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U.S.: Cannabis World Congress & Expo Set For NYC In June 2015; LA In September

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In 2015, the Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition will again take place in the epicenter for business and media, New York City, June 17-19 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition Fall will take place September 16-18, 2015 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, in Los Angeles.

The International Cannabis Association (ICA) has entered into a strategic partnership with H.A. Bruno, LLC, a global B2B event producer for more than 40 years, to form Leading Edge Events, LLC. Leading Edge Events will now oversee the management and business development of the ICA’s trade shows and conferences centered around the legal marijuana industry in the United States.

“All of the industry’s varied interests are coming into perfect alignment for this event," said Leading Edge Events spokesman Don Berey. "Exhibitors, buyers, legislators, and ICA trade association members have all been polled and everyone is in agreement that it’s go, go, go to New York’s Javits Center next June.”

The Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition Fall in Los Angeles will include dispensary owners, growers, suppliers, investors, medical professionals, government regulators, legal counsel, and entrepreneurs, according to Berey.

California: S.F. Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Fund Gun Buyback Event

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Medical cannabis dispensaries in San Francisco want illegal guns off the street, and they're willing to put their money where their mouths are.

A gun buyback in South of Market last weekend, on the second anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre in Connecticut, was underwritten by three dispensaries and a marijuana attorney, reports Chris Roberts at the SF Examiner.

South of Market dispensaries The Green Door and Barbary Coast, Tenderloin-area dispensary Grassroots, and the legal firm Hallinan & Hallinan gave $35,000 to provide the funds to buy back illegal firearms, according to attorney Brendan Hallinan.

"It's giving back a little bit to law enforcement, contributing to public safety," Hallinan said. "And pot clubs are often accused of creating crime, of causing robberies. ... We wanted to counter that a little bit."

Anyone who turned in a handgun got $100; assault weapons fetched $200. All guns were accepted, no questions asked, by law enforcement.

It's believed this is the first time marijuana businesses have funded a gun buyback.

"We want to participate in society, we want to contribute," said Mike Nolin, The Green Door's founder and CEO of medical cannabis consulting firm Boss Enterprises.

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U.S.: Northsight Capital Acquires 420careers.com and MJbizwire

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Northsight Capital, Inc. on Wednesday announced that it has acquired two marijuana industry businesses: www.420careers.com, a marijuana industry job search website, and www.MJbizwire.com, a press release distribution and publication service designed for marijuana industry businesses.

420careers.com provides a place for marijuana-related businesses to post their available marijuana industry jobs and to browse job-seekers’ resumes, and job-seekers can browse and apply for marijuana jobs and post their resumes for employers to view, free of charge. Employers can upgrade their job postings to a Featured Job listing for $25, which gets highlighted on 420careers.com’s homepage.

MJbizwire is a press release distribution and publication service exclusively for marijuana industry businesses. MJbizwire is continually building partnerships with marijuana industry websites and magazines, as well as with media publications, that can republish the press releases distributed to them via MJbizwire. Businesses can choose from multiple press release distribution pricing plans on MJbizwire.com.

With the acquisitions, Northsight Capital, Inc. also brought on Colby Ayres, formerly the director of marketing for Hemp American Media Group, to assist with the expanding portfolio of websites for Northsight's marijuana industry businesses.

Northsight Capital, Inc. is comprised of a portfolio of online marijuana-related businesses that are being developed and operated by the company. These sites will incorporate many aspects of the marijuana industry.

Nevada: Marijuana Legalization To Be On 2016 Ballot

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Nevada’s Secretary of State Ross Miller on Monday approved an official petition to add marijuana legalization to the 2016 November ballot.

The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol needed to file 102,000 signatures, but ultimately filed about 200,000.

If passed, the measure would establish marijuana cultivation and distribution businesses as well as legalize adult possession of up to an ounce.

“Nevada joins an ever-growing list of states with marijuana legalization on the 2016 ballot,” said Maj. Neill Franklin (Ret.), executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), a law enforcement group opposed to the War On Drugs.

“Marijuana prohibition has put countless otherwise innocent people in jail and increased street violence just as alcohol prohibition did in the 1920s," Franklin said. "Nevada is ready to prioritize public safety and we look forward to seeing their state and others responsibly regulate marijuana so that law enforcement can focus on more pressing crimes.”

LEAP is a 501(c)3 nonprofit of law enforcement officers who want to end the war on drugs.

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U.S.: Cannalyzer-420 Portable Marijuana Potency Analyzer Now Available

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

A portable analyzer instrument called the Cannalyzer-420™ is now avaialble; the product is designed to measure marijuana potency including THC, CBD, and more, according to the makers, Seattle-based LightWave Science, Inc.

