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A Philadelphia University Says It’s Offering ‘First MBA’ for the Cannabis Industry

The University of Sciences in Philadelphia announced Tuesday the launch of a Master of Business Administration option for students looking for opportunities in the cannabis industry. “We’ve seen rapid growth in an industry that needs business leaders,” said Andrew Peterson, executive director of the USciences Substance Use Disorders Institute. “Our MBA is concentrated on the […]

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Jay-Z Joins Cannabis Company as Chief Brand Strategist

The rapper is the latest celebrity to get into the marijuana business as its legalization for recreational use has spread to 11 US states. Billionaire rapper Jay-Z is entering the fast-growing cannabis industry, taking a role with California company Caliva as a strategist. Privately-owned Caliva, formed in San Jose in 2015, said on Tuesday that Jay-Z had […]

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Cannabis Tourism is on the Rise

As more states legalize the use of cannabis, entrepreneurs are organizing painting classes, bus tours and other marijuana-infused experiences. Sam Rosenbaum has Stephen Colbert to thank for his career switch from accountant to cannabis tour operator. The newly minted M.B.A. was watching an episode of “The Colbert Report” in 2014 when the comedian spoke of […]

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High Cannabis Taxes Keep Black Market Alive in California

Two years ago, California voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 64, which legalized adult cannabis use. Fast forward two years later, and the illicit market is “getting worse, not better.” The legal cannabis market has yet to achieve its desired impact for a number of reasons. More than three-quarters of California’s city and county governments still ban […]

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Miss Grass Raises $4M To Launch In-House Cannabis Brand

Venice, California — Miss Grass is a modern, elevated online magazine with captivating content and an e-commerce destination for modern cannabis consumers. Co-founded by Kate Miller and Dosist alumna Anna Duckworth, the cannabis cultural tour-de-force – dubbed the “Goop of cannabis” by W Magazine– just closed a $4 million funding round. This latest raise, led […]

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A ‘Museum of Weed’ is coming to Hollywood

A 30,000-square-foot cannabis museum is coming to Hollywood. Weedmaps, a Los Angeles-based cannabis technology and media company, is behind the new museum, which is aimed at destigmatizing cannabis and will open later this summer. “We’re at this point now where there is some cannabis normalization,” Weedmaps CEO Chris Beals told CNN Business, “where they’re already […]

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United States of Weed

Curious about the status of cannabis? Here’s a map of where marijuana legalization stands across the country — and a deeper look into some places with disparate approaches to pot. The country is moving forward with legalization at a record pace — but what that actually means can vary wildly from state to state. Some […]

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How to Eat, Drink, and Appreciate Cannabis at Restaurants

From infusions to strain-specific cooking, veteran chefs are forging new identities while up-and-comers are making their mark. On a recent evening at the James Beard House in New York City, guests decked out in fine dining attire gathered for an intimate dinner party. The James Beard Foundation had once again invited its members to enjoy […]

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Meet America’s Most Powerful Cannabis Union

The United Food and Commercial Workers union is now a major force in marijuana politics — but criticisms of it have grown with its influence. No one knows more about the complicated alliance between unions and the cannabis industry than Dale Sky Jones, chancellor of Oakland’s Oaksterdam University, a marijuana trade school. She calls herself […]

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Is CBD oil legal in Texas and can you get arrested for it?

With the recent legalization of hemp production in Texas and voting of a new bill that would expand their marijuana medical laws, many Texans are confused as to whether CBD is now legal in this state. Texas is the second most populous state in America, and it covers the biggest surface of all continental states, […]

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Ben & Jerry’s Announces Plans to Make CBD-Infused Ice-Cream

Ice-cream maker to add cannabidiol to its products as soon as it is legalized at the federal level. Usually people reach for the ice-cream after ingesting cannabis. Now hippie-capitalist ice-cream maker Ben & Jerry’s is hoping to speed the whole process up by producing CBD-infused ice-cream. Long known for stoner-hinting flavors such as Bonnaroo Buzz, […]

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Hempfest Organizer, Cannabis Retailers Say Ban on Pot Advertising at the Annual Festival Violates Free-Speech Guarantees

The organizers of Hempfest, Seattle’s annual giant celebration of all things marijuana, and a pair of the state’s largest cannabis retailers have filed a lawsuit and are seeking an injunction to prevent the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) from enforcing a ban on advertising at the festival, which they say violates free-speech guarantees, […]

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How Tough Can It Be To Start A Cannabis Franchise?

