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Lady Business: Taylor West, Deputy Director at National Cannabis Industry Association | Ladybud

Bethany Moore: You’ve been working as Deputy Director of National Cannabis Industry Association since last winter. What are your responsibilities and how do you like working in the cannabis industry? Taylor West: Working in the cannabis industry has been one of the most exciting, interesting, and educational jobs I’ve ever had. As one of our…

Marijuana Industry Sets Its Sights On The Mainstream | Huffington Post

Marijuana is growing up. As Colorado and Washington’s recreational marijuana industries blossom and new markets in Oregon and Alaska begin to take shape, so-called ganjapreneurs are looking for ways to take cannabis mainstream. Before long, they hope, marijuana products will be as widely available as alcohol — and just as socially acceptable. “Ideally, I would…

Marijuana Entrepreneurs Face Special Business Burdens | Alaska Public Media

With the passage of Prop. 2 this month, Alaska joins Colorado, Washington, Oregon and the District of Columbia in legalizing marijuana. While the state figures out how to regulate marijuana commerce, several federal laws sit as roadblocks to the business of cannabis. Alaskans who hope to operate marijuana businesses will have to defy U.S. drug…

Colorado’s legal pot industry offers lessons for Washington state | MyNorthwest.com

As Washington state’s first legal marijuana outlets get set to open, Colorado is taking stock of its first six months of legal recreational marijuana sales. Some of the conclusions are based on hard numbers, while others are more anecdotal. Either way, a leading cannabis industry voice says there are plenty of lessons that can be…

Legal marijuana, a multibillion-dollar industry, still faces legal hurdles | Al Jazeera America

Handblown glass pipes and bongs are displayed in antique cabinets at the Farm, a marijuana dispensary in one of two states that have legalized the drug. The walls feature paintings by local artists. There are vaporizers, electronic cigarettes, rolling papers and more. That’s just in the front of the store. In the back room, “budtenders”…

Banks balk on marijuana money despite US guidelines | CNBC

The Obama administration has sent a message to the nation’s bankers: Even though the sale of marijuana is a federal crime, they can provide service to this new industry without fear of prosecution, but only if the bankers follow a detailed list of guidelines. … The National Cannabis Industry Association believes it’s too soon to…

With New Rules, Pot Business Gets A Little Less Hazy For Banks | NPR

Ever since Colorado and Washington legalized pot, banks have been in an awkward position. Would a bank risk being targeted by federal prosecutors for doing business with people whose primary business is selling marijuana? On Friday, the Treasury Department eased the confusion by releasing new guidelines for the banking industry. Read more: With New Rules, Pot…

Obama administration clears banks to accept funds from legal marijuana dealers | Washington Post

The Obama administration on Friday gave the banking industry the green light to finance and do business with legal marijuana sellers, a move that could further legitimize the burgeoning industry. For the first time, legal distributors will be able to secure loans and set up checking and savings accounts with major banks that have largely…

Medical marijuana firms face cash economy as banks steer clear | Boston Globe

The conflict between federal and state marijuana laws has become a bigger issue as more states legalize the drug for medical and, more recently, recreational, uses. Dispensaries in the other 19 states that have legalized medicinal cannabis have run into similar banking problems, requiring entrepreneurs to hide the nature of their business, establish separate holding…

DEBATE: How has marijuana changed Colorado’s image? | 9NEWS Denver

DENVER – A new NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll finds a majority of Americans support legislative efforts to legalize marijuana. Fifty-five percent say they would support laws in which adults 21 and older are allowed to buy limited amounts of marijuana for personal use. About a quarter would not approve of legalizing marijuana, but they…