It has been announced that former Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner, along with former Republican Governor of Massachusetts Bill Weld, have joined the Board of Advisors for Acreage Holdings, a multi-state corporation operating in the medical and recreational marijuana space. The company holds licenses for dozens of cannabis businesses in the United States. […]
The wildfires raging through Northern California’s Wine Country these past weeks have killed at least 41 people, left dozens missing, and thousands burned out of their homes. They have also put a significant hurt on the region’s namesake wine industry, and its up-and-coming country cousin, the weed business. As of this week, more than 5,000 […]
SEATTLE, WA — The legal cannabis industry is responsible for the creation of an estimated 150,000 full-time jobs, according to state-by-state data compiled by the online content provider Leafly.com. Their analysis identified 149,304 full-time jobs supported by the legal marijuana industry. Not all of the jobs included in the tally involved direct contact with the plant, as ancillary […]
WASHINGTON, DC — A bipartisan group of Senators led by Jeff Merkley (D-OR) have introduced legislation in the United States Senate that would ensure legal cannabis businesses can access banking services. Joining Sen. Merkley as co-sponsors of the measure are Sens. Cory Gardner (R-CO), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Rand Paul (R-KY), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Patty Murray (D-WA), Elizabeth Warren […]
What a Looming Patent War Could Mean for the Future of the Marijuana Industry
"In general, the [patent] office issues both utility and plant patents to all types of plants, including cannabis and poppy, provided the applications meet and comply with the applicable patent statutes," said the spokesperson, who asked not to be …
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Mexico proposes raising limit on marijuana for personal use
MEXICO CITY — Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said Thursday he will ask Congress to raise the limit on decriminalized marijuana for personal use to 28 grams, or about one ounce. Previously, only possession of five grams, or less than a fifth of …
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DEA gives approval to Colorado-funded study on marijuana and PTSD
The Colorado Board of Health had a rule making hearing about people with PTSD qualifying for medical marijuana at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment offices in Denver. Christopher Latona, center, and his dad Mike Latona, left, …
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Industrial hemp gaining traction in agriculture industry
GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — Two years ago, Rick Trojan and his team at Colorado Cultivars found a wild hemp plant growing on the side of the road. It looked kind of like a Christmas tree, he said. They brought it into their greenhouse and began doing …
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One Northeast Tennessee farmer applies for hemp permit
He harvested 10 pounds of hemp seeds, for which an approved processor offered him $ 7, a far cry from breaking even on the $ 254 for the state permit and the fees for THC testing to prove he wasn't growing marijuana. Even with the supply problems, the …
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Hope and hemp: The unfinished odyssey of Alex White Plume
His dream of becoming a hemp farmer and sparking a reservationwide industry of hemp growers, processors and manufacturers took root almost 20 years ago. In 1998, the Oglala Sioux Tribe, working with White Plume, adopted an ordinance that defined …
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Hemp Processing Facility Update and U.S. Hemp Industry Updates
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'Hemp Road Trip' stops in Johnson City
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Missouri lawmakers push to restore hemp as crop
Most people reflect proudly on the idea of Mayflower's sails waving in the wind as America's first settlers approached the new land. But those same people probably don't realize those sails symbolizing our foundation were made mostly of hemp. The hemp …
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Industrial hemp on the road to legalization
Congress introduced legislation in 2014 with the Farm Bill, which allows universities and industrial institutions to cultivate industrial hemp for limited purposes, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. In Missouri, legislation …
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Denver, Colorado (PRWEB) May 21, 2015
Amercanex today announced that it is launching the American Hemp Exchange, the first fully electronic marketplace for industrial hemp and associated products. Amerhempex will provide a comprehensive electronic marketplace in which wholesale and retail distributors of hemp can buy, sell, or exchange their hemp-related inventories on a fully disclosed and transparent environment.
Amerhempex is able to meet this demand through a unique blend of cutting-edge infrastructure, tools, and needs-based solutions predicated on state-of-the-art technology and real world experience. Distribution will take place through the American Hemp Exchange marketplace, which requires strict adherence to centralized regulatory and reporting requirements as designated by local, regional and national governing authorities.
“We believe that the time has finally come for agribusiness to change their model significantly through new technology and capitalize on the advantages of e-business through Amerhempex in order to improve on the marketing and trading of their products. With industrial hemp now being approved in multiple jurisdictions for research and development, our vision is to provide a verifiable tested product to those companies seeking a consistent supply of industrial hemp needed to produce their products. We believe Amerhempex will help improve agricultural providers ability to confirm contracts, eliminate the issues of inferior products, and lessen the wait time from overseas and international markets”, stated Steve Janjic, CEO for Amercanex.
The Amerhempex solution is a central electronic platform that sets the standard for efficiency, regulatory reporting, and innovative technology.