Franchising in the U.S. is part of the nation’s business culture and an economic force, generating $451 billion last year. So it’s not surprising that entrepreneurs in the world of cannabis are attracted to the fast growth it can provide. One such player in the cannabis industry is Christian Hageseth, cofounder of Green Man Cannabis, […]

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Senior Citizens Reveal Barriers to Sourcing Medicinal Cannabis

Senior citizens in Colorado have identified a number of barriers that prevent them from purchasing medical marijuana at the state’s dispensaries. Cannabis use is soaring among Americans aged 60 and over, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, which polls 70,000 people. Yet there are still many people within this demographic that […]

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Illinois Senate Passes Recreational Marijuana Bill

State House will now vote on bill that would allow state residents 21 and older to possess up to 30 grams of cannabis. The Illinois Senate approved a bill legalizing marijuana on Wednesday — a major step toward becoming the 11th U.S. state allowing recreational pot use. The measure, which passed in a 38-to-17 vote, […]

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If you rely on weed delivery, it’s time to buy an iPhone

Google decided to ban all mobile apps facilitating cannabis sales from its Play Store, meaning that Android users can’t get weed delivered to their doors anymore. In the last couple of years, we’ve seen the intensity of the iOS vs Android duel rise and fall. I believe iOS got this round. Fellow cannabis enthusiasts, it’s […]

TSA now allows hemp-derived CBD, FDA-approved cannabis med on flights

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has updated its policy to now allow hemp-derived CBD and a Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved cannabis medication on flights, according to the agency’s website. The TSA’s guidelines on cannabis were recently updated on its website’s medical cannabis page, changing a red “no” to a yellow “yes (special instructions)” for […]

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How California Female Cannabis Entrepreneurs Are Overcoming Hurdles in Fledgling Legal Industry

Female business owners face challenges starting and running cannabis operations, according to several such entrepreneurs who spoke at a recent industry conference in Santa Rosa. “I’m sure everyone’s probably tired of the cliché of building the airplane while we’re flying it, but that’s literally what we’ve been doing for the last two years,” said Shannon […]

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Big name Democrats join cannabis investment firm Northern Swan

Former Democratic lawmakers Tom Daschle and Joe Crowley have joined the advisory board of New York-based cannabis investment firm Northern Swan, the company announced Monday. Daschle was a U.S. senator from 1987-2005 and served as the Senate Majority Leader from 2001-2003. He called for looser cannabis restrictions after the announcement was made. “As the conversation […]

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Planning Your Colorado Cannabis Road Trip

Got a full tank of gas and mountains on your mind? As the snow starts melting, driving through Colorado isn’t as daunting as it can be in winter, and there’s heaps of fun to be had, even when most ski slopes are closed. No matter where you go in this state, chances are good that […]

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Lawmakers in California take banking matters into their own hands

The California Senate approved Bill SB-51 which will create state-chartered cannabis banks, as the need for banking in the industry is becoming a pressing issue. It’s still unclear if the federal government will pass the SAFE Banking Act, even with all the signs pointing towards a positive outcome. The bill still doesn’t have sufficient support […]

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How Legalization Changed Humboldt County Marijuana

In an isolated Northern California community, the last remnants of the counterculture are confronting the future of cannabis. For more than forty years, the epicenter of cannabis farming in the United States was a region of northwestern California called the Emerald Triangle, at the intersection of Humboldt, Mendocino, and Trinity Counties. Of these, Humboldt County […]

California on a fast track to CBD sales legalization.

