Ganjapreneur

A resource for cannabis professionals. Ganjapreneur.com publishes daily coverage of the issues that matter to cannabis activists, business owners, investors, and stakeholders. We believe that cannabis prohibition is a violation of human rights and that the drug war will be regarded as one of society’s greatest failures. While mainstream media continues to scoff at and ignore the very serious ramifications of prohibition, we are committed to telling the true story of cannabis medicine and exposing those who are working to keep it illegal in the name of profit. We believe that cannabis and hemp should be removed from the Controlled Substances Act and regulated like any other herbal commodity. We prefer a legal cannabis market which respects the needs of patients and includes a viable path for small businesses and craft cultivators. Legalizing cannabis will have a significant positive impact on our economy due to the opportunities and jobs it will create for ordinary citizens. At the same time, we recognize that people have been providing cannabis medicine to patients and developing cultivation practices & technologies for years — there is no reason to exclude medical cannabis pioneers from the legal industry. While we support all cannabis entrepreneurs and do not wish to limit anyone’s growth, we believe that small operators are integral to a successful cannabis market, and our mission includes providing them with relevant policy coverage, actionable business insights, and access to essential services. We believe that cannabis normalization is a collaborative effort and that cannabis companies should commit to strong ethics regarding consumer safety, environmental sustainability, and social responsibility. Our ultimate mission is to help the cannabis industry grow. We believe that legalization is not just an opportunity to repeal the harmful effects of prohibition and provide medicine to those who need it, but that it’s also an opportunity for cannabis entrepreneurs to set a new high bar for corporate responsibility and help reshape the public narrative surrounding cannabis. To make the most of this opportunity, we think cannabis entrepreneurs and organizations should collectively discuss best practices, ethical standards, and environmental impact.

Lawyers in Massachusetts MMJ-Employment Case Explain Significance of Ruling

Earlier this week, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that a medical cannabis patient could sue her former employer for handicap discrimination after they fired her for testing positive for cannabis on a drug screening. According to her lawyers, the decision by the court was “very significant” but acts neither as a de facto protection for registered medical cannabis users in the state nor makes them “untouchable.” “Before this ruling [medical cannabis patients] were the opposite of untouchable,” said Matthew Fogelman, an attorney for the plaintiff and owner of Massachusetts-based employment law firm Fogelman & Fogelman. “They were sort of without remedy because if they failed a drug test, they failed a drug test and that was the bottom line.” …

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Drug-Centric Federal Agencies and Colorado Springs Officials Hold Secret Meeting

Officials from the Department of Justice, the White House Office of National Drug Policy and the DEA held a secret meeting on Wednesday with Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers, members of the Colorado Springs Police Department, and the resident agent with the DEA, KKTV-11 reports. A local physician and a school district’s disciplinary director were also invited to the meeting. “The meetings are not open to the public because they include sensitive investigative information,” Suthers said in a statement. He later added during an interview with the station that “there’s nothing about this that would require it to be public. The folks that came out didn’t want it public; there’s no reason for it to be public.” “I think they’re …

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Bill Allowing Use of Federal Water for Hemp Cultivation Approved as Part of Spending Measure

The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved the fiscal year 2018 Energy and Water Development appropriations bill which includes the Industrial Hemp Water Rights Act. This measure would allow federally-controlled water to be used for hemp cultivation, according to a Westword report. Currently, the Bureau of Reclamation prohibits the use of water under its jurisdiction from being used for hemp-growing purposes. The measure was introduced by Colorado Senators Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner in an effort to clear up the water-use issue for legal hemp programs. The 2014 Farm Bill allows state departments of agriculture to license farmers to conduct research programs, along with institutes of higher education; however, it did not address the water issue. “This is a step in …

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Maine Bill Would Pass Cannabis Testing Duties to Department of Agriculture

A bill that would require the Maine Department of Agriculture to test cannabis before it is sold to adults passed the House of Representatives 101-32, according to a Press Herald report. The vote follows a 17-0 vote by the special committee convened to hash out the state’s adult-use cannabis industry regulations. The measure faces further votes in both the House and Senate and could be challenged by Gov. Paul LePage, who would rather put cannabis regulations in the hands of the Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations officials over the Agriculture Department, as required by the ballot measure approved by voters last November. Opponents of the testing measure argued that the Department of Agriculture, which provides testing for dairy products …