Infrared technology is used in the Cannalyzer, according to the company, similar to that used by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on farm products for more than a decade.

The patent-pending instrument allows more growers, extractors, and dispensaries to quickly determine the quality their cannabis using infrared technology with repeatable accuracy within 1 percent, according to LightWave Science, Inc.

The idea is to save lots of time by not having to continuously send cannabis samples to expensive testing laboratories. "Use it when purchasing trim for your extracts or new product opportunities arriving at your back door," the company advises.

The Cannalyzer-420 measures marijuana flowers and leaves for the percentage of THC, CBD, and moisture, using non-contact, non-destructive infrared technology, according to the company. The Cannalyzer is a "grind and measure" unit which works by grinding the product into a sample dish, then placing it onto the measurement area to see instant results displayed onscreen.

The small, lightweight case is 6"x11"x14", with internal battery for 8 hours of operation in the field, according to the company. No internet connection is required.

Options are available to additionally measure extracts such as oils and dabs, according to LightWave Science, Inc.

Maryland: Marijuana Policy Project To Honor Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman

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Award for dedication to advancing sensible marijuana policy reform to be presented by former Republican Maryland State Delegate Don Murphy

The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) will honor Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman on Friday at the Maryland GOP Fall Convention Eve Party for his dedication to advancing sensible marijuana policy reform. Former Maryland State Delegate Don Murphy, now a federal policies analyst at MPP, will present the award to the former state senate minority leader.

During his time in the Maryland State Senate, Kittleman co-sponsored a successful medical marijuana bill and served as the lead sponsor of recently implemented legislation that reduces the penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana to a civil offense.

MPP will also be honoring other members of the Maryland GOP who supported the passage of these bills.

“We are pleased to present this award to Executive Kittleman and the other Republican lawmakers who helped bring about these much-needed reforms,” Murphy said. “Ending our failed marijuana prohibition policies makes sense regardless of what side of the political spectrum you’re on.

"It is refreshing to see that the GOP in Maryland and across the country is beginning to show leadership on this important issue,” Murphy said.

WHAT: Award presentation to Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman during Maryland GOP Fall Convention Eve Party for his dedication to advancing sensible marijuana policy reform

WHEN: Friday, December 5, 8 p.m. ET

U.S.: Show Examines Effects of Filmmakers, Activists, and Entrepreneurs on Marijuana Reform

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The National Marijuana News Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of DigiPath, Inc., has just released its sixth cannabis news show. Hosted by Todd Denkin and Jen Gentile, the program explores the ways filmmakers, activists, and entrepreneurs shape marijuana public opinion and policy.

Guests include Israeli film producer Lati Grobman, Marijuana Policy Project co-founder Rob Kampia; Seattle Hempfest founder Vivian McPeak; and "pot-trepreneur" Guy Marsala, chairman, CEO, and president of Medbox, Inc.

The show is now available at www.tnmnews.com and at www.Live365.com.

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Russian-born film producer Lati Grobman kicks off the lineup. She describes her transformation from being an opponent of cannabis legalization to becoming an advocate while producing her documentary Legalize It, which chronicles Proposition 19 and the 2010 campaign to legalize marijuana in California.

"It's a social problem," says Grobman, a mother of five children whose film producer credits include The Iceman and Righteous Kill. "I saw the injustice that is happening. There are people in jail for smoking pot who should not be in jail."

Grobman suggests that resistance to legalizing marijuana partly stems from economic benefits that come with a high rate of incarceration.

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U.S.: 'Safety First' Book Offers Parents' Guide To Legalization, Drug Education

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New Bilingual Editions of Seminal Safety First Publication Offer Pragmatic Drug Education Strategies, with New Sections on Adolescent Brain Development and Marijuana Legalization

Marijuana legalization is raising fresh questions – and many age-old ones – for parents and others who play important roles in the lives of teenagers.

On Thursday, December 4, the Drug Policy Alliance is releasing new, updated English- and Spanish-language editions of the seminal publication, Safety First: A Reality-Based Approach to Teens and Drugs by Marsha Rosenbaum, PhD. Safety First has provided hundreds of thousands of parents with the tools needed to foster open and honest dialogue with their children around the risks and consequences of drug use.

DPA is planning to reach many more parents and educators in light of the nationwide momentum in favor of marijuana legalization and other drug policy reforms.

Washington: Schools Turn Down Marijuana Farmer's $14,000 Donation

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

“I never thought it’d be a problem to give money away,” said marijuana farmer Randy Williams, the owner of Fireweed Farm, just north of Prosser, Washington. School officials on Monday flatly turned down a $14,000 donation from Williams, claiming they were "taking a stand" against youth marijuana use.