Many benefits of the new American Hemp Exchange launched by Amercanex will include promotion of real time information flow and availability, market transparency and price discovery, facilitation of industry coordination with complete access over the Internet with fully managed Infrastructure. The new Amerhempex trading and e-commerce platform will provide greater transparency within the purchasing process since prices and stock levels will all be accessible in an open environment to approved buyers and sellers 24/7. Amerhempex does not directly grow, harvest, or distribute or sell cannabis or any substances that violate or contravene United States law or the Controlled Substances Act, nor does it intend to do so in the future.
Amercanex (American Cannabis Exchange), the parent company of Amerhempex, is the web-based user-interface to the Electronic Cannabis Marketplace (ECM), offering a comprehensive suite of tools and solutions tailored to address a diverse client base. The proprietary platform ensures that only product, quantity, and best-available pricing are shown, thus ensuring a completely transparent, neutral and non-manipulated free-market where supply and demand are the only factors affecting price discovery. To learn more about Amercanex, please visit http://www.amercanex.com.
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Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB) May 19, 2015
Visionary Seneca leader Ross John, Sr., announces today the formation of a joint venture agreement to research and develop complete and appropriate cannabis economic business models ideal for Native peoples and their territories. The joint venture is designed to use Native sovereign status as a unique development asset that can help streamline and nurture cannabis related projects and programs. “Sovereignty is an asset,” said Ross John Sr.
Longtime Seneca businessman and community leader Ross John is a Councillor for the Seneca Nation and is the former Chairman of the Seneca Economic Development Commission. John was appointed by past President Snyder and accepted by the Seneca Nation’s Council as the Commission’s first chairman. The Seneca Nation’s Economic Development Commission is seen by many as an important step in building a better economic relationship and building diversity.
“We want people to understand we’re Indian Country’s best chance for economic development,” John states. “Seneca sovereignty should be viewed as an asset for the entire region, and our job is to be out there and be active and available for a conversation with anybody and everybody on the topic of medical marijuana.”
It doesn’t end there. Also targeted are projects with ties to area universities and colleges and those with industry-specific backgrounds such as tourism, hospitality, medicine and technology. The focus will be on projects on sovereign lands in Salamanca, Buffalo and Niagara Falls.
“It’s about diversification. There’s a lot more to the Seneca Nation than casinos and cheap gas and cigarettes,” John said.
The commission’s roots go back to Seneca Nation past President Barry Snyder Sr., who said, “The Seneca Nation’s economy has grown significantly in the past several decades into a successful engine for regional economic growth.”
The focus of the joint venture is to use the Ross John’s private sector business experience and individual Seneca sovereign status to help evaluate and fast-track targeted business ventures in the cannabis space. All ventures will be vetted by the team including, Ross John, Lisa Sundberg and Cheryl Shuman. “We’re not your enemy,” Ross John said. “We’re here to be an asset. There’s nothing better than seeing Western New York benefit from our sovereign status.”
He said he could envision the joint venture using Native sovereign status to participate in the existing and emerging legal cannabis industry and help with medical tourism-based initiatives or developing companies to play off the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
“We couldn’t have had this conversation a year ago,” John said. “With our on-going push to our assert sovereignty and the gains made in the shifts of federal policy, we can now exercise our sovereignty and lead Indian Country to create the ideal business models for cannabis economic development on our own lands. The Cole Memo issued by the Federal Government on December 11, 2014 provides guidelines for Indian Country to develop their own regulation business model. The direction points to a strategy employing the top cannabis policy experts lead by Lisa Sundberg and Cheryl Shuman to meet with both the U.S. District Attorney and Seneca leadership to implement best standards and practices from successful business models like Colorado’s Amendment 64. “With a coordinated and organized effort, we are 100% confident that we can develop a successful strategy for all Indian Nations for cannabis policy,” states Ross John.
Lisa Sundberg is Yurok and a member of the Cher-Ae Heights Indian Community of the Trinidad Rancheria, located in Humboldt County along the Pacific Ocean. She comes from a medicine family and is active in her local native ceremonies, is a visionary, entrepreneur and advocate in her community, and serves on the legislative committee for her tribe and advocates for economic development and self-sustaining communities.
Her company helps companies that want to do business with Native people in North American. Having served as a former appointee to the Secretary of Interior under the Hoopa-Yurok Settlement Act, mandated to study and investigate tribes across the country, and being the daughter of one of the longest seated female Indian leaders in the country, she has amassed a network spanning over 30 years in her field. She keeps her ear to the ground for new waves of opportunity that can benefit Indian Country.
Cheryl and Lisa have signed a letter of Intent with Ross John, an individual member of the Seneca Nation, whose goal is to lead the way for his people and the country and to provide products and services his surrounding communities are begging for.
