ROCHESTER, NY — Eighty-five percent of Americans believe that marijuana “should be legalized for medical use,” and 57 percent of respondents endorse regulating it for anyone over the age of 21, according to national survey data compiled by Harris Insight & Analytics. Among younger respondents (those ages 18 to 44), 68 percent agree that cannabis should be legal. […]
Eighty-five percent of Americans believe that marijuana “should be legalized for medical use,” and 57 percent of respondents endorse regulating it for anyone over the age of 21, according to national survey data compiled Harris Insight & Analytics. Among younger respondents (those ages 18 to 44), 68 percent agree that cannabis should be legal. Most respondents (57 […]
Denver, Colorado (PRWEB) May 19, 2015
Colorado’s historic experiment with legalized, adult-use marijuana will soon reach its 18-month mark. The state’s successful program has brought cannabis out of the shadows, produced significant revenue and is also prompting industry experts to consider a widening trend; as the acceptance of legal recreational cannabis spreads across mainstream America.
“Production and demand will continue to increase as national legalization becomes a reality,” says Ryan Fox, founder and CEO of The Grass Station, one of oldest and largest cannabis dispensaries in Colorado.
“While that reality may be five or ten years down the road, you will see cannabis treated like a commodity in the markets,” he adds. “After all, we already see cannabis prices fluctuate throughout the year, from factors that are very similar to those that affect commodity futures in the financial markets.”
Fox sees a strong parallel between the legal marijuana industry and America’s wine producers when it comes to its consumer base, its production standards and quality control, as well as regarding its creative branding.
“Any great winery has an equally exceptional agricultural practice; a clean, efficient and well-organized vineyard,” he notes. “They take cost factors into account at every turn. And there’s also an element of style, a touch of creativity, when coming up with a great wine; just as there is with an excellent strain of cannabis.”
As with the wine industry, legal cannabis growers, producers and distributors are already catering to consumers across a wide range of budgets.
On any given day, Fox says, customers at The Grass Station can vary from consumers looking to spend under ten dollars for an afternoon’s diversion to connoisseurs wanting to try out a variety of the store’s more than 20 premium marijuana strains.
And because of that constantly evolving market, Fox and his staff of budtenders are often called on, much like a wine sommelier in a good restaurant, to inform and educate their customers.
Fox says that desire for information often goes well beyond Colorado, and connects him with present and future marijuana consumers across the U.S. and around the globe.
“I answer emails every single day from people who want to know more,” he says. “There are times when I feel like a vineyard owner, explaining our latest vintage.”
ABOUT THE GRASS STATION
Denver’s premier recreational dispensary first opened its doors in 2009, and over the years has maintained its widespread reputation as the source for top-quality cannabis, served up in a welcoming atmosphere. Customers expect and get friendly and knowledgeable service from The Grass Station’s staff. Its quality-tested products not only conform to state and local regulations but are kept to the highest possible standards of purity and potency.
For more information, visit: http://www.grassstationco.com/
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Glenwood Springs, Colorado (PRWEB) November 14, 2012
Colorado Amendment 64 passed, allowing for the cultivation of industrial hemp. Most of the current buzz about the amendment is about legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes in the state. What has not made the national headlines is that Amendment 64 also included legalizing industrial hemp.
Some key excerpts from Amendment 64 concerning hemp:
In the interest of enacting rational policies for the treatment of all variations of the cannabis plant, the people of Colorado further find and declare that industrial hemp should be regulated separately from strains of cannabis with higher Delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentrations.
“Industrial Hemp” means the plant of the genus cannabis and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a Delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol concentration that does not exceed three-tenths percent on a dry weight basis.
“Marijuana” or “Marihuana” does not include Industrial Hemp, nor does it include fiber produced from the stalks, oil, or cake made from the seeds of the plant, sterilized seed of the plant which is capable of germination, or the weight of any other ingredient combined with marijuana to prepare topical or oral administrations, food, drink, or other product.
No later than July 1, 2014, the general assembly shall enact legislation governing the cultivation, processing and sale of Industrial Hemp.
Hemp is truly a wonder plant. There are over 25,000 confirmed uses for industrial hemp that include clothing, paper, plastic alternatives, building materials, and much more. Most products made from plastic, wood, or cotton can be made with hemp.
What does this mean for Colorado farmers? For starters, hemp requires very little water and no pesticides and herbicides. With drought conditions in the state, hemp is the most viable cash crop to plant under these conditions. In addition to ease of growing, one acre of hemp can provide the same amount of fiber as four acres of cotton. While hemp cultivation has been outlawed in the US, manufacturers of hemp products in the US have been thriving in recent years. Given the difficulty of importing raw hemp for manufacturing, our farmers already have immediate demand for their new crops in existing and expanding domestic markets. Simply put, farming industrial hemp will provide the US with manufacturing jobs, expand green initiatives, and provide our struggling agriculture industry with a cash crop that can be grown across the country.
EnviroTextiles is a pioneer in the Industrial Hemp industry, having overseen hemp cultivation and textile manufacturing in Romania, China, South Korea, Hungary, and Poland over the past 22 years. Conveniently located in Colorado, EnviroTextiles is poised to take full advantage of the ability to grow industrial hemp and is currently completing a vertical operation to produce hemp products in Colorado.