Girl Scout troop sets up cookie booth in front of Chicago marijuana dispensary

Girl Scout cookie booth sales are common this time of year outside of grocery and big-box stores, but a Chicago-area troop decided on a different location to set up shop.
Troop 25818, made up of 6- and 7-year-old girls, set up a booth outside of a Chicago marijuana dispensary, according to reports.
Abigail Watkins, of Dispensary 33, told Block Club Chicago that cookie sales and their clientele provide a “great match.”
“As a former Girl Scout, I admire the hustle,” Watkins told the news outlet.
The Chicago dispensary has more than 500 customers each day, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The troop sold about 230 boxes on Sunday, troop leader Melissa Soukup told the newspaper.
Britney Bouie, of The Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, told the Chicago Tribune that it’s “A-OK” to sell cookies outside of any legal business, including dispensaries.
While Troop 25818 has a special entrepreneurial spirit, they’re not the first Girl Scout troop to sell cookies outside of ma..

s up Cookies in Fronts of Chi-Town Pakalolo

Girl Scout cookie booth sales are common this time of year outside of grocery and big-box stores, but a Chicago-area troop decided on a different location to set up shop. Troop 25818, made up of 6- and 7-year-old girls, set up a booth outside of a Chicago marijuana dispensary, according to reports. Abigail Watkins, of…

New Mexico bid for ReCreation Pakalolo all but

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – The effort to legalize recreational marijuana in New Mexico is all but doomed for this year after a proposal to do so was rejected by a key Senate committee. Two Democrats joined Republicans in a 6-4 vote to halt the bill that would have allowed recreational marijuana sales in every…

New Mexico bid for recreational marijuana all but doomed

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – The effort to legalize recreational marijuana in New Mexico is all but doomed for this year after a proposal to do so was rejected by a key Senate committee.
Two Democrats joined Republicans in a 6-4 vote to halt the bill that would have allowed recreational marijuana sales in every city and county while sheltering the state’s existing medical cannabis program with tax breaks and patients subsidies.
The outcome leaves little or no chance for reviving the bill before the state’s annual legislative session ends next week.
Thirty-three states and Washington, D.C., have legalized cannabis for medical or recreational use, with Michigan and Illinois the most recent of 11 states to OK recreational sales.
The initiative was backed by Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham amid efforts by her administration to attract new industries to the state and trim New Mexico’s heavy economic independence on oil production.
Democratic Judiciary committee chairman Joseph Cervante..

Market Your Dispensary By Building a Tribe

Originally published on the Hearst Bay Area blog.
If you are in charge of marketing for a California cannabis dispensary, you are probably already aware of the challenges facing brands in this industry.
The list of marketing roadblocks is very, very long.
And as part of a highly regulated industry, dispensaries need to have a deep understanding of the local and state laws and restrictions in order to stay out of trouble.
The January 2018 law that allows recreational marijuana purchasing in California has lead to an explosion of businesses aiming to capitalize on the new market. However, competition, especially in the Bay Area, is fierce and just because cannabis is now legal and available for purchase, doesn’t mean that it’s easy for dispensaries to get the word out about their products to consumers.
There are several marketing challenges facing brands in this industry, most of which fit into three categories. Those categories are:
Problems associated with defining and segmenting..

Kentucky bill to legalize medical marijuana advances

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – After years of setbacks, medical marijuana advocates in Kentucky gained momentum Wednesday when a House committee overwhelmingly approved a bill to legalize medical cannabis.
The House Judiciary Committee advanced the measure on a 17-1 vote. The bill moves to the full House next, and one of its lead sponsors, Rep. Jason Nemes, predicted it will pass by a wide margin. It would still have to pass the Senate, where its prospects are more uncertain.
The committee room was filled with advocates who have pressed for years to legalize medical marijuana for people battling chronic pain and debilitating medical conditions.
One Kentucky advocate, Eric Crawford, told lawmakers he already uses medical marijuana as an alternative to opioids to deal with pain and muscle spasms. Crawford suffered spinal cord injuries in a vehicle crash more than two decades ago.
“I’m not the only sick person in Kentucky in this predicament,” he said in emotional testi..

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Is Legal Marijuana Getting Local Real Estate Markets High-or Is It a Buzzkill?

