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CANNABUSINESS CURATOR: 9/7/18

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Airbudnb
File under, "what took so long?" There's now a cannabis-themed version of Airbnb, where tourists can search for places to stay around the world that will let them smoke weed. Budandbreakfast.com calls itself "the largest collection of cannabis-friendly rentals anywhere on the web."

Cannabis radio in Portland
A new radio show is airing in Portland: This Is Cannabis.  It's super legit, too. Hosted by Lee Henderson of HiFi Farms and cannabis science educator Emma Chasen, each week they'll discuss with guests "their place in the industry and what challenges they face."

This Bud's for you?
Anheuser-Busch InBev might be getting in the cannabis game. Forbes is reporting that Anheuser-Busch is "interested in selling THC-infused products. In fact, it is investing in the essential infrastructure for such an endeavor."

SF neighborhood digs in its heels
There are states where cannabis is legal and where counties and cities have voted to ban sales or dispensaries. But what about neighborhoods? It appears that SF's Sunset district falls in the "nope" camp. And with an election coming up, candidates are continuing to drive the no cannabis NIMBY message to the polls.

Huge grow space near Palm Springs
Cathedral City actually and it's going to be the home to Sunniva, a Canada-based medical cannabis company that plans to grow, process and sell cannabis. When both buildings (yes, there are two) are finished, they'll cover 489,000 square feet, or more than eight football fields. And it's going to create local jobs (at least 100).

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CANNABUSINESS CURATOR: 8/31/18

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White House cannabis smear campaign?
More than one media outlet is reporting that the White House has "secretly amassed" a committee of federal agencies meant to "combat public support for marijuana and cast state legalization measures in a negative light" while also "attempting to portray the drug as a national threat," based on interviews and documents acquired by BuzzFeed. Too little, too late, in our opinion. That train has left the station. 

The slippery slope of cannabis marketing
So many rules, so much ambiguity. This piece takes a look at how marketing and ad agencies have to jump through hoops (sometimes undefined hoops) to get approval on an ad campaign (or even an ad). The piece also lists reasons why a specific ad was denied. 

Here's our favorite:

"There is a rocket ship in the packaging design and the word 'rocket' relates to something being high, and that is too fun and could appeal to children."

Wow.

Cannabis cafes in Portland?
Not yet, but there's a local group encouraging local lawmakers to get some sort of law rolling. If that doesn't work, the same group might begin gathering signatures for a 2020 ballot measure. Like the article says, it's easy to buy cannabis products in Oregon, but nowhere in public to smoke it.

Co-working space just for cannabis
It looks like any other co-working space that have popped up around L.A. in recent years but if you look closer, it's more. The new space, called ParagonSpace, will become the city's first shared workspace for the cannabis industry.

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CANNABUSINESS CURATOR: 8/24/18

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R.I.P. California cannabis banking bill
Last week, the California State Assembly effectively killed a bill that would have paved the way for state-chartered banks to handle finances for the expanding cannabis industry. Now what?

Canna tourism booming
Cannabis tourism is growing at a fast clip, drawing millions of dollars to states where adult use of cannabis is legal. In Colorado alone, cannabis tourism has grown 51% since 2014. Interested in participating? Sadly, probably cash only (see above blurb).

Oregon cannabis prices drop
Oregon wholesale cannabis prices hit an all-time low last week at an average of $398 per pound. Oregon prices are "the lowest ever observed for that grow type in any market." Why? A massive oversupply of recreational marijuana since last fall's harvest--a glut that's putting growers out of business.

Headline of the week
Mass. Cannabis Commissioner Tells Critics to 'Chill'
Yeah, really dudes.

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CANNABUSINESS CURATOR: 8/17/18

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Harborside goes public
In case you missed this huge news: Harborside announced earlier in the week it's going public, having been acquired by Canadian company Lineage Grow Co. The reverse takeover will allow them to trade on the Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE). The Toronto-based company is acquiring all outstanding securities of Oakland-based FLRish (which manages Harborside's retail and dispensary operations). One wonders if the inevitable financial arguments that are being whispered into the ears of your elected officials by Wall Street lobbyists will be more effective than the ethical arguments that compassionate activists have been making for decades.

Cooking with cannabis
Spices are integral to cooking. The usual suspects include basil, oregano, and thyme. And now cannabis is quickly entering the cooking world, or as one chef calls it, "experiential seasoning" and a "melding of the senses."

Compliance isn't an option you can skip
We're huge fans of compliance. It's necessary and it keeps everyone on the same page. When you purchase your edible or flower or whatever from a dispensary it made it there from a long journey. Compliance makes sure your product is legit, both in its potency and its legality. And thanks to new tech, it's getting easier to track from seed to sale.

Well, hello, North Dakota
Supporters of legalizing recreational marijuana in North Dakota have succeeded in bringing the matter to a public vote later this year. Proponents submitted more than the required 13,452 valid petition signatures to get a measure on the November general election ballot. You betcha!

