The Roll-Up #128: Two cheers for Palentines Day

Leafly PodcastsFebruary 14, 2020 Treat your pals, your gals, and…others…on this day of Feb. 14. (Andrea/AdobeStock) Leafly Podcast The Roll-Up features co-hosts Bruce Barcott, Alyssa Yeoman, and Ashley Schwellenbach in a Friday morning roundtable about the week’s top cannabis news. Episode 128: Two cheers for Palentines Day This week: It’s Feb. 14 and some of us…

Brief session sinks Fresh Mexico’s legalization sing

The Associated PressFebruary 14, 2020 The governor is behind legalization, but New Mexico legislators may take a little more time to evolve on the issue. (SeanPavonePhoto/AdobeStock) SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s bid to become the 12th U.S. state to legalize recreational use of marijuana abruptly fell flat after state senators in a legislature…

CBD for irritation: What we all know up to now

Inflammation, or the inflammatory response, is an aspect of the body’s immune response. While short-term inflammation can be protective, chronic inflammation is linked to several diseases, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and Alzheimer’s. Inflammation often goes hand in hand with pain. The most common symptoms of inflammation include pain, heat,…

5 cannabis traces for folk that be pleased strawberries

Dante JordanFebruary 13, 2020 (Juan Moyano/Stocksy/AdobeStock) Open a jar of fresh cannabis and your nose will get hit with an array of aromas. Of those, a prevalent strawberry note may stand out from the rest. Strawberry-flavored cannabis strains are delightful for multiple reasons: they smell and taste like a Farmer’s Market, and they usually provide…

Los Angeles County expunges 66,000 marijuana convictions in a day

David DownsFebruary 13, 2020 Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey, working with Code for America, announced the dismissal of 66,000 marijuana convictions. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) The fruits of cannabis legalization continued to blossom in the Golden State Thursday. Los Angeles County district attorney Jackie Lacey announced Thursday the filing of a motion to expunge…

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..

Alberta approves cannabis vape sales, starting up this week

Alberta’s cannabis retailers learned last Friday that as of Monday, February 10, they would now be allowed to sell cannabis vape-pens, cartridges, and other vape products. The Albertan cannabis industry and some consumers cried foul when Alberta’s UCP government announced in late December they were delaying the release of vape pens while the province conducted…

A global history of weed and sex

Whether smoked, ingested, inserted or smeared all over the body, many cultures over thousands of years have used cannabis in conjunction with sex. While today’s scientists (and, by extension, business owners) are eager to add “aphrodisiac” to cannabis’s many health benefits, the results—while positive—remain inconclusive. Vancouver Island-based sex therapist Kim Switnicki suggests the intentions set…

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..