Navigating the New World of Marijuana

The marijuana market has grown substantially over the course of the past few years. With so much growth and new legislation occurring around North America and in select countries abroad, it seems as though it can be difficult at times to navigate the tricky obstacles of buying and using cannabis. So here...

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Cannabis is now a commodity, but commercial realities are kicking in

Colorado opened the world’s first regulated recreational marijuana marketin 2014. That’s some five years ago. A lot has changed since then, with regulations now extending to global markets and businesses opening up, on what seems to be almost a weekly basis. According to Mark Bernberg of the Greenfund,...

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The Key to Success for California Cannabis Businesses – Managing Tax Liabilities

The key to the long-term success of every medical or adult-use cannabis business in California will be found in the management of tax liabilities. The usual reasons for long-term success in business – creativity, perseverance, experience, business acumen and connections – are important. The management...

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Why Synthetic CBD Is (Probably) the Future of Cannabis Pharma

While there is a race among cannabis cultivators to have the largest greenhouse in the world, the race is on for medical cannabis biotechs to create a synthetic form of CBD, one that is not derived from the cannabis plant, but cooked up in a lab. Greenhouses packed with those verdant, pungent plants...

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Cannabis companies say they are growing enough pot, they just can’t deliver it

One pesky stamp has become the symbol of a continuing problem in Canada: Pot producers struggling to get enough cannabis to market, at least in the ways that buyers want it. Pot producers had to scramble to apply the required excise-tax stamps with no glue as legalization kicked off last October,...

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Cannabis Bucks Boost Commercial Real Estate

The legal cannabis industry is certainly making the dollars flow in Northern California.  Example: business property that sat vacant for years got buyers--from cannabis-related businesses--soon after legalization. Shasta Gateway Industrial Park in Shasta Lake City sold off its last three undeveloped...

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OPINION: NAVIGATING THE STIGMAS, RULES AND TABOOS OF CANNABIS ADVERTISING

An unstoppable green wave, the global cannabis market is projected to reach $166 billion by 2025, Euromonitor International says. The marketing dollars attached will almost certainly be huge, but the associated challenges are impossible to ignore. Living in Los Angeles one becomes somewhat numbed...

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New data show Americans are turning to CBD as a cure-all for the modern condition

Americans are anxious. We’re suffering from economic anxiety, political anxiety, social media overload, neuroexistentialism, and plain old FOMO. And in CBD, many hope to find a cure for this modern condition. That little three-letter acronym—which stands for cannabidiol, one of the many chemical...

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Post Smuggler Robert Platshorn Pitches Pot to Seniors

Dressed in a white guayabera and loose-fitting grandpa jeans, Robert Platshorn walks onto a small stage set up in the clubhouse of Lakes of Delray, a 55-and-over condo development in Delray Beach. About 300 snow-haired residents sit on dining-room chairs on a midafternoon in early March. They've...

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