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Big Cannabusiness: Reconciling the Recreational Boom and the Medical Marketplace

CannabusinessOn New Year’s Day, as retail sales of cannabis went legal in Colorado, the state's dispensaries registered well over $1 million in sales. Despite cold and wet weather, most of the 36 shops that opened that day reported long lines, with some customers waiting outdoors for hours. By the end of the first week, by which time another dozen retail outlets had opened, the figure was a whopping $5 million. More than 100 dispensaries in the Centennial State have now received licenses for retail cannabis sales and over 500 are eligible to apply. More are applying every day.

"A new industry is developing in a nascent state in Colorado," says Rachel Gillette, director of the Colorado chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). "We're not just talking about retail sales, but a lot of other types of business associated with it—construction companies, HVAC contractors, nutrient companies, lighting and equipment sales, packaging, printers, labeling, marketing materials, websites, marijuana tourism, attorneys, payroll companies… This could represent a lot of jobs."

Big grow op busted in Seward Peninsula

Posted on March 26th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , .

AlaskaAlaska State Troopers are investigating a 15-plant cannabis grow discovered off Tower Circle in Seward on March 20. The local Peninsula Clarion reports March 25 that no one has been charged in the grow operation. "If you think something is connected and put the information out there that we're looking, the other people may go underground," state police spokesperson Peters said. "They could burn the evidence." Troopers apparently discovered the Tower Circle grow by following their noses. "Due to aromatic nature of the marijuana, a trooper was able to smell it during one of the contacts with the residence, and they went back later to verify," Peters said.

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