Taylor West

Shunned by banks, legitimate pot shops must deal in risky cash – LA Times

Dec 3, 2014 No Comments

The suppliers arrive at one of the nation’s largest marijuana dispensaries carrying hundreds of pounds of cannabis in duffel bags, knapsacks and baby diaper totes. They leave with those same carriers stuffed with wads of cash. Harborside Health collects the money from thousands of customers, spending $40 to $60 a pop for one-eighth of an… Read More

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

Nov 25, 2014 No Comments

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… Read More

Nevada reciprocity: Any MMJ card will soon buy you Vegas pot | The Cannabist

Nov 25, 2014 No Comments

Marijuana activists are already planning the 2016 campaign to regulate and legalize the sale of recreational pot in Nevada, home to Las Vegas, one of the world’s biggest tourism destinations. But some tourists won’t have to wait that long to legally buy weed in Las Vegas thanks to the most liberal reciprocity law in the… Read More

Debate swirls over budding marijuana business | Al Jazeera

Nov 25, 2014 No Comments

For first time in history more than half of the country – 58 percent – now support marijuana’s legalisation, according to a recent Gallup poll. An issue once designated to the far left has gained bi-partisan support, as progressives and conservatives alike have found common cause. “It’s a fascinating coalition,” said Taylor West, deputy director… Read More

Marijuana Industry Sets Its Sights On The Mainstream | Huffington Post

Nov 24, 2014 No Comments

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… Read More

2014 MJINews Power Activists | Marijuana Investor News

Nov 18, 2014 No Comments

Progress is not given, it is earned. The 2014 MJINews Power Activists know this all too well. New marijuana capitalists not only need to make note of the activists fighting for drug law reform, but they need to actively support the reform movement because anti-marijuana activists are not backing down. If antiquated state and federal laws do… Read More

Marijuana Entrepreneurs Face Special Business Burdens | Alaska Public Media

Nov 18, 2014 No Comments

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… Read More

Marijuana profits up in smoke under IRS rules | USA Today

Nov 17, 2014 No Comments

Voters in Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C., legalized recreational marijuana Tuesday. But without the support of the U.S. Congress, any of the new, voter-approved pot shops may not be able to survive a drug war-era tax code that already threatens many businesses in Colorado and Washington state. Under this tax code the federal government stands… Read More

The federal government is taxing marijuana businesses to death | Vox

Nov 17, 2014 No Comments

Voters in four states and Washington, DC, have approved marijuana legalization. But the drug remains illegal under federal law, creating all sorts of legal hurdles that state-legal marijuana businesses have to overcome. One of those hurdles is federal taxes. Due to a section of the tax code known as 280E, many state-legal marijuana businesses have… Read More

The Politics of Pot: The Marijuana Industry Is Now a Special Interest Group | VICE News

Oct 14, 2014 No Comments

After decades spent operating in the shadows, the ever-growing legal marijuana industry has begun supporting federal campaigns and lobbying efforts in Washington DC. For an industry that remains illegal under federal law, taking action at the federal level — in the form of contributions from industry heavyweights, and the formation of the first and only political… Read More

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