Northern Mariana Islands Legalize Cannabis Through Legislation

In a stunning first, the Northern Mariana Islands became the first U.S. location to legalize adult recreational cannabis through legislative action, not popular vote or referendum. Continue reading Northern Mariana Islands Legalize Cannabis Through Legislation

Best Weed Strains for Watching Fireworks

Summer has kicked off and the 4th of July is upon us!

If you’re trying to light up your green like fireworks on the 4th of July, you’ll love this list of the best strains for the holiday. Grab your gear, some friends and one of these great cannabis strains to celebrate the occasion. Continue reading Best Weed Strains for Watching Fireworks

California’s Legal Recreational Cannabis Laws Take Effect January 1st!

Legalized Weed Now Available in California

California’s Proposition 64 takes effect January 1st, allowing for recreational cannabis to be grown, sold, and consumed throughout the state. Continue reading California’s Legal Recreational Cannabis Laws Take Effect January 1st!

First MMJ Summit to Meet in London [Event]

The first medical marijuana meeting in the United Kingdom.

Want to be part of European cannabis history? “CannaTech UK is the world’s premier medical cannabis convention, joining industry leaders from across the globe to discuss WHAT IS and WHAT’S NEXT in cannabis innovation.”

When: October 25th – 26th, 2017

Where: The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London, UK.

Who: The world’s leading cannabis investors, scientists and regulatory experts will speak about the up and coming medical cannabis industry in the United Kingdom.

Find out more about the UK’s first international medical marijuana summit here.

How to Choose the Perfect Pot #BookReview

What weed should you choose? This guide can help.

We live in an exciting time in history with cannabis legalization happening to some degree all over the world. But with the wide range of new companies, products and consumption options available to consumers on pot shop shelves, how can the average customer figure out what is right for their cannabis needs? Luckily, there is a new resource that can help weed (pun intended) through the variety. This Bud’s for You written by Ed Rosenthal, celebrates legal marijuana and provides insightful information about a range of marijuana topics. Continue reading How to Choose the Perfect Pot #BookReview

Fall Harvest Means Cannabis Testing Laboratories Running at Full Capacity

This guest article was provided by Kaylei Conor, a writer on the legal cannabis landscape.

EVIO Labs across the country prepare for farmers bounty.

Author – Kaylei Conor (@kayleiconor)

September means football season for fans who love the NFL and NCAA, and it also means back to school for millions of college students. In recent years, September has also come to mean that it’s harvest season for the nation’s newest legal cash crops: Cannabis.

It wasn’t that long ago that the only data generated from the annual fall cannabis harvest was that of arrest records published by law enforcement and photo-ops of thousands of cannabis plants seized by the DEA.  This year, Wall Street research analysts will have their eyes glued on the results of this year’s coast-to-coast cannabis harvest like never before, as more and more cannabis and cannabis-related deals are trading on public exchanges for investors to take advantage of what is arguably the fastest growing agricultural sector in the world. Continue reading Fall Harvest Means Cannabis Testing Laboratories Running at Full Capacity

First Ever African-American Owned Cannabis Grow Opens in Nevada

As Nevada’s recreational marijuana market begins to mature, the state is seeing a massive amount of demand for weed – they are even struggling to keep it on the pot shop shelves! One new enterprise is in the “City of Lights” is GFive Cultivation, the first ever African-American owned and operated cannabis cultivation operation licensed in Nevada. It’s breaking new ground in the industry and officially starting their first harvest.

Created by childhood friends Larry Smith and Shawn Holman, GFive Cultivation is a family-owned and operated lifestyle brand that specializes in providing ethically grown premium grade medical marijuana. The “green” product will sell in licensed dispensaries and production facilities in the Las Vegas area. Additionally, mogul Damon Dash joined the company to provide strategic marketing initiatives to promote growth and build visibility.

“Although new and emerging, we’re entering the Green Rush, not for us, but for our community,” states Founder and CEO, Larry Smith. “GFive is not only a company but a family building a business enterprise and creating a lasting legacy for the next generation. For our community far and near, we want to provide a positive outlook to the community and exercise financial freedom, legally.”

Officially growing now, GFive Cultivation will produce more than 20 strains including Gorilla Glue Gelato, Platinum Girl Scout Cookies, Kimber Kosher and Panama Red in customized packages to all licensed dispensaries.

Learn more about their operations here.

Photos: G Five Cultivation

Is it Okay for Budtenders to Consume on the Job?

In states where budtenders can legally sell cannabis to adults, there’s a big question clouding the air: should those weed salespeople be allowed to consume cannabis on the job? Surely there are some benefits to being able to enjoy green while working, which include a relaxed attitude, more social interactions with customers, better knowledge of the product and more. But could cannabis use prove to be a problem in legal dispensaries? Continue reading Is it Okay for Budtenders to Consume on the Job?

Edibles, Made with Love [Spotlight on Love’s Oven]

It’s all about connection.

Edibles are hot in the cannabis market right now, since they provide endless ways to get high without smoking. From beverages like High Tea to even chocolate bars, it seems like the sky really is the limit! In this article, we share Love’s Oven’s unique story, as told by one who knows it best, Peggy Moore.

What is your name and title?

Peggy Moore, Partner at Love’s Oven

How / Why did you get into the cannabis industry?

My father-in-law suffered from Alzheimer’s and my Mom has epilepsy.   Seeing the amazing relief and effects this plant can have on people is what initially got me interested in the industry.  Then in 2011 an opportunity became available to be part of Love’s Oven and I decided that this industry could be an opportunity for me to help others as well as to put to use my 33 years of health insurance experience in a small business environment.

What do you like most about cannabis?

