Pro-cannabis advocates for years have pitched legalized marijuana as a means to the end of the black market. As the plant is taken out of the shadows and put into the hands of licensed vendors under stringent state regulations, advocates say that having trusted outlets to legally purchase cannabis will effectively eliminate the need for […]
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Despite regulations having been passed and gleaming new licensed retail operations springing up all over the country, California in particular has been supporting the illegal cannabis trade for many states that still operate under prohibition laws. According to a study conducted by the Department of Food and Agriculture, in 2016 (the most recent year for […]
Pot farmer Perry D. never set out to sell cannabis on the black market. The Northern California grower — who has tended to medical marijuana crops for the last decade — explains how politics, market forces and location all played a part in creating a situation where selling weed on the legal market became an […]
When first I read that BigMike Straumietis is creating The Next Marijuana Millionaire™ reality competition show to help some lucky person become the next cannabis success story, I was inspired to share what I know about starting, planning, and ultimately succeeding in the cannabiz world. I’ve been mostly a black-market cannabis business entrepreneur, but I’ve […]
If you thought cannabis legalization in the Netherlands was a free and easy nonevent, you best think again. In 2015, Dutch TV journalist Bas Haan reported on a secret deal between a hash dealer and the Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security. This shock exposé forced then-Minister Ivo Opstelten, a member of the conservative People’s […]
In early December, Paraguay became the seventh Latin American nation to legalize medical marijuana. The Congress of Paraguay passed a bill December 5 that allows for the importation of seeds, the cultivation of plants for medical use and scientific research, and the creation of a national program in aid of research. Since the bill has […]
Whether it’s oil, cotton or tomatoes, every product experiences fluctuations in price that can have dire consequences for its industry — though rarely do we see an item with as unstable a price point as the modern (legal) marijuana market. When Westword first covered the legal sale of recreational marijuana in Denver back in 2014, […]
I watch high-quality crime TV shows and movies because I grow marijuana in a state that mandates prison sentences for growers who cultivates the number of plants I grow. Crime dramas educate me about how police stalk, investigate, and bust “criminals.” I need to know this stuff, seeing as I am one, apparently. My attorney […]
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