MJAC 2017

Where – JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE 900 W Olympic Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90015

Why – MJAC2017 will showcase the industry’s very best opportunities for investment. The best minds in the market will educate and advocate for this unique and rapidly growing sector. We will look at the latest amendments in state law for both medical and recreational use and our expert panels will answer the questions and voice their opinions on the current state and potential future of this budding industry.

How – Get your tickets here: https://mjac2017.com

 

 

DispensaryNext 2017 Conference & Expo

Explore the educational sessions coming to DispensaryNext 2017

July 17 & 18 in Denver, CO

FROM SOIL TO SHELF: THE ART OF BUILDING A QUALITY-DRIVEN CANNABIS CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE
Presented by Amy Andrle / L’Eagle Denver

STRENGTH IN NUMBERS: LEVERAGING INVENTORY TO IMPROVE CASH FLOW IN A CANNABIS DISPENSARY
Presented by Alyson MacMullan & Jim Mathers / Cannabis Retail Advisors

IMMERSIVE DISPENSARY DESIGN: HOW PHYSICAL RETAIL ENVIRONMENT INFLUENCES CONSUMER PERCEPTION, CHOICE, AND SOCIAL CREDIBILITY
Presented by Johnnie Rush / The McBride Company

REPUTATION MANAGEMENT FOR DISPENSARIES: USING REVIEWS TO GROW YOUR BUSINESS
Presented by Matt Cooke / Dispensarly

MY ROAD TO THE GREENER SIDE: EXPERIENCES & LESSONS FROM BUILDING ONE OF OREGON’S TOP CANNABIS DISPENSARIES
Presented by Joseph Hopkins / The Greener Side

BUILD YOUR LOYAL TRIBE & INCREASE SALES WITH EXCITING CONTENT
Presented by Alexa Divett / Alexa Divett

HOW DISPENSARIES ARE REDEFINING ‘HIGH-TECH’: LEARN HOW AUTOMATION WILL REVOLUTIONIZE CANNABIS RETAIL AND ADVANCE THE INDUSTRY FORWARD
Presented by Ben Curren / GreenBits

FROM MOM AND POP TO MULTI-LOCATION: CREATING CONSISTENT RETAIL EXPERIENCES ACROSS MULTIPLE LOCATIONS
Presented by Megan Stone / The High Road Design Studio

UPSELLING IN A MEDICAL MARKET: BUILDING A STRATEGY FOR MAXIMIZING PROFITABILITY IN THE CANNABIS INDUSTRY
Presented by Lilach Power / Giving Tree Wellness Center

DRIVE DISPENSARY GROWTH USING YOUR UNIQUE CORE COMPETENCIES
Presented by Sara GullicksonDispensaryPermits.com

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY FOR DISPENSARIES: IDENTIFYING OPPORTUNITIES TO MAXIMIZE YOUR BRAND’S POTENTIAL
Presented by Jeremy Kapteyn / Rose Law Group

WHY 100% COMPLIANCE DOESN’T EQUAL 100% PROTECTION: 5 DISPENSARY SECURITY COMPONENTS TO ENSURE YOUR TOTAL SAFETY
Presented by Tom Siciliano / Canna Security America

WHAT’S HOT AND WHAT’S NOT: LEARN WHICH CANNABIS PRODUCTS REPRESENT THE BEST OPPORTUNITIES
Presented by Roy Bingham / BDS Analytics

THE CANNABIS TAX PARADOX: NAVIGATING THE MARIJUANA TAX CONTROVERSY
Presented by Eva Rosenberg, EA / TaxAnxiety, Inc

GUMMIES AND SHATTER AND VAPES, OH MY! – FINDING THE RIGHT MIX OF INFUSED PRODUCTS TO MAXIMIZE DISPENSARY PROFITS
Presented by Nancy Whiteman / Wana Brands

CREATING CUSTOMERS FOR LIFE: STANDING OUT IN AN INCREASINGLY COMPETITIVE MARKET
Presented by Charles Oster / Privateer Holdings

