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420-Friendly Social Networks From deleting pages with hundreds and thousands of followers to picking and choosing what analytics cannabis brands are allowed to access – it’s clear social media isn’t a fan of cannabis. It’s obvious consumers want a space to connect, whether it’s in person with cannabis social groups, dating apps, or online. This week Tom and Miggy sat down with Kurt Akers, Co-Founder and CEO of Kannatopia.com, to discuss the hoops cannabis consumers and brands have to jump through to connect with like-minded people on social media. Tons of cannabis businesses and brands always get shut down…
Michigan Cannabis Business Lawyer Michigan Cannabis Business Lawyer Scott Roberts ​Michigan cannabis business is gearing up when the State begins taking applications for recreational businesses on November 1, 2019. Michigan legalized adult use in 2018 with 56% of the vote but it’s predicted that the first recreational business won’t open until the Spring of 2020. This week Miggy and Tom were joined by cannabis business attorney Scott Roberts from Scott Roberts Law to discuss Michigan’s cannabis landscape. Here in Michigan, cannabis laws and regulations are constantly evolving and the implementation of laws will change without any notice. The MRA (Michigan
Cannabis Industry Jobs with THC Staffing Group Call Now Get a job in the cannabis industry? What a dream. The saying goes, “Choose a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” 20 years ago working in the cannabis industry may have felt like a distant pipe dream but the industry is growing exponentially offering opportunities to pipe dreamers left and right. As the industry booms the demand for talented, dedicated workers increases making the landscape a little competitive. Where Should I Look for Cannabis Jobs? Looking for a job in cannabis has never been easier –
[embedded content] How is Cannabis Portrayed in the Media? You’ve probably seen it, headlines around mid-to-late October warning parents that people are sneaking cannabis into their kids Halloween candy. You and I both know that in this economy – no one is giving away free weed. But this is one of many wild stories that the media pushes into the zeitgeist that drums up fear and spreads confusion about cannabis. It’s clear the media doesn’t know how to talk about cannabis but are they using scare tactics to get views and clicks or do they just lack the vocabulary to…
[embedded content] How Do I Win a Cannabis License? It’s application season in Illinois and competition is fierce! With only 75 licenses to award, every point in an application counts. Applying for a license is costly, competitive, and in most cases a one time opportunity. This week Miggy and Tom were joined by expert Jay Czarkowski, Founding Partner at Canna Advisors, to discuss exactly what it takes to have a successful application. Canna Advisors has an incredible history of producing winning applications for their clients. Learn what makes for a winning application in this weeks episode: How to Win…
[embedded content] What is Cannabis Security? Cannabis Security means that not one gram of cannabis goes missing from seed to sale and everyone in the supply chain from grower to transporter to dispensary to buyer is protected and safe during their purchase and business operations. Cannabis security is BIG points on all cannabis business license applications.  In fact, a contract with a cannabis security company is often required by law, like in Illinois. Moreover, cannabis security plans and operations often require integration with technology used by the cannabis business – for example, Point of Sale (POS) software that may match…
Women Made Cannabis Legal in Illinois with Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth Why Illinois’ New Cannabis Law is Considered The Most Progressive Bill Yet Illinois is slated to legalize recreational cannabis on January 1, 2020. The bill that was proposed is considered one of the most progressive cannabis bills yet. This week Miggy and Tom sat down with Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth (D-Peoria), one of the four women who crafted the incredible HB 1438 – The Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act.   Who is Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth? Born, raised, and resides in Peoria, IL Graduate of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign The…
What Does the 2020 Election Hold for Cannabis Legalization? Cannabis legalization has come a long way in the last few decades. Thanks to educational efforts, passionate advocates, and non-profits like NORML and the Marijuana Policy Project, the movement of public opinion towards the legalization of responsible cannabis use by adults has commenced. This week Miggy and Tom are joined by a true celebrity in the cannabis community, Keith Stroup, the founder of NORML to talk about the past, present, and future of marijuana law reform. What is NORML? National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws Founded by…