In January this year, California introduced Assembly Bill 228 under which food, beverage, and cosmetic products with hemp extracts or derivatives are no longer considered adulterated by these ingredients, and will not be subject to sales restrictions or prohibitions based on the presence of hemp. Three California committees – Assembly Business and Professions Committee, Assembly […]

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Cannabis Is Becoming a Huge Job Creator

Discussions about job growth in the U.S. tend to focus on industries such as technology and health care. But the biggest boom may be happening in cannabis. Even though cannabis use in some form is legal in only two-thirds of the states, our burgeoning industry is among the fastest-growing job markets in America. According to […]

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Politicians in New York introduced another legalization bill

The cannabis legalization efforts seem to be ramping up as the State legislators introduce a new all-encompassing legalization bill. New York’s cannabis legalization efforts have been a real roller coaster of emotions and decisions so far, and they’re not even close to legalizing it. Just in the past six months, the governor announced that New […]

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New evidence suggests cannabis helps you exercise more and stay fit

The results of two separate recent studies in the US show the plant’s potential to prevent weight gain and motivate users to exercise more. This could, by extension, help reduce risks of more serious conditions. In a 3-year study by Michigan State University, researchers used results from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related […]

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Travel the High Road: Five Fun Spots for the Cannabis Tourist

From Harry Potter-themed pot parties to hip-hop dispensaries, getting high doesn’t have to be a solo experience. These days, legal weed is the new fall foliage: a rare and special plant that requires a few hours journey to experience. But not every Apple Store-inspired dispensary or overdesigned pre-roll pack is worth the trip. Laws are […]

Las Vegas legalizes cannabis consumption lounges

Las Vegas has now become the first city in Nevada – and among a handful nationwide in the U.S. – to legalize cannabis lounges after its city council approved them last Wednesday. In a 4-1 vote, the Las Vegas City Council permitted a bill that paves the way for social cannabis consumption lounges. The new […]

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Looking for a Summer Internship? Consider Cannabis

Cannabis jobs are hotter than ever, and the mainstream is finally starting to take note. Last week, the New York Times published an article titled “Cannabis, Marijuana, Weed, Pot? Just Call It a Job Machine,” highlighting the fast growth of marijuana-related job listings on sites like Indeed and ZipRecruiter. At the time, ZipRecruiter’s Julia Pollak […]

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The High Life

Sixty-five years after he smoked his first joint, Willie Nelson is America’s most legendary stoner and a walking testament to the power of weed. It may have even saved his life. Willie Nelson is sitting on a couch at his home, a modest cabin that overlooks his 700 acres of gorgeous Texas Hill Country, when […]

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Curaleaf in Record $1 Billion Deal for Cannabis Oil Company

Curaleaf said Wednesday it will buy cannabis oil company Cura Partners for $1 billion, the largest acquisition to date in the legal marijuana industry and a sign of how quickly the budding sector is maturing. Combined, the companies generated total revenue of about $200 million last year. That would make it the largest cannabis company […]

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In Florida, You Can Purchase Cannabis Through a Drive-Thru

Louisiana has drive-thru margarita spots, and now Florida has its own drive-thru dispensary. It actually has a few. Curaleaf opened a new drive-thru cannabis dispensary in the United States a few weeks ago, its 23rd dispensary in the state and 43rd in the country. The company currently has the largest number of dispensaries in the […]

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Legislators in Texas are ready to make reformative marijuana laws

Legislators in Texas are moving towards introducing 3 reformative laws which could expand cannabis liberties and the existing medical cannabis market. Texas is getting ready to light up on 4/20. In an effort to make one of the most populated states more marijuana-friendly, Texas State legislators are moving towards decriminalizing simple possession, along with a […]

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U.S. island territory Guam legalizes recreational cannabis

U.S. island territory Guam has legalized recreational cannabis after its governor signed the Cannabis Industry Act into law on Thursday. The legislation allows those 21-years-old or older to buy the drug on the Western Pacific island, as well as possess up to an ounce (28 grams) of it and grow six plants for personal use. […]

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The US will soon see a slew of new cannabis bills

The political world is warming up towards cannabis as we expect at least a few federal bills to come through in the coming months. Even though Trump might have talked a lot of smack, made some pretty conservative and borderline fascist statements, and at one point even banned Muslims from entering the country — he […]

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Companies’ Cannabis Policies Don’t Always Evolve With State Law