GROW YOUR STRONGEST RESOURCE: BUILDING YOUR EMPLOYEE BRAND TO ATTRACT, ACQUIRE AND RETAIN TALENT IN AN AGE OF GREAT WORKFORCE CHANGE
Presented by Jen Meyer / Govig & Associates

+ Panel Discussions:

Consumer Safety & Education
The Future of Retail Cannabis

Source: https://dispensaryexpo.com/agenda/

Pennsylvania to Award Medical Marijuana Grower-Processor Permits Today

6/20/17

Watch Winners Announced Live @ PaCast.com 

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is about to award medical marijuana business permits, and it has had an array of interestingly named applications to choose from.

They include Organic Farmacy Management, Mary Jane’s Closet, Pure Releaf, Herbalishous Corp., Hippocratic Growth and Good Times.

There are also plenty that sound a bit more straightlaced, like Bucks Research and Growth Group, AgroPharm, PA Health and Wellness and Compassionate Healthcare Partners.

And then there’s one that appears to be in its own category: Classic Nails & Spa.

The department said Monday that it would announce winners of the grower-processor permits on Tuesday. It did not say when it would award the dispensary permits, but confirmed numerous times recently that it planned to do so by the end of June.

The department released the full list of applicants at the end of last week, about a month and a half after the partial list.

It shows only the proposed business names under which applicants filed and the region in which they applied.

More than 500 applicants paid nonrefundable fees of $5,000 or $10,000 in hopes of snagging one of 27 dispensary or 12 grower-processor permits.

One dispensary permit has been allotted for Lancaster County, and two grower-processor permits will be awarded in the eight-county region.

The permitting process is expected to attract legal scrutiny here, as it has in other states.

The Pew Charitable Trusts says states legalizing medical marijuana have faced lawsuits for permits awarded under lottery systems as well as those distributed under a merit-based system.

Pennsylvania said it is using a 1,000-point scale to assess applicants, with categories like diversity plan and community impact worth 100 points each and other categories like operational timetable, capital requirements and security and surveillance worth less.

The final tally for the region comes to 65 dispensary applicants, up from 61 initially, and 46 grower-processor applications, up from 31 initially.

One of the grower-processor applicants, Leola Group M3C Agriculture, wants to locate in Lancaster County, and LNP has previously reported that its plans center in Eagle Industrial Park in Upper Leacock Township.

By LNP’s count, a handful of applicants on the initial lists were not included in the final lists.

Spokeswoman April Hutcheson said that could have represented misspellings or similar issues in the original list that were cleaned up for the final one.

She did not definitively answer LNP’s question on whether some applicants had removed themselves from consideration or been eliminated.

Source: http://lancasteronline.com/business/local_business/pennsylvania-to-award-medical-marijuana-grower-processor-permits-today/article_3bdf82bc-551c-11e7-989c-c7d753e3764e.html

 

What Are the Best Cannabis Strains for Meditation?

Cannabis and meditation have long walked hand-in-hand with beginnings in early religious and spiritual tradition, and humans certainly haven’t forgotten the introspective utility marijuana offers in modern meditative practices. Whether you’re practicing silent mindfulness at home or working on your mind-body connections in a yoga class, you may have at least thought about pairing your meditation with cannabis.

While some people prefer a sober mind for their spiritual reflections, we’ve gathered some strain suggestions for those curious to see how an altered mindset affects the experience. Of course, there are many strains suitable for meditation of both the active and unmoving varieties, but these are just some of the most commonly vetted strains among Leafly’s reviewers.

1. Lamb’s Bread

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This Jamaican sativa is known for its ability to bring out the positive vibes while emitting an earthy, woody aroma. With an uplifting, peaceful quality that Bob Marley famously serenaded, Lamb’s Bread offers a calming cerebral effect that one may not expect from an energizing sativa.

Leafly Lamb's Bread cannabis strain review by user Tengukashi

“Colors seemed more vibrant, food tasted better, my sense of smell was heightened, and music just sounded better. Tapered off into a more meditative buzz, great for a mid-day smoke.”