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CANNABUSINESS CURATOR: 8/10/18

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Tiny territory goes big
The tiny US territory known as the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CMNI) just took a big step toward ending marijuana prohibition. With a margin of 18-1, a new bill will create a legal framework for the sale and purchase of recreational cannabis in the Pacific islands, which lie just north of Guam.

Luxury branding
As the cannabis industry grows, there's going to be new markets that form within the marijuana industry, most notably, luxury cannabis products. Here's a pleasant side effect: companies that specialize in cannabis packaging and design could experience a boom in sales, too.

California (Il)legal cannabis sales
California's legal cannabis first quarter sales and tax revenues were lower than forecast. Why? A new survey by Eaze thinks California has a "long way to go in making it easy to get safe, legal and affordable cannabis." The survey found that 1 in 5 Californians purchased cannabis from the illicit market in the past three months. And, 84% of those are highly likely to repeat that behavior in the future due to the illicit market having cheaper products and no tax.

HR, payroll and cannabis
Wurk announced the launch of its new website designed to help cannabis businesses of all sizes discover the technology they need, while learning about Wurk's updated offerings to provide managed HR and payroll services.

Headline of the week
'Red Shark' car to be displayed at new Las Vegas cannabis museum

The iconic "Red Shark" Chevy Caprice, mentioned in "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," will be on display to the public for the first time. The 1973 convertible is at Cannabition, the new cannabis museum inside Neonopolis, for the next six months. Huh.

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CANNABUSINESS CURATOR: 8/3/18

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The 'Shark Tank' of cannabis?
It's called the "The Marijuana Show," described as "Nine savvy and engaging entrepreneurs pioneering a multi-billion dollar marijuana industry compete for mentorship and investment." Got a cool ideal? This might be the place.

This is your brain on...
Who doesn't remember the 80s commercials with your "brain on drugs"? The egg being fried in a pan? Now there's a gentler PSA for cannabis. The new one shows an egg not frying but being prepared ... into a healthy delicious omelet.

When Starbucks met cannabis
And it makes perfect sense. What the former Starbucks manager learned at Starbucks is easily translated into a cannabis dispensary. Lots of cool products and accessories, a comfortable space, identifiable branding, friendly staff.

Oregon: Too much cannabis?
It knows all about cannabis. It was legalized for medical in the 90s. Three years ago, recreational came on board. The problem? It might not know how much cannabis it has, because it lacks regulatory oversight of the industry, particularly growers. What's the end game here? It's anyone's guess at this point. 

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CANNABUSINESS CURATOR: 7/27/18

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 The 2018-19 NCIA Marketing & Advertising Committee (that's Robert, the new chairman, in the middle). 

The 2018-19 NCIA Marketing & Advertising Committee (that's Robert, the new chairman, in the middle). 

Having a crisis? Read this.
Higher Ground (and our own Robert O'Shaughnessy) is proud to play a role in the NCIA's Marketing & Advertising Committee—and are even more proud to announce the publication of the Crisis Communications Manual for Cannabis, unveiled at yesterday's Cannabis Business Summit. Learn how to identify, prevent and respond to crises to protect your business and our industry. 

On a further note (and speaking of the NCIA) Robert was also named chairman of the Marketing and Advertising (MAC) committee this week. Congrats, Robert!

Massachusetts: One month later
It's been a month (or so) since cannabis has been legal here and from the looks of it, the growing pains sound all too familiar. Some counties it's illegal, there are banking issues and lab licensing issues. For some of us, it's deja vu all over again. 

LA and cannabis: Bank on it?
Los Angeles voters might OK the creation of the country's "first public bank in 100 years this fall, unlocking an alternative to 'too-big-to-fail,' profit-driven banks that critics say prey on Americans each day." This could be a game-changer: no cash would be safer and easier for so, so many reasons.

Smoking cannabis decreasing?
Here's compelling proof: In 2014, around 67% of Colorado's legal marijuana purchases were for smokeable cannabis flower. Today, that number has dropped to only 44 percent as the sales for potent concentrates has doubled to 31 percent. Oregon marijuana flower sales dropped seven percent last year, and in California flower sales are down three percent from just the beginning of the year. Read why.

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CANNABUSINESS CURATOR: 7/20/18

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California labs are being flooded
Labs are the key quality controllers in the state's legal cannabis supply chain, right? California has 38 million people with just 31 cannabis lab licensees. This means one thing: they're overwhelmed.

Cannabis accelerator opens in Portland
Oregon has launched an accelerator program and co-working and events space dedicated to boosting women entrepreneurs and their cannabusinesses. It's more than that: its goal is to help women-owned cannabusinesses obtain venture-capital funding and grow.

