The Humble Website: More Important Now Than It Ever Was (part 1)

The Humble Website:  More Important Now Than It Ever Was (part 1)

Back in 1980s and early 1990s, before the Internet was made available to the public, it was reserved for government researchers and the military. It was tested at the CERN laboratories (one of Europe’s largest research laboratories) in Switzerland. In 1993, CERN declared the World Wide Web (that’s what www stands for) open to the public. Back then things were still pretty basic….

 

US Company Discovers CBD In Hops: FDA, DEA Unsure Of New Supplement Product

US Company Discovers CBD In Hops: FDA, DEA Unsure Of New Supplement Product

American company Isodiol may have found a way around the DEA and FDA stranglehold on access to cannabidiol.

Currently, federal law has seemingly outlawed cannabis in all forms, aside from industrial hemp, and even that definition is being argued in the case of the Hemp Industries Association…

Cole Memo Rescinded, Governor Ready For Fight

Cole Memo Rescinded, Governor Ready For Fight

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo January 4, 2018, rescinding an Obama administration policy on state marijuana laws known as the Cole Memo. This rescission cast a shadow of doubt over states that had previously legalized recreational marijuana, as well as those states that legalized medical marijuana….

Who Wants To Be The Next Marijuana Millionaire?

Who Wants To Be The Next Marijuana Millionaire?

Michael “BigMike” Straumietis, CEO and Founder of Advanced Nutrients, is searching for The Next Marijuana Millionaire. 

“I’m out to discover you and build the next great brand within our industry,” said BigMike. “I’m offering to fly you out to LA, put up my own cash and company resources to bring your product or idea from seed to sale, and help you become the next marijuana millionaire.”…

Venta: Perfect Humidification and Perfect Purification

Venta: Perfect Humidification and Perfect Purification

When people spend about 90% of their lives indoors, air quality is a big concern. This concern has led Venta to their market niche by reducing indoor air pollution. Venta has been an industry leader in developing ways to improve air quality for over 35 years. It is still a family owned business and not a corperate where Venta Team members are with the company for many years….

Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor

As we roll into April CannaBiz Journal joyfully announces that it is starting its third year. We are happy to have you with us as our readers.

I am so excited! I have learned so much about the cannabis industry over the past two years. This last CANNACON marked my first visit to a cannabis trade show. I had a great time meeting new people and discussing the industry. 

I have to admit that I am a machine nerd. With the brand new trimmers at the show, my first thought was “shiny” and then I had to know how it worked. Right down to a discussion about the plasma cutter used to cut the specialized parts of the trimmer. 

I came away from CANNACON with a pile of contacts and story ideas. This pile is sorted and catolgued and I realize that I have a massive undertaking trying to figure out who's next. Anyway, that is a happy problem.

Everything You Need To Know About G Pen Elite Vaporizer

Everything You Need To Know About G Pen Elite Vaporizer

With their G Pen vaporizer line Grenco Science has ushered in a wonderful new development in portable vaporizers. And let’s face it when you’ve gotten the seal of approval from Snoop Dogg you must be doing good things. Today let’s have a closer look at the G Pen Elite vaporizer.

When it comes to discreet and portable vaporizers the folks over at Grenco Science definitely know a thing or two. This range of pens is...

New Year’s Resolution Time

New Year’s Resolution Time

What is the one thing that always happens on New Year’s Eve? Well, an old year ends and a new one starts of course; and that means creating all those resolutions that are normally unrealistic such as buying your own island (I really think I’d like to do this someday). This year though, I decided that the only resolution I would make is to tighten up my business practices and get procedures in place that...

HB-2336 and Washington State Legislators’ Plan to Change Marijuana Laws

HB-2336 and Washington State Legislators’ Plan to Change Marijuana Laws

A new bill introduced in the Washington state senate would change the current ability of cities, towns, and counties to prohibit the sale, production, or processing of marijuana by ordinance without a public vote.

Washington’s 29th District Representative David Sawyer, one of bill’s creators, said, “We are seeing areas with outright bans being controlled by the black market [which] ultimately defeats the purpose of controlling marijuana in our state. It’s become a lot like when...

Colorado Budtenders Arrested For Overselling To Customers

Colorado Budtenders Arrested For Overselling To Customers

A group of budtenders from a Colorado cannabis retailer is facing charges after a year-long sting in Denver.

Thirteen budtenders from Sweet Leaf cannabis retail locations in the Denver metro area were arrested in connection with allegedly exceeding state sales laws on December 14. Sweet Leaf operates a vertically integrated chain of cannabis cultivation, processing, and retail businesses.

The Denver District Attorney’s office has currently filed felony charges against five of the budtenders for felony...

Pioneer Pete Blazes A Trail For Oregon’s Cannabis Industry

Pioneer Pete Blazes A Trail For Oregon’s Cannabis Industry

When the words “pioneer” and “Oregon” are used in the same sentence, thoughts usually drift to the Oregon Trail; but Pete Gendron is trying to shift that to visions of the cannabis industry.

Gendron has been involved in cannabis cultivation, advocacy, and policy creation for more than 30 years. His work in the cannabis industry and his organic farming methods have earned him the nickname “Pioneer Pete” from those in Oregon. Mirroring the pioneers who...

JoAnn Bellanti: Making A Dream Into Reality

JoAnn Bellanti: Making A Dream Into Reality

JoAnn Bellanti’s product, Pot Pockets, arose from a need expressed by her sister Carol. Carol was diagnosed with cancer and recommended medical cannabis. She needed a discrete way to carry her treatment around with her, so Bellanti developed a carrying case for her.

“Pot Pockets was started [as a business] after a nurse at the Dana Farber Center saw one of the Pot Pockets I had made for my sister, Carol; and so my story...

Why Branding Matters Even More In The Cannabis Industry

Why Branding Matters Even More In The Cannabis Industry

What is branding?  Your “brand” is composed of experiences customers can expect when they deal with your company. That can be anything from your website and brochure to your office décor to the way you answer the phone. Many small businesses assume that branding doesn’t apply to them and that it’s only for the Nikes and Coca-Colas of the world.  Reality check: If you’re not managing your corporate image, who is?

This goes double for....

FDA Declares That Emotions Not Ingredients

FDA Declares That  Emotions Not Ingredients

Taking a page out of real life, edible companies can learn a lot about what not to do by examining the case of a bakery. 

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent a warning letter to the Nashoba Brook Bakery in Concord, Massachusetts, this past summer. Among a host of food safety violations, one item stood out as unusual. It was the company’s use of the word “love” in the ingredient list on their granola...