2. Granddaddy Purple

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Unleash the zen power of this relaxing indica strain, whose soothing effects begin the moment you crack open one of its berry-scented buds. Dreamy euphoria melts over the mind while the body eases itself into deep physical serenity. Though known for its tranquilizing effects, Granddaddy Purple usually leaves enough liveliness for both still and active forms of meditation.

Leafly Granddaddy Purple cannabis strain review by user Free_Byrd

“I instantly felt all bad energy and tension gone. My body was light and floaty feeling with a clear pleasantly uplifted mind and mood…A favorite of mine for yoga.”

3. Blue Dream

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Blue Dream seems to be the fan favorite among cannabis enthusiasts, and if you’ve experienced the dream-like qualities of this blueberry-flavored hybrid, you can imagine why so many Leafly reviewers tout its meditative merits. Its full-body relaxation and cerebral euphoria tend to begin with a steady gentleness, allowing you to coast lightly into a peaceful, ethereal state of mind.

Leafly Blue Dream cannabis strain review by user DeltaNyn3

“It gives you an intense rush of creativity. It’s also great to meditate to…I call it the “Dream” part of it… it’s very nice to relax.”

4. Northern Lights

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Northern Lights is known for its sedating and dreamy euphoria, but in spite of its heavy tranquilizing effects, this indica is still a popular choice for yoga and other active forms of meditation.

Leafly Northern Lights cannabis strain review by user Indaking

“One of the most exhilarating and sensational strains I have ever experienced…I would take a hit off Northern Lights, get straight on my mat and bust out a bomb flow of yoga and the two paired wondrously.”

Leafly Northern Lights cannabis strain review by user Ayanme

“Always excited when I see this on the board. I know I’ll be well rewarded with an enhanced meditation/yoga practice and a feeling of deep contentment no matter what I end up doing after. Perfect for yin, meditation, contemplation and savasana.”

5. Laughing Buddha

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Inherent in this sativa’s name, Laughing Buddha tends to simultaneously bring out lightheartedness and deep introspection in those who let this strain facilitate their meditation. Laughing Buddha lends a hand to positivity, helping you forget the day’s stresses and focus on your practice.

Leafly Laughing Buddha cannabis strain review by user CapnMaryJanewayOfTheUSSVapor

“I experienced true tranquility and serenity on this stuff. I was sort of even able to meditate and gain a little faith in the universe and myself.”

6. Girl Scout Cookies

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For those of you wanting a more intense impact from your cannabis, pair your meditation with the famously potent Girl Scout Cookies hybrid. This strain is known for its impressive THC content and powerful euphoria, which can bring introspection to a new level as muscles relax and tension fades.

Leafly Girl Scout Cookies cannabis strain review by user Jordank

“Creates a beautiful synergistic effect of a heavy cerebral and body high. Left me in a state of deep, meditative introspection.”

7. Hindu Kush

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Pairing Hindu Kush with ancient Hindu practices just makes sense. Inducing a hypnotic, trance-like state of mind, Hindu Kush is the perfect indica partner for focused meditation.

Leafly Hindu Kush cannabis strain review by user pyronymph

“My favorite strain for creating a meditative state. The flavor is reminiscent of incense.”

8. Jack the Ripper

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Jack the Ripper may be named after a homicidal psychopath, but this citrusy, uplifting strain makes a surprisingly good companion for mindful reflection. Its invigorating effects will leave you feeling spry and weightless as you bust out those downward dogs and warrior poses with a sharply focused mind.

Leafly Jack the Ripper cannabis strain review by user TheBlasian206

“There’s a small buzz for about 10 to 20 minutes then the medicated feeling starts strong in the head relieving any stress, anxiety, depression and guides the thought process into a more peaceful and meditative state. Really gets one to start living in the present.”

9. AK-47

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It may seem contradictory to use a strain called “AK-47” to summon a peaceful, serene mindsets, but trust us, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the irony. But novices be careful: the euphoric power this strain packs can detract from your meditation if you’re prone to anxiety or paranoia.

