In the early days of cannabis legalization in Washington, four large cannabis advocacy groups existed: the Coalition for Standards & Ethics (CCSE), the Northwest Producers Processors and Retailers Association (NWPPR), the Washington Marijuana Association (WMA), and the Committee for Adult Use and Ethics of Marijuana (CAUSE-M). As the cannabis market grew and evolved it became clear to these organizations that their advocacy efforts would be optimized if they joined forces rather than compete over members and voice.
Cannabis has contributed largely to the medicinal industry and, although it remains a Schedule I substance, (among such substances as heroin and LSD), companies are finding ways to profit from it. One such company, Medical Marijuana Incorporated (MMI), has brought it as far as having people in Latin America petition their government to start importing the 100% legal product. This action led to a coining of the term for a movement that those atMMI call the Latin America Domino Effect.
Shopping at your favorite grower supply store, you have probably noticed the OMRI seal on fertilizer and pest control product packages. You may even be familiar with OMRI (the Organic Materials Review Institute) and the fact that the OMRI seal means a product is allowed for organic use. But how does OMRI make these decisions, and is there a way to double-check product compliance with the organic standards?
Owners of bars in Washington have struggled since marijuana was legalized to be able to legally accommodate marijuana consumers. The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board has not received the idea very well and has even said that it will take steps to close existing loopholes to stop bars from hosting such activity.
Out of all the people I interviewed at the Imperious Expo + Directory, I have to say I did have a favorite. I know, it’s not good to be a journalist and play favorites, right? Well, guess what? I didn’t go to journalism school. But seriously, getting to sit down and chat with Charlo Greene was a dream come true.
Cannabiz Journal got to sit down and chat with several guys from Southern California who used to build five- and six-second race cars, but now run a company called Vaporous. These guys used to hang out and smoke vape pens while making fast cars and living the dream. But like all dreams, it came to an end. What do you do when the vapes you smoke just don’t meet your high standards? Make your own.