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Cuomo Screws NY’s Medical Marijuana Industry

Don’t Let the Screen Door Hit You on the Way Out… Governor Cuomo unveiled his proposed budget (page 200 of this link) which includes a recreational marijuana law called the Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act. For those who are invested in the big marijuana companies it is disappointing but small businesses will be happy (except New York is the least friendly state to business in the nation). For the companies who have invested in New York for the Governor’s Medical Marijuana plan, he is thanking them with taking away their ability to expand into recreational marijuana and allowing medical marijuana patients to grow their own – a double whammy likely to make NY a disaster for them.  The three tier distribution model according to the governor’s speech will make sure the licenses don’t just go to the dreaded rich people.  He is dreaming of Washington and Sandra Lee will be the next Dolly Madison.  Call Your Legislators – Tell Them You Want Real Jobs Cue the lobbyists and legislators to start negotiating this turkey.  Contact your state legislators now – there is still time to correct this turkey.  There are lots of bombs in the Governor’s proposed budget… 

Massachusetts Marijuana Social Equity

Massachusetts Marijuana Social Equity Program Social Equity Program Hosted in partnership with City Awake’s Fierce Urgency of Now Festival, Millennials of Color are invited to learn about opportunities to start, manage, or work in Marijuana Establishments and learn about the Massachusetts Marijuana Social Equity Program. Come and meet Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission representatives who can share helpful resources for entering the legal, adult-use cannabis market, including the Commission’s first-in-the-nation, statewide Social Equity Program. Tuesday September 25, 2018 5:00pm – 7:00pm Register Today >> The Program The Social Equity Program is designed to build a pathway for individuals and businesses that wish to build, enter, and support a robust adult-use cannabis marketplace regardless of their desired level of involvement or area of specialty. The two-phase program focuses on those most affected by marijuana prohibition – particularly those of Black/African American and Hispanic/Latino descent, as well as women, veterans and farmers – and helps applicants discover how they can contribute to the newly legalized industry. The overall mission of the Social Equity Program is to decrease the disparities in life outcomes for these individuals and improve the quality of life in areas of disproportionate impact by: • Reducing barriers to entry in the commercial… 

Big Weed by Christian Hageseth, Founder of Green Man Cannabis

Big Weed by Christian Hageseth, Founder of Green Man Cannabis   For anyone interested in the emerging marijuana industry, Big Weed by Christian Hageseth, the founder of Green Man Cannabis is a must-read.  I just read this fantastic book!. Christian Hageseth is a long-time entrepreneur who finally found his true home in the marijuana industry.  He had a food business, a real estate business and a finance business before he fell into marijuana and then decided to take it to the next level, ultimately creating Green Man Cannabis and building it into the premiere Colorado marijuana brand. Green man Cannabis is the product of Hageseth’s visionary leadership and has won many awards including four Cannabis Cups!       Hageseth’s true affection for marijuana is evident on every page even though he gives it to you truthfully, warts and all. His analysis of building a business that grows something versus a business that does not is really interesting and somewhat profound I think.  I believe his portrayal of what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur is spot on. His description of the ways in which the federal prohibition on marijuana hamstrings the industry to the stigma in…