Organic weed relationship: It’s complicated
If you thought buying organic apples at your local farmers market was fraught with confusion, try finding weed that’s organic. Being certified organic really doesn’t mean anything when it comes to weed. And since organic standards are controlled at a federal level, well, you know how that’ll end (read: it’s illegal so it can’t be certified). So, producers can basically slap on the organic label and call it good. However, thankfully, a bill in Colorado is being introduced that would let states label product as organic – meaning there would be guidelines in place. This is a great path to take.

New England wicked hot for weed?
Can’t keep track of what’s happening in New England (and believe us, there’s plenty)? Here’s a good piece that spells it out. The takeaway: This could well be the year New England goes green.

Energy consumption spikes
Remember that one guy that used to grow weed in his basement that always complained about his high electric bill? He was on to something. With the legalization of weed and mega grow facilities, according to a new report, marijuana growers are using huge amounts of electricity – the equivalent to 1.7 million American homes or 1 percent of the nation’s total consumed energy. This presents an opportunity for some innovative, energy efficiency technology (always gotta look on the bright side).

If you’re reading this you probably aren’t at this year’s CannaCon in Seattle. We patrolled (OK, maybe not the best word choice) the show floor, met some great people and were blown away by some of the technology and companies we spoke with. We’ll be showcasing some of these companies in upcoming eblasts.