"We're not taking it. End of story," snapped Ray Tolcacher, Prosser School District superintendent.

"That's a mistake on their end because they're not helping anything," Williams said after visiting the school district office last week to try to make the donation. Tolcacher, who was out at the time, called the would-be donor on the telephone on Monday to turn down the money.

Williams said his next choice for the donation is the Boys & Girls Club of Benton and Franklin Counties; that youth nonprofit will "evaluate internally," according to executive director Brian Ace. If they turn him down, he might offer the money to the VFW, Williams said, reports Ross Courtney of the Yakima Herald-Republic.

Williams, one of the few legally licensed marijuana farmers in Yakima Valley, promised at a first-ever marijuana auction November 15 at his farm to donate the proceeds of one "low-grade" lot to local schools. The weed brought in about $13,500; Williams kicked in the difference to make it an even $14K.

Global: Online Screening of Classic Reggae Movie 'Countryman' Set For Dec. 5

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Next Friday, December 5, Palm Pictures will revive the great tradition of "midnight movies" with an exclusive online screening of the legendary reggae classic Countryman. Directed by Dickie Jobson, the film is a 1982 cult classic, featuring classic tracks from Bob Marley, Steel Pulse, and Toots and The Maytals.

Preceding the movie screening, at 11:30 pm on Friday 12/5, the film's co-star Carl Bradshaw will live-chat from Jamaica via Google Hangouts On Air with veteran reggae journalist Rob Kenner. The live chat with Bradshaw and the special "Midnight Movie Streaming" will be broadcast live via Google Hangouts here.

Countryman, a real life Jamaican fisherman and mystic, played himself in the 90-minute art house film. His feats of skill and daring in that movie made him an “ital” (natural) Rasta superhero and were an accurate reflection of his way of life.

The film's depictions of ganja use only serve to further endear it to a devoted cult audience.

Island Records founder and Countryman Executive Producer Chris Blackwell recalls, “He was a unique character, able to live in the jungle. We decided to do a film with him because you could never find a movie star who could wrestle with alligators and run through swamps the way he did.

"Countryman was an amazing person, always positive and full of humor," Blackwell ssaid. "Being of African and Indian descent, he embodied the Jamaican motto, ‘Out of Many, One People.’”

California: 2014 Emerald Cup Presented By Locals, For Locals

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"Unlike New York-based High Times events or L.A.-based Hempcon, The Emerald Cup is presented by locals, for locals, and the state’s definitive county fair draws much of California’s original cannabis industry." ~ SFGate, "Smell The Truth"

“Not only is the spirit of the event responsible, it is vital that the lessons it has to offer are heard and understood by those outside it. Sustainability, earth-friendly practices, clean medicine and better business standards all take center stage during the event, one which is beginning to attract a global audience.” ~ John Vergados, SKUNK Magazine

The Emerald Cup will make its highly anticipated return to the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, California, on December 13 and 14. For more than a decade, The Emerald Cup has become synonymous with setting the highest standards for sustainable, sun-grown, outdoor cannabis and is the largest, most respected, organic, outdoor, medicinal cannabis competition in the world, making it “The Definitive Cup for the Fall Harvest.”

For the third year in a row, SKUNK Magazine will present the Emerald Cup’s grand prize of an all-inclusive stay for two at their resort, Pure Garden, in Negril, Jamaica.

U.S.: Moms United to End the War on Drugs Speak Out Against Prohibition

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“The Empty Chair at the Holiday Table” Campaign Highlights Those Not With Us Because of Incarceration, an Overdose Death or Prohibition Violence

Each holiday season, A New PATH (Parents for Addiction Treatment & Healing) and moms from around the country share their stories of loss while calling for an end to the War On Drugs -- which has been so disastrous for tens of millions of families. Many of the moms leading this campaign have been personally impacted by the War On Drugs.

The holidays are a particularly painful time for families – whether they are separated because of a loved one’s incarceration, lost on the streets due to drug problems, in danger because of drug war violence, or have lost a loved one to accidental overdose.

“I have painful memories of holidays when my son was absent because he was locked behind bars for drug use, and of family celebrations when one of my sons wasn’t included because he was lost in the maze of his addiction,” said Gretchen Burns Bergman of San Diego, founder of A New PATH, Moms United lead organizer and the mother of two sons who have struggled with heroin addiction and incarceration.

“We haven’t celebrated the holidays since 2008, when my son died of an accidental overdose," said Denise Cullen of Palm Desert, California. "We can’t escape the emptiness.”