Just because marijuana is legal in many states doesn’t mean many residents can grow it in their backyards or even smoke up in their homes. Buzzkill.
Homeowners associations often place restrictions on marijuana, such as barring homeowners from smoking in common areas-or even growing cannabis in their own backyards in some cases, according to a recent report from the National Association of Realtors®. The report is based on a September survey of nearly 3,700 residential and commercial Realtors® across the country.
“Landlords and HOAs are having to think about how marijuana is both used and grown within a home,” says Jessica Lautz, vice president of research at NAR. “[Even though] it’s legal, you might run into issues. … You may have restrictions on your ability to use marijuana in your home or in common areas.”
Marijuana has been approved for medical use in 33 states and Washington, DC. Of those, 11 states and the District of Columbia also permit recreational use. However, marijuana ..

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Night Out? Try Cannabis instead of Alcohol (sponsored)

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It’s no secret that people are tired of alcohol and understanding the damage that excess is doing to their livers.
But we are social creatures. We love to go out at night and get together, traditionally over alcohol. What are the healthy alternatives? In the Bay Area, kava lounges are popping up. Cannabis clubs aren’t open late enough to be comparable to a bar (one canna-dream, though).
Beyond that, where does one go for an alternative, alcohol-free evening?
I say BYOC. Bring Your Own Cannabis. That’s what I normally do, and even though it puts you on a different frequency and vibration than those on alcohol, it feels much healthier and controllable for me. I feel bubbly and fun, dance-y at times, and ready to crack great punny jokes at others.
AND I leave the social engagement when I feel tired and ready to, prioritizing my health and sleep. I wake up feeling refreshed, never with hangovers (if anything, a little high and happy from the night before). It’s pretty grea..

University to offer cannabis-growing minor

MACOMB, Ill. (AP) – The art of growing cannabis will become a minor subject at Western Illinois University in the fall, school officials announced Monday.
The university’s school of agriculture in Macomb is acting on interest officials expressed in such a class before adult-use marijuana became legal in January. The minor in cannabis production will require 18 to 19 credit hours with additional coursework offered by Western Illinois’ department of biological sciences.
School of agriculture director Andy Baker says faculty members are still working on partnerships with hemp producers and those in the recreational and medical marijuana businesses.
“There’s certainly enough hemp producers in the state that (students) could get experience working in the field,” Baker said. “There’s going to be some opportunities and we’re still developing those relationships.”
Bakers says he anticipating class sizes of 20 to 30 students, adding that in addition to graduating marijuana growers, there is..

Commentary: Cannabis isn’t harmless, and commercialized marijuana shouldn’t be legalized

New York State Capitol in Albany, New York state capital, USA.
During his State of the State address, Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled a legislative goal to pass a bill banning flavored nicotine vaping products and ads paid for by the industry that target youth. This was quickly followed up by a call to legalize high-potency marijuana.
That’s where the irony begins.
Last year, despite being massively outspent and told legalization was inevitable, our broad coalition – including the New York State PTA, Medical Society of the State of New York, N.Y. Sheriffs’ Association, N.Y. State Association of Chiefs of Police, county health officials, local elected officials, concerned parents, teachers, and addiction and recovery activists – made their voices heard and stopped the well-financed effort to commercialize today’s highly potent marijuana products.
Now, with today’s national vaping crisis, we have yet another reason to stop the legalization train. Some 2,600 Americans have fallen ill with ..

ND marijuana legalization group now aiming for Nov. ballot

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A group seeking to amend North Dakota’s Constitution to legalize recreational marijuana is now aiming for the November ballot.
Petitions with enough qualified signatures would have been due Monday at the secretary of state’s office for the measure to be part of the June 9 statewide primary. But sponsoring committee chairwoman Jody Vetter of Bismarck tells The Bismarck Tribune the ND for Freedom of Cannabis Act group is still collecting signatures and is now aiming for the Nov. 3 general election.
The primary election was an “initial goal,” Vetter said. She said the group also was trying to “avoid any confusion” with a similar measure to legalize marijuana potentially being on the same ballot.
Vetter said her group has about 18,000 signatures so far, with a goal of 30,000 to 32,000 signatures.
Both groups’ petitions are due July 6 to North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger.
Legalize ND petitioners are gathering signatures for a change in..

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Hero Images It’s no secret that people are tired of alcohol and understanding the damage that excess is doing to their livers. But we are social creatures. We love to go out at night and get together, traditionally over alcohol. What are the healthy alternatives? In the Bay Area, kava lounges are popping up. Cannabis…