Leafly AK-47 cannabis strain review by user Chill_Panda

“It comes on when you are in a state or reading or just listening. I feel relaxed and open…Great for putting you in zen mode.”

10. Kosher Kush

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You’ll want to be in a horizontal position before puffing on this heavy indica. Kosher Kush wraps the mind with a blissful, stress-numbing blanket of euphoria while easing every muscle into anesthetic relaxation.

Leafly Kosher Kush cannabis strain review by user Audio_Geek

“It leaves you with a calm, relaxed, happy, stress-free state of mind that has not only physically relieving properties, but mentally as well. It is a great meditative and reflective type of weed that has helped me see though many stressful circumstances.”

source: https://www.leafly.com/news/strains-products/best-cannabis-strains-for-meditation

 

Direct Cannabis Network with Sara

Being an entrepreneur in the cannabis industry is difficult but extremely rewarding. Whether you have been in the industry for years or just breaking in, having the general knowledge of the advantages of medical marijuana can be very beneficial.

Gullickson is the Executive Director of DispensaryPermits.com as well as a national leader in the medical marijuana consulting industry. Gullickson has been in the industry for seven years. Her talents and insight on cannabis is the reason why Gullickson will be blogging once a month for Direct Cannabis Network.

Direct Cannabis Network is the leading digital news network highlighting the latest tech, startups and innovative companies in the cannabis industry.

Direct Cannabis Network’s mission is to build an ecosystem for the entrepreneurial community that provides a voice for the startups, a platform for the professionals and a community for the entrepreneurs.

If you are interested in learning more about cannabis and Sara, go to DispensaryPermits.com. To learn more about Direct Cannabis Network and  Sara Gullickson, click the links below.

  • https://www.directcannabisnetwork.com
  • https://www.directcannabisnetwork.com/road-pennsylvania-medical-marijuana-process-highlights/
  • https://www.directcannabisnetwork.com/entrepreneur-week-sara-gullickson/

Chart: U.S. marijuana industry’s economic impact to approach $70B by 2021

The U.S. cannabis industry is poised to inject nearly $70 billion on an annual basis into the American economy by 2021, an eye-popping figure that underscores the broader economic impact for towns and municipalities that accept legal marijuana businesses into their communities.

Estimates published in the newly released Marijuana Business Factbook 2017 show the total economic impact of legal marijuana sales rising from $16 billion-$18 billion in 2016 to $48 billion-$68 billion by 2021 – a 241% increase.

By comparison, the $68 billion figure is similar to the 2016 gross domestic products of the Dominican Republic ($72 billion) and Kenya ($67 billion), according to International Monetary Fund data.

The projections are another example of marijuana’s rapid transformation from an industry dominated by black-market players into a legitimate and considerable economic force, quickly becoming a major job generator and bringing new business opportunities that produce significant ripple effects across the country.

Based on sales of medical and recreational marijuana at the retail level – including flower, infused products and concentrates – the estimates use an economic multiplier of four to quantify the industry’s overall contribution to the economy, showing how revenue generated by cannabis businesses percolates through communities, cities, states and the nation.

In other words, for each dollar spent by marijuana patients/customers at the retail level, an additional $3 in economic benefit is realized – much of it at the local level.

Following are examples of how marijuana businesses affect the economy:

  • Wages paid to employees of cannabis companies benefit many other local businesses, given that workers spend a portion of their earnings to buy food from a grocery store or dine at a restaurant.
  • Marijuana businesses collectively pay hundreds of millions of dollars in state and local taxes, which fund projects including roads and rural hospitals as well as government programs such as education.
  • The launch of a new cannabis business – cultivation facilities, in particular – generate real estate and construction activity, often in economically disadvantaged areas of a town or municipality.

With recreational or medical legalization measures passed in 11 markets last year and several more states that have previously legalized marijuana – including Hawaii and Maryland – set to launch in the coming months, the cannabis industry is poised for strong, continual growth well into the future.

Furthermore, sales in existing medical and recreational markets have shown no signs of slowing. In Washington state and Colorado, for example, adult-use sales in the first two months of 2017 broke records.