Oregon: Marijuana Legalization Activists Send Open Letter to Oregon DAs

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Oregon marijuana legalization activists involved in the successful campaign for Measure 91, which legalized cannabis for adults 21 and older in the state, on Thursday sent an open letter to district attorneys statrewide.

Open Letter to Oregon District Attorneys

Criminal justice advocates and leaders call upon you to start now on implementing important drug policy reforms.

Although Oregon voters passed Measure 91 with a 12-point margin, implementation of this better, smarter approach to marijuana policy will not be complete until the first half of 2016. We don't have to wait until then to start to mitigate the damage done by decades of criminalization, wasted law enforcement time and squandered taxpayer money.

Prosecutors in Oregon's largest county have already decided to dismiss, and stop prosecuting, marijuana-related offenses that would no longer exist under Measure 91. Other county prosecutors should follow Multnomah County's lead.

A strong majority of Oregon voters have directed the state to stop treating marijuana as a crime and to better prioritize our limited law enforcement resources. With so many lives and so much money at stake, waiting would be unreasonable and clearly damaging to Oregon's communities. We should work quickly to limit the damage already caused by a feckless war against marijuana.

We urge you to cease enforcement of marijuana laws that will no longer exist when provisions of Measure 91 take effect in July.

Respectfully,

Anthony Johnson, Director, New Approach Oregon, Chief Petitioner of Measure 91

Global: Oxford Dictionary Names ‘Vape’ 2014 Word of the Year

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By Steve Elliott
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The Oxford Dictionary has named “vape” 2014’s Word of the Year.

Oxford defines the verb as “to inhale and exhale the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device,” reports Lori Grisham at USA Today. It was added to the dictionary in August.

Vape can also be used as a noun for the e-cig, and for the act of inhaling itself, according to Oxford.

“You are 30 times more likely to come across the word vape that you were two years ago, and usage has more than doubled in the past year,” Oxford said of the decision.

Runners-up for Word of the Year included “budtender,” a person whose job it is to serve customers in a cannabis dispensary or shop.

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Oregon: NextGen Partners With Merry Jan's Cannabis Edibles Bakery

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Next Generation Management Corporation on Tuesday announced its wholly owned subsidiary, NextGen Holdings, LLC, has entered the rapidly growing cannabis infused edibles market by signing an agreement with Merry Jan's Edibles, an Oregon based bakery. Both parties have agreed to terms; final partnership agreement is being drafted.

Merry Jan's has more than 30 years baking experience and is currently supplying a small number of existing marijuana dispensaries with a variety of gourmet cookies, brownies and other baked goods and confections. Merry Jan's THC-infused cannabutter is made in-house.

"Now that Measure 91 has passed, legalizing marijuana in Oregon, we will continue to expand operations by strategic partnerships," said Darryl Reed, CEO of NextGen. "Our role in the newly formed partnership will be to assist in the expansion of the brand by hiring sales staff, increase awareness through social media and other forms of mass marketing.

"Merry Jan's is currently working on rolling out a Holiday platter that will include cannabis infused cookies, pecan pie bars, raspberry white chocolate bars and chocolate mint brownies," Reed said.

"NextGen also continues to look for a location in the Portland, Oregon, area to open a licensed dispensary," Reed said.

Next Generation Management Corporation's wholly-owned subsidiary, NextGen Holdings, LLC, was formed to hold its Oregon cannabis assets.

U.S.: CEO of Marijuana Recipe Website Interviewed by Ganjapreneur

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Matt Gray, CEO of The Stoner's Cookbook, discussed the history of the website and the launch of its new crowd-funded recipe book for cannabis cooking in his recent interview with Ganjapreneur

Ganjapreneur, a website dedicated to cannabis business news and culture, has published an interview with Matt Gray, CEO of The Stoner's Cookbook, a resource for marijuana culinary enthusiasts to find and share infused recipes. In the interview, Gray discussed how he became involved in the project more than a year ago.

"I was the co-founder and CEO of a successful education startup in Toronto called Bitmaker Labs," Gray said. "We trained full-stack software developers and got them jobs at top tech companies across North America.

"After exiting that business I was eager to get into the cannabis industry," Gray said. "I saw it as the opportunity of a lifetime. I met the founders of The Stoner’s Cookbook through a mutual friend and I knew I could help them turn their passion into a high-growth business."

The Stoner's Cookbook currently has over 2.8 million followers on Facebook and boasts millions of website impressions each day. The types of recipes shared, Gray said, vary dramatically.

