Month: April 2019

System of a Down’s Shavo Odadjian Has a New Hit: A Weed Business

In 1995, back before anyone knew who he or his soon-to-be-famous band were, Shavarsh “Shavo” Odadjian would pass out fliers to people trying to get them to come to his metal band’s shows. These fliers had an image of one of Odadjian’s friends, a schizophrenic man with the words “System of a Down” written on […]

Counterfeit marijuana products – how to protect your cannabis brand

Flav packaging includes a tamper-resistant hologram seal and QR code from AuthentiBrand (Photo courtesy of Flav) (This is an abridged version of a story that appears in the April issue of Marijuana Business Magazine.) For years, counterfeiters have been creating and selling knockoffs of Rolex watches, Louis Vuitton handbags and Ray Ban sunglasses. Now, it’s the […]

Key US senator indicates panel may refuse to hear marijuana banking bill

Published 1 min ago The chair of a key U.S. Senate committee declined Tuesday to commit to considering legislation that would provide federal protections to financial institutions serving state-legal cannabis businesses, which is dubbed the SAFE Banking Act. Sen. Mike Crapo, a Republican from Idaho, made the comments – as reported by Politico in a […]

Massachusetts gives initial OK for cannabis home delivery to select licensees

Published 1 min ago Massachusetts regulators signed off on preliminary plans for recreational marijuana home delivery, but the program would limit participation in the first two years to applicants that fit under the state’s social equity and economic empowerment provisions. The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission voted 4-1 to give initial approval to the policy, […]

Moosehead, Sproutly Canada to launch cannabis beverages

Moosehead, the largest fully Canadian-owned brewery, is partnering with Sproutly Canada to make nonalcoholic, cannabis-infused beverages – marking the latest major brewery to make a splash in the marijuana sector. Moosehead and Sproutly entered into a definitive agreement to form a joint venture, with each holding 50% ownership. Matthew Oland, one of the brewery’s senior executives, […]

New Jersey medical marijuana patients to triple by 2022, requiring additional cultivators

New Jersey’s medical marijuana market will need at least 15 additional cannabis cultivators in the next three years – even under a conservative growth scenario, according to information provided by the state’s MMJ regulatory agency. The New Jersey Department of Health’s Division of Medicinal Marijuana (DMM) submitted its biennial report to the state Legislature in […]

Vape Pens Are Great, But Are They Right For You?

When vaporization first caught the attention of cannabis consumers in the late 1990s, stoners would gather around the Volcano, a stationary device that heats cannabis flower and sends vapors into a detachable balloon that once filled, could be passed around the sesh circle. And as cannabis culture has changed through the spread of legalization and […]

Should You Spend Money on a Weed Subscription Box? If You Do, Here are the Top 3.

Out of a collective desire to order cool shit from the internet and feel the rush of unboxing it at home sprang the monthly subscription box — a service that now seems to serve every niche under the sun. Whatever you’re into, there’s probably a subscription box for it. Do you like weed? Good news, […]

Colorado approves marijuana bill to attract outside investors

Published 2 hours ago Colorado legislators passed a bill to open the state’s $1.5 billion-a-year cannabis industry to outside investors and capital such as publicly held companies and large venture funds. The measure, which comes a year after former Gov. John Hickenlooper rejected similar legislation, was approved by the Senate after previously being passed by […]