The thing that I enjoy the most about cannabis is how it brings people together.  It’s an industry and culture that connects passionate people.  What’s beautiful is when you’re at a cannabis related event and seeing people from all different backgrounds coming together in one space.  It’s all about connection.

What sets Love’s Oven apart from its competitors?

At this point I believe all of our competitors are making great products.  What we really strive for is making sure that we consistently are above the bar when it comes to quality assurance and compliance.  We have an entire Quality Assurance team in place at Love’s Oven who have developed and implement our Good Manufacturing Practices and Food Safety programs as well as other programs such as HACCP and OSHA.

How do you ensure that your products are the best they can be?

At Love’s Oven we are hyper critical of the quality of product that is shipped from our facility.  Every individual product is physically and visually inspected by one of our employees before it is packaged.  In addition to these inspection points every individual piece is placed into its own sealed wrapper to ensure freshness and combat any outside elements from reaching the product before the consumer opens it.  We also have a program where we “secret shop” our own products at the store level and buy them back and we conduct additional quality assurance tests on those products to make sure they meet our standards even after they leave our facility.

Do you have any customers who want to try edibles for the first time?

We’ve been fortunate to have some pretty good local and national media exposure over the years and it’s inevitable whenever a story runs about us we always receive calls from customers who want to try our products for various reasons.  Our biggest thing with first time edible users is know your limits…  The tagline we created at Cannabis Business Alliance during an educational campaign we were running for edibles is Start Low – Go Slow.  That means start out with a very low dosage of THC and wait to feel the effects (up to two hours) before you take anymore!

What is the Cannabis Business Alliance and what role do you play in it?

I am the Executive Chair for the Cannabis Business Alliance (CBA) which is an industry leading resource and trade association for business owners. We advocate for sensible and collaborative public policy that protects employees, patients, and clients of the medical and retail marijuana industry. We promote values that enhance the emerging cannabis industry’s role in the state’s business economy, build respect for the industry in the communities we serve, and support client and patient access, education, and safety.

Do you enjoy using cannabis? If so, what is your favorite strain?

I’ve been known to use our products on occasion!  It’s a great alternative to a couple glasses of wine after a long day of work as well as a fun addition to anything adventurous.  As far as strains go I’m a big fan of the indica strains for relaxing and I’d have to say my favorite at the moment is Northern Lights.

How do you like to customize your marijuana experience?

When I use cannabis it’s usually to relax.  Typically, that involves shutting out all distractions (no screens of any kind…phone, computer, iPad, TV, etc.) and enjoying the company I am with.

What is your favorite of Love’s Oven products?

Our Rosemary Cheddar Crackers are absolutely my favorite.  They are amazing as a snack on their own or mixed in your favorite soup.

How has marijuana helped define who you are?

Cannabis has really given me that opportunity to go after that “second career” that I’ve always wanted.  My first career was very rewarding and successful but this allows me to really pursue my passions and be a creator and innovator.

Additionally, Love’s Oven is a true family business.  My partners in the company are two of my sons, Joshua and Walter and my sister, Teresa.  I never dreamed that I would own a marijuana business with my boys and sister but it’s really brought an already strong family bond even closer together.

How have you dealt with canna-bias throughout the years?

I’d say the best way to deal with “canna-bias” is communication.  The biggest part of that communication is listening and being open to why someone might be biased.  You never know what kind of story they may have but be willing to listen and really care about what they have to say.

What products have you most recently released?

Love’s Oven has recently gone through a full re-branding exercise with new logo and packaging graphics.  With that we “revamped” some of our product offerings by adding on a couple of new high CBD products on both the medical and adult use side.  We also launched our concentrate company called Concentrated Love which produces shatter, wax, CBD sap, rosin, live resin, etc…  In the very near future be on the lookout for a line of Love’s Oven “Sweets” (gummies and confections) and “Chocolates”.

Where can people find your products?

Love’s Oven is fortunate enough to be distributed throughout Colorado through both medical and adult use stores.  Without our great customers we wouldn’t be here so a big shout out and thank you to everyone who stocks Love’s Oven.  And…if you don’t have Love’s Oven on the shelves yet give us a shout and we’ll show you some Love!

In your opinion, what is the biggest benefit to legalized marijuana?

I’d like to comment on two of the biggest benefits.  Legalized marijuana has, as reports show, greatly reduced the black market which has a whole host of benefits.  Additionally, the other big benefit is quality.  Consumers are getting a much better product nowadays…and who doesn’t love that!?

What do you believe the future of marijuana holds?

Expansion and acceptance.  I think we need to keep our lines of communication with our community, city, state and federal leaders and work with them to show that legalized marijuana is an amazing thing.  With that, as we saw in the past November elections, we will continue to see states and municipalities legalizing marijuana.

What are you working on next?

Love’s Oven is working on expanding into other markets.  We’re working on expanding (cautiously) into Oregon, California and Nevada…hope to see you out there!

Is there anything else you would like to share?

Maybe just our new tagline…which we think is appropriate when making any decisions (especially what kind of edible to try): Choose Wisely – Choose Love

Learn more about Love’s Oven here on their website.

 

Photos: Toke Tank, Love’s Oven

Nevada’s Running Out of Legal Weed…Already

A week after Nevada’s legalized marijuana sales began, the state is already facing a shortage of cannabis for adult use.

Measures are now being taken to address what the governor has endorsed as “a state of emergency,” allowing for more marijuana businesses to close the gap in demand.

“Based on reports of adult-use marijuana sales already far exceeding the industry’s expectations at the state’s 47 licensed retail marijuana stores, and the reality that many stores are running out of inventory, the Department must address the lack of distributors immediately. Some establishments report the need for delivery within the next several days,” said department Spokeswoman Stephanie Klapstein.

Find out what steps are being taken to address the shortage here.