Legalization is spreading and the “4/20 Holiday” is predicted to be bigger than ever when it comes to legal cannabis sales. That means more Americans will be using marijuana for medical or recreational purposes, but have employers’ drug use policies changed with legalization? The situation is a challenging one for businesses. Marijuana Moment’s Legislative Tracking […]

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Cities in California are still trying to ban cannabis delivery

California’s cannabis delivery ban is being challenged by 24 cities in an attempt to give their new businesses a fighting chance. California has been plagued with many issues since it legalized cannabis in January last year. First, there was the issue of overwhelming amounts of illegal cannabis. Then the growers complained how the laws were […]

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New Mexico Decriminalizes Marijuana

Law signed after full legalization effort stalls in state Senate. New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed legislation that will decriminalize marijuana, significantly reducing possession penalties, Albuquerque’s KRQE reports. The law, which makes New Mexico the 24th state to decriminalize marijuana, will take effect July 1st. Under the new act, possession of less than […]

Many Michigan communities have decided to ban cannabis stores

Nearly 1 in 8 communities in Michigan have decided not to allow cannabis businesses and retail stores within their limits. A large number of communities in Michigan decided to opt out of the recreational marijuana market, for now. Roughly 400 Michigan communities decided that the wording on the ballot was way too liberal for them […]

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Meet the Woman Behind Willie Nelson’s Cannabis Company

Few musicians have the cannabis cachet of avid toker Willie Nelson. The country music star’s Willie’s Reserve has been a big hit, with his branded joints, buds and an ever-growing list of infused products finding their way into dispensaries around Colorado and beyond. Instead of tethering the brand to one supplier, Willie’s Reserve partners with […]

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Medical marijuana legalization bill introduced in Alabama

A bill to legalize medical marijuana is introduced in Alabama, as State Rep. Mike Ball moves forward with HB 243. One of the traditionally “reddest” states in the US is on the path to legalizing medical marijuana in the short term. Alabama State Rep. Mike Ball introduced a piece of legislation that, if passed, will […]

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US cannabis industry might get legitimate banking soon

The SAFE Banking Act is up for a vote and, if passed, will allow cannabis companies to open bank accounts, raise credits, take out loans, and more. SAFE Banking Act, or House Resolution H.R.1595, is up for vote, which if passed is going to create protections for depository institutions that provide financial services to cannabis-related […]

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With CBD, Cannabis Wellness Market Goes Big

Before Melissa McCarthy stepped out on stage last week at the Academy Awards wearing a bunch of stuffed rabbits, she reportedly took a moment to rub her feet with CBD oil to help with the pain associated with the fashionable, but distinctly uncomfortable, ultra-high heels worn by celebrities. McCarthy isn’t alone in turning to CBD-infused […]

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7 Facts About Starting a Cannabis Dispensary in 2019

Every new cannabis dispensary faces these obstacles and opportunities. Running a profitable and legal cannabis dispensary is entirely possible but not at all easy. The regulatory labrynth is tough to navigate, startup costs are usually significant, the taxes are brutal and the competition is fierce. Building a successful cannabis business means understanding, before you even […]

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Whole Foods CEO Hints at Moving into the Marijuana Market

America’s largest chain of organic grocery stores is considering a move into the marijuana market. Earlier this week, the Amazon subsidiary suggested that it might add cannabis to its extensive line of organic produce sometime in the future. During a recent Q&A hosted by The Texas Tribune, Whole Foods Market CEO John Mackey said he […]

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6 Best Cannabis Stocks to Buy on U.S. Exchanges

These are 2019’s top pot stocks. The marijuana industry is one of the hottest and fastest-growing areas on Wall Street, and that means the best cannabis stocks to buy are getting easier to find. When Canada became the second country in the world to legalize recreational marijuana in 2018, a flurry of legitimate pot stocks […]

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California is getting ready for The Second War on Drugs

While the rest of the country is working on solving the legal issues surrounding state-wide or nation-wide legalization, California is getting ready for the second edition of the War on Drugs. This is the age of cannabis as many nations are working on updating and modernizing the laws surrounding marijuana. California was one of the […]

