areas…

The FDA Wants Your Feedback on CBD!

The U.S. Food and Drug (FDA) is asking for input from patients who have experience using Cannabidiol (CBD) to treat medical conditions. CBD is a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis that’s proven therapeutic for treating pain, seizures and epilepsy….

Justice Department Blocks DEA Cannabis Research

A year after the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) began accepting applications to grow cannabis for research, it appears that the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Attorney General Jeff Sessions are blocking researchers from moving ahead with their proposals…

Hawaii Opens First Medical Marijuana Dispensary After 17-Year Wait

After a 17-year wait, Hawaii’s 18,000 medical marijuana patients will finally have a place to shop. Maui Grown Therapies is set to open next week, having been the first dispensary to receive approval from the Department of Health to begin selling medical cannabis…

New Jersey Senator Introduces Bill to End Cannabis Prohibition

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker introduced the Marijuana Justice Act this week, a bill that would end the federal prohibition on marijuana, as well as begin to address social justice issues that have resulted from the war on drugs…

Colorado’s $100 Million/Month of Cannabis Sales the “New Norm”

Another month, another record-breaking amount of cannabis sales in Colorado. The cannabis industry achieved a milestone in May, with $100 million in pot sales for the 12th consecutive month. “I think that $100 million a month (in sales) are the new norm,” said Bethany Gomez, director of research for Brightfield Group, a cannabis market research firm…