As I write this, California may be ending almost two decades of their "Wild West" approach to marijuana businesses. Californians voted in 1996 to legalize pot for medical purposes, but as of September 2015 there is still no state regulatory framework for its share of what could be a $3 billion national industry.
This is a time of real change in the legal cannabis industry. Just in the last year we've made many business inroads and technological innovations that have stoked already red-hot growth.
A group of former 'Just Say No' law enforcement officers is now getting into the public pot business. The State of New Mexico, where medical marijuana can only be sold by state-approved non-profits, received some surprise applications to a recent request for new medical marijuana providers.
As more Illinoisans apply for and receive permission from the state to use marijuana as a medical necessity, Gov. Bruce Rauner put a stop to further e...
Over one trillion dollars spent to eradicate this plant and destroy the lives of the people who utilize it, and we ended up with a society that celebrates it in movies, TV and pop concerts.
The rapid fall of the (now ex-) Guatemalan president Otto Fernandez Pérez Molina has already reverberated through the Americas.
While there will always be people who overcome the odds to achieve outstanding levels of success, it is not realistic to advocate that persistent marijuana smoking is a healthy lifestyle.
As with marriage reform, the bulk of the action with marijuana legalization has been at the state level, with most members of Congress hesitant to express support until public opinion moves well past the tipping point. This is starting to change.
To gain insight on what is causing the momentum, I decided to talk to Sandra Hinchliffe, author of The Cannabis Spa at Home. How to Make Marijuana-Infused Lotions, Massage Oils, Ointments, Bath Salts, Spa Nosh, and More.
Nearly half of all states in the U.S. have some form of cannabis legalization on the books, but that has not been enough to protect businesses from prosecution by both local and federal authorities.
In states where their once-illegal actions have become legal, people are still haunted by their records. Voters have legalized recreational marijuana through ballot initiatives in four states. But these initiatives do not affect the old marijuana convictions that burden 4 million Americans.
In 2013, they hit us with Home, which became a #1 debut album in the UK for this global-platinum selling electronic act Rudimental. Since then, we've seen them raising the desert temperature at Coachella and back-to-back statewide sold out shows.
The following are some forward-thinking innovators and companies I've noticed who are successfully modernizing the industry without alienating traditionalists.
Why are some drugs legal and some prohibited? Why do we arrest approximately 600,000 Americans each year for marijuana possession, but sell tobacco and alcohol on most corners? Why do we lock up people who use meth for years, and dole out the similar drug Ritalin to our children?
Cannabis has been outlawed for many years, yet now there seems to be a worldwide campaign to make it legal again. But if it is harmless and can be legalized, why was it outlawed in the first place? Also, why is it being legalized at this specific point in time?
As the legal cannabis industry grows, companies across the country are struggling with ways to legitimize in the eyes of the public, and expand from niche market to mainstream. Image rehab plays a large part in this.