Consequently, the cannabis industry’s impact on the broader economy will be even greater as time goes on. That may spur public officials to revisit their stance toward marijuana legalization, given the economic upsides that cannabis businesses can bring to the table.

 

Source: https://mjbizdaily.com/chart-u-s-marijuana-industrys-economic-impact-approach-70b-2021/

BHANG caribbean cruise

 

Who – Bhang Caribbean Cruise

What – 7 Nights of the Caribbean & Cannabis!

When – October 21-28 2017

Where – Miami, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, & Bahamas

Why – Network, Travel, and Educate yourself in the cannabis industry with experts!

How – Purchase your tickets here:

 

4th Annual Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition

Join us In New York June 14 – 16!

The Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo (CWCBExpo) is the definitive business event for the cannabis industry. Exhibitors and sponsors bring cutting-edge solutions to owners and managers of businesses in this fast-growing industry, and a wealth of opportunity and knowledge to those looking to enter the market with potential partners and investors.

The Annual Cannabis World Congress & Business Expositions feature the latest technologies, solutions and resources for your cannabis-related company.

Sara Gullickson knows the tips and tricks to produce your winning application! With the high demand of Medical Marijuana Businesses, entrepreneurs have a 1 in 12 chance of winning a license in a merit based application process which can cost up to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

DispensaryPermits.com creates business solutions for those interested in operating a dispensary, cultivation or manufacturing facility and has successfully secured licenses in ten different states within the U.S. The company has a plethora of tools available for education, application and operation, visit MMJPlans.com.

Learn what you can do as a medical marijuana entrepreneur to mitigate investors risk, build a strong team, secure real estate, and ensure your application has both style and grace in New York this June. For more information on the Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition, click here:

Medical Marijuana Roll Out In Pennsylvania

Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania

In 2016, multiple states legalized medical cannabis, including Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Florida. By 2020, all three states are projected to be in the top tier of medical cannabis markets, with annual sales topping $1.6 billion in Florida alone.

Over the past year, in multiple state programs, legislation has been drafted, rules and regulations have developed, and MM timelines have developed, making patient access for thousands possible. However, Pennsylvania has outpaced its competition, moving quickly and precisely to implement a patient-focused program, even though inking the final legislation was a cumbersome process.

On January 17, the Pennsylvania Department of Health released cultivation and dispensary applications, with a one-month submission window from February 20-March 20.

The condensed timeline was extra motivation for my Dispensary Permits team. Throughout the early months of 2017, we worked tirelessly on multiple applications.

Some of our client meetings began 8 months in advance, while others required a crash course strategy. We even accepted a final client only 6 weeks before the deadline.

By closing day of the submission process, we had successfully carried all of our Pennsylvania clients through the finish line, though at times that finish line didn’t seem tangible or possible.

I put over 1,000 miles on my rental car, criss-crossed the state from east to west, and went three weeks without sleeping in my own bed. Though the days were long during the submission process, in the end, I had an amazingly grateful group of clients.

Pennsylvania differed in many ways from other state application processes. A melting pot of American geography, Pennsylvania isn’t the midwest or the northeast, the mid-atlantic or the south, making its entrance into the industry even more startling and special. A state unto its own, its medical cannabis program has thus far followed suit.

Key Application Components:

  • Dispensary Licenses: 50 in total. Up to 27 licenses to be awarded during Phase 1 (dispensary licensees are permitted up to 3 locations per dispensary license)
  • Grower/Processor Licenses: 25 in total. Up to12 licenses to be awarded during Phase 1
  • No in-state residency requirements for applicants.
  • Many Application questions had a 5,000 word count maximum.
  • Applications were scored on a 1,000-point merit-based scale, with community and diversity sections weighted one of the highest worth 100 points each.
  • Grower/Processor Fees: $210,000 total and proof of $2 million in capital. Refundable fees of $200,000 if not granted permit.
  • Dispensary Fees: Up to $95,000 total ($30,000 per dispensary location) and proof of $150,000 in capital. Refundable fees of up to $90,000 if permit not granted.

