Maine on the move
A measure legalizing the use of recreational marijuana will appear on Maine's general election ballot in November. The initiative would allow "people 21 years or older to possess or grow small amounts of marijuana for recreational use. It would also allow state-regulated businesses to sell the substance and would impose a 10 percent tax on recreational cannabis sales." It's going to be interesting to see how this all goes down in the other Portland. Read more here.
Green tech of the week: New app for patients
MMJRecs has unveiled an app that enables California medical-cannabis patients to apply for and receive doctor recommendations via their mobile devices. To mark the occasion, the company announced that it will be offering $5 evaluations to military veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) who register through their app. "Too many of our veterans have difficulty accessing proper health care, including medical marijuana, which has shown itself to be an effective treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder," said Dr. Brian White, MMJRecs co-founder. "We are just trying to do our small part." Go here for more info.
Talk about a slippery slope: testing and certifying cannabis as an organic product. Unlike farm produce, the Feds won't do it, so that's creating a cottage industry, including an organization called Clean Green Certified. Here's a great piece on bogus "green" weed and attempts to make organic certification legit. (Also, if you call your product "natural" you might want to rethink that strategy. Talk about an empty phrase.
4/20 is more than a number
It's no surprise to cannabis retailers that April 20 is the biggest sales holiday in the cannabis industry. Total U.S. cannabis retail sales on April 20, 2016 exceeded $37.5M and saw an almost 30% increase in customer traffic over last year's 4-20 holiday. MJ Freeway's retail sales data figures are compiled through analysis of 40% of the cannabis retail market. The cannabis industry, which totaled $5.7B in sales in 2015 and is expected to clear $7.1B in 2016, sees the most customer traffic and highest overall sales on April 20.