New law, new jobs in Massachusetts
As Massachusetts jumps on board the cannabis train, new jobs will be created. The industry will rely on a diverse range of professionals and employees (as you know it's way more than just growing). For instance? Creating cannabis-infused baked goods and sweet concoctions means there will be openings for people with culinary expertise. Here's what other talents will be needed.

Millennials, cannabis and Canada
A recent survey by Intercept Group of millennials in North America found that over 50% of Canadian respondents demonstrated some interest in the emerging cannabis market--most notably edibles, skin care, and the workplace. Take note, marketers and advertisers!

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CANNABUSINESS CURATOR: 7/13/18

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Manage relationships and regs
Sure, the market is flooded with point of sale, inventory, processing, warehousing and order entry systems tailored specifically for cannabis companies. But, what sets CRM systems apart? Regulations. For instance? CRM apps like WebJoint have customized data tracking and reporting features that comply with the widely varying state and local rules.

Happy 7/10
Summertime. So many holidays, so many chances to celebrate ... everything and anything. Here's one from earlier in the week: 7/10, or Dab Day. What's the story behind it? Wonder no more. 

Portland gets a CBD café
It's not a smoking lounge, and there's no flower or oil for sale. It's something entirely new--a chocolate and coffee counter, where the baristas possess the knowledge of learned budtenders.

California cannabis arrests down since legalization
According to the California Attorney General cannabis arrests decreased by 56 percent in 2017, the first year where recreational cannabis was legal in the state, compared to 2016. And felony cannabis arrests decreased by 74 percent.

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CANNABUSINESS CURATOR: 7/6/18

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A little extra in your beverage
A new startup is planning to make a cannabis-enhanced beverage aimed at Canada's multi-billion-dollar beer market. And they're not the only ones!

The black market rolls on in Cali
Despite legalization in January in California, the illicit market (the one that was around wayyyy before legalization) might still be leading the market. And nowhere is this a bigger problem than in LA County.

Did you mellow your dog out on the Fourth?
The Fourth of July. BBQs. Beers. Sunshine. Good times. And illegal (and legal) fireworks scaring the bejesus out of poor Fido. Every year, dogs flip out, hide, or worse, run away from home. Enter cannabidiol chews, oils and dog treats. Some say these help poor dogs during the explosions in the sky. So, did you try it this year? Did it work?

Massachusetts muscles its way to the top
According to New Frontier Data, cannabis sales in the Bay State are projected to rise from $52M in 2016 - when the only sales were medical marijuana - to $1.07B in 2020, with the vast majority being recreational sales. Many think that the state might become an anchor market on the East Coast.

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CANNABUSINESS CURATOR: 6/29/18

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Massachusetts: Legal starting Sunday
This Sunday, recreational marijuana sales are legal in Massachusetts. Have attitudes on marijuana changed since the 2016 ballot question, when a little more than 53 percent of the state voted to legalize recreational marijuana?

THC-infused 'sparkling beverage'
Another post about beer and cannabis? Well, this one's a wee bit different. Lagunitas (of course!) has released Hi-Fi Hops. OK, so it's not technically a beer (they call it an "IPA-inspired sparkling beverage"), but it will come in cans in both 5mg and 10mg of THC. It will be on California dispensary shelves in July.

Oklahoma legal cannabis? OK.
Oklahoma voters have voted to legalize medical marijuana. Question 788-the ballot initiative to legalize medicinal cannabis use statewide-was approved by a comfortable margin, with a buffer of over 100,000 votes.

Wine vs. weed: Oregon edition
There have been many battles between wine growers and cannabis growers in NorCal. And now, they're heading to Oregon wine country. There really is no "bad guy." How this pans out is anyone's guess.

New Netflix show? Meh.
Have you watched the new Netflix cooking show centered around cannabis? Forbes did, and they were not impressed. (That's two strikes for Netflix, right?)

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CANNABUSINESS CURATOR: 6/15/18

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Gifts for dads
It's Father's Day on Sunday. Do you have a gift for dear-old dad? Maybe it's a tie? Or maybe a wallet? Or maybe it's a ... stash bag? This piece has you covered for cannabis gifts for your cannadad. 

Colorado says no to cannabis cafes
The game-changing bill would have made Colorado the first state in the nation to have a law that made cafes OK. However, this week Colorado's governor vetoed it.

Cannabis usage keeps keepin' on
Cannabis consumption is on the rise in America and Canada, according to the 2018 Civilized Culture Poll. There was an 11% increase in people who use cannabis for both medicinal and recreational purposes compared to the figures from the 2017 poll. That's a jump up from 30% last year to 41%.

Dispensary name generator
Are you opening up a dispensary soon? Looking for a cool name? You're in luck! Civilized has put together a dispensary name generator just for you! Our name (if we were opening a dispensary) is: Ye Olde Bud Cooperative. But, seriously, if you need help with a name and branding, call us!

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