Here’s How Cannabis Prohibition is Collapsing
Dec22

Here’s How Cannabis Prohibition is Collapsing

A synergy of events is marking the end of cannabis prohibition.  A recent federal budget amendment barred the federal government from spending money to stop state-authorized mmj programs.   The government's favorite way to bully when they can't prove a crime is asset forfeiture.  Once considered unstoppable, asset forfeiture is starting to fail.   “Historically, the U.S. Attorney in California and San Francisco… has been very...

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Cannabis & Big Tobacco
Dec22

Cannabis & Big Tobacco

Look at the rec sales numbers from Colorado and Washington, then project those numbers nationwide, and you can see why here at Hail Mary Jane we think it's only a matter of time till Big Tobacco is at the door holding grocery-store quality flowers along with bad intentions.  We return to this topic again and again.  If it's new to you GO HERE.   A few days ago a consultant told us to forget it, none of the bigs -- not tobacco,...

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Consultant Says “Big’s Not Coming”
Dec16

Consultant Says “Big’s Not Coming”

Here at HMJ we keep an eye on the big kids -- alky, pharma and 'baccy.  Here's someone to say we don't need to be concerned.  Meet John Conlin:   I’ve been providing management consulting services as well as valuation, merger and acquisition assistance to beer, wine and spirits distributors for the last couple decades. I know the beverage alcohol world pretty well. I’m also in the process of entering the new and exciting world of...

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Taxes Crushing Washington Rec Market
Dec16

Taxes Crushing Washington Rec Market

Right now pioneer business types are putting up with the tax mess, but it is unfair and cannot continue.   Taxes on recreational marijuana businesses in Washington State are so extreme that some shops are struggling to stay open despite burgeoning sales. Cannabis City, the first retail marijuana store to open in Seattle, has racked up $2.5 million in sales, but much of that has been eaten up by state and federal taxes, owner...

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Nevada Votes on Re-Legalization in 2016
Dec15

Nevada Votes on Re-Legalization in 2016

Nevada will vote on re-legalizing in 2016.   Recreational marijuana legalization will be on Nevada’s 2016 ballot after state officials verified that advocates secured enough signatures to automatically put the issue to voters. Secretary of State Ross Miller certified that proponents submitted enough signatures to add the initiative to the ballot in two years, the Associated Press reported. The Nevada Coalition to Regulate...

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Watching Oregon Re-Legalize
Dec12

Watching Oregon Re-Legalize

Oregon re-legalized at the election last November.  Their cannabis program will be managed by their state liquor commission.  HMJ signed up for e-mail alerts as the program takes shape.  Let's check the mail.   They are hiring: We are recruiting for a permanent, full-time Supply Specialist 1 position at our main office in Milwaukie. This position supports agency-wide operations by providing materials, supplies and processing mail...

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