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Oakland Continues Legal Action To Defend World’s Largest Medical Cannabis Dispensary

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, October, 9th 2015 by THCFinder

harborside health center medical marijuanaThe City of Oakland filed a petition on October 5 for rehearing en banc in the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The filing follows a federal ruling in August that Oakland couldn’t challenge the federal government’s forfeiture action in July 2012 against Harborside Health Center. The continued court case against Harborside is in violation of last year’s congressional passage of the Farr-Rohrabacher bill, which bans the use of federal funding for enforcement against state-legal medical cannabis operations.

“I am profoundly grateful for the support of the City of Oakland, and our entire community,” said Steve DeAngelo, executive director of Harborside Health Center. “The citizens of California and this country are sick and tired of having their hard-earned tax dollars spent pursuing legitimate, legally compliant medical cannabis companies who are abiding by the laws enacted by the State.”

Legal experts say the en banc will likely serve to extend Judge Maria-Elena James’s February 2013 stay of the forfeiture action until after the disposition of this further appeal. Meanwhile, Harborside Health Center is waiting for a response from the Department of Justice, and says that now is the time for the DOJ to dismiss the forfeiture case.

“The DOJ should not be trying to close down Harborside,” said DeAngelo, “they should study us as a model of safe and responsible cannabis distribution. In any case, no matter what happens, Harborside will never abandon the patients who depend on us for the medicine their doctors have recommended.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/oakland-continues-legal-action-to-defend-worlds-largest-medical-cannabis-dispensary/


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Oregon Sold $11 Million In Marijuana The First Week Of Legalized Recreational Sales

Category: News | Posted on Fri, October, 9th 2015 by THCFinder

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Oregon Cannabis Connection

After a full week of legal marijuana sales to adults in Oregon, the numbers have completely blown Washington and Colorado out of the water! Even being the first to legalize, Colorado’s first week of $5 million dollars in sales paled in comparison to Oregon’s $11 million. And…Oregon has HALF the population of Colorado!

According to the Oregon Retail Cannabis Association, the state’s dispensaries sold an estimated 11 million dollars in cannabis the first week, equaling a quarter of what the state expected to be sold in an entire year. The state estimated tax revenues of only $9 million dollars for the entire year of 2017, which amounts to about 40 million in total sales statewide. By October 7th, just one week in, Oregon sales show just how badly they underestimated the popularity of cannabis.

“We’re seeing about 500 people a day,” Nectar owner Jeff Johnson told KGW TV in Portland, showing the huge numbers of people waiting to buy recreationally.

“There for awhile, towards the end we were thinking we might have to close the doors because we weren’t getting any kind of steady business,” Rachel Clerk, an employee at Fresh Buds, also told KGW.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/oregon-sold-11-million-in-marijuana-the-first-week-of-legalized-recreational-sales/


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Canadian Feds Threaten Medical Cannabis Crackdown

Category: News | Posted on Fri, October, 9th 2015 by THCFinder

Vancouver's BC Compassion Club Society and 12 other area cannabis dispensaries are waiting for clarification from Canada's federal government following a threat to call in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)—unless they close their doors. 

John Conroy,  the Compassion Club's attorney, told local News 1130 that he wrote back to Health Canada after they received the threatening letter last month, asking them "to comply with the duty to act fairly that falls upon all administrators when they are going to take action that could adversely affect anyone." 

Vancouver recently became the first Canadian city to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries, which remain officially barred under federal law. The city now has about 80 such operations, with the Compassion Club noted for being the flagship outfit.

Conroy, of the Vancouver-based Cannabis Rights Coalition, fears a replay of the spate of RCMP raids that occurred after the Compassion Club first opened 20 years ago.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/canadian-feds-threaten-medical-cannabis-crackdown


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Blaze a Trail: The Strategy of Thought Leadership

Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, October, 8th 2015 by THCFinder

cash-in-bisThere’s no questioning it anymore: the media landscape has changed dramatically in the last few years.

 

Your local newspaper used to have real clout; now, nearly everyone you know gets their breaking news from Facebook and Twitter. Even appearing on television seems to have lost its lustrous appeal as more individuals and families cancel their cable subscriptions in favor of streaming services and online news. Getting attention in this media environment can be complicated - and expensive.

 

In the world of business-to-business communications, it used to be enough to attend networking and trade-specific events, have a sharp company website, and if you’re really tech-savvy, to have Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn profiles set up for your brand, as if to say, “If people need us, they’ll simply go online and find us.” These tactics are no longer enough if you want to seriously market your product or services to other businesses - and for such a complex problem, the reason why is rather basic.

 

Think about what marketing, advertising and public relations are, at their core. You and your company have a basic message to get out: “buy our product/service.” However, there is always a classier and more thoughtful way to persuade your audience, and that’s by telling a real, genuine story.

 

People are hardly ever interested in buying the first product they see; trust needs to be built first, especially in B2B sales where each party wants to be absolutely sure they’re getting the best deal or partnership, a company whose views align with theirs, and with no messy strings attached.

 

What better way to build trust than by introducing yourself and offering up useful information about your industry, or even a dose of entertainment? When it comes down to it, another businessperson considering your website doesn’t really want to know more about the products. They want to know about you and what makes the company special, in your words.

 

This is “thought leadership.” The most sought-after speakers for national trade shows and conferences, the most buzzed-about companies and innovative products, all have one thing in common: they unabashedly put themselves out there. Knowing what makes you different from the competition is one thing, but being able to communicate that takes courage, and a little strategy.

 

Creating content on a company blog is a great start. Leadership can impart their expertise in the field, and even company interns can share what they’ve learned by working there. This, however, takes time and money to keep up and promote on the right social media channels, and your team will have to be ready with new content monthly or even weekly.

 

Investing money into a PR or marketing agency is still a popular (and ever-evolving) strategy, but in an industry like ours, where regulations are grey and stigma still runs deep, there are myriad obstacles to getting media attention. Print or online news coverage in your local daily is nice, but not effective for getting in-depth about your cannabis products and services - it can make mainstream readers uncomfortable. In  Colorado, where cannabis is recreationally legal, network cable TV is resisting any marijuana advertising on the airwaves. Even online, it’s no free-for-all. You may have already noticed that Facebook rarely accepts cannabis-related pages or ads for promotion, and the same is true with Google and search engine optimization (SEO) methods.

 

When putting a marketing plan together, maximum return on investment should be the ultimate goal. As a business owner and thought leader in your field, making the decision of what type of media you will invest in is one of the most important choices you can make for your brand.

 

Why is Forbes considered by many as the pinnacle of business reporting? They were the first to really go in-depth and interview CEOs and other powerful businesspeople, telling the unheard story behind the world’s powerhouse companies. Hence, why Forbes is still a reputable print and online publication today, even while other news outlets are crumbling under the pressure to go digital. Forbes created more than just business stories - it created thought leaders.

 

Cashinbis provides this same service for the cannabis industry specifically. We want to help elevate your business - not because it benefits us, but because it lifts up the entire cannabis movement when we all share stories of our success.

 

https://www.cashinbis.com/


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