“Working with Cheryl and Lisa is historic and exciting, “ said John. “We are taking the lead to make sure that the hurdles that must be crossed be done in the proper way, and bringing the top industry leaders to provide best practices, so we can help the people in our communities.”
Ross John, is from the Seneca Nation and he makes it very clear that his territory is surrounded by the state of New York and NOT “in” the state of New York. Ross is an elected official and founder of the Seneca Economic Development Commission. A visionary in his own nation, he is no “front man” to any project. He is an active business person leading the way in innovation technologies, energy, hydroponics, and green energy etc.
Ross believes Seneca’s have a unique status as a sovereign nation and pushes the state and federal governments to stop fighting them and get behind them. “People don’t have to look to foreign county to find a sovereign nation, we are a nation and a neighbor with many of the distinct regulatory and other advantages sought after in outsourcing to foreign countries. We want to provide a place where true testing and research can be provided without having to go to a foreign country to do it.” As with any other things Senecas do, they can get things done a lot easier as things don’t get boxed up with outside party politics or special interest groups. The cannabis industry can have the necessary research it truly needs to help people instead of the Federal Government wanting oversight without humanity.
Cheryl Shuman brings her 25 years skills of public relations, media, product branding, and business development to the budding organization. Shuman was recently featured on the cover of Adweek as Pot’s First Marketer, in Elle Magazine as The Most Powerful Women in the Pot Industry, named The Cannabis Queen of Beverly Hills by The New York Times Sunday Magazine as well as gracing The Cannabis Queen of Beverly Hills in The London Times Magazine.
Ross John said, “Cheryl has accomplished so much extraordinary progress in Cannabis reform, reaching millions of families through the utilization of mainstream media. Cheryl is leading the entire cannabis movement making history in the media as well as developing successful cannabis businesses.”
Shuman said, “Working with Ross John and Lisa Sundberg, I have always been inspired by their vision and dedication to Indian Country. It’s an honor to lead such a dynamic and ambitious organization, with such a clear and focused mission—improving the lives of the world’s most vulnerable, women and children. Our partnership creates a wonderful opportunity for Native Nations around the world to follow in the visionary footsteps of Pauline Sabin from the 1930’s who led a group of dedicated women to overturn alcohol prohibition. Today, we are making history working towards the end of cannabis prohibition.”
Cheryl Shuman states, “Women are the secret to creating the ideal business model for cannabis legalization. We are the family decision makers and influencers in society. After all, women buy 85% of all household and consumer products, according to Adweek. Now we can use that influence to change laws, save lives, families and introduce parents to new possible careers in the green rush. As an entrepreneur, it’s exciting to be on the ground floor of the cutting edge of making news and witnessing the convergence of Seneca and cannabis development.”
“The right leadership team is everything. Working with Lisa Sundberg and Ross John, it was evident immediately that it was a perfect fit in terms of values, integrity and personality. The leadership executed with Ross John, Lisa Sundberg and our team elevates Seneca leadership stature in the cannabis industry, adding prestige and thus creating a positive ‘halo’ around the organization. The value of our combined teamwork’s ability to provide global celebrity and media exposure for our organization are priceless,” said Cheryl Shuman.
The possibilities are limitless from Cannabis Friendly resorts, medical clinics, clinical trials as well as laboratories. The cannabis industry is estimated to generate over $ 32 Billion in revenue by 2020 making it more valuable than the NFL, according to the Washington Post and GreenWave Advisors Research (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/10/24/the-marijuana-industry-could-be-bigger-than-the-nfl-by-2020/) “We plan on making certain that Indian Country can benefit from these revenues and are fully committed to making it happen,” exclaims Cheryl Shuman. Stay tuned for further announcements, event schedule and media tour.
About Ross John:
Ross L. John, Sr. is Seneca. Mr. John was born and raised on the Cattaraugus Territory of the Seneca Nation, where he continues to reside with his family and operate his businesses.
In 1983 Ross L. John, Sr., together with his family and community, began to establish a group of interrelated companies, now collectively referred to as Ross John Enterprises (“RJE”). RJE is 100% owned and operated by Mr. John, who serves as President and manages all aspects of its day-to-day operations. Today, RJE essentially serves as a holding company for more than 16 interrelated businesses: Each of which is majority owned and operated by Mr. John, who serves as President and manages all aspects of those companies’ day-to-day operations.
About Cheryl Shuman Inc. :
Cheryl Shuman’s TV reality started by age seventeen, she had made several television appearances and was offered to appear regularly on The Bob Braun Show on WLWT-TV in Cincinnati, which led to a national recurring segment on PM Magazine. At age twenty-three, Cheryl relocated to Los Angeles to become know as the “Optician to the Stars” and created a new business, Starry Eyes. As CEO of Starry Eyes, Cheryl worked on some of the biggest films, TV, and music properties generating multi-million dollar revenues. This success led to her own show on the QVC network and a mutually rewarding seven-year relationship that included product placement, production and branded entertainment divisions.