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Forget dispensary lines with Greenbox, an ATM for cannabis

Greenbox is an automatic dispensary machine that is currently being distributed to a few dispensaries in the U.S. Think of it like an ATM, but rather a BTM—Bud Tender Machine. The machine was invented by Zack Johnson, a former music industry executive from Massachusetts who is now the company’s CEO. Johnson came up with the […]

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Bryan’s Nine Strain Wonders in Different Growing Mediums

Bryan’s Nine Strain Wonders in Different Growing Mediums: Bryan and His Nine Strains Germination Phase Vegetation Phase Flowering Phase Practice Makes Perfect In this grow journal, Bryan tells the story of the nine different strains he grew using two growing mediums. He started with ten, half in soil while the rest in hydro. Another twist […]

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ILGM Purple Haze, Gold Leaf and Sour Diesel for Ds401

ILGM Purple Haze, Gold Leaf and Sour Diesel for Ds401: ILGM Purple Haze, Gold Leaf and Sour Diesel Vegetation Phase Flowering Phase Keeping It Simple There are times when growers tend to over exaggerate all things related to growing. They tend to buy the most extravagant tents, nutrients, and even soils for their marijuana plants. […]

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Jeff Sessions Resigns as the Attorney General of the United States

November 09, 2018, United States Since assuming the federal reign, Trump administration has been going through a never-ending transition on key administrative roles. The president is often criticized for these abrupt terminations and nominations. However, the latest change among federal ranks has been celebrated by many, particularly the cannabis proponents of the country. It has […]

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What Trump’s New AG Means for the Cannabis Industry

Tuesday’s election will have major short- and long-term effects on marijuana policy. In the immediate sense, Michigan became the 10th state to legalize marijuana for adults, while successful ballot measures in Missouri and Utah brings the total number of states with medical marijuana laws on the books to 33. Numerous pro-legalization candidates were also elected […]

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Three More States Approve Marijuana

Three More States Approve Marijuana : Legalization Matters 2018 US Marijuana Election Results It’s an election year in America, and once again marijuana was on the ballot. Four states voted on marijuana, while many others listed candidates with a clear stance on marijuana legislation. Legalization Matters Don’t live in Missouri, Utah, Michigan or North Dakota? […]

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Growing White Widow Autos in GetbackJoJo’s Greenhouse

Growing White Widow Autos in GetbackJoJo’s Greenhouse: GetbackJoJo’s White Widow Autos Germination Vegetation Flowering Getting Back on His Feet Marijuana growing is not merely burying a seed in the soil, watering it every now and then, and letting the sun do its job. It requires knowledge, precision as well as a lot of patience, too. […]

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First cannabinoid-based drug is now legally available in the US

November 02, 2018, US After fulfilling all the strict requirements of FDA, the first cannabinoid-based pharmaceutical drug has been finally put for sale in all 50 states of the US. The drug Epidiolex is manufactured by a UK-based pharma GW Pharmaceuticals and contains significant traces of CBD, a cannabinoid present in the cannabis plant. Even […]

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Muffybunny Grows Blueberry Autos in DWC and Coco Coir

Blueberry Autos for the Second Grow: Blueberry Autos for the Second Grow Germination Phase Vegetation Phase Flowering Phase Muffybunny’s Blueberry Auto’s Melody A lot of factors play vital roles in making sure that a marijuana plant makes it until harvest. There are the lights, nutrients, and of course, the grower’s passion comes to the surface. […]

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North_East_Newbie’s Golden Buds from a Gold Leaf Scrog: Golden Buds from Gold Leaf Vegetation Phase Flowering Phase Golden Success from Scrogging ScrOGging is a term used to abbreviate “Screen of Green”. It involves placing a screen over the plant that it filled out by tucking and bending the branches, thus making an illusion of a […]

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Cannabis Farmer-CEO Raising Capital, Navigating Complex New Market

Jamie Warm worked at California’s first cannabis dispensary while attending college in Santa Barbara, sparking a career that’s positioned him to take entrepreneurial advantage of the state’s newly legal commercial marijuana market – the nation’s largest. “The cannabis industry has been my only source of income for my entire adult life. It got me through […]