Oregon: Portland Hempstalk Festival Already Denied Permit For 2015

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By Steve Elliott
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When this reporter attended September's Hempstalk Festival in Portland, I saw a well-organized, orderly event, where plenty of information about the cannabis hemp plant and its many uses was disseminated by activists and speakers, along with bands, vendors, and bounteous opportunities for people-watching. What I did not see -- and I attended the entire two-day festival -- was people smoking or selling weed inside the event.

Portland parks officials, who seemed to have attended an entirely different event, waited only a day after Oregon's historic vote to legalize marijuana under Measure 91 to mail a letter to Hempstalk organizer Paul Stanford, reports Andrew Theen at The Oregonian.. It wasn't a nice congratulatory note, either -- it was a firm denial of his request to hold next year's Hempstalk Festival at Portland's Tom McCall Waterfront Park, or any other public property, next year.

"The passage of ballot measure 91 makes no difference in the City's decision," reads a prissy statement from Parks Bureau customer service center manager Shawn Rogers. The denial "stems only from the inability of organizers to manage the event in accordance with the necessary conditions clearly outlined and revisited on multiple occasions."

City officials claim attendees smoked marijuana at the event -- but again, I was there the entire time, and I never saw a single joint torched, even backstage.

U.S.: G FarmaLabs Strikes Deal With MedMen To Bring Marijuana Products To New Markets

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Both Companies to Exhibit at the Marijuana Business Conference in Las Vegas from Nov. 12 to 14

G FarmaLabs, a producer and processor of cannabis products, on Friday announced that is has entered into a production agreement with MedMen, a full service cannabis management firm. G FarmaLabs officials said the company "will bring its full line of award winning cannabis infused products to MedMen’s offerings as the management company gears up for a substantial footprint in the two newest cannabis markets, Nevada and Illinois."

“While the marijuana industry has seen tremendous growth over the past couple of years, there still remains a frustrating amount of regulatory hurdles that make expanding a marijuana producing and processing company a challenge,” said Ata Gonzalez, founder and CEO of G FarmaLabs. “With this unique partnership, which took a tremendous amount of time and effort to structure, G FarmaLabs is able to expand nationally, while MedMen is able to offer its clients the best cannabis products on the market.”

This announcement marks the latest in a number of big announcements for both companies, both of which will be exhibiting at the Marijuana Business Conference in Las Vegas from Nov. 12-14.

For G FarmaLabs, in early October, the company announced a Private Offering to raise $5 million in capital for a stake in the future of the company’s California territory.

California: Marijuana Advocate Ed Rosenthal's Latest Book Is A Fundraiser For Weed Prisoners

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Guru of Ganja Ed Rosenthal's newest book, Beyond Buds, spreads the word on what the inner circle of marijuana aficionados knows about how to take their medicine. The book covers the rapid shift from smoking buds to vaping and dabbing concentrates or using marijuana infused products such as edibles and tinctures.

Whether you want to produce them or sample them, Beyond Buds is a guide for all -- what to look for, how to make them, and how to use them safely.

Way before the "Green Rush" that is accompanying current legalization, Rosenthal was one of the original marijuana entrepreneurs. Quick Trading, his publishing company, was always the first to provide the latest information on marijuana gardening, use and social policy. Its Big Book of Buds series delineated the differences of more than 400 varieties of cannabis.

Quick Trading is celebrating 40 years of changing marijuana policy one book at a time. True to their vision of justice, the anniversary and book release event is a fundraiser to support the early wave of medical marijuana reformers who are incarcerated in federal and state prisons.

U.S.: Ganjapreneur Announces Marijuana Business Directory

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On the heels of an election which decided marijuana policy in several states, Ganjapreneur, a website dedicated to the legal cannabis industry, has announced a business-focused directory to help aspiring cannabis entrepreneurs and companies connect with business service providers.

Ganjapreneur's new directory includes archives of lawyers, accountants, web development agencies, security firms, and general business consultants who specialize in serving marijuana businesses.

The business directory currently has 12 categories, although a representative from the website said the scope of the project is growing.

"Right now we're focusing on B2B services," the Ganjapreneur rep added, "so our directory is geared toward companies who provide a business service such as marketing or accounting."

Ganjapreneur recently announced that they are preparing to launch a "Freelancer's Network" for creative professionals who want to take on marijuana-related projects. The network currently has a landing page explaining the concept, and an email sign-up form to receive a notification when the network is officially launched.

The website launched over the summer, and has rapidly published a large volume of unique content including news coverage, business editorials, interviews with cannabis industry entrepreneurs, an industry job feed which aggregates classified ads from around the web, and even a dictionary of slang vocabulary terms related to marijuana.

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