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Police in Wichita, Kansas Silence Cannabis Activists’ Signature Collecting Efforts

Activists in Wichita, Kansas collecting petition signatures to reduce cannabis possession penalties were thwarted by police at City Hall who cited court decisions that interior spaces in public buildings are not unlimited forums for First Amendment activity, according to a Wichita Eagle report. The activists usually collect signatures on the sidewalk outside of the building, but had moved inside due to extreme heat. City Hall Security Supervisor Mark Ingram said that he was enforcing a building rule and, while he allowed the petitioners to hold clipboards in order to permit people to sign the petition, the activists were not allowed to verbally ask people to sign. Ingram said he consulted with the city attorney before stopping the solicitations. The petitioners …

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Colorado Cannabis Sales Top $100M for 12th Month; Total State Earnings Now Exceed $500M

For the twelfth month in a row, combined medical and recreational sales in Colorado have surpassed $100 million, as the state Department of Revenue reports sales for May topped $127.7 million, according to state figures outlined by Forbes. Since the beginning of this year, cannabis sales in Colorado have totaled $620 million, with $95 million paid to the state in taxes. Separately, a VS Strategies report found that Colorado has reaped $506,143,635 in taxes and fees derived from the legal cannabis since legal sales began on Jan. 1, 2014. According to the report, 51.3 percent of those funds have been used for K-12 education, including $117.9 million for school construction projects, and $5.7 million for the Public School Fund. Mason …

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Merger of Arizona MMJ Companies Creates State’s Largest Operator

Arizona-based medical cannabis operator Harvest has merged with cannabis cultivator and supplier Modern Flower, making Harvest the largest medical cannabis operator in the state by giving them more cultivation facilities and dispensary licenses than anyone else in Arizona. Steve White, Harvest CEO, said the deal “allows Harvest to meet the demand from an increasing number of seriously ill patients who are turning to medicinal cannabis to confront a variety of illnesses.” “What I find particularly exciting about this merger is the growth of our Harvest team,” White said in a press release. “We have an incredibly engaged group of team members who are passionately committed to the care of our patients. You can easily see that energy, that genuine desire to improve …

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Partner Colorado Credit Union Creates Service to Serve National Cannabis Companies

Partner Colorado Credit Union has created a Credit Union Service Organization to serve other credit unions interested in serving the cannabis space, according to a Credit Union Times report. The program, called Safe Harbor Private Banking, is designed as a stand-alone company that seeks to “expand the (Partner Colorado) cannabis banking program nationally and help other financial institutions solve the issue of the unbanked cannabis industry,” said Sundie Seefried, Partner Colorado CEO. Currently, the Safe Harbor program run by the credit union banks $80 million monthly from state-approved cannabis industry operators. Seefried will continue to oversee Partner Colorado’s Safe Harbor program as well as the credit union. Matthew Cochran, a business and product development with more than 20 years of …

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Gallup Poll Finds Highest Rate Ever of Americans Who Have Tried Cannabis

According to a Gallup poll, 45 percent of Americans admit to having used cannabis at least once – the highest total since Gallup first posed the question 48 years ago. In 1969, when Gallup first asked the question, just 4 percent of respondents admitted to having tried cannabis. Despite the record total of individuals who admit to trying cannabis, just 12 percent indicated they consumed cannabis regularly – which is a non-meaningful 1 percent drop from their 2016 findings; however it represents a 5 percent increase from their 2013 poll. The pollsters also found gender, age, and income gaps among those who smoke cannabis regularly and those who have merely experimented. While 48 percent of men and 35 percent of …

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Translating Artisanal Cannabis Growing Into Resume Format

Times are changing. In decades past, for individuals operating a home-based cannabis cultivation operation, the prospect of including this experience on a resume and subsequent job search has been a fantasy, afterthought, or impossibility. Nevertheless, cannabis growing is rapidly transforming from a secretive enterprise into a legitimate and respected profession. As evidenced by the voice of the American people in the November 2016 elections, the era of the professional modern grower has arrived. Most importantly, knowledgeable, disciplined, and versatile cannabis growers have become highly pursued assets in the contemporary business world. For those cannabis cultivators ready to make the transition into the professional hydroponics and cannabis industries, a resume will be required. In the modern age of progressive drug reform, …

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