PROP 64: To Weed or Not To Weed?

PROP 64: To Weed or Not To Weed?

Californians have another opportunity to legalize marijuana on November 8, 2016 with Proposition 64: The California Marijuana Legalization Initiative. If passed, adults over age 21 can purchase, possess and propagate plants for personal use. Recreational marijuana would be available in licensed stores for taxable sale and consumption. The proposition includes specific restrictions and safeguards to protect children, employers, drivers, consumers and growers. Voting “no” keeps recreational marijuana use, sale and cultivation illegal, but wouldn’t change…

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Cannabis World Congress and Business Exposition 2016

Cannabis World Congress and Business Exposition 2016

The Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo brought the biggest heads in the industry together at the annual conference in Los Angeles and the Emerald Magazine was there to catch it. In September the 2106 CWCBExpo came to the Los Angeles Convention Center and with it four days of seminars, expositions and networking all about the cannabis industry Here attendees learned everything from a glossary of the the medical cannabis industry to the finer points…

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Another Trip Around The Sun

Another Trip Around The Sun

Since 1828, Merriam-Webster has been giving definition to words. August is amongst us, marking the anniversary of the Emerald Magazine. This month is a fitting time for this special occasion. The word August according to Merriam-Webster has a short definition: having a formal and impressive quality, and a long definition: marked by majestic dignity or grandeur. August and the Emerald Magazine pair together like fine wine and flowers, providing an impressive quality to the cannabis…

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Covering Cannabis with Awarding Winning Journalist David Downs

Covering Cannabis with Awarding Winning Journalist David Downs

“Academia and the media have come to embrace this newly formed landscape — Forbes, the Washington Times, the Economist, and VICE are among the many publications that regularly feature cannabis content.” As the cannabis industry continues to flourish and build bridges between industries, the topic is becoming more relevant across fields including business, technology, medicine, finance, and of course, journalism. Our views of marijuana are changing, and its scope is only widening. The majority of…

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Compliant Cannabis: The “Green Rush’s” Looming Deadline Towards a Better Future for Generations to Come

Compliant Cannabis: The “Green Rush’s” Looming Deadline Towards a Better Future for Generations to Come

The Green Rush is full boar, land values have skyrocketed, out of area investors have come in and vagrant growers have ultimately dipped out and cashed in their chips. It’s the local farmers and landholders versus new investment interests. With a looming deadline of August, 23, 2016 to pre-register your EXISTING farm with the Humboldt County Planning Department, it is game on. Dozens of compliance workshops have been held over the past 18 months and…

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The Medical Patients’ Voices Must Be Represented In Cannabis Legalization

The Medical Patients’ Voices Must Be Represented In Cannabis Legalization

  A review of recent headlines pertaining to cannabis legalization in a number of states, and even within some of the biggest national cannabis advocacy groups, reveals an emphasis on huge financial gain. There is a conspicuous absence: the voice of medical patients within the cannabis community are missing or underrepresented. Recent coverage highlights the discussion surrounding legalization, regulation and the combined interests of everyone from big pharma and big AG, to recreational users, growers…

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The People on Pot May Not be what You Think

The People on Pot May Not be what You Think

“These aren’t your lazy stoners: these are the people who are actively trying to make life better for others and for themselves.” Cheech and Chong, Jay and Silent Bob, and Harold and Kumar are some of the names that you may think of when you think of people on pot. There are, however, many different people who promote cannabis in all of it’s finest forms for reasons that vary. Some people consume the herb as…

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Expert Joints: On The Pulse Of Pot

Expert Joints: On The Pulse Of Pot

“He aims to showcase that the industry is as diverse as the many different strains of cannabis found around the world.” There are so many different people in pot today, it’s hard to showcase them all. However, this is exactly what one individual named Craig Ex is doing. Every Thursday at 4:20 p.m. PST, Craig showcases the many individuals throughout the cannabis community by broadcasting their stories to the world on his weekly YouTube show,…

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The Life and Career of Renowned Horticulturist and Author Jorge Cervantes

The Life and Career of Renowned Horticulturist and Author Jorge Cervantes

“Cannabis is no longer a subculture, it’s pop-culture. It’s an industry worth billions, and as a movement it’s global.” As cannabis normalizes it’s easy to forget about the days when cannabis enthusiasts were outsiders. We’ve come a long way as a culture, movement, and industry. Some, including myself, can’t remember when popular strains didn’t exist. When cannabis was just pot or grass no one knew much about it, let alone how to cultivate it. Weed…

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Public People on Pot

Public People on Pot

“I speak out on this issue, in part, because most Americans cannot, out of fear of losing their jobs or reputation or both.” Every movement needs its public champions, and the legalization effort is no different.  Leaders from within the cannabis community have spoken through the organization NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) and magazines like High Times. Jack Herer and Ed Rosenthal were among many who spoke of common sense and…

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