“As you know there’s always been a disparity in regards to incarceration, in regards to the War on Drugs for people of color,” Roz McCarthy, Founder and CEO of Minorities for Medical Marijuana told PotNetwork News recently at the Cannabis World Congress and Exposition.
Positive T.A. Nelson, a former seven-term senator and the current Commissioner of Agriculture of the U.S. Virgin Islands tried several times to pass legislation legalizing medical cannabis before he was ultimately successful this past January. After a long-fought battle, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. finally signed into law the Virgin Islands Medicinal Cannabis Care Act.
Carbajal is the Executive Director of The Social Impact Center, a 501(c)(3) out of Los Angeles that, in her own words is a hub for organizers and serves as a bridge between government, grassroots, industry, and people. The group empowers underserved communities by developing leaders through education, storytelling, and community building.
Corporate culture is dominating the cannabis space these days, and of the many down-level effects that shift is placing on the industry, none can be felt more than the decline of women. As Marijuana Business Daily reported a few years back, in just two short years, from 2015 to 2017 the number of women in the industry fell from 36 percent to 27 percent.
Dietrich, the once-and-current Chairman and CEO of cannabis technology platform MassRoots Inc.(OTCMKTS:MSRT) is the millennial wunderkind who steered his company and himself back from the brink on more than one occasion, stubbornly refusing to step aside when so many critics had left them both for dead.
In a somewhat uniquely American way, opioid use disorder has become a marketing boon for the emerging cannabis industry. Advocates and industrialists alike have focus-grouped America’s deadliest epidemic into a modern-day Pepsi Challenge; a double-blind, peer-reviewed taste test where four-out-of-five addicts prefer medical marijuana.
In a seemingly nondescript back warehouse inside of Las Vegas’ premier entertainment complex and cannabis superstore Planet 13, Director of Marketing David Farris spoke with excitement about the dispensary’s expansion plans. Already the world’s largest cannabis dispensary, the success of Planet 13 has left the team behind Sin City’s newest tourist destination eager to push forward, to see how far they can move the envelope.
PotNetwork News was live at the Tobacco Plus Expo in Las Vegas, with ex-NBA star Lamar Odom as he introduced his new line of CBD vape pens under the brand name Odom Vape Pen.
In early July the New York State Department of Financial Services issued a memo giving guidance to banking institutions hesitant to provide financial services to the medical marijuana industry.
“Also, a funny story that takes a half-hour to tell so I won’t tell it other than to say I attracted a cease and desist letter from the US Secret Service for stamping “I Grew Hemp” on all of the dollar bills coming out of George Washington’s mouth,” recalled Joy Beckerman about her early days as an advocate for hemp.