[embedded content] How is cannabis waste managed & recycled? Cannabis is just the flowers of the plant, which is pretty woody and grown for its tough fibers with industrial hemp cultivars. What do growers, dispensaries, and cultivators do with unusable cannabis waste after harvest? This week Miggy is back to join Tom in a discussion with Arman Zeytounyan, Co-Founder at EcoWaste Services, to discuss how businesses tackle the crucial last step in the cannabis production cycle – waste management. Cannabis Recycling & Waste Disposal with EcoWaste Services What is EcoWaste Services? A cannabis waste management company Provides management services…
[embedded content] The Talking Hedge with Josh Kincaid The Talking Hedge with Josh Kincaid is a cannabis business podcast hosted by Josh Kincaid – a security risk analyst with broker experience that has been pushing for cannabis consumption lounges in Washington state for years.  He hosts the podcast, The Talking Hedge, and works to bring news and stories about the cannabis industry, covering all aspects of the supply chain from seed to vape cartridges as his episode above details with Cannabis Industry Lawyer, Tom Howard. What is The Talking Hedge? It’s your cannabis business podcast regular episodes each week…
[embedded content] The Future of Cannabis is Vending Machines?! And it’s incredibly convenient. Cannabis startups around the world are leading technological advances and Grasshopper Kiosks is no exception. This week we spoke with Ron Christensen the CEO at Grasshopper Kiosks about convenience, technology, and the future of cannabis. Soon you’ll be able to pick up a few flowers as easy as you pick up a KitKat.   What is Grasshopper Kiosks? A suite of compliant automated retail systems providing cannabis solutions for consumers and brands Why Brands Choose Grasshopper Kiosks & cannabis vending machines Brands who use Grasshopper Kiosks have…
[embedded content] Trump again says he is allowing states to legalize cannabis President Trump answered a question about legalization: “We’re going to see what’s going on. It’s a very big subject and right now we are allowing states to make that decision,” Trump said. “A lot of states are making that decision, but we’re allowing states to make that decision.” Trump Allowing States to Legalize it Donald Trump said the states can legalize marijuana…again? Hi, I’m tom find me by googling cannabis lawyer and clicking on my website cannabis industry lawyer.com – an online resource for your questions about gaining…
[embedded content] What the Hemp Ban Means for CBD Businesses Washington state, one of the first states to legalize recreational cannabis, has announced a ban on hemp-derived CBD food and beverage products. Tom was joined by special guest host, Josh Kincaid from The Talking Hedge, to discuss the ban and other news. This week we were joined by Cecilia Sivertson, Founder and President at Nana’s Secret to discuss what Washington’s new hemp ban means for her business.  Nana’s Secret on the CBD Product Ban What is Nana’s Secret? Founded by Cecilia Sivertson Nana’s Secret produces a variety of hemp-derived CBD…
Municipal Toolkit – Illinois Cannabis Licensing This document is provided to summarize the law and policy but is not intended to provide legal advice. Please consult an attorney for legal advice or questions. Disclaimer: if using a mobile device, be aware that links may not direct you to the appropriate page. Please use the section and page number references to scroll to the linked subclause Zoning –  Opting out Local governments may opt out of having any cannabis businesses located in their jurisdictions (Section 55-25 Local Ordinances subclause 1, page 285). They can NOT opt out of residents…
[embedded content] Finally! Vacation Options for Cannabis Enthusiasts Cannabis consumers have long struggled to travel with their products and find cannabis at their travel destination. With Bud and Breakfast consumers are able to book, stay, and relax without having to worry about picking up. This week we spoke with Sean Roby, Co-Founder and CEO at Bud and Breakfast, about the cannabis landscape and the benefits of their vacation platform. What is Bud and Breakfast? An online vacation rental platform for cannabis enthusiast around the world Consumers are gifted cannabis at their rentals Offer lodging from “couches to castles” Consumers can…
[embedded content] The Marihuana Tax Act Was Signed Into Law 82 Years Ago The Marihuana Tax Act was signed into law on August 2, 1937. This tax act essentially gave feds complete control of the plant, imposed excessive taxes on it, and held high repercussions on those who went around the government. A judge who sentenced one of the first victims of this act said, “I consider marijuana the worst of all narcotics, far worse than the use of morphine or cocaine. Under its influence, men become beasts. Marijuana destroys life itself. I have no sympathy with those who sell…