Each application will be reviewed under a merit-based, 1000-point scale, and the 5,000 word count maximum per question, ensured quality applications with well-crafted strategies. The 100-point value given to community involvement and diversity is something that we are seeing in other state processes.

The fact that there was no in-state residency requirements, opened the doors to many entrepreneurs throughout the country including current cannabis business owners interested in expansion.

The limited amount of licenses and future market expectations have made Pennsylvania one of the most competitive states in the industry. Estimates are already projecting that Pennsylvania will represent 9.2% of the nation’s $22 billion market. In total, the Pennsylvania Department of Health received 258 applications (as of April 25th, 2017 and still counting) and more than 500 packages.

Right now, we are only in Phase 1 of Pennsylvania’s program, which will disperse 27 dispensary permits (50 in total) and 12 growers/processors permits (25 in total). The state still has not announced plans for Phase 2, but many expect that this will result in further expansion of the state program.

Overall, I have been very impressed with Pennsylvania’s roll out. When the first dispensaries open their doors (spring 2018), a state Medical Marijuana Advisory Board will release a report to the Department of Health with additional recommendations and possibilities of expansion. Already there is a push for a more inclusive list of qualifying conditions, and criticism regarding the restriction on the sale of dry leaf/flower. These are just some of the program components that might see changes in Phase 2.

Perhaps the most inspiring element to Pennsylvania’s approach has been its decision to release temporary regulations with the safe-harbor provision. Unlike other programs that have made young patients wait for access, the Department allowed parents and guardians to obtain recommendations from their children’s doctors for the use of medical marijuana so that they would not be in violation of criminal laws. Already, over 200 applications have been approved for safe-harbor.

Though the program has drawn some criticism, the state has been very pro-active for its patient community. I am thrilled to have been a part of the process, and know that an application win means a whole new phase of business. The future of the industry is bright, and with hard work, due diligence, dedication and passion, the possibilities are endless.

We look forward to announcing our winning clients on or around June 2017, and as a teaser, one in particular is positioned to make history. Details will be released shortly.

Source: https://www.directcannabisnetwork.com/road-pennsylvania-medical-marijuana-process-highlights/

Sara Gullickson: Happy Mothers Day – CBD changed my life

In an interview this week the host asked, “Who benefits from Marijana?” I candidly replied, “Well, everyone”, I quickly realized that I did not give this drug the clout it deserves so I started to explain the “New Face of Cannabis”. I told him mothers, grandfathers, uncles, cousins, co-workers, and children are all benefiting from this plan. He still didn’t react so I took a step back and offered to tell him a story.

I told him about Sassy. My SASSY.

Sassy is my 8-year-old black pug. I actually sold one of my mom’s coats on e-Bay to pay for her since I was a broke college student. (I guess I’ve always been an entrepreneur). When I picked her up she was 12 weeks old and just 3 pounds. When I put her in the car, she was shaky and unsure of her new momma. I decided to sing to her. She looked at me, cocked her head side to side like she was listening and tried to get closer to my mouth; it was love at first sight.

“The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.” ― Ann Wigmore

As a baby, Sassy was skinny, awkward, rambunctious, loving, sometimes spiteful, and attached to my hip. About 6 weeks ago Sassy’s health took a turn for the worse. She was hanging her head low, rarely getting out of bed, and her legs gave out every time she tried to go potty. I was devastated. She has been by my side every day for the last 8 years. So, I did what any doggie mother would do and I took her to the vet. I also called a good friend in the cannabis industry. My choices came down to trying a CBD product or giving her Rimadyl, which would harm her liver and kidneys, I chose the non-harmful drug with zero side effects, CBD.

Within a week Sassy became that awkward little puppy I got. She is social again, has some major pep in her step (I mean her name is Sassy), her neck is mobile again, her skin and fur are healthier, and her back legs are strong. For mothers day this year, I got Sassy back.

Happy Mothers Day! I just wanted to share with you how CBD changed our quality of life. Sassy is now a happy camper except when Brutus photobombs her.