After years of following failed allopathic medicine treatments, she opted for medical cannabis in the form of raw juice and oils as an alternative. Her success using medical cannabis led her to found the Beverly Hills Cannabis Club. Today, Cheryl is the most visible and recognizable woman in the medical marijuana reform movement, recently receiving the 2013 Activist of the Year Award at Seattle Hempfest. Cheryl Shuman, Inc. has generated over $ 1 Billion worth of earned media worldwide while appearing on such mainstream shows as CNN’s Piers Morgan Live, The Katie Couric Show, The View, ABC’s 20/20, Good Morning America, Fox Business News and many other media outlets. Cheryl Shuman is represented by the prestigious William Morris Endeavor Agency in Beverly Hills. For more information, please visit http://www.CherylShuman.com and http://www.BHCClub.com.
Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) December 11, 2013
On Saturday, December 14th, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Las Vegas, Nevada, budding cannabis entrepreneurs are invited to attend a day-long Cannabis Career Institute seminar covering every sector of this evolving industry. Since 2009, CCI has helped hundreds of people start businesses and find jobs growing, selling, manufacturing and servicing the marijuana industry. Medical marijuana dispensary managers, lawyers, doctors and other specialists will be presenting their knowledge and expertise and be available for interviews.
Registration information can be found at http://www.cannabiscareerinstitute.com
As seen on NBC, FOX and CBS among others, the Cannabis Career Institute (CCI) of North Hollywood, California will continue on its nationwide tour with future stops per the following 2014 schedule:
Piscataway, NJ – January 11
Detroit — January 18
Cincinnati – January 19
Chicago — January 25
Los Angeles — February 8
Las Vegas — February 15
Sacramento – February22
Warwick, RI — March 1
Boston — March 2
Cannabis is an industry that shows robust promise in the current job market. It is estimated that job openings in the cannabis industry have grown over 3,000 percent since 2005. Cannabis-related business ownership has also shown massive growth over the last few years.
Eighteen states plus Washington D.C. have medical cannabis laws and two states have legalized the recreational use of cannabis. Eight additional states have medical laws pending. During a conference call with state governors on August 29th, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the US Department of Justice would allow the marijuana legalization laws in Colorado and Washington to go into effect. This has launched a nationwide conversation about dismantling cannabis prohibition as many marijuana-friendly municipalities, counties and states are now generating enormous amounts of revenue from taxes and business licensing fees.
Since 2009 CCI has specialized in the business of cannabis, teaching would-be entrepreneurs how to navigate the often-murky waters of starting up a cannabis business. CCI presents students with an objective expanse of options with step-by-step instruction on the process of starting a business. Delivery, Dispensary Management, Law, Compliance, Marketing and Advertising, Cultivation, Extracts and Cooking are all discussed in detail, providing students with many choices to fit their career goals and lifestyle.
To register for the Las Vegas seminar, visit: https://cannabiscareerinstitute.com/events/las-vegas-nv-december-14th/
ROBERT F. CALKIN is the author of STARTING YOUR OWN MEDICAL MARIJUANA DELIVERY SERVICE: THE MOBILE CAREGIVER’S HANDBOOK. Mr. Calkin is also a much sought-after cannabis business consultant and a widely- respected lecturer on the subject of creating cannabis businesses. One of the most well-connected businessmen in the industry, Mr. Calkin has helped create literally hundreds of cannabis businesses throughout the continent. He also created his own Green Dot delivery service in Los Angeles in 1988. Mr. Calkin was also a chief organizer of attendees at one of the first Smoke-Ins on the Mall in Washington D.C. in 1976 as well as the Marijuana March to the White House in 1984. As one of the original members of the American Hemp Council in 1988 with Chris Conrad and Jack Herer, Mr. Calkin has always been at the forefront of cannabis advocacy. His band Rude Awakening has done numerous concerts benefitting the legalization of marijuana and actively promotes this message on their CDs and promotional materials. He was also asked to be a consultant on the TV show “WEEDS”. He is the professor of Delivery 102 at Oaksterdam University and his book is used as the definitive curriculum on the subject. He founded Cannabis Career Institute in 2009 and Cannabis State University in 2010 and is President and CEO of both. In 2011, Mr. Calkin created Cannajobs, a Monster.com for the Cannabis industry that has been featured on the Drudge Report, the Daily Mail and the New York Times. He is also the host of “Careers In Cannabis” a talk show that features the top names in cannabis business. . Robert Calkin has appeared on the NBC Nightly News, CBS News, Varney and Company and featured in articles on Yahoo, Associated Press, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Examiner, The Digital Journal, et al.
If you’d like more information or to schedule Robert Calkin for an interview:
call 818.515.7600 or email: Bob(at)cannajobs(dot)com
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